No moment encapsulates the feeling of a relaxing break like slipping into a hotel pool. Whether you want to unwind body and mind, have fun with friends or maintain your fitness regime, a hotel with a swimming pool is an enticing treat. Our top picks include beachside options and energising pools in spectacular spas. Here are some of our favourite hotels with swimming pools in the UK.
Combining comfort with class, Dormy House Hotel is a picture of tranquillity. Slip into the centrepiece 16m indoor infinity pool illuminated by candlelight in the chic spa and dare yourself not to relax. After a few leisurely lengths, you can move on to the lavender-infused sauna and juniper-laced Finnish cabin – or simply curl up on one of the comfy poolside loungers. The cosiness continues in the rest of the hotel, with roaring fires warming wood-panelled rooms. In a stylishly restored 17th-century farmhouse, the 38 rooms and suites are individually designed by leading studio Todhunter Earle. The hotel is a seven-minute drive from the charming Cotswold-stone village of Broadway.
Overlooking the pristine white sands of Gerrans Bay in Cornwall, the Nare Hotel oozes seaside elegance. Here, you can dip in one of two pools and enjoy the stunning surrounds of this peaceful haven. Sheltered by beach huts, the outdoor pool has sweeping views across the gardens, coastline and out to sea. Even better, it’s heated to a cosy 30 degrees when open between May and October. If the notorious UK weather is playing up, you can still get a swim in, against the in-built jet stream in the indoor pool. When the weather improves, explore nearby the Fal and Helford Rivers on Alice Rose, the hotel’s motor yacht.
The pool is more than just an added bonus at Danesfield House Hotel and Spa. Relaxing is required at this rural retreat overlooking the River Thames, and the award-winning spa is the place to start. The spa is centred around the dazzling 20m pool, where you can swim a few leisurely lengths or unwind following a workout. Afterwards, curl up on a lounger or sink into the Jacuzzi and let the bubbles do their work. If you can tear yourself away from the spa, take a stroll through the manicured, 65-acre gardens before returning for afternoon tea in the majestic Grand Hall.
In the County Durham countryside, Rockliffe Hall is a restored 18th-century manor house hotel with an exceptional spa and several pools. The main 20m swimming pool, in a room featuring stained-glass windows from the old chapel, is a dreamy spot for a dip. From there, move outside to the infinity edge pool, where you can take in views of the 365-acre estate while body jets and bubbles massage away aches and pains. The hotel hosts the largest golf course in the UK, so you can play 18 holes before returning to soothe your muscles in the revitalising water.