Whether you want to swim on the top of the world or take a dip nestled in the treetops, these 13 pools are Instagram perfection and all the inspiration you need for your next holiday. You can thank us later…
Words Hannah Hopkins
Sri Panwa, Thailand
Baba Nest, the world’s most stylish and exclusive rooftop bar at the Sri Panwa hotel on Phuket, is surrounded by the wrap around infinity pool and rooftop deck overlooking 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding islands, Andaman Sea and Phuket’s South-eastern peninsula.
andBeyond Phinda Homestead, South Africa
Situated in the north of a South African reserve, andBeyond Phinda Homestead’s rim-flow infinity pool blends seamlessly into the surrounding trees and bush and provides respite from the heat of the day.
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Indonesia
Alila Villas Uluwatu is located along the southernmost coast of Bali, close to the Uluwatu Temple; Bali’s most spectacular temple high on a clifftop overlooking the Indian Ocean. Perfect positioning then for its 164ft cliff-hanging infinity pool.
Regent Porto Montenegro Lido, Montenegro
Set against one of the most dramatic backdrops in Europe, Regent Porto Montenegro sits at the heart of the glitteringly glamorous Porto Montenegro superyacht marina. With a pool to match, framed by palm trees and archways, this is the uber-glam way to top up your tan.
andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe
For poolside views you can’t beat andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge near Victoria Falls. Following a multi-million-pound refurbishment, its lounging area looks out onto a 50,000 hectare private wildlife concession on the Zambezi River.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Imagine yourself floating in the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, gazing down on the glittering city-skyline of Singapore from 57 levels above. Well, at the Marina Bay Sands hotel you can, and you won’t find a more amazing photo-taking spot anywhere.
Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
Named for an iguana-shaped rock outcropping on the South side of the private island, Guana Island has a distinctly social atmosphere and beautiful, boutique accommodation. Book into Anegada 3 for your own private pool on the terrace with unforgettable views.
Viceroy Bali, Indonesia
Romantic settings don’t get much better than at the Viceroy Bali, where you can take a dip in their Exclusive valley top infinity pool overlooking Petanu River Gorge.
A magical collection of private villas, set in lush Thai forest- Keemala is a truly out-of-this-world resort. We can’t get enough of its birds nest pool, nestled in the treetops
A six-and-a-half-acre estate with priceless views across Lake Como, chill out at the floating pool for the best vista in town.
The Yeatman Hotel, Portugal
Europe’s leading wine hotel continues the wine theme with their Decanter shaped swimming pool which offers panoramic views of the city of Porto.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Switzerland
The pool at Palace Wellness at Badrutt’s Palace offers panoramic views of the mountains, forests and lake surrounding St Moritz. The beauty of the mountains is echoed inside with the use of granite and a waterfall feature. Stunning in the summer and winter…
The Chedi Muscat, Oman
The Chedi Muscat in Oman is a garden oasis in the heart of authentic Arabia. Home to no less than three stunning outdoor pools, temperature controlled for optimum enjoyment, our favourite has to be The Long Pool. Stretching to a vast 103 metres, it’s the longest pool in the region and comes lined with palm trees and boasting double sun loungers.