If you’re looking for a domestic holiday centred on relaxing at a hotel, you’re going to want to make sure it has a pool. Even if you don’t plan on using it to cool off in the heat or to work up a sweat in swimming laps, a pool still serves as a symbol of leisure and so helps to create that holiday feel.
Fortunately, with its relatively warmer climate, not to mention top-notch architects and interior designers, Australian hotels have arguably some of the world’s best pools. From a hotel pool in Perth where you can book pamper treatments right on your sun lounger, to another in Brisbane that hosts DJs and looks out over a glistening river, we’ve rounded up some of the best hotel pools in Australia here.
Let’s dive right in, shall we?
The Ritz-Carlton Perth, Perth
The infinity pool here looks out over the Swan River, Elizabeth Quay and the skyline. Conveniently, it’s heated, so you can take a dip in it even in the heart of winter. Post-swim, book in for a poolside pampering treatment or order a cocktail or light bite from bar Songbird.
W Brisbane, Brisbane
WET Pool can be found on the property’s level four rooftop area, WET Deck, which looks out on the Brisbane River. The ceiling above the pool is a striking black and white geometric pattern, while mosaic tiles line its floor, reflecting shadows of palm fronds. WET Deck Bar serves cocktails and bites, and, on select days, a live DJ is on the decks.
Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff
You’ll find Mantra on Salt Beach in the seaside town of Kingscliff in northern NSW. Whatever your preferred pool temperature or style, it’s likely the resort will have something to suit. Its collection of outdoor pools include a lagoon pool, kids’ wading pool and a heated rock pool.
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Margaret River
This hotel is an ideal base for a weekend or week-long escape to Margaret River. In between exploring beaches and discovering cellar doors in Margaret River, camp out by its infinity pool for a spot of relaxation. When you’ve had enough sun, book in for a pedicure, manicure or massage at the hotel’s Vie Spa,
Crystalbrook Riley, Cairns
Crystalbrook Riley is among three Crystalbrook Collection hotels in Cairns. It’s 1,000sqm lagoon stretches along the Esplanade and is dotted with poolside cabanas to park yourself in and soak up the Queensland sun. After an afternoon of lazing poolside, visit rooftop bar Rocco for a cocktail or on-site restaurant Paper Cranes for dinner.
W Melbourne, Melbourne
The indoor space of WET Deck on level 14, with its curved timber elements, was inspired by the snaking shape of the Yarra River, while its gold roof reflects the lights of the city at night. The pool hosts Sunday poolside sessions year-round, where guests are treated a cocktail on arrival, roving canapés and a menu of drinks and bites.
Sofitel Darling Harbour, Sydney
The infinity pool here splashes out onto Daring Harbour. Dry off after a swim on a sun lounger and order a cocktail, salad or ice cream from Le Rivage Pool Bar. The pool is open year-round, from 6am to 10pm, so it can accommodate swims at sunrise and sunset.