One&Only Hayman Island
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The pool at One&Only Hayman Island meanders around cabanas, daybeds and the bar. At seven times the size of an Olympic pool, there’s plenty of space for glorious wallowing. The best part? Guests in some of the rooms in the Pool Wing can leap directly from their pool terrace into the water.
InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
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The ocean views and glamorous cabanas are misleading; this isn’t the Mediterranean. The boats guests can see from the InterContinental are bobbing in Double Bay and the pool bar is serving Australian wine. Still, we can pretend. Salut!
COMO The Treasury, Perth
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Scooping accolades and awards since its 2015 opening, COMO The Treasury is a stunning addition to Perth’s Cathedral Avenue precinct. Its turquoise pool is located in a third-floor annex, enclosed on three sides by glass cantilevered windows.
The Langham, Sydney
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A perennially starry sky twinkles above Langham’s heated 20-metre indoor swimming pool and the murals, columns and terracotta potted plants give the impression of a modern-day Roman bath.
Palazzo Versace Gold Coast
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The 63-metre pool at the glitzy Palazzo Versace has its own sandy beach, daybeds and shaded cabanas with curtains for privacy.
Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne
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Nestled above some of Melbourne’s iconic laneways, the Adelphi’s pool deck is an urban sanctuary of sparkling water and sparkling wine. Enjoy an aperitif by the pool and watch the sun dip below the city skyline.
Bedarra Island Resort, Queensland
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Surrounded by lush rainforest, Bedarra Island Resort has nine villas, some with luxurious private plunge pools with views over the Coral Sea.
The Watson, Adelaide
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Who better to design a pool than someone who has spent a large portion of his life in one? Michael Klim is responsible for The Watson’s 25-metre pool, which he wanted to be multi-functional – perfect for some quick laps before work but equally effective as a place to relax.
Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
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The various shades of blue and the sound of water lapping combine to gently lull guests into a state of deep relaxation at the Shangri-La. Explore that feeling further after a dip with a treatment at Chi, the spa.
Mona Pavilions, Tasmania
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Located at, but not in, the Museum of Old and New Art, Mona Pavilions are a series of luxury “dens” on the Derwent River. The heated lap-pool is the perfect vantage point from which to view the rugged bushland surrounds – especially when the weather is wild.
Crown Metropol Melbourne
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Lap up the views of Melbourne’s skyline from the 25-metre indoor infinity pool on the rooftop of the Crown Metropol in Southbank before stopping by the hotel’s Isika Spa, where the relaxation continues.
Park Hyatt Sydney
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With sweeping views of Circular Quay, Park Hyatt’s rooftop pool is the ultimate escape from the city bustle. The heated outdoor pool overlooks the iconic Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, with a private sundeck, cabanas and a spa for guests.
Lake Argyle Resort, Western Australia
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The turquoise of this 35-metre infinity pool provides a stunning contrast to the red of the Kimberley and the deep blue of Lake Argyle. Swim, float or simply sit in the spa and watch the clouds scudding across the sky.
The Olsen, Melbourne
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Affectionately known as the Billabong, the pool at this Art Series hotel is one of Melbourne’s best city swimming spots. The glass-bottomed pool has views across South Yarra and drinks and snacks are available at the pool bar. It’s open to guests and day-swimmers alike.
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Looking for luxury in the top end? Check into the resort wing of the Skycity Casino and take advantage of the Lagoon swimming pool. It’s easy to find a spot to call your own in the enormous pool or soak up the sun on the tranquil 30-metre white sandy beach.
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