Best hotel pools for your staycation in Australia this year

The reality of you leaving our little prison island this side of 2022 is pretty slim. Unless you’re good at taking advantage of those slim chances that come up once-every-never.

So with that in mind, focus has turned to the beauty of the Australian staycation holiday in our own backyard and what better criteria to evaluate where you’re going to than the pool you’ll be floating around in all day?

Here are 5 of Australia’s best hotel pools to consider:

W Melbourne

WET on Level 14 of the freshly opened W Melbourne offers spectacular panoramic views of the city skyline. The space is inspired by the curves of the Yarra River, with curved timber elements and gold roof that reflects the lights of the city at night. With an epic poolside bar and DJ booth the space turns it up for a bold party scene.

The Ritz-Carlton, Perth

The outdoor heated infinity pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Perth looks out over the Swan River, Elizabeth Quay and city skyline – offering the most exquisite views of Perth to take in while you soak in the sunshine and take a dip in the pool. One of the most luxurious spots in all of WA to be seen in your chic poolside gear. Guests can surrender to luxurious poolside pampering treatments without leaving the comfort of the sunlounge, while the Ladies and Gentlemen from the hotel’s signature cocktail bar Songbird serve up delicious light bites and cocktails to enjoy poolside.

W Brisbane

WET Pool is the jewel of W Brisbane’s iconic Level Four rooftop oasis – WET Deck. A place to see and be seen, WET Deck is a chic poolside retreat that transports guests to another world as they slip into the pool and embrace a sunshine state of mind. With its bold design of a black and white geometric ceiling, and mosaic tiles lining the pool’s floor reflecting shadows of palm fronds, WET Pool is the perfect place to kick back for a lazy afternoon by the pool soaking up Queensland’s sunny rays on stylish sun lounges. 

Pool goals reach new heights as guests can even listen to music underwater with the vibes taking them through from day to night. Rain, hail or shine, the pool’s covered space will ensure no unforeseen weather puts a halt to making a poolside splash. 

WET Deck Bar is serving up a menu of bespoke cocktails, gourmet bites, live DJ tunes and stellar views over the Brisbane River to cement its reputation as Brisbane’s ultimate pool deck playground.

Riley, Cairns

Crystalbrook Collection’s Riley is the pinnacle of five-star luxury in Cairns, and the perfect tropical gateway for the amazing sights Tropical North Queensland has to offer. The focal point of the hotel is Riley’s 1000 square metre freeform lagoon, stretching across the Esplanade and dotted with poolside cabanas with beautiful views of the Coral Sea. After a long day lazing poolside, guests can take advantage of the resort’s incredible food offerings include the highest rooftop bar in Cairns at Rocco, as well as Asian fusion at Paper Crane

Flynn, Cairns

The youngest sibling in Crystalbrook’s Cairns family, Flynn has just opened its doors to guests for the first time as of November. The resort boasts two glass-bottomed pools, with world-class views overlooking the Esplanade and causal eatery Boardwalk Social, so you’re only steps away from the heart of the action. Plus with 311 stylish suites including the top three floors of the Esplanade tower offering guests the ultimate-luxe tropical escape, with large balconies to laze the day away, Flynn is the perfect new destination for those wanting to be in the heart of the action.  

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