Travel 3 minutes 28 February 2024

10 MICHELIN Guide Hotels in Asia with Private Pools

Nothing says relaxing holiday like soaking in the sun by your private pool.

When planning your holiday,  treating yourself to the best of the best is an act of self-care. It’s a way to spoil yourself after long hours spent in the office, to celebrate special occasions with the people you love, or to simply enjoy being catered to hand and foot in total privacy and disconnect from your daily life. Five-star resorts spare no expense in ensuring their guests experience a luxurious and comfortable stay, but sometimes travellers look for unique elements to make their trip worthwhile. One particular feature that no lavish guest can resist is a private pool. Having the luxury of taking a dip in your own private pool right outside your room adds a special layer to an already extravagant stay.

Of course, MICHELIN Guide Hotels has a selection of properties offering just that. In this article, we’ve picked out ten exceptional hotels in Asia offering rooms with private pools for you to keep in mind when planning your next trip!


Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Modern opulence mixed with scenic sea views are exactly what to expect at this Abu Dhabi resort. Boasting tranquil luxury, the stay is adorned by a light and airy atmosphere. Guests are surrounded by a panorama of Saadiyat Island’s crystal waters and white sands, pleasing both the eyes and the mind. Larger groups will find comfort and utmost privacy in the property’s lavish villas. Ranging from two to five bedrooms, these villas’ key feature is their private plunge pool, allowing guests to indulge in a relaxing holiday from the comfort of their room.

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Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

Dubai, UAE
Perfectly remote from Dubai’s bustling centre is a resort nestled in the city’s largest desert conservation reserve. The property’s Arabian essence satisfies luxury travellers looking for a one-of-a-kind experience. Its collection of upscale, Bedouin-style tents features amenities, such as personalised service, walk-in showers, king beds and of course, a private pool overlooking infinite sand dunes and the reserve's endangered wildlife. Ideal for couples looking for a tranquil escape, the room transports guests to a world isolated from the noise of city, where slow life thrives.

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Taj Bekal Resort Spa Kerala

Bekal, India
Step inside this lush waterfront resort in South India’s tropical Malabar Coast. Set across 26 acres along the shores of the Arabian Sea, the property’s architecture and décor plays on the traditional houseboats the region is known for, combining elements such as flared-thatched roof, mythic sculptures, and pillars. Guests looking to spend their lazy days in total relaxation won’t be disappointed, especially in the stay’s Premium Villa. Here, guests will have the chance to experience peaceful moments by the private plunge pool and immerse themselves in the location's deep serenity and whimsy.

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Tabanan, Indonesia
For all those looking for a jungle retreat, stop here. Tucked away inside a picturesque forest, about two kilometres away from the Balinese coast, sits an exceptional escape. This hotel is made for guests with an appreciation for gorgeous greenery and living lavishly. Its traditional exteriors blend in with its natural surroundings, while its interiors boast contemporary and elevated décor. Rooms range from suites to villas, but it’s the Pool Pavilions and Villas that feature the private pools, where guests can relax and soak in the beautiful landscapes around them.

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JapaMala Resort

Tiomen Island, Malaysia
Leave the world behind and be one with nature in this eco-resort, located in Malaysia’s Tiomen Island. Here, a break from the outside world is guaranteed, as the only way in is by ferry or plane. The retreat is composed of a collection of rustic, chalet-like villas situated right on the shores of the island, giving guests a chance to indulge in stunning views of the South China Sea from the moment they wake up, until they head back to bed. For couples or families looking for a little more privacy during their holiday, the Sarang room types are spacious and offer private plunge pools that are ideally enjoyed together.

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Six Senses Zighy Bay

Dibba, Oman
A Middle Eastern oasis located in Oman’s Zighy Bay, where desert and sea meet in the most luxurious fashion. No expense is spared in this retreat overlooking the Arabian Sea, offering top-tier service and elevated design. The isolated resort’s stone exteriors perfectly blend with the rocky mountains that surround it, creating an almost secret hideaway made of glamourous villas. Guests will enjoy the interiors mixing natural elements of timber and stone, as well as its stylish and high-end amenities, including private pools across each accommodation on the property.

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Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

Doha, Qatar
Off the coast of Doha is a crescent-shaped island, home to Anantara’s Banana Island Resort. Guests are transported to a Maldives-like escape, just 30 minutes away from the capital. Catering to all kinds of guests, from honeymooners to families, the resort offers a variety of food and beverage outlets, tailoured services, and luxury room types, ranging from premium rooms to over-water villas. While the property’s beach spans 800 metres and features multiple lagoons, opting for the villas with a private pool allows guests to enjoy their privacy to the fullest.

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Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Part of the ever-so glamourous chain, this Sri Lankan resort stands-out in true Aman fashion. Beautifully minimal, with a nod to the country’s traditional wooden homes, this stay redefines tropical luxury. With only 30 suites on site, the hotel is perfect for guests who prefer a private and quiet holiday. Every room type on the property is equipped with a private plunge pool, with some overlooking the sea and coconut groves. Here, disconnecting from the daily grind is made easy with beautiful restaurant spaces, private spa treatments and secluded beach.

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Phuket, Thailand
This complex of treetop escapes hidden in the coastal rainforest of Phuket is not your typical resort. Located above the coastal town of Kamala, Keemala is uniquely designed with local tribal and traditional elements across every corner. Its one-of-kind style continues with its rooms, as the stay is made up of unique cocoon-shaped Tree Pool Houses, Clay Pool Cottages and Bird’s Nest Villas, all of which feature minibars filled with complimentary drinks and snacks, private terraces with outdoor showers, and of course, private pools.

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Four Seasons Resort, The Nam Hai

Hoi An, Vietnam
Being wowed by a Four Seasons Resort is an easy feat, particularly when combined with Vietnamese charm. Located right on the shores of the country’s celebrated China Beach, the luxury stay’s sea views are what dream are made of. At The Nam Hai, palm trees and an infinite blue horizon accompany you throughout your stay. With over a hundred minimal, yet modern style villas – ranging from one to five bedrooms – 40 of them come equipped with private plunge pools guests will want to dive in throughout their stay.

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