Indoor pools get a bad rap. Most of the time we envision them as dark and smelling of chlorine -- a combination that almost guarantees claustrophobia. But with this seemingly never-ending winter weather, we were inspired to look indoors for a dip. Much to our surprise, we found 15 luxurious indoor hotel pools that have everything from dramatic architecture, to sweeping views, to mood lighting, and beyond. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly wave pool in Wisconsin or an ultra-romantic spa pool in a Moroccan mansion for a honeymoon, we've got you covered. And the best part? Sunscreen's not required.
Phillipe Starck combined a giant yellow chandelier, elegant white furniture in front of a fireplace, and views of South Beach for a living-room-with-an-indoor-pool vibe when he designed the spa at the Viceroy Miami.
Chromotherapy lights change from bold blues to dramatic purples, all reflected in a mirror sculpture at the pool inside La Maison Favart. A small waterfall adds a romantic water feature (and a touch of soothing white noise) to the grotto-style ambience.
Guests can swim indoors under the sunlit atrium, decorated with Roman-inspired columns and a tiered whirlpool, or leisurely float outside to the connected outdoor saltwater swimming pool at The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort.
The Wild Water Dome at the Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort has a complete indoor water park with slides and play areas, but we could spend an entire winter’s day bobbing in the enormous wave pool.
The indoor pool at Le Grand Hotel de Bordeaux may come as close to swimming inside a museum as you’ll ever get. White day beds and gold-framed works of European art bring a hushed and artistic vibe to the pool area.
Art Deco glamour and an angular atrium make swimming year-round in London a stylish reality at Town Hall Hotel & Apartments.
The junior Olympic-size, indoor pool at the InterContinental Chicago is an historic institution. The space is decorated with original Spanish tiles and an elaborate ceiling.
Burn off those croissant calories at the mosaic-tiled pool at the Shangri-La Hotel Paris. Natural light, white plaster wall art, and floor-to-ceiling columns give the space a sense of Parisian chic.
You’ll feel like a Sultan at the marble-laden, secluded, and Arabic-inspired pool found in the spa at La Sultana Marrakech.
Because of the country’s infamous arctic winters, Canadians take their indoor pools seriously. We love the neon-colored geometric shapes that add night club-inspired interest to the bottom of the pool at Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
The dripping chandelier and metal staircase that extend over the blue pool at the Langham Hotel give it a kind of James Bond vibe — perfect for its central London location.
The 66,000-square-foot indoor water park at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort offers a kid-friendly pool with waterfalls and basketball hoops — for when they need a break from the surf simulator and waterslides.
We’d recommend swimming the backstroke in the lap pool at the Conrad Tokyo for aquatic views of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows and an overhead skylight.
Blue lights overhead, sparkling blue water below, and a mural of swimming fish make the indoor pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong evocative of an aquarium.
Rent Casa Las Nubes (Cloud House) at Tulemar Bungalows & Villas and all of your infinity-pool-in-the-living-room dreams will come true.
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