No holiday photo collection is complete without a poolside snap or two, so here at Hero & Leander we’ve scoured the globe for the top hotel pools for Instagram envy.
Banyan Tree Seychelles
With spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and native Takamaka trees, Banyan Tree Seychelles is nestled in Intendance Bay with pool villas perched on the hillside. These beautiful villas offer a bird’s eye view of both the ocean and hill terrain, with each boasting a private swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and rainforest. For something special, the Presidential Villa sits in its own private cove with a free-form infinity pool, outdoor jet pool and steam room and a second private pool.
At the resort, guests can take advantage of the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, tennis courts and restaurants, offering everything from Creole to Thai cuisine. Around the resort, guests can visit the beautiful botanic gardens, embark on a rum shack and organic farm tour or witness turtle nesting and hatching. This paradise is also famous for having some of the best beaches in the world, pristine and uncrowded. Some are framed by age-old granite boulders, others offer powder-soft sands, turquoise waters and sublime opportunities for swimming, snorkelling or pure relaxation.
For more information please visit www.banyantree.com/en/em-seychelles
Camp Davidson, South Africa
The pool view at Camp Davidson is certainly stunning, as the South African camp, which nestles in the heart of the wooded mountains of the Waterberg, overlooks the Matlapeng valley and the picturesque Sunset Lake. Accepting a limited number of guests, couples will find the intimate atmosphere of the wilderness camp inviting. Sometimes visible from the pool deck, the resident hippos and other game can be heard on most mornings.
Four night stay with Ranch Rider is priced from £746pp (two sharing) including tented accommodation (ensuite, with safari style bucket hot showers), meals, drinks, riding safari, use of facilities and taxes. Excluding car hire and return flight from £879pp. Year round departures. Ranch Rider (01509 618811; ranchrider.com)
Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas
Who said Instagram pool envy had to mean tranquil ocean views? Not us! So we have picked the award-winning Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas to join our list. Instagram envy is taken to another level at one of the hottest hotels and beach clubs in the city of sin. It is world-renowned for its sophisticated beach club ambiance and headlining DJs including The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Diplo, Alesso and more. The opulent day club features 40-foot palm trees surrounding three tiered pools, luxurious VIP alcoves and bungalows boasting infinity dipping pools and views of the Las Vegas Strip.
For more information please visit www.wynnlasvegas.com/
Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
Anyone that has visited the Amalfi Coast will know that no matter where you stand the view is as breathtaking as the last, and so the pool at Le Sirenuse had to make the cut. The hotel is located at the centre of the village of Postaino and with the rooms and terraces 70mt above the sea it is an unbeatable oasis of tranquillity with jaw dropping views. The pool is a sight to behold. Surrounded by lemon trees and cosy deck chairs, the swimming pool offers an unbeatable view and a romantic atmosphere worthy of any Instagram feed.
For more information please visit sirenuse.it/en
Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe
In the remote reaches of Zimbabwe’s natural Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Singita Pamushana overlooks a majestic landscape characterized by hundreds of ancient baobab, abundant game and unrivalled birdlife. The wisdom of thousands of years of Shangaan culture is depicted in some of southern Africa’s most pristine rock art sites on the reserve. There are six palatial suites and a five-bedroom villa, all with private plunge pools and panoramic views. The main pool’s unique infinity structure offers breathtaking views over the Zimbabwe Lowveld and Malilangwe Dam below, where a large pod of hippos reside.
Rates at Singita Pamushana start from £1,182 per person per night on a full board basis. For more information please visit singita.com/lodge/singita-pamushana-lodge/
The Chedi Muscat, Oman
Designed by award-winning Jean-Michel Gathy from Denniston Architects, celebrated for creating harmony between architecture, interior and landscape, The Chedi Muscat incorporates local style into a stunning contemporary design. Set amongst 21 acres of perfectly landscaped gardens and water features, lies the 103-metre insta-worthy infinity Long Pool, the longest in the Arabian Peninsula and the centre of the iconic hotel. If that doesn’t deserve to be snapped then what does?
For more information please visit www.ghmhotels.com/en/muscat/
The Frangipani Tree, Galle, Sri Lanka
Inspired by architect Geoffrey Bawa, a modern minimalist hotel that lets the oceanside setting speak for itself. Today the beaches are as much of a draw as ever, but these days, hosts of hotels vie for attention with smart flatscreens and all sorts of fancy accoutrements. Not here; at The Frangipani Tree you won’t even find a TV in your room. The magic of this hotel is simply its setting – the raging waves of the Indian Ocean crash just meters from the Hawksbill, Leatherback and Olive Ridley suites – named after the turtles who head back to this beach every year to lay their eggs. The pool itself is a simple masterpiece with views almost too good to share online.
Residence, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nestled between leafy Park Street and the lakeside Buddhist shrine of Gangarama, Residence by Uga Escapes is amongst the most unique boutique hotels in Colombo; Sri Lanka’s commercial capital city. Built in the nineteenth century by a wealthy barrister, Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, the halls and ballrooms of this grand Victorian townhouse once welcomed British governors, Indian maharajas, European nobility and the cream of the colonial Ceylon society. Today, Residence is a unique eleven-suite luxury hotel in Colombo. The hotel pool glistens in front of a modest palatial backdrop and offers guests peaceful recreation.
For more information please visit www.ugaescapes.com/residence/
Viceroy Bali is astounding with gravity defying, thatched villas set on the edge of a steep ravine, overlooking the Petanu River gorge in Bali’s mountain foothills. This truly romantic retreat has fabulous hillside views, the most tranquil and scenic spa and some of the best food in Bali as well as first-class service. The reason we have selected the Viceroy Bali’s pool is down to the view. Nature is the spectacle and there is no better place to view it than from your private villa pool overlooking the lush tropical landscape. View monkeys swinging through the trees and listen to the exotic jungle soundtrack.
For more information please visit www.slh.com/viceroy
Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas
Situated 8,250 feet above sea level and nestled within twenty acres of fragrant cedar forest, the pool at Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas affords guests breath-taking views of the Himalayas.
For more information please visit www.oberoihotels.com
UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Brazil
UXUA’s stunning pool is made of 45,000 green aventurine quartz stones that are said – by those who believe in the power of crystals – to have the most healing powers of any gem (and look fabulous in a photo). The lagoon pool is nestled in a bohemian hideaway in the heart of Trancoso, Brazil.
For more information please visit www.uxua.com/