Welcome to another Friday and our new regular feature here on Hg2 Magazine: #FriFotos. A Twitter forum started by Jonathan Epstein of @EpsteinTravels, every Friday people from across the globe gather on Twitter to share their favorite images on a given weekly theme.
Fittingly, this week’s theme is “Pools”, so we decided to list a few of the most epic swimming pools in some of the most beautiful hotels in our favourite cities around the world.
Burj Al Arab – Dubai
Few hotels can top the lofty, sail-like Burj Al Arab, which rises from its own private island as an icon of the Dubai skyline, for sheer pomp and circumstance. And you’ve got a couple of options when it comes to pools here. The main swimming pool is a tiered outdoor affair from whence you can gaze up at the lofty sail above and out over the Arabian Sea or grab a hefty cocktail from the swim-up bar, while the plunge pools and whirlpools in the Assawan Spa on the 18th floor are styled after ancient Middle Eastern baths, complete with ornately tiled pillars and views of the sea.
Marina Sands SkyPark – Singapore
We’ve got to admit, this may just be the most epic swimming pool on earth. Positioned daringly at the top of the Marina Bay Sands Skypark in Singapore, this pool overlooks the entire city skyline from the edge of the 55th floor. Designed to look as though its waters end in a sheer drop, this pool is not for the faint of heart.
Observatory Hotel – Sydney
In keeping with this hotel’s celestial theme, you can swim under the stars in the 20-metre pool inside the Observatory Hotel in Sydney‘s CBD. The indoor pool is mirrored by a ceiling of fibre optic lights designed to recreate the constellations of the southern hemisphere, creating a kind of glimmering bliss. A great excuse to work on your backstroke.
Park Hyatt – Tokyo
Fans of Sofia Coppola’s beautiful film, Lost in Translation, will want to take a dip in the Sky Pool at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo. If not to recall scenes of Bob Harris swimming next to half a dozen overweight Japanese women doing water aerobics, you’ll definitely want to take in the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Tokyo from the 47th floor. On a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji.
Atlantic Suites – Cape Town
Each of the four luxury suites at this boutique hotel near Cape Town have access to this epic wrap-around patio with a private pool for guests. The Atlantic Suites’ rectangular pool lips up to the edge of the patio with intense views of the South Atlantic, Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles Mountains.
Phoenicia Amethyste – Beirut
The Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut is already opulent, but its rather new Amethyste Lounge really outdoes itself. Lit in various shades of purple, this entirely outdoor bar boasts as its centrepiece a glittering pool clad in tiled dragons and flushed with lavender lighting. Add in a few massive cocktails and diamond-laden locals and you’re in hedonist heaven. Thanks to our Facebook fan Nikki Barltrop for this suggestion!
We’ve certainly missed a few here, so what do you think? Give us a shout about your favourite or most epic pool in the comments below!