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9 Gorgeous Cabanas and Pools

Article by Virginia VanZanten 01.02.2018

These special destinations have aquatic offerings so singular that planning a visit for the pool alone might be in order. From beachside retreats to city-center rooftops, these are stunning spots to soak up a little sun.

1. An Oceanfront Whirlpool in Cancun

With Caribbean waters to one side and the waters of the Nichupte Lagoon to the other, visitors to The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun have ample selections of aquatic activities. Add to that the two sculpted outdoor pools with ocean views and an oceanfront whirlpool and it’s hard to know where to begin. If lounging poolside or in one of the private cabanas, cool off with goodies from the pool valet — options include fruit water and frozen treats. Chilled, scented towels are available, too.

2. Secluded Cabanas in Santa Barbara

At The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, guests not only have two natural beaches on the property’s 78 acres, but three stunning zero-edge, heated saline pools as well. Towering palms dot the perimeter of the two main pools, bristling softly in the ocean breeze and perfectly framing the epic view of the Pacific Ocean just beyond. For guests looking for a bit of privacy, private cabanas line either side of the larger of the two pools. If hunger strikes, the pool bar offers everything from fresh salads to fish tacos — as well as a fire pit that might just entice guests to stay poolside long after sunset.

3. Skyline Views in Hong Kong

The 118th floor in the middle of bustling Hong Kong is not the first place one thinks of when envisioning a spot to take a swim, but that is precisely where the spectacular pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is located. The pool’s perch, 465 meters in the sky, allows for breathtaking views of the skyline and Victoria Harbour and guests can choose from a dip in the 20-meter pool or the whirlpool spa. And if that isn’t enough, a ceiling-mounted LED screen envelops guests with mesmerizing images and light displays.

4. One With the Sea in Thailand

At Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the infinity-edge pool blends seamlessly into the Andaman Sea beyond with nothing but palm trees and a few verdant islands in the distance to interrupt the swath of almost electric-blue water. Cool down with a drink from the poolside bar or a bottle of water from the ice-filled coolers next to each lounger. Enjoy the sea breezes from the main pool or from one of the private cabanas or the large whirlpool spa — perhaps while also witnessing one of the property’s spectacular sunsets.

5. Swimming Among Modern Art in Barcelona

From the pool nestled among the terraced gardens, visitors to Hotel Arts Barcelona get a grand view of not only the Balearic Sea but also the impressive modern structures and art for which the property is perhaps most known. The 44 floors of the hotel rise, a neat web of steel and glass, and Frank Gehry’s iconic fish sculpture, Peix, created from blue glass and exposed steel, is on full display.

 

6. Family Fun in Grand Cayman

There’s something for the entire family at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. For the adults, the pool offers a serene oasis lined with white-tented cabanas — and the sound of the breeze through the foliage and the soft tinkling of water from a series of hanging spouts. For the kids, there’s a water park with slides and water jets galore.

7. Six Swimming Pools in Dubai

With not one, but six pools to choose from at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, there’s something for every visitor. The property’s spa offers an outdoor lap pool as well as hot and cold plunge pools in which to soothe muscles and relax after a long day. A family-friendly, shaded kids pool offers a water slide and toys for the youngest guests. And if you’re looking for a dip in the Gulf, the property also offers 350 meters of private white-sand beachfront.

8. One With Nature in Bali

The luxury villas at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve each come with their own private pool — the grand three-bedroom villa’s pool is a whopping 172 square meters — for relaxation in a personal oasis. But for those who want to venture beyond their private retreat, the resort also offers a spectacular pool surrounded by elegantly shaded cabanas with views of the property’s lush terraced rice paddies. Visit for a swim or to catch some sun with a healthy drink in hand like the Loloh Kecemcem (Kecemcem leaves, lemon, honey, coconut water) meant to refresh the body.

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Plan Your Stay In These Destinations


  • Cancun

    Location Cancun, Mexico

    Experience A luxurious retreat along Mexico’s Mayan coastline.

    • AAA Five Diamond Awarded resort & restaurants
    • Ancient Mayan therapies at Kayantá Spa
    • Culinary Center & interactive cooking classes
  • Santa Barbara

    Location Santa Barbara, California

    Experience An oceanfront resort for relaxation and adventure.

    • Oceanfront location with three pools
    • Expansive spa and wellness center
    • 70,000 square feet of event space
  • Hong Kong

    Location Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Experience The energy of the City of Life.

    • A Forbe’s Five-Star hotel
    • Two Michelin-starred restaurants
    • The highest bar in the world, Ozone
  • Phulay Bay

    Location Krabi, Thailand

    Experience A luxurious spa sanctuary with an aura of serenity and surrender.

    • 5-day retreats led by wellness experts 
    • Full moon and candlelight yoga
    • Meditation & Pilates overlooking a lavish jungle
  • Barcelona

    Location Barcelona, Spain

    Experience A beachfront hotel overlooking the Mediterranean

    • Mediterranean and city views
    • 5 outlets, including a two Michelin-starred restaurant
    • The highest spa in Barcelona
  • Grand Cayman

    Location Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

    Experience The natural beauty and soft sands of Seven Mile Beach.

    • Turquoise waters blend with a cerulean sky
    • Decadent seafood at Blue by Eric Ripert
    • Greg Norman-designed Ritz-Carlton Golf Club
  • Dubai

    Location Dubai Marina District, UAE

    Experience Inspiring views on the coast of the Arabian Gulf.

    • Pristine beaches at your doorstep
    • Exceptional restaurants to enchant the palate
    • Luxury resort amenities and spa experiences
  • Bali, Ubud, Mandapa

    Location Bali, Indonesia

    Experience A sanctuary set among rolling hills, a river and rice terrace.

    • Discover hidden templates and lush forests
    • Romantic, private dining experiences
    • Wellness programs for mind, body and soul