Hotels in the UK and Ireland with incredible rooftop pools

The UK and Ireland are not known as your typical rooftop pool destinations, and yet our islands offer some of the most spectacular pools with incredible views over cityscapes, beaches, and clifftops in Europe!

We’ve scoured the two countries/nations and found some real gems that are perfect for a romantic weekend away or simply a friend’s weekend of champagne and pampering. So, pack your swimsuit and get ready to dip your feet in some of the most decadent pools in the country.

Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa

Edinburgh

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Overlooking Edinburgh Castle, the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa is in prime position for a weekend in the heart of the city. Surround yourself with modern luxury, including a rooftop hydro-pool providing jets of warm water at optimal body temperature complimented by the fabulous view. Sneak in early in the morning to watch the city come alive and to start your day invigorated by the fresh morning air.

sheraton-grand-hotel-spa-rooftop-pools-roomYou’ll also find an indoor pool and a thermal suite including a Hammam, Aroma Grotto, Rock Sauna and Bio Sauna. There’s also a first-rate gym as well but if you don’t put in a personal appearance we won’t judge – you’re on holiday. All the rooms are modern and follow a kind of minimalist chic, with pure white linen and elegant furniture. Choose from a castle view room or classic room or upgrade yourselves to a suite and enjoy the increased space and luxurious décor including tartan wall paper!

King Street Townhouse

Manchester

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What more could you want on a romantic city break than stylish interiors and an amazing rooftop infinity pool right in the centre of Manchester? With views over the iconic spire of Manchester Town Hall, the pool is ideal for capturing unique sunsets or people watching from on-high. Accompanied by a steam room and relaxation room, there’s no excuse not to spend hours in the spa recharging your batteries.

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The hotel is housed in a beautifully renovated Italian Renaissance building, and many of the rooms maintain period features such as high ceilings, but have been updated to include floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the city. Opt for a suite and the cityscape views come courtesy of a free-standing bath placed directly in front of the windows.

When you’re feeling peckish, head downstairs to the King Street Tavern for plenty of seared steak and red wine. If you are looking to treat yourselves go for a classic Afternoon Tea, or catch the bottomless brunch including bottomless bottles of champagne.

St Bride’s Spa

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A luxury spa hotel with a killer view over Saundersfoot Beach, this hotel features an infinity hydrotherapy pool that looks as if it simply melts into the sea beyond. Heated to body temperature, this is a cosy rooftop pool perfect for relaxing in – even on the chilliest of winter days.

The spa also features an aroma steam room, salt infusion room, herbal rock sauna, and ice fountain, plus a host of treatment rooms should you be looking for that extra mile of pampering.

swanshower, roooftop pools, st brides hotelThe hotel is home to 34 individually designed rooms, and most feature a balcony looking out across the sea. Each of the rooms are decorated in a style that recalls summer holidays filled with salt in your hair and the smell of sun cream, with light grey walls, blue accents and artwork depicting seascapes, as well as handmade wooden furniture and woven bed throws.

Canary Riverside Plaza

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An elegant 5-star hotel in Canary Wharf, The Canary Riverside Plaza allows all hotel guests access to the health and leisure club adjacent to the hotel, featuring a rooftop pool with panoramic views over the Thames and a state-of-the art gymnasium.

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Where indulgence meets comfort, every room at the Riverside Plaza comes with large bay windows to make the most of those views over landmarks such as The Shard and Tower Bridge. The rooms are designed with the ultimate of comfort in mind, meaning plush fluffy carpets, high and bouncy beds, a lavish bathroom with soaking tub and l’Occitane toiletries.

The Cliff House Hotel

Ardmore, Ireland

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A 15-metre pool facing floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Irish sea is what awaits you at The Cliff House Hotel. This is joined outside by a natural rock pool, a relaxation terrace complete with Jacuzzi and two stone baths, so you can take in the refreshing sea air whilst remaining warm and cosy in the water.

the-cliff-house-admore-ireland-rooftop-pools-roomsIndoors, the spa features a sauna, steam room and four treatment rooms including a couple’s treatment room for those on a relaxing romantic break. The rooms are equally luxurious, you can select a cottage, a deluxe room or a suite. The cottages are decorated in a blue and white seaside style, and offer space for up to 6 adults and extra space for children. These are a great self-catering option whilst enjoying all the perks of a luxury hotel.

