Take a dip in one of these perfect pools at Starwood hotels and resorts across the globe.
Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa — Vietnam
Whether you want to swim laps, soak in some rays or take a leisurely dip, you’ll do it in style in this sleek infinity-edge pool. After you’ve had your fill of the panoramic views of the Nha Trang Bay, head to Shine Spa for Sheraton™ for an Oriental Four-Hand Massage where two therapists work in tandem on a treatment that combines four massage styles: Thai, aromatherapy, Vietnamese and reflexology. The property also features an onsite cooking school where guests can learn the delectable art of creating Asian cuisine, with a focus on Vietnamese dishes.
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The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket — Thailand
This exclusive boutique resort is only accessible via speedboat, making it a uniquely intimate and ultra-romantic retreat. Each stand-alone villa features a spacious patio with a relaxation sala and an outdoor soaking tub overlooking the tropical landscape or Phang Nga Bay. Select villas also feature a private pool or direct beach access, or both. If you do decide to venture away from your villa, take in the amazing view from the hotel’s main freshwater pool or enjoy a sunset cocktail and tapas at Z Bar. At Spa Naka, book the signature Watsu treatment, a 60-minute-aquatic therapy combining shiatsu pressure points and gentle stretches.
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Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa — Egypt
If gazing upon the Seven Wonders of the World is on your bucket list, this resort offers a nice big check mark. Because it’s located within walking distance to the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids, you can take in the view from the pool’s built-in sunbeds, or enjoy two additional pools with waterfalls and underwater massage. Cairo is a 20-minute drive away, where you can tour the old city, visit ornate mosques and sail on a felucca, a traditional Nile sailing boat. Use the Unlock Art™ pass in your room to visit the Museum of Egyptian Modern Art or head to the Egyptian Museum to view the iconic funeral mask of Tutankhamun.
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Sheraton Waikiki — O‘ahu, Hawai‘i
This infinity pool, featured on CNN’s list of “America’s Most Amazing Hotel Pools,” was designed to blend seamlessly into the Pacific and offers sweeping views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. The hotel also features two fresh water swimming pools, a water slide, two large whirlpools and an interactive fountain area for kids. Raise a flag from your lounge chair to order local-style plate lunches and refreshing shave ice cocktails from Edge of Waikiki, the poolside cafe. Daily group surfing lessons, outrigger canoe rides and catamaran sails are also offered, and stand-up paddleboards, snorkel sets and sand toys can be rented.
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Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort — Indonesia
Sunsets are epic at this infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. The resort, awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014, is located in surfer haven Kuta, and each of the 203 guest rooms and suites features a spacious balcony with views of the beach and the Bali Straight. Spend a day browsing brand names at the Beachwalk Shopping Center, then head to the Shine Spa for Sheraton™ for an authentic Balinese massage. Bali is known as the “Island of a Thousand Temples,” so a visit to one of the many sacred shrines is a must.
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Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santorini — Greece
It’s hard to beat the view from this infinity pool, perched on a cliff high above the Aegean. The secluded 35 stone suites are perfect for couples (it was voted the Most Romantic Retreat by SPG® members in 2013) with balconies offering the same amazing panorama. Catch a legendary Santorini sunset while dining al fresco at Charisma Restaurant (again, with this view), or book a table in the Secret Wine Cave, a romantic 150 year-old wine cellar. Don't miss a Traditional Greek Massage using olive oil in Asian Spa; post treatment, laze on a balcony in the relaxation area and take in, you guessed it, the never-gets-old view.
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SLS Hotel Beverly Hills — California
In classic L.A. fashion, the sleek 6th-floor Altitude Pool exudes glamour and style. A dedicated pool concierge is on hand to cater to any request, but for the ultimate celeb treatment, reserve a Philippe Starck-designed cabana, decked out with funky teak furniture and star-worthy amenities like plasma TVs, a fully stocked mini bar and personal Evian misters. Expect a club-like atmosphere, with live music and DJs and VIP bottle service. Take a breather from the scene at the Ciel Spa at SLS — the Nirvana requires two therapists to simultaneously perform a choreographed massage, ensuring the treatment lives up to its name.
