Luxury hotel company and sophisticated adventure travel specialist Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. has rounded up its most distinctive and breathtaking pools around the globe, to ensure guests can enjoy a splash in the sun and a stunning view at any time of the year.
Boasting an abundance of inimitable pools, on and off-land, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, Orient-Express ensures a cooling dip is warranted throughout the year.
When the evenings darken and the temperature drops in Europe in the early months of the year, escape the gloom to Miraflores Park Hotel in Peru. Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the hotel is renowned for its personalized service and heart-stirring views, which can be enjoyed from the heated rooftop pool overlooking the city and the Pacific Ocean.
Summertime in South America continues through to February, so why not tie in a trip to Peru with a stay at the newly renovated Copacabana Palace in Brazil? Re-opened earlier this year, following an extensive US$20 million refurbishment, this legendary landmark behind Copacabana beach defines luxury in Rio de Janeiro. Sunbathe, swim, and socialize in one of Rio’s largest and most attractive swimming pools facing the world-renowned beach, with a team of attendants on hand to cater to your every request, from fresh towels to cool drinks and light dishes from the pool menu.
With a spring in your step, head back to Europe for spring to enjoy an abundance of orange blossoms and ripening olive groves in a rustic setting at Hotel Caruso. Nestled in Ravello, on a verdant cliff top overlooking the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, Hotel Caruso’s pool is a haven of tranquility. An architectural masterpiece, set at the highest point above the town, the infinity pool provides an unparalleled vista as you relax in gently heated water, while enjoying the latest tunes on an iPod pre-loaded with a playlist of your choice, courtesy of the concierge.
June is the best month to visit Bali, when rainfall is at its least and the temperature is optimum for sun worshippers. Ubud Hanging Gardens is a sanctuary of peace set amongst smoky volcanoes and emerald rice terraces. The hotel’s modern stepped level infinity-edge swimming pool is beautifully juxtaposed against a backdrop a spectacular rain forest. In addition to the main pool, all rooms and suites have their own individual horizon-edge pool.
The dry season is the best time to visit Botswana for game viewing. Organize a safari and your stay at Savute Elephant Camp during the cooler months of July and August, when animals are concentrated in ever increasing numbers at water sources and the leaves are off the trees for optimum viewing potential. Luxury is all about the view, and this property’s private elevated swimming pool, overlooking the riverbed, affords a panorama that is unsurpassed. Abundant wildlife mills around here just a stone’s throw from your sun-lounger.
Finally, as autumn comes around, enjoy a soak while floating along on the newly launched Orcaella vessel, which takes its maiden voyage on July 22. The relaxed and elegant atmosphere on-board is the perfect setting to enjoy the cruiser’s lounge bar on the sundeck area and the top-deck swimming pool. As the ship motors up the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers, sit back with a refreshing drink in hand and admire the country’s mesmerizing natural beauty – all from the cool convenience of the boat’s pool.
For further information on Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., please contact the reservations team on (+65) 6260 9495 or visit orient-express.com.