If you are looking for a romantic break then a deluxe room or suite are perfect, with options including sea view rooms, or even those including a balcony or terrace. From here you can head downstairs in the evenings for Michelin-starred cuisine at the ocean-side restaurant.

The Scarlet

Newquay, Cornwall

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The pool at the Scarlet is not technically a rooftop pool, but rather a cliff-top pool. Floor-to-ceiling windows look down a crevasse to the sea below and outdoors there’s a hot Jacuzzi and a natural pool that doesn’t use chlorine, but instead cleaned by reeds. Why reeds, you ask? Well, that’s because this is one of the UK’s premier eco hotels and combines 5-star luxury with earth-friendly innovations.

the-scarlet-cornwall-rooftop-poolsOn top of reed pools and cliff-top Jacuzzis, the hotel spa also boasts a steam room, copper tub, Hammam and a Rhassoul used for messy mineral mud sessions – you can literally slather yourself in mud without worrying about damaging the décor.

Opt for a spacious room to enjoy floor-to-ceiling views over the clifftop and out to sea – this is not for the faint hearted, as you’ll also have your own balcony with seating area, seemingly over the drop.

The Berkeley

London

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A serene retreat in the heart of London’s opulent Knightsbridge area, The Berkeley hotel is home to a ‘seventh heaven’ outdoor pool on the seventh floor of the building. The pool is tiled in iridescent white and gold mosaic and the surrounding relaxation area features padded sun loungers and windows with views out over London. The pool has a retractable roof so even if the weather is less than favourable, you can still enjoy some time by the water.

the-berkeley-london-rooftop-pools-roomAt every turn, The Berkeley is luxurious whether it be the light filled Collins Room dining room where you can also enjoy the über fashionable Pret-a-portea a witty take on a fashionista afternoon tea, or enjoying a sophisticated cocktail in the Blue Bar.

Tasteful and stylishly decorated, the rooms at The Berkeley are designed with comfort in mind so that after a long day of exploring the city, the fluffy carpets and thick mattresses are exactly what you need to feel relaxed in this home-from-home.

The Ned

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London’s latest hot-spot hotel, The Ned is a converted Georgian bank right in the centre of the bustling Bank district. The hotel is a wealth of luxurious outlets and it doesn’t come more luxury than a rooftop heated pool with a view over St Paul’s cathedral. Plus, an indoor heated pool and Turkish hammam spa downstairs.

The vaulted ceilings and large open spaces of this grand building lend themselves to the grandeur of nine diverse restaurants and live jazz bands that add to the ambiance in several areas of the hotel. There’s also a secret bar downstairs in the bank vaults, which you may recognise from the James Bond film Goldfinger.

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When you aren’t gorging yourself on nine different types of cuisine or lazing by one of the pools, you can explore your seriously stylish bedroom. Decorated in a 1930’s style, the rooms include eye-catching upholstery and bespoke floral wall paper, whilst maintaining modern touches such as a rainforest shower and Cowshed spa products.

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Marijuana-Infused Wine Is Now Being Sold In The U.S.

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When it comes to wine, sometimes it’s a guessing game as to what we’ll see next. There are wine popsicles, a Champagne vending machine and even blue wine. And now there’s a new green wine called Canna Vine that is infused with marijuana.

The idea of mixing pot and wine is nothing new, but the idea of selling it to the masses is. Canna Vine, which is green in color, is made with high-end organically grown marijuana. The creators are continuing to experiment with two new types of marijuana, sativa and indica, to find an equal balance of “uplifting and relaxing sensations.”

But regardless of the strain, it’s reported that the process used to make this weed-infused wine starts with around a pound of marijuana. The weed is then wrapped in cheese cloth and added to a barrel of wine, where it sits for nearly a year to ferment and repose.

