Southeast Asia may be home to some of the best beaches in the world, but its lavish selection of swimming pools are also a winning feat. With luxury hotels, comes luxury accommodations, facilities and amenities—which typically house a fantastic pool, which is available year-round thanks to the warmer climate. From mountain hideouts to infinity pools, here are some of the most indulgent pools to try out on a trip through Asia’s finest destinations.
Aman’s resorts and hotels house some of the most exquisite swimming pools, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The luxury hotelier’s Vietnam outpost, Amanoi, is no exception, a five-star resort nestled in a secluded coastal setting between Núi Chúa National Park and an untouched, coral-rich bay. Exploring nature—which includes a private beach and lush jungle—is an obvious must-to-do, but on lazy days, lying by the pool makes a calming respite. Many of the accommodations at Amanoi actually include a private pool, so it’s a matter of deciding which type of view you’re looking for. Popular options include mountain, ocean, lake, or forest views—the choice is yours.
Prices start from US$3,818 for a five-night retreat | Book now on Compare Retreats
The Sanchaya, Bintan Island
Located less than an hour away from Singapore, The Sanchaya on Bintan Island feels worlds away. The private beachfront estate features all the luxury amenities—an indulgent spa, a gym, gourmet dining, and premium accommodation. One of the most exciting elements, however, is the outdoor pool, which offers unparalleled views of the ocean. Stay at one of the villas or suites for an unforgettable vacation.
Prices start from US$3,101 for a three-night retreat | Book now on Compare Retreats
The Peninsula, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is home to some of the most luxury hotels in the world—offering an impressive handful of which have been around for nearly a century. The Peninsula Hong Kong, also known as the Grand Dame of the East, is the city’s oldest hotel and has been serving five-star hospitality since 1928. The in-house indoor swimming pool is decked in Roman-inspired interiors—which include statuesque columns and statues—and offers panoramic views of the iconic skyline. Sit out on the adjoining sun terrace then head for a dip, whilst waiting for your meal to arrive from the luxurious spa kitchen.
Prices start from US$943 for a three-night retreat | Book now on Compare Retreats
Six Senses Koh Samui, Thailand
Perched on the Northern tip of Samui, Six Senses Koh Samui features private villas within natural vegetation. The hotel places a core focus on wellness with its expansive selection of spa therapies and holistic programmes. What’s more, Six Senses Koh Samui’s swimming pool offers peaceful, lazy days for healthy holiday hunters. Spend hours lounging at your stunning, private infinity pool, at select accommodations.
Prices start from US$2,512 for a three-night retreat | Book now on Compare Retreats
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Bali houses a vast selection of five-star resorts offering luxurious swimming pools. Amankila is a wellness sanctuary under tropical canopies, overlooking the deep blue Lombok Straits. Guests here can expect nature-bound facilities, including an outdoor gym and leafy corners for yoga and meditation. Guests can retreat at the signature three-tiered swimming pool or at a private pool in one of the suites.
Prices start from US$1,662 for a four-night retreat | Book now on Compare Retreats
COMO Maalifushi, The Maldives
Out in the spectacular Maldives, the only resort at Thaa Atoll, COMO Maalifushi features an abundance of wildlife, overwater villas and beach suites. Guests can choose to stay in their own private-pool accommodation or swim in the communal 44-metre freeform swimming pool, for lengthier swimming laps.
Prices start from US$9,164 for a three-night retreat | Book now on Compare Retreats
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Every stunning villa at Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia features a private pool with spectacular ocean views. The accommodation ranges from breathtaking jungle spots to premium overwater villas. Take your pick based on your favourite view to get a five-star experience, and an exotic pool scene.
Prices start from US$8,146 for a five-night retreat | Book now on Compare Retreats