Private Pool overlooking the ocean in the Ikos Dassia

Best hotels with swim-up rooms or private pools in Europe & beyond

18 Apr 2019 By Danielle Gunner
Private Pool overlooking the ocean in the Ikos Dassia

Is there anything better than waking up to a pool on your doorstep? Within feet of your bed and connected to your terrace take a dip in your own oasis of tranquil waters. Hotels with swim-up rooms come in all shapes and sizes from secluded honeymoon suites to paddle-friendly numbers ideal for tiny tots and infinity edges that gaze onto the horizon.

Better yet, swim-up room holidays are worldwide – so, whether you fancy Mexico’s tropical climate, close to home favourites such as Spain or mythological wonders in Greece, we’ve got suites with private pools from across the globe.

Best swim-up rooms in Greece

Ikos Aria

Inside the swim-up suite in Ikos Aria with views of the pool

Location: Situated on the Greek island of Kos, among Roman ruins and Old Town relics lies the Ikos Aria hotel. Nestled in the resort of Kefalos, which is famed for its sun-soaked grains of sand and its stint on the hit film, Mamma Mia – you’re surrounded by charming tavernas, rolling mountains and enchanted churches.

Flight time: Approx four hours and 15 minutes  

Room type: Deluxe one bedroom bungalow suite with private pool

Why visit? Alongside its 5 star status, this lavish accommodation is the ultimate all inclusive. Placed along 47 acres of dramatic coastline, your backdrop is unforgettable. Ultra-modern suites come accessorised with a 35m2 private pool overlooking the azure Aegean Sea and is decorated with plush sunloungers. Occupying up to five guests, bring the whole family along for some swim-up fun. And with top-notch facilities including complimentary bathrobes, slippers, mini bar and Wi-Fi – your deluxe escape awaits.

Onsite there’s eight restaurants, personalised treatments at the spa and childcare services for mini travellers. When you’re not enjoying the perks of your own secluded section of water, there’s a main pool with daily aqua aerobics, water polo and other wet activities provided by the animation team.   

Must-visit sites nearby:

  • Kastri Ruins
  • Agios Stefanos Beach
  • Tree of Hippocrates

Did you know? An hour of swimming can burn up to 650 calories.

Mitsis Alila

Mitsis Alila Private Pool Suites Family option

Location: Placing you in the middle of Faliraki and Rhodes Town, flit from relic to relic thanks to your prime positioning. To the south you’ve got the world-famous Anthony Quinn Bay with its flawless sands and the Palace of the Grand Master with its mesmerising Gothic architecture. Combining natural marvels with century-old history, there’s something magical about the Mitsis Alila location.  

Flight time: Approx four hours and 20 minutes 

Room type: Family sea view with private pool

Why visit? Who said luxury was just for adults? Thanks to the Mitsis Alila families can revel in space up to 42 square metres and with their own private pool to match. Swim while gazing out onto the Aegean Ocean or relax in style from your very own padded loungers on the terrace. There are two twin beds, two sofa options and separate air conditioning units for premium comfort.

As for the hotel itself, well there’s no shortage of 5 star facilities from its Ultra All Inclusive board basis to its nine gourmet dining options and five bars (there’s even a dedicated Champagne spot). For added opulence check out the state-of-the-art spa, while the kids hit the onsite waterslides. 

Must visit sites nearby: 

  • Kalithea Springs
  • Rhodes Waterpark 
  • Archaeological Museum of Rhodes 
  • The Street of Knights

Ikos Dassia

Featuring the bed and swim-up suite in the deluxe rooms at Ikos Dassia Greece

Location: Backed by striking woodland, the Ikos Dassia places you among natural marvels from Ionian Sea panoramas to Corfu’s rugged mountains and breathtaking views of mainland Greece. It’s just 20 minutes from the airport and near the legendary Old Town.

Flight time: Approx three hours

Room type: One bedroom suite sea view with private pool or deluxe sea view with individual pool

Why visit? This award-winning hotel is made up of 411 luxurious rooms, six a la carte restaurants with Michelin-starred menus and a rejuvenating spa which features renowned French beauty brand products by Anne Semonin. Suites come with a beachfront setting and contemporary furnishings, alongside a 28m2 pool and outdoor living area overlooking the sea. This stylish room is well-equipped for two adults and one child and comes with additional perks such as a free mini bar, complimentary toiletries and a rainfall shower.

Children are urged to join the Hero’s Kids Club or Just4Teens programme which features water-based games, sports, crafts and cooking. Before retiring back to your swim-up hangout, enjoy the hotel’s vibrant mix of shows including musicals, live bands and jazz performers.

Must-visit sites nearby:

  • 18th century Achilleion Palace
  • Sidari
  • Old Fortress Corfu
  • Palaiokastritsa Beach

Did you know? Swimming reduces stress, so grab yourself a Cosmopolitan in the sun and take a dip from your own private pool for the ultimate R&R.

