Couple in infinity pool

Pools to Check Out in Asia

27 March 2017
When it comes to booking a truly memorable hotel stay, we’re willing to bet that a great pool is right at the top of your essentials list. But in order to ensure your sun lounger shots are the envy of Instagram, you’re going to need to roll out the big guns – so here are six of the best pools in Asia and where to find them.
Pool of Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

Historic Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage destination with plenty of cultural and culinary delights to offer its visitors; however, after a hard day wearing out your shoe leather, what better than a soak in one of Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai’s stunning swimming pools? Lined with tropical palms, the three infinity pools – lap, family and vast Olympic-sized – are tiered, ensuring that they all enjoy expansive views over the kilometre-long private white sand beach, which was voted one of Forbes’ best beaches in the world. Can’t bear to tear yourself away from your lounger? Drinks and light meals are served poolside, so it couldn’t be easier to float your day away. 

Pool of Paresa Resort Phuket

Paresa Phuket Resort, Thailand

One of Phuket’s most stunning resorts, Paresa’s tagline is “heaven of heavens” – and its divine infinity pool may well be the exact point where heaven and earth intersect in supreme style. With a glorious cliffside setting delivering gorgeous views over the Andaman Sea, there’s simply no better place to soak up a dreamy Phuket sunset. In the evening, it turns into the ultimate romantic dining location; even the most hardened cynic should fall head over heels for a five-course dinner a deux on your own floating “island” underneath the star-studded sky… soundtracked by your own private violinist, naturally.

Pool of Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

There are infinity pools, and then there’s Marina Bay Sands’ infinity pool. Perched 57 storeys high atop the iconic Moshe Safdi-designed hotel complex in downtown Singapore, this spectacular swimming pool offers panoramic views to infinity and beyond: over the city, Gardens by the Bay’s lush greenery, and the bustling shipping lanes – some of the world’s busiest – below. By far the best spot in Singapore from which to soak up a breathtaking sunset with a chilled cocktail in hand, the only catch is that the pool is open to hotel residents only, so it definitely pays to book a stay. 

Pool of Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Nha Trang Vietnam

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nice swimming pools are ten a penny in the world of luxury resorts, but it’s a standout setting that turns a good pool into a great one – and Six Senses Ninh Van Bay really knocks it out the park. Accessible only by boat, this boutique hideaway is tucked away in its own crescent-shaped bay, surrounded by dramatic rocks, towering mountains, lush greenery and golden sands. The main pool does justice to all of that and then some, with a magnificent beachside location and quiet laidback vibe. Even better? Every villa here has its own private pool, meaning limitless lounging is practically a requirement – with one even boasting its own poolside movie screen. Now that’s worth getting pruney skin for.

Pool of Galaxy Macau

Galaxy Macau

In a galaxy not too far far away, you’ll find one of Macau’s most appealing attractions – the Grand Resort Deck at Galaxy Macau. So much more than simply a pool, this vast 75,000 square-metre open-air space features (deep breath): the world’s largest skytop wave pool, the world’s longest skytop adventure rapids, Macau’s only water slide mountain, the city’s largest kids’ aquatic play area, a 350-ton beach, countless fountains, water jets and, if you tire of all the aquatic adventuring, comfy loungers on which to soak up the sun. In true Macau fashion, the take-home message here is go big or go home, so if you have a water baby at home (or are one yourself) then hop on the ferry for a wet and wild weekend.

Pool of W Hong Kong

W Hong Kong

Hong Kong isn’t short of fabulous swimming pools, but there’s a reason why the W’s is consistently named as the city’s best. Located on the hotel’s 76th floor, it’s one of the world’s highest rooftop pools, boasting incredible sweeping panoramas some 211 metres above Victoria Harbour; whether you’re surrounded by bright blue skies by day or glittering skyscrapers by night, it exudes wow factor whatever time you take a dip (and like all the best outdoor pools, it’s heated if temperatures do take a tumble). Factor in a highly Instagrammable butterfly mosaic backdrop and you have the ultimate in cosmopolitan splashy-chic – best enjoyed with a cocktail in hand, of course.

P.S. “But where’s Bali?” we hear you cry! With just too many superb swimming spots to fit into one roundup, we've written a separate piece just on Bali pools!

Rachel Read & Kate Farr

Kate Farr and Rachel Read are freelance writers, editors and bloggers based in Hong Kong. In addition to writing for the likes of Flight Centre, Hong Kong Tatler, Jetstar Asia, Home Journal and Expat Living, the pair also founded their own lifestyle blogs; Kate writes about parenting and travel at Accidental Tai Tai, whilst Rachel blogs about beauty and food at Through The Looking Glass. Follow their adventures on Instagram (@accidental_tt and @rachttlg).