Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 - Flight Centre
Take the plunge on your next holiday into a deep end that is suspended 24-floors above Shanghai's traffic jams or an aquarium full of sharks in a Las Vegas casino.

Design hotels and luxury resorts with impressive pools have boosted their occupancy rates and popularity, simply by provided guests with a phenomenal poolside experience.

Flight Centre's team of seasoned travellers has compiled a list of the world's most inspiring resort pools to provide holidaymakers with a heads-up on the hottest poolside retreats.

The list below features suggestions and travel deals for resorts in the USA, China, Greece, Australia and Thailand.

Golden Nugget, Las Vegas

If you have ever dreamed of swimming with sharks, here is your chance. The swimming pool at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas is attached to a live shark aquarium, known as The Tank. During the day, you can take underwater tours with the resident sharks and zip past sea creatures down a three-storey waterslide. After your swim, dry off in the poolside cabanas and sip on a cocktail at the H2O Bar, as you watch the sharks and other marine life go by. The resort offers 2345 deluxe rooms and suites, as well as a high energy casino with video poker, table games, world-class restaurants and a luxury spa.

Flight Centre has packages for the 4-star Golden Nugget priced from $205* per person twin share, including four nights' accommodation in a South Tower Room, with return airport transfers. Valid for travel from September 1 to 30, 2013 and valid for sale until June 30, 2013 unless sold out.

Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao, Shanghai

Anyone who is afraid of heights should avoid the deep-end of the pool at Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao. The deep end is suspended 24 floors above the ground, with nothing but a pane of glass separating you from a very big drop. The length of the pool is 30m, with part of the pool indoors and the other part, hovering 100 metres above Shanghai's traffic.

Flight Centre has packages at the 4-star Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao priced from $179* per person twin share, including three nights' accommodation in a Standard King Room.

Valid for travel from August 1 until October 31, 2013 and valid for sale until June 30, 2013 unless sold out.

Maria Bay Sands, Singapore

Voted in the top 10 hotel rooftop pools by The Huffington Post, the pool at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is literally one of the world's best.

The Sands SkyPark infinity pool is perched 57 storeys above the ground, sitting flat on the top three towers that comprise of more than 2500 hotel rooms and suites. Many people say it looks like a giant surfboard. From the rooftop observation deck, you can take in a bird's eye view of Singapore and beyond, while you listen to chilled out house music played by local DJs and sip on an authentic Singapore Sling.

Flight Centre has packages for the 5-star Marina Bay Sands, priced from $1289* per person twin share, including five nights' accommodation in a Deluxe Room, with full breakfast daily and return airport transfers. Guests will have access to free wi-fi, the fitness club and nightly entertainment.

Valid for travel from July 10 to 30, from August 22 to September 14, and from October 11 to December 22, 2013 and valid for sale until June 30, 2013 unless sold out prior.

Villa Katikies, Santorini Island

Those dreaming of a Greek Island escape will fall in love with Villa Katikies. The private villas are set high on the most westerly point of Oia on Santorini Island, offering sublime views across the Caldera basin. The pool and sunbathing deck on the rooftop has a brilliant outlook and the decor is lavish, so you'll naturally feel like a celebrity. Plus, some of the rooms have individual private Jacuzzis. If you can't get into these villas, try their stylish sister property Katikies Hotel, which was awarded the most famous Small Luxury Hotels in Greece.

Flight Centre has packages for the 4-star Villa Katikies, priced from $1029* per person twin share, including three nights' accommodation in a Classic Room, with full breakfast daily.

Valid for travel August 1 to September 30, 2013 and valid for sale until June 30, 2013 unless sold out prior.

W Retreat Koh Samui, Koh Samui

Sip on bubbles as you relax on spacious daybeds at Thailand's popular W Retreat and Spa in Koh Samui. The resort has an inviting infinity edge pool, known as WET, which overlooks the ocean and offers guests energizing drinks, gourmet snacks and healthy dishes. If that's not enough, take a dip in the dazzling waters of the W Beach, where you will have your very own Beach Ambassador to attend to your every need.

Flight Centre has packages for the 5-star W Retreat Koh Samui that are priced from $1145* per person twin share, including three nights' accommodation in an Ocean View Escape Room, with full breakfast daily, free WIFI internet and an interactive breakfast experience for two at the Kitchen Table.

Valid for travel April 1 to July 15, 2013 and valid for sale until June 30, 2013 unless sold out prior.

Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast

Palazzo Versace is everything you would expect from a luxury fashion-brand hotel and more. It's waterfront setting, Italian furnishings and extravagant architecture create a glamourous ambience.

The resort's lagoon-style pool and its Water Salon takes poolside lounging to a whole new level. Cool cabanas offer a private oasis for guests that wish to slip behind breezy sheer curtains, while a pool bar menu makes it a delight to order refreshments.

The resort is home to three award-winning restaurants, famed day spa, a Fitness & Wellbeing Centre, a private marina and more.

Flight Centre has packages at the 5-star Palazzo Versace priced from $552* per person twin share, including two nights' accommodation at the 5-star Palazzo Versace in a Lagoon Room, with breakfast daily.

Valid for travel April 2 until July 15, 2013 and valid for sale until June 30, 2013 unless sold out prior.

Hayman, Whitsunday Islands

When it comes to pools, Hayman's oasis is seven times an Olympic-size pool, plus if you stay in a pool access room, you can enter the water from your private balcony.

The 5-star private island resort is positioned in the Whitsundays, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Naturally, there is an abundance of water sports available, from windsurfing, catamaran sailing and paddle skiing to diving, fishing and snorkelling. For a more indulgent experience, join a cruise, seaplane and helicopter trip.

Flight Centre has packages at the 5-star Hayman that are priced from $1005* per person twin share, including four nights' accommodation in a Pool Access Room, with buffet breakfast daily.

Valid for travel from May 1 until July 31, 2013 and valid for sale until June 30, 2013 unless sold out.

*All prices are subject to change and availability at the time of booking.

For bookings, phone Flight Centre on 1300 939 414 or see www.flightcentre.com.au

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