Daios Cove

Modern Deluxe Junior Rooms with swim-up pools at Daios Cove hotel in Greece

Location: Jaws will drop as you head for Daios Cove with its stand-out position on the Bay of Vathi in Crete. Overlooking the ocean with its infinity edge pool, this 5 star establishment also places you amidst Agios Nikolaos’ hotspots – including Mirabello Bay.

Flight time: Approx three hours and 30 minutes

Room type: Deluxe junior suite bungalow with private pool

Why visit? Famed for its private beach, state-of-the-art spa and six mouth-watering restaurants, Daios Cove ticks all the boxes when it comes to a lavish retreat. Unwind in your spacious, swanky suite featuring an individual seawater pool which provides unobstructed views of the Mediterranean. With your own private outdoor area, revel in tranquility. Your king-size bed will be lined with Egyptian cotton and memory foam pillows, while the mini bar is stocked with ice-cold beers and freshwater.

Dine al fresco from your terrace, venture out into the establishment’s Greek taverna or seafood eatery. It’s said to be the go-to spot in the area for top-quality performances with special acts gracing the hotel’s stage. When you’re not lounging around your swim-up wonder, check out the heated infinity pool where daytime activities provide endless fun.

Must-visit sites nearby:

  • Lake Voulismeni
  • Knossos
  • Samaria Gorge
  • Elafonisi

Best swim-up rooms in Spain

Baobab Suites

Modern blue interiors inside the swim-up suites in Baobos Suites Tenerfie

Location: The perfect destination for year-round sun, join Baobab Suites in Costa Adeje, Tenerife for a sizzling escape. Nearby you’ve got Blue Flag awarded sand spots, while the island’s volcanic landscape provides the backdrop. Just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Playa de las Americas, immerse yourself among world-famous waterparks, a wealth of shops and an endless stream of restaurants.

Flight time: Approx four hours and 30 minutes

Room type: Three bedroom vitality suite with private pool and terrace

Why visit? There’s something for everyone at this glamorous establishment, whether you’re a sports fanatic, foodie or just searching for serenity – Baobab Suites will ensure a one-of-a-kind stay. Gazing out onto the ocean, this vitality suite sleeps up to seven people and is a prime choice for families with three bedrooms. The facilities are top-of-the-range from the large terrace featuring a private pool and padded sunloungers to a fully-stocked kitchen with a washing machine, oven, fridge and dishwasher.

What’s more, holidaymakers can take full advantage of the BB Restaurant before the public. This gastronomic delight sits on the top floor and boasts 360-degree views of the Costa Adeje coastline. There’s also a bar onsite and in-suite dining thanks to the handy room service. For an extra dose of feel-good factor, head to the many sports courts or jump in the shared pool for aqua aerobics.  

Must-visit sites nearby:

  • Siam Park
  • Mount Teide
  • Loro Park
  • Aqualand

Did you know? You can get inflatable cup holders for the pool, allowing you to swim with a juicy cocktail or refreshing soft drink close by.

Cap Rocat

The El Cabo Suites in Cap Rocat with a private pool and terrace viewing the Med in Majorca

Location: If you’ve been searching for swim-up rooms in Majorca, you’ve come to the right place. Although rare throughout Spain, Cap Rocat has a few hidden water gems. Situated in the Bay of Palma, enjoy the best of both worlds with city vistas and toe-sinking stretches all at your disposal.

Flight time: Approx two hours and 30 minutes

Room type: El Cabo suite  

Why visit? Stay in a former military fortress for a magical fairytale retreat. It’s a popular wedding spot in Spain due to its 19th century relics and its swim-up suites are the icing on the cake. Set at a high level, Cap Rocat’s elegant rooms look out onto the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean. Once an old defence battery, now a classy chamber featuring a private pool, hammocks and a fully-furnished terrace. There’s even a lounge area and a huge bathroom which create the sensations of a private spa.

As for the rest of the hotel, there’s an international eatery which requires a reservation due to its high-standard cuisine by chef Victor Garcia. Alongside an old jetty with direct access to the sea and a wellness centre with body scrubs and facials on the menu.

Must-visit sites nearby:

  • Castell de Bellver
  • Cathedral Basilica de Santa Maria de Mallorca
  • Palma Aquarium
  • Drach Caves

Best swim-up rooms in the Caribbean

Sandals Negril

A row of swim-up suites in Sandals Negril Swim-Up Suites Jamaica

Location: Place yourself on Negril’s seven-mile stretch with this beachfront establishment. Nestled between Mother Nature’s finest and the Caribbean waters, it’s a tropical oasis. This laidback resort invites you to snorkel its clear coastline and drink cocktails out of its coconuts for the ultimate exotic break.

Flight time: Approx nine hours and 50 minutes

Room type: Swim-up crystal lagoon beachfront one bedroom butler suite or millionaire honeymoon one bedroom butler suite with private pool sanctuary.

Why visit? With seven fine dining restaurants at your fingertips, alongside unlimited premium spirits – you’ll be spoilt rotten at this sun-soaked hotel. The main draw at Sandals Negril has got to be the swim-up suites ideal for honeymooners or couples alike. That’s direct access to lagoon waters which lead out to the Caribbean Sea. Guests can also relish in a fully-stocked wet bar, iPod docking station and whirlpool bath. Not forgetting the four-poster king-size bed oozing comfort and the immense living area featuring a flat screen TV.

