Fabulous Hotel Indoor Pools

February 23, 2012

"The water is your friend.....you don't have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move". - Alexandr Popov

I love to swim. I have been around water all my life. As a little girl I would spend my summer days immersed in water and to this day nothing soothes me like plunging myself in water and enjoying some aquatic relaxation. Swimming provides me with a sense of peace. It is the one place where I am left alone with my thoughts. A rare treat in a world filled with blackberries, computers and a million other distractions.
Swimming has served as a catalyst for life by teaching me how to be disciplined, to set goals and achieve them. It taught me the importance of breathing and to have courage and strength when I was ready to quit. They say that the swimmer who says, "It can't be done" is passed by the swimmer who is doing it. And so I am doing it, one lap at a time…
A gorgeous pool serves as an indoor oasis, especially during the winter months when cold and snow dominate the landscape. It is my favorite place to escape to, so it comes as no surprise that when booking a hotel a great indoor pool is definitely a feature I look for.
Whether you prefer a rooftop pool with breathtaking views or a pool adorned with floating candles, rose petals and beautifully painted murals, an aquatic relaxation zone is always a welcome treat for the discerning traveler. Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to my favorite indoor hotel pools. 

Indulge your senses at the TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER TORONTO®, Quatrz Crystal Spa™. Towering high above the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto, the spa pool provides a serene escape on the 31st and 32nd floors.

THE PENINSULA CHICAGO was voted “America’s Healthiest Hotel” by Health Magazine. The top-floor picturesque indoor heated pool makes the most of the property's Magnificent Mile location, framing panoramic city views in its 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows.

The pool at HÔTEL DES TROIS COURONNES is complimented with a wide range of massage treatments, a sauna, steam bath, fitness room, indoor swimming pool “underwater music” and relaxation areas overlooking Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

A refuge for the body and the spirit, in a harmonious atmosphere that fosters the quest for balance, the BULGARI HOTEL MILAN Spa offers all the rituals of contemporary wellness in a setting at once sumptuous and elegant.

There's plenty to look at in the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur, and the ideal vantage point is from the comfort of a pool-side chaise at TRADERS HOTEL, just opposite the epic Petronas Towers.

Like everything about the BURJ AL ARAB, the pool on the 18th floor (more like the 36th, since each floor is nearly double height) is outrageous — proof that maximalism is alive and well.

As you wade in the subterranean pool at the OBSERVATORY HOTEL you can study the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere painted on the ceiling overhead.

Expect nothing short of fantasy at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, a former royal residence. The exceedingly placid Zodiac pool is adorned with floating candles, rose petals and the murals of Polish artist Stefan Norblin.

Home to some of the hottest parties and events in NYC, the indoor pool at GRACE HOTEL is conveniently connected to a 40-foot bar and comes equipped with mood lighting, stadium seating, and a projector to show movies. There’s a large coed steam and sauna near the DJ booth.

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