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The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa — Cancún, Mexico
This grand infinity edge pool appears to blend into the vast Caribbean Sea, and features a popular swim-up bar. Sample a variety of refreshing margaritas (when in Mexico, right?) or take in the expansive ocean views from the pool’s built-in loungers. Also located on the AAA Four-Diamond rated resort’s grounds are the Mayan ruins of the ancient Scorpion’s Temple, atop Cancún’s highest perch. Recharge in the Heavenly Spa by Westin™, which features natural treatments using indigenous ingredients. No wonder the resort was named one of the top hotels and resorts in Mexico on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2014.
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W Hong Kong — Hong Kong
Get WET® in one of the world’s highest rooftop swimming pools, located on the 76th floor of this chic waterfront hotel. Soak up the sun along with views of the massive mosaic mural, surrounding city skyline and Victoria Harbour. In the first-floor restaurant, Sing Yin Cantonese Dining, nosh on Asian delicacies like mooncakes and all-you-can-eat dim sum. Unwind with a melt-into-the-table Blissage75™ at Bliss® Spa — get there early to take advantage of the sauna, steam rooms and vitality pool. When you’re ready to explore Hong Kong, the hotel offers easy access to train lines, including the convenient Airport Express.
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St. Regis Princeville Resort — Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i
Located on the North Shore of Kaua‘i, this 5,000 square foot infinity pool has a died-and-gone-to-heaven view of Hanalei Bay. The pool and adjacent whirlpools are edged in lava rock and surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. (Bonus: guests staying at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas have full access to the resort.) Nibble on complimentary passed fruit spears and be sure to try the resort’s take on a Bloody Mary; the Aloha Mary is unique to Princeville, made with sriracha and guava-smoked sea salt.
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Sheraton San Jose Hotel — Costa Rica
From this chic rooftop pool, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of trendy Escazú, a suburb of Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose. The modern hotel features a vertical garden in the lobby, plus flat-screen TVs and iHome® docking stations in guest rooms. Spend a day strolling La Sabana Metropolitan Park, take the complimentary shuttle to the Multiplaza shopping center, one of the largest in Central America, or visit Butterfly Kingdom to learn about the life cycles of varied species of butterflies. Plan day outings to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Arenal Volcano, both about three hours away.
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Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos — Mexico
The toughest decision you’ll have to make at this resort is which of the five pools to visit. Want to feel like you’re floating in the Sea of Cortez? This infinity pool is for you. If it’s a swim-up bar you want, the Delfines Pool has it, plus a waterfall and view of the golf course. The Pitahayas Pool is a lively one, with daily activities like water aerobics and volleyball, as well as live musicians. If you’re seeking tranquility, the De Cortez pool offers shady palms, stone terraces, and a cascading waterfall — a serene spot for lounging. For the little ones, the kids’ pool features a waterslide, a mushroom waterfall and a hanging bridge.
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The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain — Colorado
Swim with views of snow-capped mountains in this heated lap pool, set on the edge of Eagle River and Beaver Creek Mountain. The AAA Four-Diamond rated resort's pool is refreshing in the summer months, and also offers a steamy respite during the brisk winter — perfect after a day on the slopes. Not to be missed is a visit to MAYA Modern Kitchen & Tequileria featuring acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, with an impressive outdoor terrace and stellar views of the surrounding peaks.
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W Retreat & Spa — Vieques Island — Puerto Rico
This 30-acre clifftop resort features a sexy bi-level WET® infinity pool with views of the Caribbean. Located on Vieques, a rustic island seven miles off Puerto Rico’s east coast, the resort offers two private beaches perfect for snorkeling — masks, snorkels and fins are complimentary. Head to the SWING tennis courts for a match (racquets and tennis balls are gratis) or indulge in a Noni Fruit Facial at the AWAY® Spa. For a unique experience, visit Mosquito Bay, recognized as the brightest bioluminescent bay by Guinness World Records. By kayak or pontoon boat, witness the neon glow of the ecosystem and surrounding water.
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The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas — Maui, Hawai‘i
You’ll know you’re in Maui at this crystal-blue pool, thanks to its lagoons, waterfalls and coves fringed by tropical foliage. Keiki (children) can unleash their inner swashbuckler at the Pirate Ship pool with water sprays and gentle slides. Beach water sports include snorkeling, snuba and stand up paddling, plus a PADI certified scuba operation. At Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin™, book a Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage, a treatment where a therapist uses hands and forearms to knead muscles. Don’t miss a trip to the Haleakala National Park for an epic sunrise, and the watch for humpback whales off the coast of Lahaina.
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