Istanbul is a great swimmer’s city with more than its fair share of top notch seafront resort hotels with fabulous pools.  You’ll be delighted to discover that a lot more options are tucked in other parts of Istanbul, in the countryside, the bay and in the skyscraper hotels at the heart of the city’s modern business district.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Worlds and different eras collide in this hotel, which is not surprising for an Ottoman palace converted into an elegant hotel where Europe and Asia meet. Its pool is in the perfect place overlooking the Bosphorus, surrounded with the blue-green waters of the ocean and mountain views.  The pool is heated for guests who fancy watching the moon and stars while taking a dip, or relaxing at the Jacuzzi at the heart of the pool.

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Suada Club

Suada Club is one of the places to go for a quick escape from the buzz of the busy city streets.  The Olympic sized pool caters to a variety of guests – those who want to flex their muscles and those who want to kick back on the poolside mattresses to top up the suntan.  Suada Club also known as one of the best Istanbul pool party places.

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The Grand Tarabya

Not even the seasons keep guests out of this heated pool, which is just as delightful on cooler winter days. The hotel is located along the Bosphorus which gives guests the chance to enjoy great views of the Tarabya Bay and Marina. Both the outdoor and indoor pools are part the hotel’s “active area” which make them perfect to get back into that exercise routine.

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Hotel Les Ottomans

This hotel is one of the most famous and high-end options in Turkey. It is the only hotel in Istanbul to offer vinotherapy spa services. Les Ottomans’ outdoor pool is well-known for being one of the few saltwater pools in the area.

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Wyndham İstanbul Kalamış Marina

This Istanbul-based Wyndham hotel sets apart from other seafront hotels in the city for having a rooftop pool. Because of its location, the pool itself becomes  the perfect viewing deck. There is a superb view of the docked boats, ocean and the mountains while cooling down in this chic rooftop infinity pool.

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InterContinental Istanbul

This top end hotel pool is strategically located away from noise and bustle of the city, even though Taksim Square and the lively Istiklal Street are only 250 yards away.  It has a heating system so that guests during the chilly season can still enjoy the waters. Separate men’s and women’s Turkish bath and steam room options are also available.

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Kemer Country Hotel Istanbul

Taking a hint from the hotel’s name, you can’t expect a seafront swimming pool in this one. But that does not mean that what it offers is less enjoyable. If you want a change from the seafront views, then it is time for you to dip into these delicious waters while enjoying a countryside vibe in the midst of the Belgrad Forest. Swim in the fresh country air thanks to the vast trees that surround the pool area.

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Qualitasspa Wellness Center

This spa and wellness center is a gem in the center of the city. Since the establishment focuses on spa and wellness services, you can expect to find the best pool for your laps here. After a strenuous workout, guests can relax their muscles in a Jacuzzi right beside the pool.

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Elite World Business Hotel

Known as one of the health and beauty centers in Istanbul, its indoor pool is especially designed for guests to use after post-workout. The pool sits beside the hotel gym so guests can take a cooling dip after stretching their muscles.

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The Istanbul Edition

This pool is great for business travelers since the hotel is located at the heart of Istanbul’s business district, making the Edition a good escape from all the hard work. And it all becomes that perfect escape with the help of its indoor pool included in the hotel’s spa that occupies three floors of the building.

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