The 5 best hotel pools in South Africa

Posted on 7 January 2021

With the summer heat taking its toll and beaches and other public bodies of water all closed, we’re dreaming about escaping to hotels with stunning pools to cool off in.

Here are some of South Africa’s coolest hotel pools.

Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge

Quite possibly the most exciting new hotel opening during 2020, the Kruger Shalati Train on the Bridge Hotel is suspended over the Sabie River in the heart of the Kruger National Park. This is truly a unique hotel offering. There is not only incredible accommodation housed inside a restored and reimagined train permanently located on top of the historical Selati Bridge, but there is also a spectacular bespoke lounge carriage with an opulent bar and deck offering a stunning pool for relaxing and game viewing opportunities from the vista atop the Sabie River.

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront

Situated right next to the Atlantic Ocean, Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town is the perfect summer hotel. You can swim in the ocean-side infinity pool while also enjoying the fresh ocean breeze and trying to look for dolphins that often swim by – much to the delight of guests! There is also an indoor swimming pool at Amani Spa if you’re looking for some pool time in a tranquil setting.

Oyster Box Hotel

The Oyster Box Hotel is perhaps one of Umhlanga’s most popular and well-known hotels. Reviews show that the service, rooms and amenities are what keep guests coming back, but there’s no doubt that many are drawn to this hotel because of its pool. The rim flow pool sits right next to The Ocean Terrace restaurant and makes for a perfect sunset location.

The Munro Hotel 

As a hotel that is situated in Houghton Johannesburg, you’re probably wondering how this hotel pool fits into this list. Well, the views are incredible. A dip into the pool at the Munro hotel will give you unparalleled views of Johannesburg from high. The pool is large and the views are incredible – a testament to the fact that it’s not just our seaside and resort-style hotels located in the wild that offer up amazing eye candy.

The Plettenberg

Along the Garden Route of the Western Cape, in the town on Plettenberg Bay, you will find the Plettenberg Hotel. The hotel is situated on a rocky headland and going for a swim in the pool gives guests a view of the lush green vegetation below the hotel, plus a view of the ocean beyond.

We truly are spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning views in South Africa. These are just five of the many hotels offering similar views from their pools or rooms. Here’s to hoping that we are able to enjoy more of these in the year to come.

Pictures: Supplied


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