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The wine is designed to deliver a mellow “body high” without large effects from THC, which is the primary psychoactive compound found within marijuana. THC is responsible for the disoriented mental high many people experience when they smoke or ingest marijuana.

For now, Canna Vine is available only in California to those who hold a medical marijuana license. But even if you are able to get your hands on this new green wine, you’re looking at a price range of anywhere from £60 to £200 for just a half of a bottle.

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However, the two founders, Lisa Molyneux and Louisa Sawyer Lindquist, said they’ll continue to refine the wine in their desire to position themselves in the market of high-quality cannabis-infused products.

RELATED: Marijuana-Infused Coffee Pods Are Now Available For Your Keurig

“Cannabis wine has been so effective as a stress reliever, as a mood elevator, and as a medicine,” Lindquist told the LA Times. “I have no idea what the market will be like for it, but whatever I make I want to be safe, made from pure ingredients and, hopefully, delicious.”

Jack Daniel’s Coffee Now Exists, So Mornings Are Looking Up

When coffee and whiskey meet it’s… umm… sure to wake you up in the morning? Jack Daniel’s has teamed up with World of Coffee, Inc. to bring you coffee that’s infused with their popular whiskey.

Now, you’re probably wondering: But is it alcoholic? Don’t worry. Drinking this as soon as you wake up is socially acceptable because while this will have some of the flavor and smell of whiskey, it’s a non-alcoholic beverage that you can enjoy just the same as your cup of joe.

What type of subtle flavors will the coffee pick up from the whiskey? Well, you’ll notice hints of caramel and vanilla, which sounds delicious.

Jack Daniel’s Coffee Can, $21.95

According to a press release from the Jack Daniel’s brand, you can expect their latest coffee creation to hit stores nationwide in the near future, but for the time-being, it’s available at the Jack Daniel’s store location in Tennessee as well as via their online store.

The coffees come in decaf as well as caffeinated and retail for $21.95 for an 8.8 ounce can. But, if you’re hoping to give it as a gift to the whiskey-lover in your life, you can also shop a gift set where you get a Jack Daniel’s mug and a 1.5 ounce sampler bag of the coffee together for just $16.45. Not bad, huh?

Coffee Gift Set, $16.45

“We use the best tasting and highest quality coffees in the world and now add to that the authentic taste and aroma of Jack Daniel’s,” said Charlie Newman, president/owner and roast master of World of Coffee in the press release. “We take a lot of care and pride in the coffee products we craft and Jack Daniel’s Coffee is no exception.”

If you’re a whiskey drinker, you know you’re interested to try this combo, especially given all of the attention to detail they’ve given the flavors to create the perfect combo.

If you’re wanting to give it a try, but not fully commit, you can also shop the 1.5 ounce gift bag sampler version on its own for just $6.95.

Gift Bag, $6.95

So, go on, what are you waiting for? It’s worth a try!

The Benefits of the Beach on the Brain.

According to scientists, visiting the beach can change your brain in an incredible way

We all know that spending time outdoors is good for you on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time specifically at the beach have just been revealed.

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That incredible feeling of peace and calmness that you experience at the beach is now being referred to as “blue space.” That’s what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.

When you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergized.

Overall, this blue space effects you in four different ways.

1. Going to the beach reduces stress.

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Water can be is nature’s cure to  stress. It’s full of naturally occurring positive ions that are known for having the ability to make you feel at ease. So whether you jump in for a swim or simply dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. That’s one instant mood booster we could all use from time to time!

2. The beach boosts your creativity.

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Feeling like you’re in a creative rut? Well, scientists now believe that the solution to this is the beach. Being in blue space allows you to clear your head and approach problems or projects in a more creative way. Much like meditation, the beach triggers a feeling of calmness that allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what it is you’ve been needing to focus on.

3. Going to the beach can help reduce feelings of depression.

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Much like the effects that the beach has on feelings of stress and creative ruts, the beach also provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves in combination with the sight and smells of the beach can put you into a meditative space. In turn, you can clear your mind and reflect on life in a safe space away from the chaos of your daily life.

4. Overall, spending time at the beach will change your perspective on life.

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And that perspective is going to change for the better! Nature in general has always been a factor in healthy happy lives, but the beach in particular is so good for the soul.

