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IN PICTURES: Australia’s 19 best hotel pools are absolute showstoppers

Tucked into vineyards or dominating city rooftops, Australia’s best hotel pools all have one thing in common; they are architectural masterpieces.

But it’s not just the shape, size or location that gets them on our list. Each of these incredible hotel pools come with private cabanas and impeccable service to match.

If a pool is a must-have for your holiday stay, these 19 hotels should be top of your list.

Click on the pins in the map below for an overview, or read on for specific details.

Orpheus Island Lodge, Great Barrier Reef QLD

Off the coast of Queensland, Orpheus Island sits secluded and inviting. The Orpheus Island Lodge is at the island’s centre and home to one of Australia’s best hotel pools.

The 25-metre infinity pool connects the island’s white sand to its lush lawn. Palm trees shade you from the warm Queensland sun while you swim. Strung between their branches, white-net hammocks give you the ultimate island experience.

Orpheus Island Lodge proudly invests in the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef, so you can find comfort knowing you’re in eco-friendly hands throughout your stay.

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©Orpheus Island Lodge

Emirates One&Only, Wolgan Valley NSW

Emirates has a reputation for building hotels in the world’s most treasured locations. Their Wolgan Valley resort is no exception.

One&Only Wolgan Valley was opened in 2009 as Australia’s first conservation resort. The resort is home to not one, but 40 of Australia’s best hotel pools as each villa has its own.

A delight in all seasons, the pools’ surrounding windows open up to welcome in the summer breeze or close up to shield against the winter snow.

With conservation at the forefront, the hotel uses solar panels and heat pumps to minimise its carbon footprint.

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© Emirates One&Only, Wolgan Valley NSW

Crystalbrook Riley, Cairns

Crystalbrook Riley is the pinnacle of five-star luxury in Cairns.

The focal point of the hotel is Riley’s 1000 square metre free form lagoon with beautiful views of the Coral Sea. Guests can choose to tan on the accompanying white-sand beach or on the surrounding spacious deck.

Crystalbrook Riley is home to Rocco, the tallest rooftop bar in Cairns. For a post-swim feast and a view like no other Rocco is the place for delectable Mediterranean cuisine and an array of wine, beer and spirits.

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©Crystalbrook Riley.

The Louise, Barossa SA

This South Australian gem hides between vineyards and olive groves in the state’s most famous wine region.

The infinity edge pool sits at the foot of the valley with panoramic views of the distant hills. It’s bordered by a black granite deck dotted with undercover sun beds which are perfect for sunset viewing.

Pair the experience with a glass of Shiraz produced from the grapes grown on the property.

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Watch the sun set over the Barossa Valley from the infinity pool at The Louise. ©The Louise

Longitude 131, Red Centre at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, NT

Run by husband and wife Ben and Louise, Longitude 131 is a Northern Territory outback treasure. The resort underwent a three-stage multimillion-dollar transformation in 2013 which has landed it high on our must-see list.

Inspired by the quintessential Australian billabong, the outdoor swimming pool offers a swim experience like no other.

The pool’s glassy water contrasts against the surrounding red earth which spans across to the magnificent Uluru.

After your swim in the Red Centre, immerse yourself in rich Australian indigenous culture through the bespoke experiences on offer such as Dot painting workshops.

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© Longitude 131

W Hotel Brisbane, Brisbane

WET Deck Pool is the jewel of W Brisbane’s level four rooftop sanctuary.

The black and white geometric ceiling transports guests to another world while they swim.

Indulge in bespoke cocktails and gourmet bites while the poolside DJ sorts out your playlist. To match the hotel’s contemporary design, W Brisbane’s WET deck even uses updated technology so guests can listen to music underwater.

With stellar views of the Brisbane River and the pool’s unique interior, Brisbane’s W Deck has easily earned its place as one of Australia’s best hotel pools.

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The playful W Deck at W Brisbane. ©Marriott

W Melbourne, Melbourne

W Melbourne is the latest addition to the opulent W hotel chain.

Melbourne’s WET Deck is high up on the 14th floor amongst the city’s staggering highrises. One of Australia’s best hotel pools, the interior design is inspired by Melbourne’s Yarra River.

As you swim, the curved, gold plated ceiling reflects the city lights above you. Bear witness to panoramic city skyline views through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows around the pool. White tiles lead up to the pools edge and complement the oak timber deck.

In true Melbourne style, the W Deck has a poolside bar and DJ booth which transforms the space into an endless party scene.

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W Melbourne's stylish W Deck. ©W Melbourne

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe NSW

Lord Howe Island is a mere 11 km in length but packs a punch when it comes to boutique luxury accommodation.

The island has a limit of just 400 guests at any one time so your stay at Capella Lodge will be both peaceful and rejuvenating.

Slide into the hotel’s glass infinity pool and let the island’s thriving flora shelter you while you swim.

Capella Lodge
Credit: Capella Lodge

The Crown Towers, Sydney

Sydney’s stunning six-star hotel opened in December 2020 and with it came one of the best hotel pools in Australia.

Crown Tower’s infinity pool stretches across the edge of level 5 appearing to blend seamlessly into the water of Sydney Harbour. Spend the day in your private poolside cabana and indulge in the complimentary fruit or cheese platter brought to you by the hotel’s accommodating staff.

Guests can also use the Vitality Spa. Book the Aqua Retreat option for access to the steam room and sauna for a post-swim detox.

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The infinity pool at Sydney's Crown Towers. ©Crown Sydney

The Emporium Hotel South Bank, Brisbane

Step into Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel and find yourself embraced by its daring interior.

