Thailand is a dazzlingly beautiful country with a wealth of wonders to explore.
After some intense sight-seeing, there’s no better way to relax and enjoy the sizzling Thai sunshine than with a refreshing dip in a stunning swimming pool — maybe even followed by a cheeky poolside cocktail if you’re lucky.
Fortunately there are some truly gorgeous swimming pools in resorts and hotels across Thailand where you can do just that.
Here’s our pick of the best swimming pools in Thailand…
The 7 Best Resort Pools In Thailand
Overlooking the surf on the soft white sands of Chaweng Beach on the idyllic island of Koh Samui in southeast Thailand is The Library.
The pool at this blissful beachside hotel is a dramatic shade of blood red.
No expense has been spared on the imported Italian mosaic tiles in vivid shades of orange, yellow and red that give the pool its unique colour, which is further highlighted by red sunshades and loungers.
With such a distinctive appearance and exceptional views out across the turquoise sea, it’s no wonder that this pool has been voted one of the most spectacular hotel pools in the world by a huge number of publications, including CNN, Tripadvisor and Conde Nast.
Every attention has been paid to detail at this exclusive boutique hotel, and as well as being achingly stylish there is an emphasis on tranquility and calm here.
The extensive landscaped grounds are perfect for rambling, and geometric, minimalist villas and suites are scattered amongst the lush trees and plants. The hotel’s large library holds an impressive collection of books should you fancy expanding your mind during your stay, and The Library’s iconic restaurant, The Page, offers an innovative Thai and international fusion fine dining menu.
- On the beach
- Spacious rooms equipped with iMacs
- 2.7 km from Koh Samui airport
- Library, gym, spa
- Restaurant and bar
Way up on the 25th floor of the glittering, dizzying heights of the Okura Prestige is the hotel’s striking 25 metre, cantilevered swimming pool.
Poised elegantly (if vertiginously) above the intersection of Phloen Chit and Wireless Road at the heart of Bangkok’s CBD, the pool has breathtaking views over the city.
Hotel guests can relax around the heated pool on one of the comfy sun loungers, and enjoy sophisticated nibbles and drinks from the poolside bar.
The Okura Prestige Bangkok is excellently situated for some of the best shopping, restaurants and bars in the city, and it’s close to most major tourist attractions.
The 5 star luxury accommodations offer oodles of contemporary charm and comfort, and the hotel’s spa is a hidden sanctuary offering a sumptuous selection of soothing treatments.
Dining is an equally lavish affair, with three fine dining restaurants to choose from, including Japanese haute cuisine at the hotel’s award-winning signature restaurant ‘Yamazato’ with a remarkable blend of textures, temperatures, flavours and colours.
- Next to Ploenchit BTS station
- Spa, fitness centre, sauna
- Japanese and Arabic restaurants
- Sky bar on 24th floor
- Business centre and meeting rooms
This gem of a hotel is situated right next to the glorious Mai Khao Beach on the dreamy island of Phuket.
Nestling next to the sparkling marine waters in a place of spectacular natural beauty, the 5 star Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa features opulent oceanfront villas with private pools — the ultimate romantic hideaway.
The hotel’s restaurant overlooks the large and elegantly designed rectangular outdoor pool with poolside bar and a tranquil view across the beach to the ocean. A second large swimming pool with a more natural feel can be found hidden like an oasis among verdant tropical jungle trees and plants, and features a sparkling waterfall.
Couples will love the range of soothing treatments and therapies – including couple’s massage and revitalizing body wraps – at the serene Quan Spa.
Dining options at this 5 star hotel include international options at Loca Vore Restaurant, delicious Thai fare at Takieng Restaurant, and smoky barbecues at Sand Box with its contemporary bar atmosphere.
- Jogging and biking trails on the resort
- 5 onsite restaurants
- Fitness classes including yoga, pilates, Thai boxing and bike tours
- Shuttle service to Patong and Phuket Town
After a busy day exploring the unique culture and incomparable delights of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s ancient northern capital, where better to relax than poolside at the Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa.
Luxury villas and suites each have direct private access onto this designer hotel’s vast and magnificent lagoon shaped pool — most certainly one of the most beautiful pools in Thailand.
This watery tropical haven is the heart of the hotel, and features three islands, a stylish sun terrace and swim up bar, as well as a waterslide and shallow areas for children.
