Summer showers may have cooled things down, but there’s still plenty of reasons for a dip in the pool.
WHETHER it’s the rain that has played spoil sport or all work that has kept you home this summer — hotels in the city believe a dip in the swimming pool should take the edge off. From thoughtful toiletries like coco gel to herb-infused cocktails and an aqua gym thrown into the mix, here are the top properties vying with each other to give you the best deal.
One of the first to offer an outdoor bar and dining by the pool, Aqua, on the eight floor, offers a spectacular view of the city. Noteworthy: With decks arranged by the pool, loungers and double beds give an aura of ease and comfort. Also, sign up for summer swimming classes for children and adults (Rs 7,500 for 15 days). COST: Rs 1,200 ++ (inclusive of charges for changing room). Details: 42676000
A trikini with a pareo made of silk — that’s just the Shivan & Narresh swimwear you’ll need to chill by the pool or dive into the water. The colourful print adds to the relaxed vibe. Available on order at Evoluzione. COST: Rs 15,000. Details: 28333627
Take in the sights of the city as you float in this rooftop pool, specially designed to give you an uninterrupted view. Do try their aqua gym and aqua jacuzzi on the lower level, if you want to add some workout to your routine. At Hablife, their fine dining restaurant, you can also indulge in Pan-Asian cuisine like pepper fish and pineapple chicken (additional charge). Noteworthy: A refreshing welcome beverage is served when you arrive. Cost: Rs 750 ++ Details: 40235555
Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay
Spoilt for choice with an Infinity pool and a Meandering pool, the waters at the Temple Bay resort are mesmerising at night as they glow blue, purple and green alternately.
Noteworthy: Being the second longest in the country, at 28,000 sq ft, the Meandering pool offers paddling boats and zorbing. Cost: Rs 2,800 net on weekdays and Rs 3,200 net on weekends for both pools. Sports activity packages start at Rs 650. Details: 27443636
How can any swimwear be complete without flip-flops? With colourful palm leaves and other vibrant prints, the Havaianas flip-flop, from their Flat Mix collection, adds the right touch of comfy. Cost: Rs 1,500. Details: havaianasindia.in
A view of the sunset from the hotel’s outdoor pool is a summer indulgence. The custom-made art installations and lush landscape add to the experience. Also pick juices of your choice from the pool menu (extra). Noteworthy: An ongoing summer camp for kids (at Rs 4,000++), till May 27. Cost: Rs 1,500++ Details: 61001234
Fringed with coconut trees, day access to this pretty swimming pool comes with a plethora of food and beverage options. Choose from Pan Asian, Indian and Continental dishes—like roast chicken and butter poached jumbo prawns—while drinks include cocktails like vodka-based Love of Daisy. Noteworthy: 20 per cent off on food and beverages. Cost: Rs 1,500++ Sunday brunch from Rs 1,999++ Details: 71720101
Relish dishes from the exclusive menu at Flying Elephant, while you soak in the serenity of the Park Hyatt pool. Sip refreshing cocktails from the Garden Bar, which stars freshly-squeezed fruit juices and herbs.
Noteworthy: The pool boasts the best view in the city, that of the lush Guindy National Park. Cost: Day pass at Rs 1,750 ++ Details: 71771234
The Leela Palace
Surrounded by lush gardens, you can sip on cocktails like the popular Piña Colada, while lounging by the poolside. Also nibble on snacks like crispy calamari and the Spectra club sandwich. Don’t forget to snap a selfie against the specially-designed peacock wall mural. Noteworthy: The welcome basket includes water, a sunscreen, coco gel and a magazine. Cost: Rs 2,500++ Details: 33661234
This Bodysculpt Bandeau swimwear by The Beach Company is perfect for your day at the pool. The polyamide-blend suit—in lively hues of red and blue, with intricate motifs—will definitely make heads turn. Cost: Rs 2,750. Details: thebeachcompany.in
The Gateway Hotel IT Expressway
The outdoor swimming pool is a big draw, especially when paired with their brunch buffet, which includes a juicy saddle of lamb, oven-fresh rolls and cocktails like the classic Mint Julep and Masala Martini. Noteworthy: Summer camps are being held for adults and children till July. Cost: Rs 1,000 ++ Details: 66802500
Text: Sonali Ravi, Regina Gurung & Payal Gangishetty