Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dipping In to the Hottest (or Coolest) Hotel Pools

The weather is just getting warmer and a nice dip in the pool may cross your mind. Design Hotels presents the top four hotels pools for not only swimming, but sun bathing and socializing as well.

The pool at The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand has mosaic Italian glass tiles in red, yellow and orange, the pool is set on the beachfront and is surrounded by a wooden deck with red mattresses and black bean bags.

The pool at The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles, USA is part of one of Los Angeles’ most coveted nightlife hotspots, it is situated on the rooftop of the twelve-storey hotel in Downtown LA. The pool has panoramic views of the city. On the opposite side of the terrace there is sculptured topiary, an open fireplace, dance floor and bar. The turquoise heated pool stands out sharply against the deep red Astroturf of the surrounding sundeck, where there are also bright red water-bed canopies for up to ten people.

The infinity pool at Alila Ubud, Bali, Indonesia is perched on a terrace floating above the lush Ayung River valley. The pool spreads out to form an elongated rectangle until it seems to disappear down the terraced jungle hillside.

Our favorite was the pool at Habita Monterrey, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico (photo), offering different views and contrasting temperatures. The two pools at Habita Monterrey cater to all tastes and weather conditions. The hot pool is heated to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, making it ideal for a dip in the winter months. There is also a cold pool which is great for cooling off during the summer when temperatures rise. Situated on either side of the eighth floor roof terrace with 360-degree views over the desert metropolis and Sierra Madre, the pools are divided by a chic concrete bar. On one side there is a view over Sierra Madre and its eponymous Cerro de la Silla, known as the Chair Mountain, whilst on the opposite side there is a view of the El Obispado, a green mountainous area.

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