Do People Who Fart In Front Of Their Partners Have A Better And More Lasting Relationship ?

Have you been with someone for a while, but are still afraid to fart in front of them?

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That’s not uncommon – but we’re here to say, you don’t have to worry so.
Usually we try to avoid doing unpleasant things in front of people we want to impress, but new research suggests that people who fart in front of their partner are more likely to have a lasting relationship.

Buttholes are not very appealing. We’re made up of way more attractive body parts that we’d all rather focus on — our hair, our eyes, our teeth and even our goddamn feet are more appealing than that mysterious, dark dot that none of us, except for any unfortunate men who get way too deep into doggy style, have really ever seen. Or really want to.

Buttholes are the largest of elephants in every single room in which a conversation has ever taken place, since the beginning of time until the end of time.

 The fact that every single person on earth has a butthole is something we all know, something we are all cripplingly aware of but refuse to talk about, ever — especially in the context of love and romance.

When you embark on a new relationship, having a butthole is the last thing you want to have. You want to have great conversation, wonderful sex and worthwhile interests in common. All of these things simply leave no room for buttholes.

 But I’m here to tell you that acknowledging the butthole is imperative to the success of your relationship. And no, I’m not talking about trying anal, because that’s just… that’s just a whole other thing.

I’m talking about embracing the fart. Loving the fart. Acknowledging that your partner has a butthole and from that butthole come farts.

 I’m not going to pacify you with that joke about how “girls don’t fart.” You, reader, are better than that. You know girls fart. If you fart, so do girls.

I feel like it’s weirdly progressive that I’m a woman and I’m talking about farts, but it shouldn’t be. Farts are f*cking hilarious. The day farts stop being funny is the day humanity dies.

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Besides being funny and natural, farts are vital to the success of any relationship. The first time you fart in front of your boyfriend or girlfriend is akin to your first great bang session, your first “I love you,” and your first child.

There’s nothing that says “You’re the one” quite like leaning to one side, squishing your face up a little bit and releasing a flow of dank hot air. I’m serious.

Farts show you’re comfortable.

If you’re comfortable enough to fart in front of your boyfriend, there’s truly nothing you can’t do in front of him.

You can cry in front of him. You can get into a fight with him, and you can call his sister a b*tch, and all of those things will pale in comparison to the comfort it takes to let your butthole explode in front of him. That’s some serious, serious comfort.

That’s the beauty of farts, folks. They prove that anything is possible.


Farts show playfulness.

I’ve only ever heard of one instance in which a girl threw up when her boyfriend dutch-ovened her. That’s it! Just one!

Other than that, every fun couple knows that there is much joy and laughter to be had when farting is a staple part of the relationship.

Forget laughing at funny movies together. Laughing at farts is where it’s at.


Farts create inside jokes.

If you embrace the fart, you and your boyfriend can slyly joke to each other about all the good memories you’ve created from farting.

The best part about these particular inside jokes is that they really, truly are inside, since you can’t really “explain” that time you farted mid-orgasm to anyone else who isn’t your boyfriend because that’s just embarrassing. Only you and your boyfriend have that level of comfort.

Inside jokes that involve farting create that wonderful layer of secret, private intimacy to your relationship.


Farts show you have nothing to hide.

It’s important that you show your true colors in a relationship. If there’s no honesty or transparency, there can be no trust, and without trust a relationship will surely flop.

Therefore, if you fart in front of your boyfriend, you are loudly and proudly proclaiming that you are human — hear you roar — and that you’re unafraid to hide your humanness. And if you’re unafraid to hide your humanness, you must be unafraid to hide anything.


Farts are sexy.

I get it. You’re currently telling me that I’m insane. But hear me out for a second. What’s sexier than embracing everything — yes, even his farts — about your partner?

Think about how you feel when you see your boyfriend after the gym, when his skin is glistening and when he smells like body odor and salt.

Isn’t that rawness so hot because of how naturally human it is, not in spite of it?

Think about how you feel when your girlfriend wears no makeup and you still think she looks beautiful.

