Warm summer weather always gets us dreaming of days spent relaxing by the sparkling water of a refreshing swimming pool. In fact, for many people, choosing an idyllic pool is often at the centre of holiday planning and choosing mini-break destinations.
Social sites such as Pinterest are packed with tantalizing photos of gorgeous pools, but they’re often in private homes and are frustratingly out of reach! With that in mind, here’s our list of 10 stunning swimming pools you can actually visit and use.
Time to get booking…
The UK may not be the first country you’d expect to kick off our list, but Britain’s hotels and spas actually house some beautiful swimming facilities. Our pick of the bunch is London’s The Berkley, just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park.
There’s no feeling quite like gazing out across the sea from the cooling waters of a luxury pool. Monastero Santa Rosa of Italy’s Amalfi Coast offers spectacular views from one of the world’s best-positioned infinity pools.
You’ll have to trek to Chile for this one, but if you’re looking for unique swimming experiences then it doesn’t get much better than the world’s largest man-made pool in Chile. Not up for swimming the entire 1km length? The pool also offers activities from scuba diving to sailing.
The St Regis in Tibet is a property of sumptuous luxury and tasteful elegance. The jewel in the crown is the breath-taking 24-karat Gold Energy Pool, kept at a perfect 26-28 degrees.
With magnificent views of the Phang Nga Bay in Thailand, Yai Noi is an island resort by Six Senses. In addition to the main infinity pool, villas have their own private pools perched up in the tropical foliage.
A floating pool in the river Spree offers panoramic vistas of Berlin’s skyline. At 2m deep, it’s more than just a paddling pool and is open from May to early September.
Part of a spa and wellness complex, The Cambrian is a multi-award-winning mini-break destination in Switzerland. You don’t have to be a guest to use the facilities (there is a charge), and the views are world-class.
Located in Rajasthan in northern India, this historic complex is set in 200-acre former hunting grounds now converted into a wildlife sanctuary. The combination of exotic architecture, wrap-around private pools and peacocks is hard to beat…
You don’t have to get away to nature for a refreshing swim experience. With the tag line ‘swim on top of the world’, the Marina Bay in Singapore is a creation of decidedly urban beauty. It’s 57 stories up and boasts one of the finest city views of any pool in the world.
Built to blend into the natural landscape, this pool at the Amangiri in Utah uses a 160 million-year-old rock formation as a brilliant design feature. Gorgeous desert sunrises and sunsets enhance the tranquillity before the pool illuminates after dark.