If you’re sweltering through summer, you’re probably dreaming of a cool coastal getaway with plenty of time spent by (or in) the hotel pools for some relief.
But not all hotel pools are created equal. The bar has been raised in recent years, with many locations luring holidaymakers with their infinity edges, lagoon style or sheer dazzling proportions. Don’t overlook the pool surrounds either; a top pool needs sun lounges, cabanas, panoramic views, chilled-out tunes and even a pool bar.
Whether it’s rooftop, beachside or indulgently private, dive into our list of Australia’s most stylish hotel pools.
1. Elements of Byron | Byron Bay
This luxury Byron Bay resort ticks all the boxes for the perfect resort pool. First of all, it’s big. Really big! Plus, it has a choice of comfortable spots to recline, including private cabanas, bures, settees and the ultimate hanging lounges ideal for capturing that memorable Instagram-worthy snap.
A heated spa, cool tunes emanating from the garden speakers, poolside sunken fire pit and cocktails and snacks delivered to you poolside make this resort a clear winner. Book us in, stat!
2. Halcyon House | Cabarita Beach
While it’s a little more compact than most, the pool at Halcyon is perfectly proportioned for the handful of lucky guests staying at this uber-cool boutique hotel.
Crisp blue and white décor gives the resort an Amalfi Coast feel and cocktails delivered by charming waiters from onsite restaurant and bar Paper Daisy makes you feel truly transported to a Mediterranean resort.
3. Pretty Beach House | Central Coast
Luxury and tranquil indulgence can be found just 90 minutes north of Sydney at Pretty Beach House. This stunning infinity-edge pool resides just off the main house, a shared space for the guests of this exclusive retreat, which boasts just four private pavilions for the ultimate in secluded luxury.
4. Castaways Resort & Spa | Mission Beach
Head north to the tropical paradise of Mission Beach and spend your days lazing by the pool at Castaways Resort & Spa. Onsite restaurant Bibesia is conveniently poolside so you can enjoy alfresco dining or sunset drinks in true tropical style.
5. Palazzo Versace | Gold Coast
Palazzo Versace, Australia’s first fashion-branded hotel, has one of the best hotel pools around. The award-winning 63-metre outdoor lagoon pool comes complete with dazzling pure white sandy beach. The Gold Coast resort also boasts the country’s first ever Water Salon – slip behind the breezy sheers of the cool cabanas and order up a host of waterside experiences so you can dip, sip, relax and unwind in style.
6. Fairshore Noosa | Sunshine Coast
We can’t overlook Brisbane’s favourite coastal playground! If you’re looking for absolute beachfront and maximum style, then look no further than Fairshore Noosa. These apartments take full advantage of their beachside location with coastal cool décor, quality inclusions and poised in the centre of Hastings Street so you’re amongst the action.
7. One Oceanview | Whitsundays
Once you step inside the gates of this exclusive guesthouse, you’re immediately wowed by the stunning pool and panoramic views of this Whitsundays hidden gem. Located in Airlie Beach, the luxury retreat offers just five private suites, and a stunning infinity edge pool surrounded by lush gardens with spectacular views of the Coral Sea and attentive service.
8. The Anchorage | Port Stephens
Swapping beaches for marina views, this resort nails the nautical chic theme and aces poolside dining. The resort has recently undergone a refurbishment so the addition of stylish, contemporary rooms seals the deal.
9. The Johnson | Brisbane
Brisbane’s first Art Series Hotel boasts a 50-metre pool designed by none other than Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim. It’s all sleek lines, urban views and lounge chairs for days on the resort pool deck. It’s a calming city oasis and an ideal spot for a Brisbane staycation.
10. Niramaya Villas & Spa | Port Douglas
Not only does Niramaya Villas and Spa have a 30-metreresort pool, each villa has its very own heated plunge pool with lounge pavilion. Yes, that’s right. Each individual villa! The Balinese-style villas are a luxurious, fluid space where indoors and outdoors blur and seamlessly become one. It’s heaven and you won’t want to leave.
[Image: Sexiest Pool-Niramaya]