In search of a new spot to do your butterfly strokes in peace or show off your brand new swimsuit in style? Instead of hitting your neighbourhood pool, head into the heart of Kuala Lumpur for a relaxing dip in some of the most glamorous, breath-taking swimming pools that the capital’s hotels have to offer. Whether you’re thirsting for a scenic view of the city skyline or a complete getaway into the serene beauty of nature, we’ve got you covered. Either way, you’re bound to get tonnes of gorgeous photographs for the Gram’.
Here are eight hotels in KL with the best swimming pools to dip in:
The KL Journal Hotel
What happens when that iconic 80’s Palm Springs style meets the vivid colour palettes commonly associated with Wes Anderson films (together with the added flair of retro Penang swimming clubs)? It leads to the conception of the aesthetically-pleasing, nostalgic haven known as The Swimming Club over at The KL Journal Hotel in Bukit Bintang.
Inspired by David Hockney’s vibrant artwork, travel back in time to soak in the vintage Californian vibes oozing out of the colourful terrace thanks to flamingo pink walls, mismatched printed lounge chairs, floral motifs, bright neon signs, geometrical steel grilles, and handmade rattan furniture.
Here’s a tip: Revisit this millennial paradise after hours. You’ll get to experience an alternate vibe underneath the glowing neon lights by the pool, overlooking a glittering city skyline while sipping on some punchy cocktails from the neighbouring Poolside Bar.
Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur
Escape the bustling city and wander into the secluded tropical oasis awaiting you at Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur to experience the unbridled bliss you’ve been craving. Reminiscent of the island of Bali, this upscale boutique getaway’s curvaceous central pool – known as The Lagoon – is a sight to behold. Unlike any other pool you’ll find around the city, this one’s surrounded by several four-poster lily-white beds and a plethora of wild greenery to complement the nature theme.
Reinvigorate your senses at this free-form pool that presents the finest offerings of both realms – close proximity to a lively metropolitan centre and the tranquillity of an ethereal, remote sanctuary. Bonus point: If you’re in the mood to splurge, wade in your own private plunge pool when you book one of their Luxe Cribs.
Element Kuala Lumpur
Sleek. Contemporary. Deluxe. How else can we describe the cutting-edge appeal of Element Kuala Lumpur situated within KLCC’s Ilham Tower? With myriad shades of blue colouring the bottom of the pool as an eye-catching contrast to the surrounding wood floors, the devil is in the details when it comes to this pool.
You can see this in the inclusion of a mirror-imbued ceiling that canopies the walls’ abstract panelling. The views are stunning too, of course. Floor-to-ceiling windows installed along one side of the pool gives swimmers a clear, stunning view of KL’s concrete jungle piercing through the sky. On another note, this hotel also employs the eco-friendly move of using saline instead of chlorine to cleanse their pool – sustainability for the win!
Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur
Prepare to bask in the sunshine and embody the cool, laidback vibes radiating from the infinity rooftop pool over at the classically modern Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur located in the heart of Chow Kit. Apart from being a pleasant spot for sun-worshippers, you’re bound to feel as though you’ve been transported to Miami Beach, courtesy of the cerulean colour scheme and huge canopies providing shade to the adjacent Man Tao Bar. Feel free to grab a few drinks while you’re cooling off!
What if you prefer surrendering yourself to the soothing arms of Mother Nature herself? Make a quick getaway to the vibrant, eclectic KLoé Hotel that features a contemporary European courtyard pool. With urban escapism in mind, this sanctuary successfully evokes the historical vibes of ancient Rome and the tranquillity of flourishing gardens.
In fact, nature has been cleverly incorporated into the creation of this oasis without making the space feel cramped. The foliage and furnishings have been skilfully plotted out, making the enclosed space feel open, with sweeping walkways, bountiful bushes, and green walls extending as far as the eyes can see. Moreover, the arches shading the comfy lounge area provide clear views of the surrounding cityscape while offering privacy and serenity – what’s not to love?
Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
The Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur’s infinity pool has a lot going for it – a majestic view of the lush greenery that is KLCC Park backed by the numerous skyscrapers behind it, the glistening cool waters of the pool in the sun, and being flanked by a (really good) restaurant. There’s also a shaded children’s pool built adjacent to the main pool, along with several poolside cabanas to relax privately under before grabbing a bite at the Aqua Restaurant and Bar.
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Searching for the grandeur of a beachfront resort’s pool but within the heart of the city? Look no further than to splash around in the enormous outdoor swimming pool of the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur that wraps the length of the hotel. Take a dip here and you’ll without a doubt be luxuriating in one of the city’s most extravagant pools.
On the one side, the pool is enveloped by verdant tropical foliage, private cabanas, and spacious lounge chairs shielded with parasols without impeding the stunning view of the Petronas Twin Towers. On the other, a glasshouse restaurant for you to fill your belly (or your hankering for a tipple) as you while the hours away in the sun.
As for the children, there’s a wading pool provided with complimentary amenities such as floats, kick-boards, and swim noodles tucked behind the main pool. This pool is a win for everyone!
The Face Suites
Perched at an extraordinary height, taking a cool dip in the rooftop infinity pool on the Sky Deck of The Face Suites will tempt you into shouting, “I’m the queen of the world,” at the top of your lungs. But what makes this pool a real winner is the view – head over to the 51st floor that grants an unobstructed, panoramic view of the KL skyline, particularly the emblematic duo that is the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower.
Here’s a suggestion: The best time to venture out for a swim is in the evening, when you’ll be able to relish in the breath-taking sight of the sunset. Be sure to have your partner-in-crime (or in love) take a bunch of Insta-worthy snapshots of you while you’re at it.
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