Five Stunning Stays to Celebrate National Swimming Pool Day
National Swimming Pool Day is celebrated in the US annually on July 11 and is an amazing opportunity to enjoy the warm summer weather and have a great time in the water. With almost half (44%)* of global travelers saying that a swimming pool is a very important amenity for an enjoyable stay and and almost one third (32%)*of travelers planning to stay in an accommodation that is Instagrammable, we present five unique stays with beautiful pools for a relaxing stay that’s full of opportunities to take any Instagram account to the next level. Pack a waterproof camera and accessories and get ready to enjoy stunning pool stays around the world.
Located near the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a 10-story, waterfront hotel with a stunning plunge pool overlooking the city skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. After cooling off with a dip in the pool and taking some unique shots of the New York skyline, guests can spend the day enjoying a variety of fun activities in the city, like visiting the Summit One Vanderbilt, where visitors will see futuristic digital shows inside one of New York’s newest skyscrapers. For travelers who are not afraid of heights, the Edge Observation Deck is a great spot to experience a unique 360° view of Manhattan and a walk on a glass platform. Some of the most iconic landmarks in the city, such as Central Park and the Statue of Liberty are visible from a height of 100 stories.
Located a short walk from Agios Nikolaos Beach in the Greek island of Zakynthos, Emerald offers luxurious stone-built villas with private pools that offer panoramic views of the Ionian Sea. Perched at the top of the hill, the beautiful swimming pool area is surrounded by a stone-paved sun terrace with wooden sun loungers and umbrellas. After relaxing on the hammocks or after a fun day at the pool, guests can rent a car to discover one of the many activities the island of Zakynthos has to offer. From a full-day Cruise Tour to Smugglers Cove to see the highlights of the north coast of the island to a turtle-spotting cruise, where travelers will have a chance to swim at the unique caves of Keri if weather permits, and a ceramic pottery class to create pottery using traditional Greek techniques, there is something for everyone.
Pousada Reserva do Patacho, Alagoas, Brazil
Located near the center of Pôrto de Pedras, on Praia do Patacho (Patacho Beach), this charming inn offers traditional bungalows with modern interiors. For guests looking for a unique background for their social media posts as well as a memorable experience with an extra touch of luxury, the pools at Pousada Reserva do Patacho have it all. After spending time in the pool guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like snorkeling and hiking or visit the natural pools which are formed near the reef during the low tide. Travelers can take a fresh dip in these natural pools, forming a beautiful space for swimming, a 30 minutes walk from the property.
Innit Lombok, Ekas, Indonesia
Instagrammable pools are not only for photo opportunities, they are also great for relaxing moments. Facing a white-sand beachfront, Innit Lombok offers a unique stay designed by acclaimed Indonesian architects using natural, local materials. Blending nicely the outside with inside spaces, the beach houses feature sand-filled ground floors letting the sand from the beach flow directly into the living area. Travelers can unwind by the poolside, take a refreshing swim or just enjoy the surrounding ambiance. The island of Lombok offers a wide range of activities like beach tours, hiking and snorkeling. Travelers can visit Benang Stokel and Kelambu Waterfall, situated about 1,5 hour drive away and watch the fresh water flowing from Mount Rinjani at 65 foot (20 meters) height.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, KwaNompondo, South Africa
One of the oldest game reserves in Africa, the Travel Sustainable Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, is located on the western boundary of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Parka, about a 4-hour drive from Durban. Perched on a hill, the lodge is set on Africa’s oldest proclaimed game reserve with a 96,000 hectare park, home of the White Rhino Conservation. The reserve is also home to a variety of species including the cheetah, elephant, giraffe and buffalo. Surrounded by nature and overlooking the African bushveld below, the lodge’s pool will provide each guest with an immersive experience. Apart from unique photo opportunities, this natural environment offers its guests privacy, seclusion as well as opportunities to relax and observe the wildlife. Travelers who choose to fly from Durban, can spend some time in the city to enjoy some of the many things that it has to offer. From a customized city tour with a local to a city scavenger hunt, there are many different ways to explore Durban's top landmarks and hidden gems.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 42,513 respondents across 33 markets (2,000 from USA, 1,008 from Canada, 2,000 from Mexico, 1,000 from Colombia, 2,000 from Brazil, 1,000 from Argentina, 2,000 from Australia, 1,000 from New Zealand, 2,000 from Spain, 2,000 from Italy, 2,000 from France, 2,000 from UK, 2,000 from Germany, 1,000 from Netherlands, 1,000 from Denmark, 1,000 from Sweden, 1,000 from Croatia, 1,000 from Switzerland, 1,000 from Belgium, 1,000 from Ireland, 1,000 from Portugal, 1,000 from Israel, 2,000 from India, 1,000 from China, 1,005 from Hong Kong, 1,000 from Thailand, 1,000 from Singapore, 1,000 from Taiwan, 1,000 from Vietnam, 1,000 from South Korea, 1,000 from Japan, 500 from UAE). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months, and planning to travel in 2023 and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in January and February 2023.