From underwater sound systems to iconic views we’ve rounded-up some of Vietnam’s most stunning pools where you’ll want to take a dip this summer.
The Reverie Saigon
Guests need not miss a beat while doing laps in The Reverie Saigon’s open-air swimming pool. The 24-metre long space has its own underwater sound system that plays a compilation of music that changes with the mood of the day, from vibrant classical to soothing instrumental, and more mellow beats after the sun goes down. For those who take a dip pre-dinner there’s an underwater light show that begins every day at 6:00 pm. Above water the entire contemporary exterior of the building also comes to life after dark. Over 8,000 light bulbs create around 50 different lighting sequences, all of which are undetectable to guests inside. Pool-goers can also get a glimpse of the show from one of the two accompanying jacuzzis or while lying back in the resort-style pool furniture.
https://www.thereveriesaigon.com/ 22 – 36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard & 57 – 69F Dong Khoi Street
Ho Chi Minh City, District 1, Vietnam +84 (0)28 3823 6688.
Fusion Maia Da Nang
Framed by swaying palm trees and overlooking the ocean, Fusion Maia Da Nang’s main pool, lays claim to being one of the best — globally. In March of this year leading luxury travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveller (UK), called out the resort’s swimming pool as one of the most stunning in the world. It may be hard for guests to drag themselves away from the highly instagrammable spot but if anything can it’s the property’s Maia Spa, where spa treatments are included in the nightly rate. To top it off in the spacious spa area there’s another, just as stunning, pool. This one features an an open-air jacuzzi and waterfall, and is tucked away among lush gardens. Think guests may be all pooled out? There’s more. Each of the 87 private villas also have their own private plunge pool.
http://fusionresorts.com/fusionmaiadanang/, Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Khue My Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang, Vietnam. +84 (0)236 3967 999.
One thing is a constant at this compelling new resort overlooking Vietnam’s pristine Cam Ranh Bay: pool waters as brilliantly blue as the sea and sky. Whether plunging into the Anam’s stunning adult-only infinity pool that meets Long Beach, two other capacious swimming pools for the whole family, or one of 27 private villa pools, pool-goers are spoilt for choice. Two vast reflective pools adjacent to the open-air lobby also mirror the dome of sky and heighten the sensory experience. The reason behind the striking blue hues? Grey slate tiling sourced from Vietnam’s north that works wonders reflecting the spectacular natural surrounds.
www.theanam.com, Long Beach, Northern Peninsula Cam Ranh, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. +(84) 258 398 9499.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
If the walls of Hanoi’s legendary Sofitel Metropole hotel could talk they would have some compelling stories to share—especially one that nestles up to the hotel’s pool. Back in August 2012, when the property was undergoing renovations, they discovered a hidden air raid shelter that wasn’t on their radar. The manager at the time had wondered why the pool didn’t extend further. His question was answered. Situated two meters below what is now the open air Bamboo Bar, lay a warren of corridors, chambers and stairways that made up a bunker that once hosted American folk singer, Joan Baez, who sought shelter there during the Christmas Bombings in 1972. The shelter is now part of a “Path of History” tour that introduces guests to the storied past of this iconic hotel.
www.sofitel-legend-metropole-hanoi.com/, 15 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam, +84 (0) 24 3826 6919.
La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa
From myriad terraces, from balconies, and even from the hotel’s fitness center, guests can drink in views of the Flagtower Bastion of the Hue Citadel but it’s from the pool deck that sedentary travellers can do their sightseeing and sunbathing at the same time. The charming boutique hotel has 200 meters of frontage on the fabled Perfume River, and sits opposite the Flagtower Bastion and its 165-foot wide moat.
www.la-residence-hue.com/, 5 Le Loi Street, Hue City, Vietnam, +84 (0)23 43 83 74 75.