Hotel pools have become one of the top requirements for Australian holidaymakers. “We’re seeing many Aussies come to expect a pool offering, particularly when staying at well-rated, reputable hotels,” Wotif managing director Daniel Finch says. “The size of the pool is one of the most important factors for Aussies, followed by a view.”
Other key considerations: whether there’s a separate kids’ area, and, for the adults, great poolside cocktails.
Pack a waterproof Kindle and soak up these stunning holiday spots.
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, Qld
When it comes to pool perfection, it’s hard to beat a stunning saltwater lagoon filled with hundreds of tropical fish and surrounded by a white-sand beach and poolside cabanas. Fresh from a resort-wide $35m refurbishment in 2020, which saw the pool’s waterfall and grotto rebuilt, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa took out the title of Australia’s best hotel pool in Wotif’s 2021 Uniquely Aussie Awards. With a heated cave jacuzzi, children’s waterslide, poolside cabanas, and Piña Coladas served in coconuts, it ticks all the boxes and then some.
Lake Argyle Resort, WA
The remote Lake Argyle Resort ranks as a global bucket-list destination, thanks to its breathtaking pool. The 35m infinity wet-edge pool and spa overlooks some of East Kimberley’s most special scenery. But perhaps the most jaw-dropping aspect of all is the price. If you camp, a mere $18.50 a night can get you guest access to the pool. And watch this space – the resort’s tipped to become more accessible in the coming years, with new owners planning to seal roads and add more accommodation.
Crown Towers Sydney, NSW
Not only has it changed Sydney’s skyline, but Crown Towers has set a new benchmark when it comes to hotel pools. At 275m high, it’s literally the top hotel in Sydney (it was also named Australasian Hotel of the Year 2021) and it boasts a stunning infinity pool. The heated, multilevel pool on the fifth floor features panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Make a beeline for the floating daybeds or, to guarantee your poolside possie, you can book a cabana from $400 a session.
Mindil Beach Casino Resort, NT
We’re not sure if it’s the views, the vibes or the swim-up bar that is the most enticing feature, but Mindil Beach Casino Resort’s pool offering has the lot. On weekends, it becomes Darwin’s hottest spot to cool off, with live DJs and poolside dining complementing Mindil Beach’s famous sunsets. The rest of the week, resort guests have the infinity pool overlooking the Arafura Sea all to themselves, plus a second, guest-only lagoon pool.
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