On Top of the World
Over-the-top swimming pools have become the iconic signature statement for some of the finest hotels around the world. The panoramic views of Hollywood Hills at the London Hotel’s rooftop pool in West Hollywood is a great example of this truly urban retreat. Here, breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at Boxwood on the Roof by Gordon Ramsay’s protégé Anthony Keene. Poolside concierge service on its exclusive pool deck or in private luxury cabanas, provides an ideal venue for any gathering, any time.
‘On top of the world’ takes on new meaning when you can swim on top of the world. Known for its 500-foot infinity pool and city skyline views, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore takes the win for the largest rooftop pool. The pool rests on a platform that connects its three 57-foot skyscrapers and is not for the faint of heart. It does, however, make it the best location in the city for breathtaking photo opportunities. As well, nestled among the clouds, Skypark proffers some of the finest champagne and cocktails.
Another over-the-top pool was created by Philippe Stark with an eye to accentuating the surrounding drama of Ipanema Beach and Two Brother’s Mountain. Located on the eighth floor of the Fasano Hotel, the chic atmosphere attracts the A-list crowds making it one of the coolest places to stay cool under the hot sun in Rio de Janeiro.
Taking a step off the rooftops and into a tranquil and secluded hillside hideaway in Bali, the Alila Ubud’s Resort has a rectangular infinity pool that conveys calmness. Sitting high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River, this eco-friendly resort promotes a sense of community and urges guests to experience Balinese culture.
Alternatively, if guests are looking for exclusivity, then New York City’s Soho House provides preferential treatment that will not go unnoticed, especially when lounging pool side. Toronto’s Thompson Hotel maximizes access to the great outdoors while The Park Hyatt Sydney offers sweeping view of the city and Sydney Harbor, just to mention a few of the abundance of pools around the world that are simply over-the-top spectacular.