Opened in 2018, the five-star hotel is home to a 23-metre infinity pool. On the hotel’s 21st floor, guests will find themselves transported to a warm summer oasis in the heart of the city.

Swim to the pool’s edge for prime views of the Brisbane River and a dazzling city skyline backdrop. Luscious greenery and gold lined interior decorate the rooftop to complement the hotel’s chic tone.

Attentive hotel staff serve an exclusive list of cocktails and drinks at the adjacent rooftop bar.

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©The Emporium Hotel South Bank, Brisbane.

Qualia Resort, Hamilton Island QLD

Qualia Resort boldly takes over Hamilton Island’s north end at the foot of the sparkling Coral Sea.

Soaked in sunshine, the resorts infinity edge pool overlooks the stunning Whitsunday Islands and blends into the surrounding ocean with nothing but a stretch of grass and a deck between the two.

Choose between the main pool or the private infinity pools as part of the Windward and Beach House pavilions for your stay.

The Langham Hotel, Sydney

Voted TripAdvisor’s Best Hotel in Town, The Langham Hotel is undoubtedly one of Sydney’s most prestigious places to stay.

Marble pillars and beach scene murals surround the hotel’s 20-metre indoor pool. White downlights illuminate the navy blue ceiling to replicate a starry night sky above you while you swim.

In the early morning, business guests descend on the Langham’s heated pool for early morning laps before holiday makers enter for a relaxed dip.

The pool is bordered by spacious poolside lounges for your well-deserved siesta.

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Swim in royalty at Langham Sydney. © Langham Sydney

Elements of Byron, Byron Bay

Built on the edge of the ocean, Elements of Byron’s central lagoon pool is easily one of Australia’s best hotel pools.

Private cabanas and hanging day beds welcome you in between swims, while the dedicated hotel staff serve decadent food and drink options throughout the day.

The Osprey Spa neighbours the pool for your pre and post swim pampers.

Elements of Byron also has an adult’s pool which centres around a swim-up bar.

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The Elements of Byron pool is one the country's best. ©Elements of Byron

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth

The Ritz-Carlton is Western Australia’s first appearance on our list of Australia’s best hotel pools.

This outdoor heated infinity pool offers views of both the Swan River and the city’s boisterous skyline to marvel at while you swim.

From 10am guests can surrender to poolside pampering treatments in the comfort of their sun lounge. At night, neon LED lights illuminate the pool and set the mood for twilight swims.

Songbird is the hotel’s signature cocktail bar where guests can choose from fresh seafood, seasonal produce, cocktails and craft beer to enjoy poolside.

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Perth's city lights dance around you while you swim at Ritz-Carlton. ©The Ritz-Carlton

InterContinental, Hayman Island QLD

Tropical Cyclone Debbie forced Hayman Island to close its doors on guests for two years. Re-opened and re-branded in 2019, Hayman Island by InterContinenal is now home to one of the largest swimming pools in the southern hemisphere.

The resort is in prime position on the Whitsunday’s north tip and one of the closest Whitsunday resorts to the Great Barrier Reef.

Tropical forest hugs the resort and branches out to line the pool. The resort’s colossal pool is seven times the size of an Olympic pool to allow ample space for the hotel’s privileged guests.

Sip on your Mojito served from the swim-up bar before swimming to the pool’s edge to soak in the uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea.

For direct access to the water and postcard views, guests can opt to stay in the one bedroom pool suite on the hotel’s lower level.

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The incredible Hayman Pool gives guests direct access to their suites. © Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort

Crystalbrook Flynn, Cairns

Crystalbrook Flynn is the latest addition to the Crystalbrook collection. The hotel is just down the road from its sister hotel, Crystalbrook Riley.

Opened in late 2020, the Crystalbrook Flynn promises an energetic, centre-of-the-action experience.

Guests will have to choose which of the hotel’s two pools to jump in first. Both pools boast world-class views of the esplanade and their unique glass side and bottom design challenges conventional hotel pool standards.

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One of two glass pools at Crystalbrook Flynn's resort. ©Crystalbrook Flynn

Lake Argyle Resort, Lake Argyle WA

This incredible Western Australian resort is set amongst some of the country’s reddest dirt and oldest landscape.

Appropriately labelled ‘The Jewel of the Kimberley’, Lake Argyle offers an otherworldly environment for one of Australia’s best hotel pools.

The pool at Lake Argyle Resort sits on a bank encompassed by Australia’s precious wildlife and rich earthy colours of the landscape. The pool has all day access and is open to both day and overnight guests so even day trippers can make a splash.

In perfect position for sunset viewing, guests can witness the sky throw a myriad of pinks and purples over the distant mountains from the resort’s infinity pool.

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, Gold Coast

JW Marriott Gold Coast isn’t merely home to one of Australia’s best hotel pools, it’s home to one of Australia’s best swimming experiences.

The pool area consists of a large outdoor pool, beach, whirlpool, and both freshwater and saltwater pools to cater for everyone.

The freshwater lagoon is home to some of Queensland’s underwater wildlife. Hire snorkels from the hotel reception to help you get a close-up look at the hotel’s fishy friends.

Man-made caves and waterslides make JW Marriott GC a perfect family getaway while the resort’s Ruby Spa offers a peaceful escape for adult-only travellers.

 

 

Park Hyatt, Sydney

This five-star hotel in Sydney’s Rocks district boasts a heated rooftop pool with unencumbered views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay.

Soak in the Sydney sun on the spacious poolside deck before diving into the 10-metre pool.

The pool has a state-of-the-art heating system so guests can swim all year round.

Remain in the comfort of your day bed while dedicated pool attendants serve you food and drinks. But make sure you get there early – the sun beds are popular.

 

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