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There’s no need to travel too far abroad this summer to have an Insta-worthy holiday – or, to find a holiday spot with an Insta-worthy pool. 

Whether you’re lounging by the pool or watching the kids run amok, here are our favourite staycation destinations with the best pools.

The Calile Hotel, New Farm

Brisbane’s James Street has got a major facelift, and it’s all thanks to The Calile Hotel. From the moment they flung open the doors, guests have rushed to soak up the sun by the Beverly Hills-style pool, enjoy a meal at the hotel restaurant, Hellenika, and relax in the glam art deco suites overlooking one of Brisbane’s most bustling precincts. If you visit, don’t forget your pocket money – a shop at the many local boutiques is a must-do.

www.thecalilehotel.com 

The Star, Gold Coast

Towering over Broadbeach, The Star is the jewel in the northern Gold Coast’s crown. Visitors love going for the rooftop bar, Nineteen at The Star, the casino and the buffet (which we talked about right here) but we think the huge pool deserves a special mention. Go with your partner for a quick local getaway, or bring the kids for a fun family stay-cay if that’s more your speed!

www.star.com.au/goldcoast 

Crystalbrook Vincent, New Farm

Those looking to experience Brisbane in a new way can’t go past a night (or five) at Crystalbrook Vincent. Tucked under the Story Bridge in the now iconic Howard Smith Wharves precinct, there’s no shortage of restaurants to visit and bars to frequent during your stay. In the hotel itself, don’t miss sunset from the rooftop Fiume Bar or the chance to sweat it out in the world-class gym. You’ll never want to check out.

www.crystalbrookcollection.com/vincent 

JW Marriott Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise

This world-famous hotel chain finds its Gold Coast home in Surfers Paradise, bringing five-star relaxation and luxury along with it. You’ll love the day spa, brand-new guest rooms and its proximity to the theme parks and beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast, but perhaps not more than the expansive pool which offers real tropical fish, slides, both sunshine and shade from the tall palm trees.

www.marriott.com.au 

QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise

If you haven’t yet paid a visit to QT Gold Coast, what are you waiting for? Unwind by their famous poolside, set in the heart of Surfers Paradise – though note that it’s a paradise for more than the surfers. After catching some rays, drink and dine in the care of the true aficionados at their many on-site restaurants.

www.qthotels.com/gold-coast 

Sheraton Grand Mirage, Surfers Paradise

Experience a new realm of luxury at one of the Gold Coast’s best beachfront resorts. Perched on the pristine beaches of the Gold Coast just minutes from Surfers Paradise, it’s here that you can explore, unwind at the resort pool and swim-up bar  or recharge in their signature suites.

www.marriott.com  

Paradise Resort, Surfers Paradise

In the heart of Surfers Paradise you can relax poolside or chow down on delicious food from not one, but three different on-site dining spots. You’ll have your feet up, a good book in hand while the kids spend hours pool hopping and relaxing after bombing it down the many waterslides. Yep, it’s all a day in the life at Paradise Resort!

www.paradiseresort.com.au 

The Island, Surfers Paradise

One synonymous with wild Schoolies, The Island has undergone a major facelift in the past few years and cemented itself among Surfers Paradise’s best accommodation options. The only thing better than their funky suites and delicious food and drinks is the sunsoaked pool, perfect for relaxing or snapping a few Insta photos.

www.theislandgoldcoast.com.au

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island

Whether you wish to cool off in the beach lagoon pool, explore native wildlife in the endless gardens, or reconnect as you tee off on one of Australia’s most exclusive golf courses Sanctuary Cove’s Intercontinental Resort offers an idyllic sanctuary for all.

www.intercontinentalsanctuarycove.com 

The Emporium, South Bank

Last but certainly not least, we couldn’t leave Brisbane’s most panoramic pool off the list, could we? The Emporium towers over South Bank, with its infinity pool perched at the top – that means uninterrupted views of the River City while you soak up some sun, cocktail in hand.

www.emporiumhotels.com.au

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