Bangkok is boiling hot at the best of times and, after a day of trekking around temples or indulging in retail therapy, nothing beats a dip in a cool pool to help you wind down. These are the hotels where you’ll find the best infinity pools in Bangkok.
Everything about the Okura Prestige – right at the heart of downtown Bangkok, in the prestigious Phloen Chit neighbourhood that’s home to countless embassies and high-end shopping centres – screams Japanese-style perfection, and the 25th-floor cantilevered infinity pool is no exception. From up here, swimming laps in this 25-metre (82-foot) beauty, you’ll have unbeatable views over the city below.
A two-minute walk from Asok Skytrain station in central downtown Bangkok, the Continent Hotel’s infinity pool certainly packs in the views from its impressive setting all the way up on the 37th floor. The pool features both partly submerged sunbeds and stylish cabanas, and the adjacent H2O Pool Bar serves a range of cocktails to make the prospect of a quick dip even more inviting.
The long, narrow infinity pool at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn – conveniently connected directly to Surasak Skytrain station – has the wow factor as soon as you step onto the wooden deck just alongside. This 14th-floor pool is simply stunning, with incredible views over Bangkok’s central business district and beyond. Better yet, the adjacent Luce Pool Bar stays open until late to keep guests fed and watered.
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There’s something resolutely sexy about the exterior design of the Hansar Hotel Bangkok, and there’s little doubt the eighth-floor infinity pool is a big part of that. The invitingly blue waters of this gorgeous pool at once evoke both a playful and serene vibe, and the stunning green views of the neighbouring Royal Bangkok Sports Club – with the city’s infamous skyscrapers in the distance – only add to the ambience.
This Grande Centre Point hotel sits on top of Terminal 21, one of Bangkok’s biggest and most popular shopping centre openings of recent years, connected directly to Asok Skytrain station at the centre of the city’s downtown area – and this is one hell of a place to take a dip in a fabulous infinity pool. Fringed by stylish sunbeds, parasols, palm trees, and hedges, this enormous rooftop pool offers unbelievable panoramic views across the Thai capital.
Sleek and stylish is the name of the game at the AVANI Riverside’s rooftop infinity pool, up on the 26th floor of this high-end property right beside Bangkok’s majestic Chaophraya on the opposite bank from the rest of the city. Slip into the 25-metre (82-foot) pool from the sublime wooden deck, or simply sink into one of the contemporary wavy cream sunbeds and soak up the sky-high vibes with views of the downtown area’s skyscrapers in the distance.
Like the AVANI Riverside, the Millennium Hilton sits comfortably away from the mayhem of downtown Bangkok, on the opposite bank of the Chaophraya river in Thailand’s old capital Thonburi. The hotel offers a shuttle boat service to connect with the Skytrain at Sathorn’s central pier – but once you spot the incredible, huge riverside infinity pool on the hotel’s fourth floor, complete with partly submerged sunbeds and even its own sandy beach-like space, you might well decide to just stay put and make the most of it.
Silom’s SO Sofitel is famed for its monthly pool parties, and once you spot the pool itself – a gorgeous 32-metre (105-foot) infinity setup on the hotel’s 10th floor, with incredible views over the vast expanse of green that is neighbouring Lumpini Park – it’s easy to see why. Relax on a partly submerged sunbed to make the most of the trees-meet-skyscrapers vista, or stretch out on the adjacent grassy Solarium to catch some rays.
About as close to the heart of Bangkok’s downtown embassy and shopping district as it’s possible to get – opposite the British Embassy – the modern, glass-heavy Sivatel only gets better once you head to the eighth floor and discover its outstanding sky-blue infinity pool. Interspersed with floating tree islands and fringed by sunbeds and dining spaces on three sides, the Sivatel’s pool packs in fabulous views of inner city Bangkok’s glittery skyscrapers, especially by night.
Intimate-feeling, New-York-loft-vibe-espousing Ad Lib Bangkok – tucked into the quiet end of Sukhumvit Soi 1, just along from Thailand’s prestigious Bumrungrad International Hospital and a short walk from the heart of the bustling downtown Nana neighbourhood – packs a punch when it comes to its beautiful rooftop infinity pool. Surrounded by chic sunbeds and hemmed in with hedge greenery, this is a hot spot to cool off and wind down from the mayhem of the city outside its boundaries.