Once you’ve made your way out of the incredible Changi Airport the first thing you’ll notice about Singapore is the humidity. Some people love it, others hate it, but regardless of which column you sit in, everyone will require a dip in a pool before too long.
Thankfully, Singapore is home to some stunning places to cool off. From pools perched 200 metres above grounds to swim-up bars and lazy rivers, here are 15 of Singapore’s most incredible pools.
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Catch the sunrise and sunset at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway’s award-winning rooftop pool. Offering panoramic views of the architectural marvel that is Singapore’s skyline, you can even book a poolside massage in a cabana. Stick around until after nightfall on special occasions and you might even spot fireworks on the horizon. And if you really must work out on holidays, head up to the pool in the morning for daily Aquaspin classes.
Marina Bay Sands
When people book a hotel room just to swim in a pool, you know it’s legit. Marina Bay Sands is home to one of the world’s most famous rooftop pools—complete with an infinity-edge 200 metres up that’s sure to make your heart stop momentarily. Then your breath will be taken away by the view. Once your normal bodily functions have resumed, you can kick back on a sun lounger with some nosh and a cocktail. Suspended in a boat-shaped structure atop the hotel’s three towers, if you’re not afraid of a little rain the pool makes for a pretty speccy spot to watch the afternoon thunderstorms roll in.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Nestled among a concrete jungle with enough tropical plants to make it feel like you’re in an actual jungle, the pool at Sofitel Singapore City Centre is another good’n. The 30-metre infinity pool is lined with double-sized sun loungers and there’s always someone nearby ready to top up your champers. And being smack bang in the middle of the city, you’re never too far from your next dip.
The Outpost Hotel Sentosa
With three elaborate pools to choose from, The Outpost Hotel Sentosa is your go-to for a killer pool day. Overlooking waters of the Singapore Strait, the Pool Deck offers more architectural flair to marvel at as you soak in the rays on a wicker day bed. Each pool takes inspiration from a far-flung destination; Pamukkale Pool nods to Turkey’s crystal clear waters and silver terraces, the Adventure Pool is reminiscent of a sea of islands and the Lazy River Pool is like a miniature Amazon rainforest.
You won’t find any lazy rivers or swim-up bars at The Raffles’ pool, but it’s just so darn pretty it had to make it onto this list. Lined with sun loungers, the pool is on the smaller side, but feels oh so exclusive in that stunning luxe colonial-style The Raffles is famous for. You’ll even catch a glimpse of the Marina Bay Sands in the distance.
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering
Plant lovers need not look at any other hotels when booking a trip to Singapore, the PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering is without a doubt your jam. Described as a “hotel in a garden” the pool area reflects the same vibe, set amidst a 300-metre garden walk. Doze off in the birdcage-style cabanas, order some nasi goreng and watch the buzz on the city streets below as you cool off at the infinity edge.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort And Spa
Perched on a clifftop overlooking the South China Sea, the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa is the place to go to lap up some luxury, with a little French flair. Visit So SPA for a massage and then take a refreshing dip among the tropical plants surrounding the tranquil pool area; soon you’ll feel like a million bucks. The Sofitel also flaunts villas with private pools if that’s more your jam.
Amara Sanctuary Resort
Another Sentosa gem, Amara Sanctuary Resort is equipped with four outdoor swimming pools. There’s the SkyPool with infinity edges and views of the South China Sea, DreamPool complete with a waterfall and rainforest garden, Larkhill Terrace Pool that’s for the exclusive use of guests in the Larkhill Terrace Suites and a kids pool to keep splashing contained.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Shaded by the beautiful, historic Doric columns of The Fullerton Hotel, the pool at this Singapore hotel is a must-visit. Overlooking the Singapore River, the 25-metre infinity pool dotted with wicker sun lounges and umbrellas will not disappoint. Bring a book and plan to stay a while to soak in this beauty.
Hard Rock Hotel Singapore
Hard Rock Hotel never steers away from fun, and the man-made sandy beach at the Singapore outpost is no exception. There’s beach volleyball, poolside cabanas and just the right level of music to set the scene. This pool is best enjoyed with some mates and some cocktails.
One Farrer Hotel & Spa
With an Olympic-sized pool, it’s no surprise that One Farrer Hotel & Spa has earnt itself five stars. The Sunset Bar is on hand to shake or stir martinis while you watch the sun go down in a poolside cabana. An experience that can only be topped by hitting the spa for a massage post-swim. Book a Skyline level room and you’ll score access to another pool with a speccy view.
Along with some very luxurious suites, Naumi Hotel is home to the Cloud 9 Infinity Pool and Bar. If you’re looking for pool party vibes, put this place at the top of your list. Laze about on sun loungers all day and once the sun goes down watch the neon signs light up the rooftop for cocktail hour.
You could opt for a private plunge pool at Capella Singapore, but the three-tiered pool deck is the stand out at this hotel, made up of bungalows that date back to 1880 and complete with a lookout over the South China Sea. If you’re looking for a relaxing escape, the Capella is a good place to do it.
W Singapore Sentosa Cove
The W pools are legendary, and the one at Sentosa Cove in Singapore lives up to the reputation. The underwater speaker system ensures you’re never out of beats and they’ve got private cabanas for hire with all the mod cons. The swim-up WET Bar is on standby to mix up refreshing libations and their “Ambassadors” are at your beck and call any time of the day.
Ascott Raffles Place
At Ascott Raffles Place people are the main attraction at the pool which resembles an aquarium. Sitting above ground you can watch other pool-goers splash about before gathering the courage to jump in yourself. Open from 6am to 11pm, you can cool off at just about any time of the day in this inner-city oasis.
Ready to dive in? Singapore is home to some stunning places to cool off—and for reference, all above pools are SG Clean Certified. Head to Singapore Tourism for more info.
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