Let’s face it, there’s two types of travellers – those who holiday, laying poolside with cocktail in hand and those who explore (you know, the people that pack hiking boots and exercise gear for their trip). Whilst I like to think I’m the perfect mix of the two, the reality is I’d rather be choosing what bikinis to bring than throwing a pair of sweaty hiking boots into my luggage. If you’re more the holidaying type then you’ll appreciate our round up of the best hotel pools in Australia. So whether it’s just for the weekend or weeks on end, make a splash with the best of the best.
CROWN METROPOL MELBOURNE VICTORIA
The words infinity and pool always sound better when they’re together. This recipe of pool heaven is exactly what you get at the Crown Metropol in Melbourne, combined with day beds, lounges and heated to a comfortable 28 degrees. What’s better yet, is the pool is situation on level 27 meaning you get unrivalled views over the entire Melbourne city. Get swimming via www.crownhotels.com.au.
*Crown Metropol Melbourne mage via Inside Out.
ONE&ONLY HAYMAN ISLAND, HAYMAN ISLAND, QUEENSLAND
When the pool seemingly blends into the ocean with never ending blue, you know you’re onto a winner. The One&Only Hayman Island pool is 7 times larger than an Olympic swimming pool and comes complete with private cabanas and day beds. Unfortunately Hayman Island is no longer in the One&Only portfolio but sit tight because whoever takes over it next is sure to take it to the next level. Visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com/ for One&Only’s other great properties throughout Australia.
*One&Only Hayman Island image via DBI Design.
LAKE ARGYLE RESORT, LAKE ARGYLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The most spectacular pool in the Kimberley (and perhaps Australia wide) is Lake Argyle Resort’s infinity pool. Stretching for 35 metres, it’s the breathtaking views of the Kimberley that makes this pool unrivalled. With panoramic views of the lake and beyond, Lake Argyle Resort’s pool is definitely one you want to dip your toes in. www.lakeargyle.com/resort-caravan-park/
*Lake Argyle Western Australia image via Lake Argyle.
FRASER SUITES, SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
As far as indoor pools go, there’s not many as chic as this one. Fraser Suites is heated in winter and has glass panels at the bottom of the pool so you can so you can watch the shoppers in the centre below. Not to be outdone, the stylish 20 metre vivid blue tiled pool is also neighbour to a jacuzzi and sauna for those wanting to heat things up. Make a splash at www.sydney.frasershospitality.com/en.
*Fraser Suites Sydney image via Qantas Insider.
QUALIA, WHITSUNDAYS, QUEENSLAND
The name Qualia literally means ‘a collection of deeper sensory experiences’ and that’s exactly what you’re in for when you stay. Set in the sun drenched Whitsundays, Qualia’s infinity pool at Pebble Beach is climate controlled to make it the perfect temperature all year round. Built close to the water’s edge and located on the shores of the Coral Sea, Qualia’s pool is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Get ready to lap it up via www.qualia.com.au.
*Qualia image via Room Critic.
THE LANGHAM, SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
Set underneath a magnificent star ceiling, The Langham’s 20 metre indoor pool is a tranquil haven for a blissful soak. With poolside lounges and a day spa close by, The Langham has you covered no matter the weather. Surrounded with beach murals and heated, you may even trick yourself into thinking it’s summer. To make a splash all year round visit www.langhamhotels.com
*The Langham Sydney image via Hotels Combined.
PALAZZO VERSACE, GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND
Everything about Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast’s pool spells luxury and extravagance. From the private cabanas to the luxurious day beds, you can find yourself sipping some champagne whilst you soak up the sun. Feeling more like Miami than the Gold Coast, the Palazzo Versace comes with its very own white sandy beach and Water Salon. Treat yourself via www.palazzoversace.com.au
*Palazzo Versace Gold Coast image via Palazzo Versace.
QUAY WEST SUITES, SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
When your view is looking straight out over Sydney Harbour, you know you’re on to a good thing. Quay West Suites heated pool is indoors and climate controlled, featuring city views and a delightful sauna. The eclectic Roman design with mosaic walls make it a unique way to lap up views of the city. www.quaywestsuitessydney.com.au
*Quay West Suites Sydney image via Accor Hotels.