Super-cool African pools

Nothing says spring and summer like time around a glistening pool on a warm day. We took our inspiration for this blog from a fantastic article in The Telegraph titled, “The world’s best hotel pools“.

We created our own list of favourite lodge/resort/hotel pools on the African continent (see below), but please share yours with us on Facebook or Twitter.

  1. andBeyond Benguerra Island Lodge: (Featured above). In the grounds of a luxury beach holiday destination off the beautiful coastline of Mozambique, this pool is a hop, skip and jump from the silky white sands of a gorgeous palm-fringed beach.
  2. Park Hyatt ZanzibarSituated in historic Stone Town, the Park Hyatt’s spectacular infinity pool gives guests endless views of the Indian Ocean, which traders and adventurers used to make their way to the “Spice Islands”.
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Pool area at the Park Hyatt, Zanzibar. Image courtesy Park Hyatt Zanzibar.

 3. Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco

Sir Richard Branson’s Moroccon retreat, Kasbah Tamadot is situated outside Marrakech and temperatures can get pretty high in this part of the world. The rectangular swimming pool is the perfect place for a dip to cool off in the heat of the day, and the views of the Atlas Mountains are part of establishment’s gracious charm.


4. Oyster Box Hotel: The pool at this iconic hotel in Umhlanga is incredibly cheerful with its red and white candy-striped cushions and red and white theme that match the lighthouse. It truly is one of South Africa’s finest pools around which to sip a cocktail and watch the sun go down.

Pool area at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Image courtesy Oyster Box Hotel/Red Carnation Hotels

Pool area at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Image courtesy Oyster Box Hotel/Red Carnation Hotels

5. North Island, Seychelles:

This all-inclusive private island retreat offers the ultimate in Robinson Crusoe-style beach chic, the stylish retreat makes the most of the spectacular setting – with villas right on the beach and private pools in which to take a refreshing dip.

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6. One&Only Cape Town

Day or night, the pool area at One&Only Cape Town is seriously spectacular. Book some space at the designer pool cabanas (launched last summer) for an afternoon of relaxation, or sip a perfectly prepared G&T around the pool under inky skies before dinner at Nobu or Reuben’s.

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One&Only Cabanas. Image courtesy One&Only Cape Town.

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One&Only Cape Town Infinity Pool by night.

7. andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Surrounded by caramel-coloured dunes and lunar-like mountains, this quiet hideaway in the Namib Desert is the perfect place to get back in touch with nature. After a day of exploring the desert landscape, soak in the refreshing pool and revel in the silence.

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Space, space and more space around the pool at the andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.,

8. Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

This soul space on the banks of the Sabie River is the perfect place to unwind. A private plunge pool on the deck of your private suite awaits, with a stunning view of the bush and the resident antelope.

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