When the international online news source, CNN introduced their take on the best indoor hotel pools, we were compelled to take a look. Here we bring you a taster of their irresistible selection from across the globe…
RAINFOREST INSPIRATION: The construction of Tambo del Inka’s wellness space perfectly reflects the hotel’s natural surroundings in Peru’s Sacred Valley. This synergy was the focus of the designers, who used a lot of the local shihuahuaco wood, which grows in the Peruvian rainforest. From the heated pool, guests have glorious views of the Andes, and can swim under the partial wall to go from indoor to outdoor. Tambo del Inka, Peru.
TREASURE ISLAND: On the 16th floor of the tallest building on the island of Taipa is the glamorous indoor infinity pool of the impressive gaming complex of Altira Macau. With crystal clear floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor terrace, underwater music, and a constant water temperature of 29-30°C, this is the place to take in an unmatched view of the Macau peninsula. Designed by Peter Remédios, the 25m pool was named as one of the top ten pools in the world by US Forbes Traveler. Altira Macau, China.
SWISS-AMERICAN DESIGN: Built in 1931 for a private members club, Le Château Montebello’s pool has a masculine feel, partly due to its log-architecture foundation. The coffered ceiling adds visual depth to the overall rustic vibe and the hand painted wooden ceiling features a motif of sea horses, scorpions and flowers. The 75 x 40ft pool has two whirlpools and a diving tower, the surrounding area of which has water depth of 12 feet. Fairmont Le Château Montebello, Canada.
ALPINE VIEWS: W Hotel’s ski property is in the heart of the Swiss Alps in the town of Verbier. The pool’s interior vibe is in tune with W’s urban aesthetics, with black and leather furnishings that would be at home at any fabulous pool party. From every corner of the heated pool, guests can look out to the Alps, but for a closer vantage point, they can swim out to the outdoor area and breathe in the Alpine air. W Verbier, Switzerland.
PARISIAN ELEGANCE: Tucked inside what used to be Napoleon’s grandnephew Roland Bonaparte’s Parisian home, the 15 x 6m, light-bathed pool area extends out to an expansive, plant-lined terrace. All around the pool, which features mosaic tiles inspired to look like Asian carpet, are chic traditional French touches like floral bas relief on the walls and columns surrounding the mezzanine. Located in what was originally the stables, the wellness retreat also includes fitness facilities and a beauty treatment centre. Shangri-La, France.