Doesn’t her beauty at least partially come from the fact that she’s allowing you to see her like that, in her natural, human state?

There’s nothing sexier than raw, uninhibited, stripped-down personhood, than sharing in the most private of private moments with your partner.

Haven’t you ever stood in a bathroom and looked in the mirror at the two of you brushing your teeth at the same time? Haven’t you ever actuallyshowered together (no, not as a euphemism for sex)? Now that’s intimacy.

When you love someone, you have to love every single thing about that person.

You have to love your boyfriend when he’s rocking a suit and tie at your wedding and when he’s drunk on your couch playing Call of Duty with his stupid friends.

You have to love your girlfriend when she buys you your favorite beer and when she does her nails in the living room while gossiping loudly with her annoying friends.

You have to embrace every flaw, every idiosyncrasy, every irritating habit. And that includes every fart.

Leah Decesare, author of the book “Naked Parenting,” has written a research paper which confirms that a lasting relationship is based on complete trust and sincerity – which includes such things as farting in front of our partner.
Farting is as natural as laughing, crying, or eating. Why hold it in?

A Glass Of Red Wine Is The Equivalent To An Hour At The Gym, Says New Study

Love a good glass of vino but hate hitting the gym to work it off? This news will make your day.

Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those we get from exercise.

Red wine over a heavy session on the cross-trainer? Now that’s something we can definitely get onboard with.

According to lead researcher, Jason Dyck, these findings will particularly help those who are unable to exercise. Resveratrol was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in the same way as they’re improved after a gym session.

 

Salt, Pepper and Lemon Can Solve These 9 Problems Better Than Any Medicine

These are not only the ingredients of your salad dressing. You can use the mighty combo as a home remedy.

Moreover, many people throughout the world have used the power of three to treat common ailments. Could it be that conventional drugs are so expensive, that people try to seek natural alternatives?
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We give you a few tips on how to treat different ailments with the help of salt, pepper, and lemon:

Sore throat

Combine a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper and one teaspoon of high-quality salt. Stir the mixture in a glass of warm water. Gargle the liquid several times a day to relieve sore throat and severe cough.

Stuffy nose

Combine equal parts of ground black pepper, cinnamon, cumin and cardamom seeds and grind them well into a fine powder. Smell the mixture, and watch how the sneezing will relieve your stuffy nose.

Gallstones

Gallstones are hard deposits of digestive fluids that form in the gallbladder. These block the digestive tract, and cause unbearable pain. Patients usually undergo a surgery to get rid of their gallstones.

But, you can treat the condition with natural remedies. Combine 3 parts of olive oil, 1 part of lemon juice and 1 part of black pepper. Use the remedy to dissolve gallstones.

Canker sores

Stir a tablespoon of Himalayan salt into a cup of warm water. Swish the solution in your mouth after your meals to heal the mucus membranes in your oral cavity. This will help you get rid of bad bacteria and heal the sores a lot faster.

Weight loss

Add a quarter teaspoon of ground black pepper, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and a tablespoon of raw honey to a glass of water. This elixir will improve your metabolism. Polyphenols in lemons keep you fit and enhance insulin sensitivity, which is essential in the fat-burning process.

Nausea

Soothe your upset stomach with black pepper. The scent of lemons relieves nausea. Combine a tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. Stir the mixture in a glass of warm water. Sip your drink slowly until you notice some improvement.

7. Toothache

Combine ½ a teaspoon of ground pepper and ½ teaspoon of clove oil. This mixture will relieve your aching tooth. Floss and carefully brush your teeth twice a day. Cut off sugar and acidic foods.

8. Cold and flu

Juice half a lemon, and add it to a cup of warm water. This drink relieves cold symptoms. You can also leave the pulp and peel of your lemon halve in the water for 10 more minutes. Take them out, and stir in a tablespoon of raw honey. Consume the citrusy remedy until you feel better.

9. Nosebleed

Soak a piece of cotton in some lemon juice, and stick it in your nostril. Bring your head slightly forward, so the blood does not drip in your throat. This will also prevent nausea. The nosebleed will stop almost instantly.