As much as we can dream that we’re #alwaysonvacation — there are those times we find ourselves in the city. The perfect fix to make it a vacation-esque moment is to lay your head for a night at one of the few hidden gems that will have you laying poolside with rosé in hand and feeling like you are in the Côte d'Azur!
Below, dive into our picks of the chicest city pools worldwide.
NEW YORK CITY
Spanning an entire second-floor deck, the 4,800 square feet "beach" comes complete with French Riviera-inspired loungers, two cabanas, loads of imported sand and a DJ booth to get your groove on. Sip on rosé — from Côtes de Provence, of course — while poolside at the 50-foot glass-bottomed pool that looks down into the lobby.
THE EMPIRE HOTEL
Soak in the views of Lincoln Center and Central Park while you take a dip in the pool at The Pool Deck, a posh rooftop oasis. When you're not cooling, sun yourself on one of the daybeds or private cabanas equipped with ceiling fans LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, mini refrigerators and personal telephones...
GANSEVOORT PARK AVENUE
Where downtown edge meets uptown sensibility, the soothing color palette and natural elements at the Gansevoort’s rooftop pool has an ever-so-inviting atmosphere. Not only is the signature rooftop pool an ideal place for sunbathing and city-escape dreaming, but the Gansevoort also keeps the liquor flowing and the party going at ‘The Drift’, a beach and surf-inspired bi-level rooftop bar + lounge.
MARINA BAY SANDS
If there’s anywhere to feel as if you’re on top of the world, this is it: the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands is nothing short of spectacular as you gaze down on the glittering city-skyline form 57 levels above. Soak up the sun on a luxe poolside lounger, or if you’re in need of shade — there’s a palm tree for that. Sip on Champagne as you experience an unforgettable and arguably the most beautiful sunset amidst the clouds.
Paris's legendary pool complex, Piscine Molitor, has been reborn as a glamorous new hotel and summertime hot spot. Tucked away in the leafy outskirts of Paris, the pool opened with Art Deco splendor in 1929, and soon became a magnet for all things chic. Sunbathers would lounge among a star-studded crowd, streched out in white deck chairs and very often topless. And not to be forgotten, one of its first lifegards was Olympic gold medalist-turned-actor who would go on to star in the film Tarzaan. And after a $100 million investment, the Molitor has faithfully replicated its two original pools, as well as the canary-yellow walls and blue changing-room doors, and added a restaurant, a spa by Clarins, and a rooftop garden terrace with views of the Eiffel Tower. Piscine Molitor, Je t'aime!
W HONG KONG
More than just the chance to splash and tan, the W Hong Kong's 76th floor pool deck offers sweeping views of Victoria Harbour set against an iconic mosaic wall and is undoubtedly the best pool in heart of all the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.
High on the 7th floor of The Berkeley, beyond the green leaves and scented blooms of the hotel’s secret garden, is one of London’s rare rooftop pools. Tiled in iridescent white and gold mosaic, the pool sits beneath a sliding roof, retractable when outside temperatures permit. Bathed in sunshine, aired with light breezes and flooded with natural light, the poolside loungers, tables and chairs are perfectly placed to savour every fine bite and tipple from the spa menu.