As the summer temperatures rise, a dip in a pool sounds perfect. But there’s something even better: lounging in a pool with a killer view. From North to South of the country, here are 10 fabulous pools that will get you soaked and stoked.
Dedon Island Resort, Surigao del Norte
This resort landed in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2016 list of Top 10 resorts around the world. The rates are pricey and the pool looks fairly simple, but there’s abundant beauty all around, starting with the shimmering Philippine Sea fronting the pool. Pretty huts nestled amid tropical flora and inviting features such as cozy cocoon lounge nests hanging from trees make this the ideal luxury getaway. There’s a children’s village within the compound for restless junior jetsetters which make Dedon Island the favored retreat for guests with a taste for barefoot luxury.
Dedon Island Resort is at 8419 Malinao Road, General Luna, Surigao del Norte; 0917-701-7820. Visit Dedon Island Resort's website for more details.
Discovery Primea, Makati City
At Discovery Primea, you can have a unique experience straight out the pages of a sci-fi novel, without leaving the city. Its infinity pool at the hotel’s third level gives guests a view of the Metro’s fast-changing skyline. After a few laps, it would be great to order a drink before settling back in the water to witness the city’s twinkling lights herald the end of another day. Its waters are heated too, just to make sure that you stay warm while living out a surreal fantasy.
Discover Primea is at 6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City; 955-8888, 988-2988, 0917-679-4567. Visit Discovery Primea's website for more details.
Lagen Island, El Nido Resorts, Palawan
Lagen Island is situated in one of the most densely forested areas in Palawan, surrounded by the province’s spectacular limestone cliffs and unbelievably clear, turquoise waters. The view from the pool is worth the resort’s pricey rates: Guests are rewarded with picture-perfect scenery that leaves them breathless. There’s a lot to do after you’ve had your fill of the pool and its calming views—take the whole family or friends for a dream holiday that will energize you for life’s daily grind.
Lagen Island, El Nido Resorts is at El Nido, Palawan; (032) 902-5980. Visit El Nido Resorts' website for more details.
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
The hotel’s pool is located right beside Manila Bay, one of the best seats in the house where you can watch day turn into night. Once in a while, you’ll chance upon fishermen gliding across the sea. This is one hardworking pool designed to please both junior and adult guests. It features a slide for kids and another one for guests 12 years and older. For adults who need more than a just a shot of adrenalin, there’s a bar nearby. The pool is designed like a lagoon, making guests feel that they’re splashing about in a lake outside of the Metro—a perfect destination for families in need of a quick respite without hopping on a plane.
Sofitel is at CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila; 551-5555. Visit Sofitel's website for more details.
Siama Hotel, Sorsogon
The hotel’s pool lies cradled by Sorsogon’s lush, native fauna. If you want a meditative commune with nature, this is the perfect place where you can soak in the pool’s cool waters while listening to the rustling of the leaves and the chirping of birds that inhabit Siama’s trees. This gem amid the jungle is ranked by Trip Advisor as the number one boutique hotel in Sorsogon. Book your ticket and you’ll see why.
Siama Hotel is at Sitio San Lorenzo, Bibincahan, Sorsogon City; 0917-881-6497. Visit Siama Hotel's website for more details.
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