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8 Of The Best Hotel Pools In And Around Brisbane To Cool Off In This Summer

By Victoria Patapan
21st Dec 2020

w Brisbane's undercover pool, with a roof covered in zig zagging black lines

If the past few weeks are anything to go by, this summer’s gonna be a scorcher. We’re talking 38-degree days that’ll have the slurpee machine at 7-11 working on overdrive. Thankfully, we have a foolproof plan of action—one that doesn’t involve an hour-long drive to the crowded beaches of Burleigh (save that for next weekend, hey?). So chuck on your togs, dig out your towel and slip on some thongs—it’s time to turn off the Bunnings fan and book yourself a little staycation at one of these hotels with stunning pools in and around Brisbane.      

W Brisbane 

Brisbane CBD

Soak up the sights of a sophisticated city as you sip cocktails by the pool at the W Brisbane’s glamorous riverside hotel. Located on the fourth floor rooftop, this resort-style stunner is completely undercover, with a sprawling outdoor deck and bar right next door that gives you a birds-eye view of the river below. Spend the night revelling riverside with curated cocktails, live DJ’s, and a dip in decadence. 

an infinity pool overlooking the Brisbane city skyline

Emporium Hotel 

South Bank

Treat yourself to a little bit of luxury with a poolside cabana suite at the Emporium Hotel. This glorious getaway is made complete by the 23m rooftop infinity pool looking out over the sparkling city skyline. Crack open a cold one at the Terrace Rooftop Bar before taking a plunge in this aquatic paradise.  

a U-shaped rooftop covered pool with a sunken alcove in the middle

FV By Peppers 

Fortitude Valley

Make a splash at FV by Pepper’s U-shaped skyline pool, which boasts uninterrupted views over the city below. The pool comes alive at night, so treat yourself to a late night dip and marvel at the sight of the twinkling city lights. Keep your phone handy and we guarantee you some Insta-worthy pics. 

a top down view of a pool with a half moon concrete platform in the middle, and green striped umbrellas around

The Calile 

Fortitude Valley

Luxe it up a notch with a stay at The Calile, Brisbane’s premier poolside destination. As good-looking as the hotel’s interior, with a half-moon shaped concrete perch rising out of the water at one end, never again will you settle for a tub on a roof that’s two strokes and a tumble turn long. The Calile’s pool is practically a piece of art—one you can enjoy from the comfort of the bright and breezy day aqua beds lining its shores.

white daybeds under a glass roof

Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort


Kick back poolside with a vacay at the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort. The lagoon-style pool comes with its very own swim-up bar (because having to drag yourself out of the water to grab a drink just ruins the vibes). We recommend a perfectly chilled glass of champers to celebrate your introduction to the luxe life. Cheers!  

an enormous, lagoon style pool seen from above

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa

Surfers Paradise 

While most of us associate Surfers with schoolies letting loose after a hectic final year, trust us—this Gold Coast icon has plenty more to offer. The Marriott Resort is currently undergoing a major makeover, complete with upscale accommodation to match its five-star aquatic paradise. Whether you’d rather swim beneath the showering waters of the lagoon waterfall, or bliss out with a book by the pool, be sure to secure your stay at what will be the Gold Coast’s most covetable vacay destination when it re-opens in December. 

a wooden walkway through a pool, with the hotel behind

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort  

Main Beach

Sure, the Sheraton Grand Mirage is known for its status as the Gold Coast’s only five-star absolute beachfront resort. Yes, we understand that the sun-kissed sands of Mirage Beach are mere steps away. But once you catch a glimpse of the resort’s turquoise blue lagoons, there’s no way you’ll be making the (admittedly short) journey all the way to the beachfront. Complete with a swim-up cocktail bar, chaise lounges and breathtaking beachfront views, a stay at the Sheraton is one to remember.     

a woman in a hanging daybed over a shallow pool

Elements of Byron

Byron Bay

With the border bubble finally being extended to the shores of Byron Bay, you can finally make that trip down south you’ve been dreaming of since, what, early March? And we have the perfect place to stay. Elements of Byron is a world-class luxury beachfront resort, and home to Australia’s best hotel pool. On top of the heated lagoon-pool in the centre of the resort, guests can treat themselves to a dip at the adults-only swimming hole just around the corner. With private cabanas, poolside loungers and a swim-up bar, Elements of Byron promises heaven on earth—and boy, does it deliver. 

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Image credit: W Brisbane, Booking.com, Sean Fenessy/The Calile, Trivago, FV By Peppers, Marriot Resorts, Sheraton Grand Mirage, Elements Of Byron 

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