That beachside vacation the cherry you dangle to make it through the week? Us too. Thinking about lounging poolside has the incentive power of spurring you past Wednesday and on. Swim up bars, natural springs, rooftop pools and infinity overflows, this list has it all. So if you’re thinking of booking a trip, here’s where to start. Dive in.
Joule Hotel, USA
Peering out over the people below, elevating the sport of people watching to new heights. This Dallas hotel does just that. Offering a splash with a view, looking out over downtown no less
Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Greece
Ah yes, the captivating colour scheme that encapsulates Greek island luxury. All crisp white linens and azure blue waters, this paradise ticks all the boxes. The island of Crete’s finest pool really holds it own.
Capella Pedregal Resort, Mexico
Cabo nightlife calling you? What better way to spend your morning after than sun baking, submerged in this little slice of paradise. Waves wash the edges of the pool and the bar is just a step away, an arrangement we can get around with enthusiasm.
Hotel Caruso, Italy
Craving the winding roads and perspective from the heights of the Amalfi Coast? Make Hotel Caruso your home base. Perched with a view out over the water, so you can sip and swim while poised looking at the coast. The traditional touches and architecture make it even more sublime. So say ciao and get going!
The Sarojin, Thailand
Tranquil luxury you crave? Thailand is just the stop. Why lounge pool side when you can doze in pool. The sun beds are placed so you’re right in the middle of the body of water. With a little billow of privacy in case you need to a break from the sun.
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
The Maldives speaks for itself, an island oasis without this fine pool installation, but the stone bed makes for true immersion in your surroundings.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, India
A palatial institution on the banks of the lake, you’ll be roaming these pool facilities with a regal spring in your step. Sunlight seeps into every corner and the facilities don’t end at the water, go on spend your stay soaking it all up.
Katikies Hotel, Greece
If Santorini is calling, your reclusive cave pool is the perfect escape from the sun (and the tourists). A location that begs for a photo op, blending into the rugged landscape with crisp precision. You can laze about and take in the landscape while you’re at it.
San Alfonso del Mar Resort, Chile
The largest swimming pool in the world does not disappoint. It’s mammoth and operates like an island ecosystem all of it’s own. Don’t even try to span it’s lengths, this isn’t the place for laps. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the installation.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
The Singaporean infinity pool is the very definition of views. You can’t get access to the pool without a nights stay, so splurge and paddle your way aside the skyline. The perfect antidote to the blistering humidity.
Aro Hā Wellness Retreat, New Zealand
New Zealand is a scenery lovers dream, all rolling hills and endless vistas. The retreat is relaxing on all fronts, letting you float with the picturesque backdrop your good looking partner in crime. Chill out like never before
Purobeach Palma, Spain
Party islands of Spain are known for the poolside soirees but this sprawling option in Majorca is a standout. It’s classier than some Ibizan neighbours, but the drinks still flow and the sun still beams.
One&Only Hayman Island
A reef side paradise, Hayman Island’s development is the picture of luxury. Built with the relaxed vacationer in mind, you’ll be waited on hand and foot. But you’ll need it, with this view you won’t be moving from your spot much.
Amangiri Utah, Arizona
A lush dip in the middle of the desert? Don’t mind if we do. Just north of the Grand Canyon, this pool is a special kind of synergy of the elements. Night or day, it’s a showstopper.
Badeschiff, Berlin, Germany
A summer pop up turns the often frosty banks of Berlin into a pool paradise. Tourists and locals flock to it, you can understand why.
Laical Island Resort, Fiji
A location renowned for it’s outstanding hospitality, this pool is perhaps the kindest gift of all. Crafter for Instagram worthy plunges, it’s the ideal way to laze a day or two away.
Hotel Indigo, Hong Kong
Peaking out of the dense high rise is a cooler option. Hotel Indigo in Hong Kong offers it’s guests a chance to see the buildings as neighbours. Or just sip cocktails on end, whatever you prefer.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy
Lake Como is the summer playground of the rich and famous, with this destination their paddle pool. Grab a sun bed and enjoy the Italian sun with a vista that is second to none.
Evason Ma’In Hot Springs, Jordan
Cascading waterfalls, natural hot springs and a view that takes it all in with one single gaze. Hidden in the often forgotten destination of Jordan, here you’ll find a natural wonder. Swim, dive and explore.
Treyarnon Bay, England
When you think of the Queens fine land, we often forget it’s coastline for swim spots. When the climate is right, by Australian standards mild, but sweaty by British thermometers, the coast is stunning. Near Cornwall you’ll find this natural lagoon that begs for a dip.
Casa No Tempo, Portugal
No that isn’t just a sandbank, it’s a man made pool crafted to submerge the swimmer in the landscape. Near Lisbon you’ll find this immersive design wonder.
Rocca Delle Tre Contrade Villa, Italy
Oh Sicilian summers, how we long for you. Well, welcome to the villa that dreams are made of. After a day roaming the countryside you’ll have earned a swim.
Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
A paradise tucked away from tourists in Europe, Montenegro deserves your attention. Stellar climate and burgeoning tourism industry makes for fuss free relaxing travel.
You get what you pay for and for this price you’ll get nothing short of perfection. Marrying a celebration of the Aussie bush with the stunning blue scapes of the Whitsundays, Hamilton’s more refined option puts you right in the thick of it.
The Cambrian, Switzerland
If your Swiss alps adventure yearns for a little more water action, this is perfect apres ski activity. In summer it looks out over the lush green mountains and as a the winter steeps it in snow, it turns to an icy paradise. All from the comfort of your temperate pool.
The Sheraton Hotel, Edinburgh
A city so charming it’s best viewed from above. Take a break from the Scottish streets and tartan shops for a dip worth bragging about.
Mandarin Oriental, Spain
Barcelona is all about perspective, as far as the eye can see the city stretches. So give Park Guell a sidestep in favour of a swim while peering out. Relaxation in it’s purest form.
Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Dinner on the water? Taking a meal under the stars and illuminating it even more. This oasis in the Maldives twinkles from within, making your dinner a night lit with wonder.
The Viceroy, USA
If South Beach isn’t your scene, take to the roof. This expansive option is all views and endless swims in equal measure. The glamour of Miami without the foot traffic.
The Molitor Hotel, France
A pool of yester year refurbished for modern consumption. Paris’ piscine of pre revolution times has been retiled and ready for diving. With steeped building surrounds it’s an old world charm re-polished.
Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey
A true natural wonder, on your way to the Blue Lagoon make sure to stop here too. Salty banks make for incredible pictures and a swim with a little extra floatation. Seriously, science.
The Gellert Bath, Hungary
You know of the baths of Budapest sure, but have you seen this lesser known option? If you’re keen to swim in peace all year round this is the stop for you.
Four Seasons Shanghai, China
Named the sexiest pool in the world, this Shanghai hotel pool is no ordinary swim. As if poured into the heart of the city, you’ll be reluctant to leave it’s warm waters.
Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Kashmir
Perhaps you need a rest after your trek or you seek a luxury lesser known, this Himalayan pool is a real stunner. Snowcapped vistas and scenery with floor to ceiling glass windows. The elements without actually having to endure any of them.
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