For many of us sun-seekers, the hotel pool is a major draw when it comes to choosing where to stay on holiday. And while you might not book somewhere just because of its amazing pool, it certainly helps to have a breathtaking spot for a dip after a hard day on the beach!
So where are the most amazing hotel pools in Europe? Read on for our pick of stunning pools in popular hotspots Menorca, Crete, Santorini and beyond – dive right in for the top 10!
1. GF Victoria, Tenerife
Made from reinforced glass, this unique swimming spot in the sky puts you high above ground level with a birds-eye view of the pedestrians below. And if the hotel’s Sky Pool doesn’t float your boat, don’t worry – GF Victoria offers a host of options for water lovers, including a family pool with slides, a wave machine for bodyboarding and a rejuvenating indoor spa with waterfalls.
2. Titanic Marden Palace, Antalya
The main pool at Titanic Mardan Palace in Antalya, Turkey is something to behold. This larger-than-life lagoon pool covers a staggering 5 acres and features a sunken aquarium, giving swimmers the chance to spy on thousands of colourful fish. There’s even a Venetian canal that runs around the outside of the pool with gondola rides for hotel guests. Wacky, wonderful and impressive, all rolled into one!
3. Katikies Hotel, Santorini
Infinity pools don’t come any dreamier than this. Set on the clifftops of honeymoon hotspot Santorini, this high-up pool commands some of the best views on the island. With whitewashed walls and grottoes, Insta-worthy sunsets and panoramic ocean vistas, it’s the perfect spot for those extra-special occasions.
4. Melia Cala Galdana, Menorca
If you’re a fan of private infinity pools that overlook beautiful Menorcan coves – who isn’t? – put this gem in Cala Galdana on your wish list. If you upgrade your stay, you’ll not only get this infinity-edge pool to yourself, but a bunch of added extras including a private lounge, an open bar throughout the day and cocktails and tapas at sunset – go for it, we say.
5. Rixos Premium, Dubrovnik
This modernist indoor spa pool is pretty enough in itself, but the views from the day beds are out of this world. The pool forms part of the hotel’s award-winning spa circuit, featuring a traditional Turkish bath, a Jacuzzi, and a tea shop with over 100 herbal teas – no excuse for tension here! You’ll also find an outdoor pool perched above the rocky coastline, and a swimming platform for dips in the ocean – all just a 15 minute walk from Dubrovnik Old Town.
6. Hotel The Palace, Malta
Small, but perfectly formed, the rooftop pool at Hotel The Palace in Sliema, Malta offers exceptional town views. Centrally located, the hotel pool marks the highest point in Sliema, giving you uninterrupted views across the rooftops – it’s also one of the best spots on the island to witness the mesmerising Maltese sunsets. Grab a cocktail from the pool bar and take it all in.
7. Gran Melia Palacio de Isora, Tenerife
The magnificent pool at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora holds the title of longest saltwater pool in Europe, so you’re guaranteed plenty of space for a swim even in the busy summer months. The pool features 80 water beds and hydromassage zones, making it ideal for both relaxers and exercisers. Plus, with 5 more outdoor pools for kids of all ages, an indoor pool, and 2 exclusive pools for Red Level guests – there’s no excuse not to take the plunge!
8. Blue Palace, Crete
Imagine swimming through this grand archway on your next Greek holiday. With spectacular views of the distant hills and shimmering ocean below, it would be hard to leave this idyllic spot in Elounda. The spacious villas here all have their own pools, and there’s a stretch of private beach with a jetty for diving – this one take holidays to the next level.
9. Royal Marmin Bay, Crete
Understated yet luxurious, the outdoor pool at Royal Marmin Bay is one for the bucket list. Delivering amazing views of Mirabello Bay, the hotel keeps things simple with day beds, a few parasols for shade – and not much more. If you prefer not to share, the hotel offers 28 private plunge pools, each with a terrace and comfortable seating.
10. Angsana, Corfu
There’s something a bit special about this infinity pool in east Corfu. Whether it’s the wooden platform that seems to float above the water, or just the exceptional views over Benitses Bay, this is the type of place that lingers long in the memory. Perched high in the verdant hills of Corfu, the pool is one the most Instagrammed spots in the Med, and it’s easy to see why.