They say you can judge a resort by its swimming pool. Except in Macau, where resort swimming pools are overshadowed by flashier attractions such as Venetian canals with singing gondoliers, fountains that shoot out jets of water synchronised to music, giant dragons other dramatic special effects displays. If you’re looking for a resort with an amazing swimming pool there’s a good chance you’ll be dazzled by these 12 amazing hotel swimming pools in Macau.
1-Galaxy’s Grand Resort Deck
The Mother of all Macau pools, Galaxy’s Grand Resort Deck covers an area of 75,000 square meters.
There’s the impressive 575m Skytop Aquatic Adventure River Ride and the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool, with its 350-ton beach, waterslides, lagoons, white-water rapids, geysers, waterfalls and a kids zone.
The Asian-themed tropical garden straddles five hotels – JW Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Hotel Okura, Banyan Tree and Galaxy Hotel.
Framed by palm trees and tropical landscaping, Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16’s main pool is a relaxing haven by the Pearl River Delta. But why not live it up in a one-, two- or three-bedroom Mansion, for access to the private swimming pool for Mansion guests.
3-Mandarin Oriental Macau
Enjoy the view of the South China Sea from the outdoor heated pool at Mandarin Oriental Macau.
The 25m lap pool comes with poolside service of refreshing face spritzers, cool towels and light refreshments.
Conrad Macao Pool Deck is a four-pool escape with two spa pools and private cabanas.
Cool down and chill out on a lounge chair with a cocktail and a good book then check into Bodhi Spa for a relaxing massage.
Conrad Macao offers a Lifestyle membership, which includes access to the pools and health club.
The Pool Deck at the Holiday Inn Macao has six pools, three spa pools and private cabanas. There’s a programme of activities for the kids.
Pools are for hotel guests but in summer, you don’t have to stay at Holiday Inn to purchase a day pass.
6-Four Seasons Hotel Macao
The five pools at Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip offers plenty of cool spots for all the family – there are two shallow pools, a hot tub and an eye-catching lagoon pool.
Sheraton Macao has three outdoor pools amidst tropical gardens. Kids will love splashing around in the Jaya and Sala pools on Level 4 of the Sky Tower while the Tiki pool on Level 8 of the Earth Tower is a tranquil retreat with cabanas, day beds and is part of Shine Spa’s relaxation zone.
The infinity pool at Altira Macau was nominated as one of the 10 best swimming pools in the world by US Forbes Traveler.
Lie back in a pool lounge or swim up to the floor-to-ceiling windows for a view of the Macau Peninsula.
There’s an outdoor terrace, underwater music, and the temperature of the water in the pool is heated to around 29°C.
Better known for its gondolas and imitation canals, The Venetian Macao has four pools and a spa pool.
Reserve a cabana and zone out while the kids have fun on the water slide. Or head to the adults-only Murano pool to escape.
Wynn Macau’s pool is an oasis of calm, when compared to the resorts flashier attractions, such as the Moon Jellyfish Aquarium, Performance Lake (where plumes of water dance to music) and the Dragon of Fortune (a theatrical show of lights and multimedia). Relax in a cabana and let the staff wait on you.
11-Grand Hyatt Macau
After being dazzled by a display of aquatic acrobatics at the House of Dancing Water, retreat to poolside to Grand Hyatt Macau (which is also located within the City of Dreams complex). The outdoor pool is a 40m-long aqua attraction.
Rock ‘n’ Roll fans might enjoy the novelty of the guitar-shaped pool at Hard Rock Hotel Macau, which is not a bad spot for a fun pool-side party.
Christina Pfeiffer was a guest of this post and Conrad Macao.
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