Yes, Perth is home to some bloody beautiful beaches. And while we can’t get enough of them, sometimes we just want a solid chunk of relaxation without sand creeping into spots it shouldn’t be and the threat of stingers.
Enter: Perth’s hotel pools. Yes, you’ll have to book a night’s stay to enjoy most of these amazing pools, but it’ll be worth it for the uninterrupted day of reading, swimming and relaxing. Plus, there’s no need to move thanks to poolside ordering.
It’s time to book a staycation and cool off in one of Perth’s best hotel pools.
Dishing out LA vibes in spades, the pool area at Perth's first Art Series hotel, The Adnate, is perfect if you're looking to cool off with bottomless fries and punch bowl cocktails. Part of Hyde Perth Kitchen + Cocktails, you can expect the place to turn into a pool party every Saturday from 4pm; you might want to get there early to secure a sun lounger.
Towering over Elizabeth Quay and the Swan River, the pool area at the brand new Ritz-Carlton is spectacular. Featuring an infinity edge and lots of areas to soak up the sun, you probably want to combine your pool day with a treatment at the spa so you can make use of the saunas and outdoor heated vitality pools with jets.
COMO The Treasury
We’ll start with the most exclusive pool of all. You wouldn’t even know COMO The Treasury’s pool exists from the streets below. This tranquil lap pool is completely indoors so you can swim rain, hail or shine, and you won’t need to lather on the SPF. With a view out to the rooftops of Barrack Street, it’s easy to feel smug as stressed out people bustle through town below.
Breaking news: Northbridge is now home to a pool thanks to the crew from DoubleTree. Not only does this hotel offer a delicious, warm choc chip cookie on arrival, their pool, situated outside on the third floor, is legit. With stunning views over Northbridge and across to the city, there’s a poolside bar which also takes food orders from the James Street Bar + Kitchen below.
These pools have been a winner ever since Crown was Burswood Resort and Casino, and they’re still going strong. Take your pick of the multitude of day beds on offer and order up some chips and champagne from the Poolside Bar & Grill for maximum relaxed feels. There’s even a waterslide. Or splurge on a cabana at The Pavilion and enjoy being waited on hand and foot. $195 on weekdays and $295 on weekends will get you two comfy sunbeds, access to a private pool and spa, indoor couch and TV, a minibar and more.
Crown Towers pool area is expansive and lagoon-like, with plenty of deck chairs and shade sails for ultimate holiday vibes. You can hire plush daybeds or go one better and book a cabana in The Enclave. Equipped with a TV, couch, sunbeds, minibar and a dedicated host that will bring you just about anything you request, as well as a private infinity pool that looks out across the river, it’s the ultimate pool day treat.
If you’re not into crowded pool areas, Tradewinds offers the escape you’re looking for. What their pool lacks in size it makes up for in tranquillity, and they’ve even got cabanas perfect for all day lounging. Open from 7am to 7pm, order a couple of poolside margaritas, grab a magazine and relax for the day, the Freo way.
Overlooking Scarborough Beach, the Rendezvous pool area has been a favourite for many years, and it’s easy to see why. Rock formations, waterfalls and palm trees make it feel like you’re holidaying on an island resort and the Cascades Pool Bar keeps your thirst quenched. And if you still want a cheeky dip in the ocean, you can walk across the road and fulfil both destinies.
Keen to swim on the cheap? Here’s our comprehensive guide to Perth’s public swimming pools.
Image credit: Emma Bryant, COMO The Treasury and Bookings.com