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May 26, 2011

Hot for Summer: LUXE City Guides reveals the World’s Best Hotel Pools

Exclusively for Dim Sum & Then Some’s jet-setting readers, the editors of LUXE City Guides reveal their top picks for the World’s Five Best Hotel Pools…get ready to make a splash!

Hello Leggy Lovelies, summer’s coming and it’s getting hot outside, but there’s no need to lose your cool and get all sweaty, Betty, not when we’ve scoured the globe to bring you the five best hotel pools where you can splash in style. From Bali clifftop stunner and Thai beach paradise, to swish London rooftop and sun-drenched Istanbul splasher, here’s our pick of pools that wow. So, get to the gym to stay taut and trim before slipping on your Eres bikini and Oliver Goldsmith shades and just chill, Jill.

The Berkeley, London – Best Urban Inner City Pool
With a rare rooftop pool overlooking Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, The Berkeley tops our list for city-kitties seeking a dip. The retractable roof for fine weather ensures sun worshippers get their dose of Vitamin D, and if the weather Gods aren’t playing ball (this is England, after all) you can still recline on a lounger and enjoy complimentary free flowing non alcoholic bevies. Nice one, Nigel. (

Rayavadee, Krabi – Best Beachside Pool
Perched right on the edge of an ivory sand beach by the sparking azure Andaman Sea, with a backdrop of swaying palms and towering limestone cliffs, this curvy, free form pool is the ultimate picture-perfect relax zone with its soothing Garden of Eden ambience. The Rayavadee is a breathtaking tropical hideaway that has sun seekers pinching themselves. See it to believe it. (

Four Seasons Bosphorous – Best for All Day Sun on the Harbour
Literally on the Bosphorous, this spectacular, seasonal waterfront splasher comes complete with whirlpool, sun deck and cabanas that are first-come first served. You’ll find an elegant, well-to-do crowd enjoying languid afternoons gazing out at the passing boats on the Strait over to the hills of Asia, or back at the glorious hotel grounds. Sunset drinks and a dip is a joy. (

Alila Uluwatu – Best for Endless Panorama
This design conscious, discreet Balinese bolthole offers up a seriously indulgent pool scene. Imagine reclining on your sunbed perched high on the rock face, surveying a 50 metre long infinity pool, the sea and sky merging into one whilst dipping into a picnic basket filled with suncream AND bronzing oil (don’t tell your derm), face spritz and iPod. Should you feel the need for a respite from the sun, simply scoot over to one of the shaded birdcage cabanas.  (

The Fullerton Bay Hotel – Best for Bar Scene
Singapore ups its glam factor with this expansive waterfront pool ringed by frangipani trees, offering sweeping vistas of Marina Bay and the surrounding cityscape. With two Jacuzzis, shaded cabanas and underwater loungers for submerged sun soaking, you’ve got all bases covered. Come nightfall, toodle over to poolside bar Lantern, a hopping venue for sundowners where hipsters come to play. (

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