Sunrise over the seashore, swaying palm trees by the beach or a stunning mountain range at sunset. No matter the view that a vacationer can spy from their Hilton hotel room, it’s bound to be a memorable one – but the view from the hotel’s swimming pool is often even more swoonworthy.
What is it about a view that makes such a lasting impact? It’s science, actually. Sure, a breathtaking vista can serve as a memorable photo backdrop (for the ‘gram, right?), but according to an emerging field of ecoscience, lovely views can actually have a profound impact on a person’s wellbeing. The visual aspects of nature, like gazing at a beach landscape, serves as an out-of-the-ordinary distraction that pulls a vacationer’s mind away from daily problems and stress, and instead gives them something positive to focus on. Additionally, the sounds of nature, whether its waves lapping or birds chirping, have been correlated to lower blood pressure and a reduced level of cortisol (stress hormone) in the blood.
Whether sunrise, sunset or blue skies in between, here’s a collection of Hilton hotel swimming pools that offer terrific views, keeping families cool as they soak up the scenery.
Epic Atlantic Sunrises at Conrad Fort Lauderdale – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The outdoor pool at Conrad Fort Lauderdale allows guests to soak up the Florida sunshine and enjoy the cool ocean breeze of the Atlantic ocean from 100 feet up in the air, all while overlooking Fort Lauderdale Beach. Vacationers can catch the first rays of sun rising up over the Atlantic Ocean, and also book cabanas and daybeds pre-arrival.
Eye Awe-Inspiring Architecture from the Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Located in Sao Paulo’s Berrini district, Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi recently debuted a renovated rooftop swimming pool on its 28th floor. Surrounded by glass windows, the pool offers panoramic views of the city’s Ponte Estaiada, an impressive cable-stayed bridge that measures more than 450 feet tall and stretches over the Pinheiros River.
Waterfalls and Oceanfront Views at Hilton Waikoloa Village – Waikoloa, Hawaii
The Kona Pool at the 62-acre Hilton Waikoloa Village offers oceanfront views of the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, with plenty of swaying palms and white sand beach. For the ultimate view, book an Aloha Falls Oasis Cabana experience, which includes a cabana with a private hot tub and waterfall.
Sunshine by Day, Sunset by Night at Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club – California
The Monarch Pool at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club lets swimmers soak up the California sun while taking in memorable views of the Pacific Ocean. And stick around late to watch the famed Pacific sunset from the pool’s lounge chairs, daybeds, private cabanas – or while relaxing in one of the pool’s two infinity-edge spas.
Hawaiian Sunsets at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Maui, Hawaii
Visitors to Maui can’t miss the 2,000-foot-long Wailea Activity Pool at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Within the activity pool, nine different pool areas are connected by a sweeping river so that guests can enjoy waterslides, a rope swing and much more. The resort’s Hibiscus Pool, reserved for adults, offers a romantic and relaxing retreat. Both pools offer views of the stunning sunset over Maui’s Wailea Beach.
Splash & Stargaze at Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla – Cancun, Mexico
The Wander Rooftop at Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla features an outdoor pool and hot tub that offer elevated views of Nichupté Bay and the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Vacationers can complete their night by enjoying a handmade cocktail from the rooftop bar or by listening to live music.
Take in the Mountains & Cityscape at Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe – Mexico City, Mexico
Enjoy elevated views of Mexico City from the rooftop pool at Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe. From here, swimmers can see both the city lights of Mexico City and the mountainous peaks of the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre Oriental beyond.
Check back next week for a look at some of the best rooftop pools in Europe and Asia.