Singapore, also known as the Lion City or the Asian Tiger, is jam-packed with activities from sight-seeing, dining, shopping and so much more that you’ll probably like to have some downtime at the end of the day.
Pounding the pavement under the heat of the tropical sun can take its toll, whether you’re a bit of a digital nomad like me, a blissful couple on honeymoon, or a family with kids, there is possibly no better way to cool off and wash away the stress by taking a dip in Singapore’s most amazing rooftop pools.
The cool water, the stunning views, and a refreshing drink are all you need to rejuvenate yourself. I can highly recommend you head for a plunge at one of these amazing swimming pools.
What is Singapore’s skyline without the iconic Marina Bay Sands? It is not just known for its super chic and modern appearance, but also for its world-renowned rooftop infinity pool.
Search online for the best rooftop pools in the world and you’ll definitely see Marina Bay Sands leading the list.
This is actually the world’s highest and largest infinity pool. It is perched 57 floors up of this 5-star luxury hotel. And really, it is not dubbed as “swimming on top of the world” for nothing!
You will be in awe of the size of this pool. My jaw certainly dropped when I first saw this pool! It is actually longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower and supported by three towers. Imagine that?!
Swimming to the edge of the pool is truly a thrilling experience and those magnificent view are simply to die for!
A 5-star hotel, the Westin Singapore’s sleek design and corporate-inclined events are often attracting business travellers but of course, if you are on a leisure trip, you may as well find what you are looking for.
On the 35th floor is the glistening infinity pool that is just calling you to jump in or perhaps just lay on the partially submerged sun beds. You have a scenic panorama of Singapore’s south coast where you can just relax and wash the worries away.
A gold-tiled pool you say? Does it get any more luxurious than that? I gotta say, Midas would be proud!
Quite in contrast to downtown Singapore’s contemporary skyscrapers, the Sofitel SO Singapore’s white classic French architecture will surely catch your eye. Its shimmering golden-tiled pool offers a view of SG’s Central Business District area. Let the city lights be your stars.
One more plus for this rooftop pool is the hip HI-SO Bar just beside it, so you can enjoy a cocktail while you lounge by the poolside. Très magnifique!
Located at Singapore’s most famous shopping street, Orchard Road, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore is the first of Shangri-La’s new ‘Jenre’ of hotels. The 47-metre infinity pool at the rooftop offers a place of relaxation after a busy day of shopping at the Orchardgateway mall just downstairs.
You’ll have a panoramic view of Singapore’s busy streets and towering buildings while lying back at the pool area.
The vibrantly-coloured seats and decors are not just functional but very Instagram-worthy too, so you better take your phone or camera up there.
Overlooking Singapore’s dynamic skyline is the rooftop pool on level 5 of PARKROYAL on Pickering. You’ll get a refreshingly different experience in this quirky hotel. It lives up to its eco-friendly vision with its pleasing multi-levelled sky garden. You will not miss the lush greenery around the pool area.
The unique design of the roof structure by the pool is a break from squares and sharp edges. That’s not even the best of what this rooftop pool can offer. Instead of the usual tropical-inspired cabanas, PARKROYAL on Pickering has stylish birdcage-like cabanas instead.
The view, the design, and the atmosphere – it’s all perfect for a relaxing dip in the pool, day or nighttime.
If you are looking for a cosy place to relax away from the fast-paced city, head to Naumi Hotel. Atop of this gorgeous boutique hotel is their infinity rooftop pool where you can have a sweeping views of the city.
What’s more is that this pool pays homage to its roots. The comfy seats inspired by the island of Bali are sure to catch your eye. Despite its small size, this serene oasis does serve as a tranquil place to chill and to get away from it all.
Although the pool in Pan Pacific Singapore is not found at a dizzying height, it’s only at level four, its redeeming factor is its underwater music. It really provides a unique swimming experience like no other!
There are 2 semi-circular pools, a kid-friendly wading pool and 2.4 metre-deep swimming area for adults.
You can also lounge on the sun beds with a refreshing drink on hand from the nearby poolside bar. If you are in need of some pampering, the award-winning St. Gregory Spa is just a few steps away.
For those looking for a convenient accommodation near the airport, you will love Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. It is not just the proximity that is reason enough to check in but also the relaxing swimming pool to dip in.
