There’s absolutely nothing better than taking a refreshing dip to escape Singapore’s sweltering grasp. Sure, there’s plenty of public pools in or close to every neighbourhood but some of the best hotels in Singapore offer a degree of luxury and indulgence that you won’t find at the nearest public pool. Whether you’re doing laps for fun, honing your swimming skills or taking poolside pictures for the ‘gram, get ready to squeeze into your best swimwear and take the plunge at these water holes.
Name one infinity pool in the world, and this one’s highly likely to spring into mind. Known for drawing A-listers from David Beckham to Katy Perry, this sky-high pool sits at the top of Marina Bay Sands – 57 levels high, to be exact – boasting panoramic views of the city skyline. Stretching at 150 metres long, it’s also the world’s longest elevated pool.
Cool off amidst the lush greenery that surrounds Singapore’s largest outdoor resort pool. Aptly known as Wet, the sprawling pool comes with underwater speakers that emit a series of sonic waves, private cabanas featuring iPads, iPods and a mist fan, as well as a deck that illuminates striking hues, casting a gorgeous glow on the waters. Fancy a nibble? Swim over to the Wet Bar for some tasty bites and refreshing tipples without having to step out of the pool. But here’s the best bit: the pool is open for guests 24 hours.
Surround yourself with flora on the fifth floor of this hotel-in-a-garden where you can find an outdoor infinity pool, a jacuzzi and a 300-metre garden walk where you can let nature takes its course in drying you up. Swim towards the edge of the pool for a spectacular view of the city. Otherwise, relax with a glass of bubbly in one of its colourful cocoon-like cabanas for an intimate hideaway – just don’t get too comfortable. Nonetheless, this swimming hole is quite a showstopper.
This luxury hotel not only has one but two infinity pools catering your every need. For ample sunshine, head to the outdoor pool on the sixth floor and soak up a tan. The 18th floor pool, however, makes up for the lack of sunlight with plenty of corners to find the best spot to catch the sunset. There are also sofas around if you’re looking to stay dry with a tipple in hand while witnessing the sun go down.
If you’re planning to get competitive, don’t. The rooftop infinity pool is rather tiny for doing laps, but large enough for a refreshing tread or a relaxing dip while taking in the views of the cityscape. It’s also great for a lazy float. Alternatively, you can bathe in Vitamin D on the sun loungers – just don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses.
The main highlight of this family-friendly hotel is the pool deck where there are themed pool zones and gardens. The outdoor space also holds intimate events such as a movie screening on Saturdays in which you can also watch while you float in the pool. For a no-kids-allowed affair, dive into the adult-only Pamukkale Pool, an infinity pool that overlooks the seaside. Enjoy a tipple from the pool bar without having to step out, catch the sunset and marvel at the daily evening fireworks by Wings of Time at 7.40pm.
Singapore’s answer to Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel – minus the purple uniform-clad concierge and lobby boy. This pastel-hued, tropical-wallpapered dream pad is complete with Instagrammable opportunities at every nook and cranny – including its outdoor retro pool. Its decked with a pastel pink hues, whimsical neon signs, a circular arch, and if you see it from above, the tiles of the pool reads ‘when the sun shines’.
Leave your inhibitions by the door and indulge in the calming oasis of Capella Singapore. Nestled in the lush greens of Sentosa, the luxe accommodation comes with a three-levelled swimming pool – on top of the private villa pools – that has a gorgeous turquoise tint and a pond-like shape. The surrounding flora and the South China Sea also make up for a romantic backdrop.