Holidays are nothing without a bit of luxury in a picture-perfect setting, and these beautiful swimming pools have got us all craving our next break! Boasting flawless designs, luxurious sun loungers and stunning views, these are the ultimate getaway destinations to pamper yourself and unwind! What wouldn't you give to be sunning yourself at one of these exotic resorts right now?
The Thai island of Ko Samui is known as a haven of relaxation, filled with indulgent spas and luxury resorts. Anantara Bophut is one of the best, boasting a quiet location in Bophut Bay and an amazing swimming pool beside the beach. Guests can relax on sunbeds while enjoying the beautiful island scenery, surrounded by palm trees and the sound of waves lapping at the shore.
The Laucala Island Resort, a private resort consisting of just 25 villas, is about as close to having your own island as you can get. The resort swimming pool is a pool within a pool - a small glass pool designed for swimming laps inside a larger, lagoon-style pool decorated with rocks, plants. and palm trees.
The huge square infinity pool at Khao Lak's Sarojin Beach Resort is the definition of tranquility, bordered by three island pavilions draped with white curtains that look like they're almost floating on the water. There's also a jacuzzi bath, and guests in the pool residences can enjoy their own private swimming pool right outside their bedroom door.
The stunning infinity pool at the Grace Santorini is a good enough reason to never leave the hotel! The view is without compare, overlooking the volcanic Caldera and offering sweeping views of the bay. Complimentary snacks and iced tea are served at the poolside throughout the day, and the hotel owners claim that their infinity pool is the largest in Santorini.
Owned by Hotel Chocolat and appropriately located in St Lucia's cocoa groves, the pool at the Boucan is strategically positioned facing the Petit Piton, which casts dramatic reflections into the water. Wooden sun loungers are positioned at the edge of the pool, where guests can relax, enjoy the rainforest scenery below and sip chocolate cocktails from the hotel bar.
The San Alfonso Del Mar in Algarrobo is mainly known for being the world's largest swimming pool, measuring a staggering 3,300ft in length and containing 66 million gallons of water. The complex also features a man-made beach, a spa and an indoor pool inside a glass pyramid. The pool is so large that it isn't even limited to swimmers; it's common to see kayaks and even small yachts sailing on the water.
The infinity pool at the Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas seems to flow straight into the Pacific Ocean, a tropical oasis where guests stretch out on the comfy sun loungers or sip cocktails at the swim-up pool bar. The hotel are also extremely proud of their beachfront suite rooms, that feature infinty plunge pools looking out over the ocean.
Even by Bali's high standards of luxury, the pool at the Alila Ubud is pretty incredible. The emerald green infinity pool is perched above the Ayung Valley,surrounded by lush forests. Imagine quiet evening swims and early mornings watching the sun rise over the trees while dipping your toes in the water.
Designed with the look of a natural lake in mind, Anantara Golden Triangle's tranquil pool blends perfectly with its rural surroundings in the jungles of northern Thailand. The buiuldings and rooms are designed in traditional Thai style, and on a clear day you can see the hills of Myanmar and Laos from the pool.
This list wouldn't be complete without an appearance by the Maldives! Known worldwide as the go-to destination for luxury and extravagance, every one of the resorts boasts a fabulous pool, but this one at the One & Only Reethi Rah is one of the best. The infinity pool stretches out almost 100ft into the island's lagoon, blending seamlessly into the clear blue of the ocean.
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