When it comes to hotel pools, the indoor variety has long played second fiddle to their outdoor — often rooftop — counterparts. But these days, striking décor, luxury amenities and stunning settings mean many indoor swimming holes can now challenge even the most glamorous of outdoor pools. Here are a few of the picks from CNN, but check out the full list here.
Shangri-La Paris – Tucked inside what used to be Napoleon’s grandnephew Roland Bonaparte’s Parisian home, the 15-by-6-meter, light-bathed pool area (which was previously Bonaparte’s stables) extends out to an expansive, plant-lined terrace. All around the pool, which features mosaic tiles inspired to look like Asian carpet, are chic traditional French touches like floral bas relief on the walls and columns surrounding the mezzanine. Rooms from $895/night.
W Verbier, Switzerland – W’s first ski property is in the heart of the Swiss Alps in the tony town of Verbier. The pool’s interior vibe is totally in tune with W’s urban aesthetic, with tons of black and leather furnishing that would be right at home at any fabulous pool party. From every corner of the pool, you can look out into the Alps, but if you want a closer vantage point, just swim out into the outdoor area — the pool is heated — and breathe in the Alpine air. Rooms from about $1,000/night, double occupancy.
Tambo del Inka, Peru – Tambo del Inka’s wellness space’s mostly wood, stone and glass construction perfectly marries the property to its natural surroundings in Peru’s Sacred Valley. This synergy was the focus of the designers, who used a lot of the local shihuahuaco wood, which grows in the Peruvian rainforest. From the heated pool, you can get glorious views of the Andes, and like W Verbier’s setup, you can swim under the partial wall to go from indoor to outdoor.
Waldorf Astoria Chicago – The spa at this hotel is done mostly in a stark white, which only further emphasizes the gorgeous rose-design tile-work at the bottom of the pool, giving bathers the feel of swimming over a bed of roses. The 102,600 individually patterned tiles come from Bisazza, an Italian company renowned for its mosaic tile production.
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