Luxury hotels with swimming pools aren't just a healthy dose of relaxation and exercise - choose a spa hotel for your base and you'll step out of the water to wall-to-wall wellness facilities.
Making the most of their locations, many have floor to ceiling windows for stonking great views of the Alps. On a family ski holiday, take an après-ski swim and children will have a whale of a time.
A lot of ski hotels have pools, but the elite offer more than a mere place to paddle. Planned by praised architects, find them outdoors and heated to heavenly degrees: with infinity edges, bubble jets and sweeping rooftop views. Or find them in the great indoors, inches from saunas and steam rooms with panoramic windows bringing the outside in. Some pools are adult only - all day long or for certain hours - while others pull out all stops for tiddlers, adding slides and fountains for splashing about in.
The pool at Kitzbuhel’s Schwarzer Adler should be on every skier’s bucket list – the biggest rooftop pool in the alps, with an underwater sound system, counter currents and massage jets. There’s a record breaking SEVENTEEN swimming pools at the Levitunturi Spa Hotel, including ones indoors, outdoors, especially for children and dedicated to fitness. Hotel Altapura in Val Thorens has the alps’ highest swimming pool, which is indoors and outdoors complete with an ice igloo… In Ortisei, Hotel Adler has a steamy outdoor pool surrounded by Dolomite peaks, plus an indoor pool and jacuzzi AND a grotto with a brine pool.
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