Singapore Swims: Top 10 Swimming Pools in Singapore

Singapore’s year-long summer means that swimming pools take centre stage in the Garden City with each one more mind-blowing than the last. From rooftop infinity pools overlooking the stunning cityscape to secluded secret escapes, here’s our guide to Singapore’s picture-perfect pools.

 

Hard Rock Hotel

The massive freeform pool at Sentosa Island’s Hard Rock Hotel comes complete with a man-made sandy beach, a beach volleyball court, lush palm trees and a swim-up pool bar for an all-day pool experience.

The poolside cabanas are available for some R&R and the relaxed vibe is enhanced even further with cool music, a tropical landscape and year-round balmy weather for a fun, relaxing music-inspired Singapore hotel experience.

 

W Singapore

The 1,400 sq. m outdoor freeform pool is surrounded by gorgeous greenery, decking and seating that lights up at night and views of the Sentosa sunset and out over the South China Sea. Underwater speakers give you relaxing sonic waves and you can even float on a canopied lounger while deciding where to go for dinner.

The WET Bar serves snacks and drinks including cocktails brought to you by the hotel’s ‘Ambassadors’ and you can even hide out for a couple of hours in your own private cabana complete with iPads and a mist fan. This really is one of Singapore’s best pools.

 

Naumi Hotel

The rooftop infinity pool at the 73-room Naumi is one of Singapore’s most impressive.  Ten floors up amid the city’s skyscrapers, the pool and deck offer guests a calming daytime poolside experience with lush flora and fauna in all directions but at night the pool transforms into something special.

Come the twilight hours, attire switches from swimmers to trendy threads and the poolside becomes one of Singapore’s coolest bars with the ‘it’ crowd sipping cocktails, listening to tantalising tunes and taking in the stunning views of the Garden City.

 

Sofitel So Singapore

The Sofitel So may well be Singapore’s most luxurious boutique hotel. There’s Apple tech in every room and the feel of a Parisian apartment with pieces commissioned by fashion king Karl Lagerfeld but the star of the show has to be the swimming pool.

The pool is inlaid with thousands of gold tiles that shimmer in the light and while it’s not the highest rooftop pool in the Garden City, it really is a sight to see with great views of the CBD and you don’t have to go far for a drink. The pool shares space with the Hi-So bar and you can relax in opulent style with a cocktail, a cold glass of Champers or a great selection of New and Old World wines.

 

Capella

Designed by Sir Norman Foster, the Capella is one of Singapore’s most elegant five-star hotels and the three cascading, lounger-lined freeform swimming pools inspire an environment of serenity and calm amid naturally landscaped surroundings. In addition, each villa comes complete with its own personal plunge pool and each manor, a mini lap pool.

The three turquoise-tiled pools all have sensational views out across the South China Sea and combined with the colonial architecture and world-class contemporary hotel design, the Capella is the jewel in the Sentosa Island crown.

 

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

No list of Singapore’s best pools is complete without the Marina Bay Sands’ iconic infinity pool. Fifty-seven floors up with arguably the best views of the Garden City, the pool is the world’s longest elevated swimming pool as well as the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool.

Boasting a 146m vanishing edge, it truly is one of the world’s best swimming pools and there is no better spot to relax than in a luxurious sun lounger, sipping a cocktail or a glass of bubbles while watching the spectacular sunset.

 

Shangri-La Hotel

Sitting pretty next to the Singapore Botanic Gardens (in fact the 15 acres of landscaped gardens at the Shangri-La are known as the second botanic gardens) and close to the world-famous shops and bars of Orchard Road, the vast pool at the Shangri-La is an oasis of green and calm.

Overlooked by dozens of stunning bougainvillea-covered balconies, the famous pool is ably supported by a relaxing Jacuzzi and a cool kid’s pool. There’s something for everyone at this oasis in the city.

 

Fullerton Bay Hotel

The rooftop pool at the beautiful Fullerton Bay Hotel is described as ‘a haven of serenity from the bustle of the city’ and it’s hard to disagree. The light show from the Marina Bay Sands is a night time highlight as it illuminates the already stunning pool.

The delightful waterfront breeze is welcome as you sip cocktails surrounded by lush greenery and it transforms from a gorgeous daytime pool to one of Singapore’s best rooftop bars at night with snug alcoves, luxurious furniture, cool drinks and views as good as anywhere you’ll find in Singapore.

 

ONE°15 Marina Club

One degree and 15 minutes north of the equator on Sentosa Island overlooking the Singapore Strait, the ONE°15 Marina Club is, in their own words ‘part of the emerging hip, upscale luxury neighbourhood that is positioned to become one of the world’s most well-integrated waterfront lifestyle communities’ . The stunning infinity pool is central to this tenet.

Overlooking the marina’s magnificent mega-yachts, the glass wall that takes up an entire side is an underwater swimmer’s voyeuristic dream and there is also a children’s pool for the small sailors. Surrounded by palm trees and luxurious loungers, the infinity pool at the ONE°15 Marina Club is most definitely one of the best swimming pools in Singapore.

 

Hotel Fort Canning

It’s been a country club, a British colonial outpost, a Japanese corporate HQ and abandoned but in 2011 Fort Canning was transformed into a stunning, 86-room boutique hotel bang in the middle of the ultra-verdant Fort Canning Park.

The stunning freeform and lagoon pools are surrounded by tropical palms and the park’s natural hills and you can relax on the poolside with a cocktail enjoying sensational views of what Singapore was like before the aluminium and steel behemoths showed up.

 

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