It is on the third level and you’ll see that the rooms are actually built around the 54-square-metre pool. There is a swimming area with the deepest part being 1.2 metres deep and there are the shallower soaking areas.
The wooden decking and the palm tree-clad mini-islands give a refreshing, outdoorsy vibe amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. The quiet atmosphere and private hideaway that this pool offers are elements to a laid-back staycation.
Home of another lavish infinity pool is the 5-star Mandarin Oriental in the heart of Singapore. The 25-metre pool is the perfect spot to soak up and enjoy the stunner of a view that is the Singapore cityscape.
You can definitely rejuvenate as you take a dip in its glistening waters or you can work on your tan as you lounge on the poolside sun beds. Sit back, relax and have the sound of the poolside fountains re-energise your body.
Another PARKROYAL hotel that has a beautiful pool is the stunner in Beach Road. You’ll definitely find your spot in its half-Olympic size outdoor pool. This place caters to families with kids, couples, solo fliers, so yes, pretty much everyone will feel happy here!
There are two spacious pools in differing depths, Jacuzzis great for honeymooners, and the Poolside Café and Bar that serves yummy food and refreshing cocktails.
The pool has a picturesque view of downtown Singapore and you can also see the Singapore Flyer from this spot.
Nestled on the alluring Sentosa Island is the Capella Singapore, a waterfront resort and spa designed by Foster + Partners who are pioneers in a sustainable approach to architecture. This place can literally be defined as old meets new.
Here you have whitewashed British colonial manors mixed with curved, modern hotel facilities.
It’s not just the exterior that showcases a mix of two different worlds but they are also reflected in the hotel pools. There are 3 pools in total set across different levels showing how man’s creation can work so well with the greenery.
Beyond the pool you have a scenic view of the South China Sea which is covered with fleets and fleets of ships.
W Singapore’s WET Pool is one of the largest outdoor resort pools in the country. Its staggering size is a favourite for in-house guests as well as the public. Outsider guests can gain pool access for a fee from Monday to Thursday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at SG$45 per person.
The pool area is beautifully landscaped with trees and lush greens that reminiscent a vacation away from the city. As you dive under, you have the sonic waves from the underwater speakers as your background song.
You can also enjoy the impeccable service from the W as you can opt to use one of the private poolside cabanas complete with an iPad, iPod and even a mist fan. Cabanas are first-come, first-serve basis and will change over in intervals of two hours.
Fancy a drink or two? Of course you do not need to go out of the water as you can swim-up to the WET Bar to order a cocktail or snack.
There are inflatables, from air beds, floating chairs to beach balls and even a water table tennis area. If you just want to tan up, the huge daybeds are ready for you.
After sunset, the pool is beautifully illuminated, making it even more beautiful than it already is in the daylight. The WET Pool is open 24/7 for guests staying at the W, so you can really have a dip whenever you feel like it.
Resorts World Sentosa’s Hard Rock Hotel Singapore offers a water playground at its best.
It’s not the usual pool you see everywhere, it’s an amazing man-made beach sans the salty water, of course. There are cabanas you can relax in. There’s a shallow part for kids and even a volleyball court.
The pool, the palm trees dotting the surroundings, the big boulders, and the swim-up bar make for a tropical vacation at the heart of the metro. But really, it feels like as if you’re miles away from the city!
ONE°15 Marina’s swimming pool has so many pros that I don’t even know where to start.
The designer infinity pool located at level one features a transparent wall so you won’t need one of these fancy (and pricey) underwater cams to get those swimming shots!
You can take swimming lessons, join a Aquafit class or try yourself on Aquabiking, Aquapole, Aquapole Boxing or go for a scuba diving course. If that’s not enough, definitely take up the photo opportunity with mermaids!
Other than that, ONE°15 Marina is mainly a yacht club, so feel free to take advantage of booking a boat ride to the nearby islands of Malaysia, Indonesia or Thailand.
These refreshing watery escapes are a sure-fire way to relax in the hustle bustle of Singapore.
Make sure to pack your swimming essentials and don’t forget your camera. You’ll surely be flooding your Instagram feed with these picture-perfect places.
Brace yourself though, I am 101% sure you’re in for a challenge when ending your time at any of these pools as you’ll possibly be dragging yourselves out. But don’t worry, these magnificent swimming pools are going nowhere anytime soon!
After a few laps, you’ll have your energy recharged to go out and about and discover more of Singapore‘s beauty and eccentricities.