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12 Beautiful Swimming Pools in the Philippines

Thankfully, summer never ends in the Philippines.
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The heat has become insane. We've been drinking tons of water, converting our pick-up into a mobile pool, eating boozy ice cream. As we await the return of the rains, we turn to some of the most beautiful swimming pools in the country. These picture-perfect sparkling bodies of water are your destination for a summer hurrah.

Cool down with mai tais and piña coladas, while everyone else is sweating it out in the city. If you want something more exclusive, here are some Airbnbs with private pools.

1| Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Sofitel Manila’s lagoon-like swimming pool is an oasis within the city. The tropical paradise feeling of the Leandro Locsin design is emphasized by coconut trees swaying in the gentle breeze. At night, the pool's turquoise waters take on a different character as strategically placed lights twinkle in its reflection, making this a romantic destination, especially for drinks at the Sunset Bar. One of the most beautiful swimming pools in Manila provides an escape in the middle of the city.

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CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City; www.sofitelmanila.com



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2| Conrad Hotel Manila

Located on the mezzanine level, Conrad Manila's outdoor swimming pool is inspired by the pristine coasts of the Philippines, with a shallow section meant for the little ones and a deeper one with a depth of 1.6 m for adults. The beautiful swimming pool leads to the Sails Pool Bar, which offers light bites, smoothies, and cocktails for a great summer cooldown.

Seaside Boulevard, Coral Way, Pasay; (02) 833-9999conradhotels3.hilton.com


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3| Marco Polo Ortigas

Those who want to swim, but are afraid of the sun can do so at the indoor pool of Marco Polo. Located on the hotel's 22nd level, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s indoor swimming pool is temperature-controlled so guests can take a relaxing dip regardless of the weather. The four-feet deep pool is closely monitored by the hotel’s lifeguards for safety. Guests can also enjoy refreshing fresh juices and smoothies, as well as salads and sandwiches by the pool via an exclusive menu.

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Meralco Avenue corner Sapphire Street, Ortigas Center, San Antonio, Pasig City; (02) 720-7777; marcopolohotels.com



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4| Solaire Resort Manila

The floral pattern of Solaire’s Azure Pool makes its one of the most beautiful swimming pools in the Philippines. A lot of resorts rely on a stunning beach, but Solaire manages to impress with a stunning pool in the middle of the city. For a blissful respite from everyday stress, stretch out on its deck chairs for that golden tan or retreat into a private cabana with a crafted drink in hand from the pool bar.      

One ASEAN Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque City; solaireresort.com

 

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5| Vivere Azure Resort

Vivere Azure Resort is a popular diving destination in Anilao, Batangas, but it also boasts of an infinity swimming pool with views of magnificent sunrises and sunsets. With a lush canopy of trees, this beautiful pool's hillside location also brings guests closer to nature.  

Barangay Aguada, San Teodoro Anilao Anilao Batangas, Mabini, Batangas; (02) 771-7777www.vivereazure.com


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6| The Oriental Legazpi 

Perched on the hills of Taysan in Albay, The Oriental Legazpi is the perfect setting for an unforgettable stay in the "Queen City of Southern Luzon.” Reminiscent of the Alcasids' home pool, it's one of the most beautiful swimming pools in the Philippines because of the breathtaking vista of Mt. Mayon and the Albay Gulf. Where else can you take a dip with such an iconic view? 

Sto. Niño Village, Legazpi Boulevard, Legazpi City, 4500 Albay; (02) 536-9999legazpi.theorientalhotels.com


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7| Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu

It’s all sunshine, blue skies, and fun in this southern part of the Philippines, with a theme park that is designed to thrill waterbabies of all ages. Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu has six swimming pools, three water slides, and a private beach.

There are so many activities that you can try here: floating on the currents of the Beach Pool and the Amazon River, swimming to the pool bar at the Island Pool, or hitting the Wave Pool. For kids, there’s the pirate-themed Captain Hook’s Pool and a super-safe Toddler Pool that’s only 1.6 feet deep. This swimming pool offers adventure and relaxation.

M.L. Quezon National Highway, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu; (032) 494-5000; jparkislandresort.com


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8| Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa 

The beautiful infinity pool at Shangri-La Boracay is a picture of paradise, where calming blue water meets the vista of the sea. Those who want to spend their swim time with a little more privacy and luxury can book a villa that comes with a private lap pool.

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Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan; (63 36) 288-4988; shangri-la.com/boracay/boracayresort


9| Mövenpick Hotel

For luxe Ibiza-inspired vibes, there’s the sparkling swimming pool at the Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu. The free-form swimming pool overlooks the resort's scenic garden and tropical palms and the crystal clear Mactan beach. This beautiful swimming pool also has LED light-up lounge chairs that come alive at sundown, adding to the relaxing mood. A dedicated swimming pool for the little kids is also found nearby.

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Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu; (63 32) 492-7777; (63) 917-623-7085www.movenpick.com



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10| Luljetta’s Garden Suites 

Featuring an infinity pool that mimics the relaxing vibe of the Mediterranean resort destination, the new wing of the Luljetta’s Garden Suites is for a Santorini-inspired staycation. Guests who book the Mykonos or Santorini Suites also have exclusive use of a steam room, dry sauna, and jacuzzi for a complete pampering experience.

Sitio Loreland, Barangay, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal; (02) 570-2532; luljettas.com


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11| Acuatico Beach Resort in San Juan, Batangas 

The infinity swimming pool of this Batangas getaway is beautiful from all angles. Low walkways, which divide its various depths, add to its design and also keep views unobstructed. When you're tempted to leave the pool, there is an outdoor jacuzzi a few steps away. 

Laiya, San Juan, 4226 Batangas; (02) 651-5972www.acuaticoresort.com.ph


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12| Hue Hotels & Resorts, Puerto Princesa

Hue Hotel may be a few kilometers away from the beach, but it makes up for this with its eclectic architecture. Lush foliage surrounds an impressive modern structure whose focal point is the glass-encased pool on the top floor. The pool is picturesque, but stay away from the edge—apart from safety concerns, there is also the matter of being seen by the people below. It's the closest we have to the Sky Pool in Market Square Tower.

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Km 3 Puerto Princesa North Road, San Manuel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; (02) 896-9999; thehuehotel.com/puertoprincesa 


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