No summer break would be complete without slipping into some refreshing water on a hot sunny day. But not all pools are created equal, with some offering such added perks as wonderful views, poolside cocktails, or aqua-massage jets to really help you unwind. We had a splash around the Canary Islands and picked out these hotels for having the best swimming pools.
A swish contemporary vibe permeates throughout Lanzarote‘s Barcelo Teguise Beach, complemented by traditional-style whitewashed walls and a peaceful adults-only ambience. Sleek sun terraces surround its super-long swimming pool, part-shaded by palms and lined with double daybeds, as well as featuring submerged loungers for cooler sunbathing. There’s also a smaller infinity pool with sundeck with sea views.
Featuring one of the largest pools on Tenerife, and most likely the Canary Islands, the pool at the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora is genuinely huge. Stretching almost the length of this extensive and high-end property, the hotel’s main pool seems to go on forever and features the likes of zero-entry points, whirlpool sections, and regular palapa-style shelter where you can hang a hammock and really enjoy the expansive ocean views. The hotel also offers a natural pool with direct access to the sea.
Those looking to splurge on a luxury-level, adults-only experience could do a lot worse than a stay at the Occidental Jandia Royal Level. Pool facilities certainly are impressive with a total of five pools (two of which are heated) surrounded by an abundance of Bali beds – plus chilled fizz delivered on request. The main swimming pool is split over two levels, with one half offering a swim-up bar so you don’t even need to leave the water for libations.
At over 500 rooms, this high-end resort complex is one of the largest on the island of Gran Canaria. It is nestled in 10 acres of pretty gardens practically overlooking the dramatic and iconic dunes of Maspalomas. And this makes for particularly impressive views from the hotel’s infinity-edge pool, which also provides submerged loungers from which to gaze out to sea. Beside this one, there are also five other pools including a splash pool for kids.
Built into the side of a cliff, not only is the setting of the pool at the Gloria Palace Royal Hotel impressive, but this wavy-edged infinity pool offers wonderful panoramas over the beach below and ocean beyond. It’s also heated and with pretty deep water and a submerged seating area, while there are two shallower pools for children. Another heated pool in the spa also offers massage stations, such as swan necks, water jets, bubble hydromassage, and micro-bubble beds.
The pool at this five-star apartment complex combines an impressive size with an infinity edge, which offers fabulous views of the (albeit rather distant) Atlantic Ocean. It is also trimmed with attractive green mosaic and offers a swim-up bar area serving – among other things – excellent cocktails. There are also two other heated indoor pools, one just for kids, while grown-ups can enjoy a range of massage treatments poolside.
For sheer size, the main pool at Tenerife’s Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort gets top marks. Aesthetically it’s far from shabby too, in an attractive lagoon style pool with rock-lined sections and fountains, plus access via a dramatic sweeping staircase. And there are in fact four other pools to choose from, one of which is a lovely spa pool with swan necks, water jets and whirlpools. Plus, if you tire of pools, the beautiful Playa del Duque is a short walk from the main complex and hotel guests have exclusive access to beach huts and water sport facilities.