Berlin, 03 August 2010 – Hot or cold? Green or red? Infinity or plunge?
The swimming pool has come a long way since the ancient Greek and Roman
baths. From an urban concrete jungle to a lush hillside in Asia, Design
Hotels™ presents four hotel pools ideal for sunbathing, socializing and
of course, swimming! For an eye-catching pool in a vibrant colour Alila
Ubud offers an emerald-green infinity pool above a dramatic river valley
in Bali. In Koh Samui The Library’s vivid red pool is the place to see
and be seen, with an enviable location next to the popular Chaweng beach.
For a stylish pool party The Standard, Downtown LA’s rooftop hosts weekend
pool parties complete with DJs and underwater LED lighting. Lastly Habita
Monterrey in Mexico offers two rooftop pools – one cold, and one hot –
so bathers can cool off, or heat up whilst taking in stunning views of
the city and the surrounding mountains.
The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand
Just a few steps from Chaweng beach, The Library’s vivid red pool is
one admired by guests and passersby alike. Made using mosaic Italian glass
tiles in red, yellow and orange, the pool is set on the beachfront and
is surrounded by a wooden deck with red mattresses and black bean bags.
Guests are welcome to choose from the poolside menu, or take a book from
the hotel’s impressive white library complex adjacent to the pool. At night
the underwater lights transform the swimming pool in to a dazzling spectacle
and provide the perfect backdrop to dinner or drinks in the restaurant
and bar next door. The Library was recently voted as one of the top 10
amazing worldwide hotel pools by TripAdvisor in 2010. www.designhotels.com/the_library
The Standard, Downtown LA, United States of America
The rooftop pool at The Standard, Downtown LA is part of one of Los
Angeles’ most coveted nightlife hotspots. Situated on the rooftop of the
twelve-storey hotel in Downtown LA, the pool has panoramic views of the
city. On the opposite side of the terrace there is sculptured topiary,
an open fireplace, dancefloor and bar. The turquoise heated pool stands
out sharply against the deep red Astroturf of the surrounding sundeck,
where there are also bright red water-bed canopies for up to ten. The bar
and dancefloor creates a fun and bustling space where nightly international
DJs play to a fashionable crowd. The rooftop area can also be hired exclusively
for events for up to 240 people, making it ideal for anything from corporate
functions to editorial shoots. www.designhotels.com/the_standard_downtown_la
Alila Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Cited as one of the most beautiful pools in the world, the infinity
pool at Alila Ubud boasts a spectacular location perched on a terrace floating
above the lush Ayung River valley. The pool spreads out to form an elongated
rectangle until it seems to disappear down the terraced jungle hillside.
A daily afternoon tea of traditional local sweets is served by the pool,
where guests can relax on sun beds shaded by large Balinese umbrellas.
In addition to its 58 rooms, the hotel has four Valley Villas on stilts
with wooden decks and four Pool Villas providing seclusion with a private
Habita Monterrey, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
With different views and contrasting temperatures the two pools at
Habita Monterrey cater to all tastes and weather conditions. The hot pool
is heated to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, making it ideal for a dip in the winter
months. There is also a cold pool which is great for cooling off during
the summer when temperatures rise. Situated on either side of the eighth
floor roof terrace with 360-degree views over the desert metropolis and
Sierra Madre, the pools are divided by a chic concrete bar. The bar can
cater to up to 80 people and is open for snacks and cocktails from 10am
to 2am. On one side there is a view over Sierra Madre and its eponymous
Cerro de la Silla, known as the Chair Mountain, whilst on the opposite
side there is a view of the El Obispado, a green mountainous area. www.designhotels.com/hotel_habita_monterrey
Clockwise from top left: The Library, The Standard, Downtown LA,
Alila Ubud and Habita Monterrey
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Design Hotels™ represents and markets a curated selection of more than
190 independent hotels in over 40 countries across the globe. More than
a collection of hotels, the company is a collection of stories. Each property
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a passion for genuine hospitality, cultural authenticity, thought-provoking
design and architecture. Each "Original" stands for the individual, aesthetic
and service-driven experience that his or her hotel provides.
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