The delightful Lanna style accommodations are like something straight out of a Thai fairytale, with rich carved teak interiors, canopy beds, private balconies or terraces and private Jacuzzis.
An idyllic stroll across a bridge over a stream takes guests to the hotel spa with a wealth of sublime therapeutic treatments and massages that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated, or work up a sweat at the fitness centre with saunas and steam rooms. Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa is well placed for visiting the city’s abundant attractions, shops and restaurants.
- Complimentary shuttle to night markets
- Spacious rooms with canopy beds, private balconies and separate rain showers
- Spa pool, sauna, gym, business centre
- Two restaurants and pool bar
Hua Hin is well known for being a favourite spot for the Thai royals and other members of high society. You too can feel like royalty with a stay at the rather splendid Hyatt Regency Hua Hin which is blessed with a number of absolutely gorgeous resort pools.
The lavish lagoon style swimming pool is certainly fit for a king. Three generous swimming pools make up part of no less than seven pretty interconnecting pools of aquamarine water which fit seamlessly into the natural surroundings — there’s even a waterfall and a 22 metre high water slide for the kids.
In all there are 16 acres of exotic landscaped gardens to explore here, as well as an impressive 315 metre long beach frontage.
The contemporary 5 star suites and villas are clustered around the pools and dotted around the gardens.
The award-winning Barai Spa takes you on a journey of mind, body and spirit, and to nourish your taste buds choose from Italian, Thai and Tapas from one of the hotel’s restaurants, or chill out with a cocktail and some live music at the Fountain Lounge.
- Home to award-winning Barai spa
- 24-hour fitness centre, water slide and kids’ club
- Club rooms and suites available
- 3 onsite restaurants
- 3 minutes from Cicada market
Perched high on a cliffside, the wonderful infinity pool at Pimalai Resort and Spa boasts incredible views across the jungle to the gently swirling aqua seas below.
Koh Lanta is one of the most picturesque islands on southern Thailand’s west coast, and nature lovers will adore the 100 acres of lush tropical forests full of birds and animals, the unspoiled sandy beach, and the solitude and serenity of the surrounding mountains.
The infinity pool is the perfect place for guests to enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the sun setting over the bay, and listen to the sounds of the wild as the forest comes alive.
Another highlight is the hotel spa set in a leafy valley, where seven charming thatched treatment rooms are connected by wooden walkways leading over a pretty waterfall and koi carp ponds.
Guests can take advantage of some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in Thailand around the island, or simply give themselves over to the ridiculously relaxing 5 star setting.
- 3 minute walk from the beach
- Complimentary round-trip transfer from Krabi airport
- Spacious, traditional Thai room with private balconies
- Tennis courts, fitness centre, library
- Activities on offer including cycling and watersports
- 5 onsite bars and restaurants
Between shimmering skyscrapers, mysterious ancient temples and electric nightlife, Bangkok is bursting with unique and exciting sights, sounds and experiences. With so much to see and do it’s important to have spacious and idyllic accommodation to come back to where you can unwind and take it easy after a hectic day.
Centrally located 5 star SO Sofitel Bangkok is in one of the city’s most vibrant areas, yet with amazing views overlooking the glorious Lumpini Park it provides a sanctuary of calm amidst all of the city’s wonderful craziness.
Nowhere is better placed to enjoy the spectacular view than the hotel’s serene infinity pool way up high, which is just perfect for watching the evening sun dipping behind the glittering Bangkok skyline.
This hip, contemporary hotel is designed to let you indulge your senses, and every month the pool becomes the stage for the city’s bright young things to shine at the Sofitel So Pool Party with house music and hip hop. This event brings beautiful people from far and wide so dress to impress and bring your shades to party by the pool.
The quirky and fabulous hotel has two restaurants and three bars, one of which on the 29th floor is arguably one of the best rooftop bars in Bangkok. The multi award winning restaurant showcases mouth-watering degustation menus featuring ‘Modern Western Cuisine’.
- 30 storey hotel
- Spacious rooms with view of the city or Lumpini Park
- 200 metres from Lumphini MRT station
- Spa, hot tubs, fitness centre and bike rental
- 6 onsite bars and restaurants
What’s your favourite swimming pool in Thailand?