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5 Stunning Alfresco Pools

September 17, 2013

Hotels throughout Asia are redefining the alfresco washing experience, with open-air tubs that provide the ultimate soak. By Karryn Miller

Published on Sep 17, 2013


There’s no shortage of ways to get your water fix at Sala Phuket, where 80 percent of the accommodations include a private pool. If you’d rather soak than swim, Sala’s spacious villas also feature outdoor tubs, separated from the pool deck by curtains. 333 Moo 3 Mai Khao Beach, Phuket; +66 76 338 888;


Oversized sandstone tubs expose bathers to a starry sky at Khem Villas’ rustic cottages. On the fringe of Ranthambhore National Park, known principally for its wild tigers, the 10-hectare resort offers a tranquil bathing experience. VPO Sherpur Khiljipur, Dist. Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan; +91 94 1403 0262;


As its name promises, Capella Singapore’s Constellation suite provides excellent nighttime views of the cosmos. Star-gaze through the slated wooden awning above the Jacuzzi. 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore; +65 6377 8888;

From 32 floors up, Hyatt on the Bund’s Chairman suite has one of the best views in Shanghai, period—and certainly the best from a bathtub. An open-air deck, with a raised, jetted tub at its center, looks out over the futuristic skyline of Pudong. 199 Huangpu Rd., Shanghai; +86 21 6393 1234;


A lotus pond’s calming effect doesn’t typically lure spectators to dive in,
but at the Alila Ubud you may be tempted. Here the baths are surrounded by a lush basin of floating lilies and lotuses, for the perfect balance of nature and pampering. Desa Melinggih Kelod Payangan, Gianyar, Bali; +62 361 975 963;


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