Mention holidaying abroad and the image that gets called to mind is one of plunging into a turquoise body of water amidst the blazing heat. Seldom do we consider swimming as anything other than a summer activity, but the fact that most Spa & Wellness facilities offer full-length, heated indoor pools means guests can enjoy a few lengths all year round.

The following five projects boast luxury interior environments that allow holidaymakers to shelter from harsh weather conditions and colder climates but still partake in the most prevalent vacation-based pursuit; swimming.


From serene, stripped-back baths to elaborate mosaic natatoriums, here are some examples of pools that defy the shift in seasons…

01 | Capella Hanoi, Vietnam.

                                                                                                                                                    by Bensley.

02 | Aman New York, USA.

                                                                                                                               by Denniston and SLCE Architects.  

03 | Hotel de la Coupole MGallery, Vietnam.

                                                                                                                                                            by Bensley

04 | Le Cheval Paris a la Samaritaine, France.

                                                                                     by Jean-Francois Lagneau, Maison Edouard Francois and Peter Marino Architect.

05 | Crowne Plaza Quanzhou Riverview, China.

                                                                                                 by Kanko Kikaku Sekkeisha and Hirsch Bedner Associates – Shanghai