Part of your Sandals stay includes a PADI certified scuba diving course, allowing you to deep sea swim  among the coral reefs and wrecks. When you’re done getting wet and wild, witness top performances at the hotel’s carnival party or reggae fest – just some of the showstoppers in store here.

Must-visit sites nearby:

  • Dunn’s River Falls
  • Dolphin Cove
  • Bob Marley Museum
  • Rose Hall Great House

Did you know? Swimming dates back to 2500 BCE and the breaststroke dates back to the Stone Age.

Hyatt Zilara

Mexico's Hyatt Zilara Ocean View Swim-Up Suites

Location: This adult only retreat is based in the heart of Cancun, on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Placing you just moments from the world-renowned party zone and Coco Bongo nightclub, where soaring acrobats and live performances take to the stage every 15 minutes. You’re also surrounded by mesmerising white beaches, among some of the best in the world.

Flight time: Approx nine hours and 15 minutes

Room type: Ocean view swim-up suite king

Why visit? All the rooms at the Hyatt Zilara are ocean view providing unobstructed vistas of the turquoise-tinted coastline. There are five bars serving unlimited drinks, as well as six themed a la carte restaurants. When it comes to your swim-up suite, you’re in for a treat. Besides the toe-dipping waters just outside your terrace, enjoy designer toiletries, his and her bathrobes, a mini bar, a coffee maker as well as a telescope for stargazing.  

Don’t forget to check out the hotel’s infinity number dotted with poolside cabanas for added luxury, it’s also the main base for daily entertainment. Over on the sand, find beach butlers on hand to serve you drinks in the sun and for daredevils there’s a wealth of free watersports.

Must-visit sites nearby:

  • Cancun Underwater Museum
  • Xcaret
  • Chichen Itza
  • Isla Mujeres

Best swim-up rooms in Cyprus

Asimina Suites

Executive Suite at Asmina Suites Cyprus

Location: Just beyond Paphos Old Town, find this beachfront property ready and waiting with its 5 star facilities. Admire Cyprus’ Blue Flag golden grains and azure waters from your terrace or head to the many local karaoke bars, ancient temples or Limassol’s distinctive quarter.

Flight time: Approx four hours and 45 minutes

Room type: Executive one bedroom suites with private pool and jacuzzi

Why visit? The 2019 winner of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award and 2018 Certificate of Excellence – you couldn’t pick a better rated hotel in Cyprus. Holidaymakers flock year after year to experience its lavish swim-up rooms, but did you know these suites also include a hot tub? That’s sun-drenched days on your terrace and nightly steamy dips in the whirlpool.  The decor is modern with a fancy marble bathroom featuring a rain shower and superior living area boasting a mini fridge and flat screen TV.

The Asimina Suites is adult only and enjoys two outdoor swimming pools with hot tub jets and free beach towels. Take advantage of a VIP check-in service, free Wi-Fi and 12 bowling greens. Rest and relaxation comes as standard with a wellness centre at your disposal for a deep tissue massage.

Must-visit sites nearby:

  • Tomb of the Kings
  • Coral Bay
  • Kato Paphos Archaeological Site
  • Petra tou Romiou

Did you know? The world’s largest swimming pool is 3,324 feet and is in Chile.

King Evelthon Beach Hotel

Private pool at King Evelthon Beach Cyprus suite

Location: This year-round family hotel is ideally placed directly on Chlorakas Bay and its flawless sand in Paphos. Renowned for its 100,000 square metres of lush landscaped gardens, its jungle-like terrain will have you in awe. Here you’ll find some of the best sunsets in Cyprus and a wealth of Blue Flag beaches. When it comes to things to do, there’s medieval relics on every corner itching to be explored and an abundance of bars, restaurants and shops.

Flight time: Approx four hours and 45 minutes

Room type: Executive one bedroom suites with private pool and jacuzzi

Why visit? Alongside its stellar location, the King Evelthon Beach has top family-focused facilities including a waterpark, kids’ club and around-the-clock food and drink. Grab the little ones and head to your lavish swim-up room which boasts beautiful panoramas of the ocean. Your outdoor area is accessorised with sunloungers and there are walls either side for the ultimate privacy. Lounge on your king-size bed, before heading to your complimentary mini bar for a drink (or two). Don’t forget to upload your holiday snaps with the free high-quality Wi-Fi connection.

When you’re not plunging down one of the many onsite waterslides, take the younger ones to the splash pool where you’ll find mini shoots and tipping buckets. There’s a diverse selection of cuisine from Greek to Mexican and Italian flavours. And you won’t be able to resist the cocktail selection at the three bars.

Must-visit sites nearby:

  • Tomb of the Kings
  • Paphos Castle
  • Paphos Waterpark
  • Old Town

Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat, honeymoon oasis or family extravaganza, add a touch of luxury to your next escape with one of our exclusive swim-up rooms.

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