4 of Asia’s best poolside soirées for a quick summer getaway in the city

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By Rachel Au

4 of Asia’s best poolside soirées for a quick summer getaway in the city

When we think of summer getaways, it’s usually islands like Bali—although these other destinations are particularly great if you’re planning to go solo. If you prefer taking breaks in a city or if you’re heading to any of these countries, why not stop by since they’re pulling all the stops to make it one of the ultimate pool parties in town?


1. BANGKOK — Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

sofitel bangkok pool

The luxury hotel has a new concept that’s on the way to making it one of the city’s poshest pool areas. Beginning August, Côté Piscine will be open to the public and its “refined atmosphere that exudes French luxury and joie de vivre”—as Marshall Orton, the hotel’s executive assistant manager describes it—will surely charm you. The focus here is the shaded, swim-up bar where guests can sip on fun and innovative cocktails while poolside trolleys offer almost everything. Ice cream, mojitos, you name it.


2. HUE, VIETNAM  La Residence Hotel & Spa

la residence hue swimming pool

If you happen to be at the imperial capital of old this weekend, stop by La Residence where they’re throwing a bash featuring a DJ, breathtaking views of the Imperial City across the fabled Perfume River, and the most gorgeous saltwater pool. 



anam cam ranh swimming pool beach club

Situated on the coast, the city of Cam Ranh helps you meet the best of both worlds in one getaway. Every evening, Anam trades sunbeds for dining tables by an oceanside infinity pool, breaks out the champagne and fires up the grill for a nightly feast. Imagine all that with the harmonious melodies by a strolling Filipino band in the background and the option to take a dip before, in between and after the seafood platters and main courses. You will realise it’s really one of the best ways to wind down for the night. 


4. TAIPEI — Grand Hyatt Taipei

grand hyatt taipei swimming pool

Mark these dates: 22 July and 19 August. The adults-only Oasis Pool Party has been widely regarded as one of the best pool parties in the city and thus becoming the playground for Taipei’s most beautiful people. Running for seven hours, expect international guest DJs, floaties and free flow of food and drinks. Don’t forget to rent a VIP poolside cabana where it’ll also make the perfect backdrop for a summertime selfie. 


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