Taking the plunge into a suitably sumptuous swimming pool is one of the ultimate holiday indulgences. Here, our 10 nominees for the sexiest pools on earth. Dive in!
1. Hanging Gardens,
It’s hard to find superlatives to adequately describe the dramatic tiered pool at Hanging Gardens Ubud, so sublime will just have to do.
With its outlook over the lush vegetation that cascades down the hill on which it is perched, to the intricately beautiful Hindu temple on the hill opposite, this pool is like floating at the edge of paradise. hanginggardensubud.com
2. St Regis Lhasa,
In a land of deep spirituality there’s still room for a little luxury, and the St Regis do luxe ever so well.
The resort is exquisitely opulent, and nowhere is this more evident than standing on the edge of its Golden Energy Pool, a gold mosaic-lined body of gently heated water (28–32 degrees should you be curious), flanked by columns and dragons.
3. Taj Lake Palace,
The Taj Lake Palace, a shimmering white confection floating serenely in the middle of Lake Pichola in the Rajasthani city of Udaipur is hands down one of the most romantic hotels on Earth, so ergo this must be one of the most romantic pools on Earth, with its Mughal cupolas and enchanting views of imposing hill forts and vast city palaces back on dry land.
4. Singita Sasakwa Lodge,
Luxe nomads will be more than indulged by the infinity pool at Singita’s gorgeous turn of the 20th-century Sasakwa Lodge, sitting as it does at the edge of the vast Serengeti Plains where you can witness the annual migration of zebras and wildebeest, one of the wonders of the natural world, from the cool waters.
5. The Beverly Hills Hotel Pool and Cabanas,
Los Angeles, USA
OK, it might not be the most spectacular pool in the world, but boy does it have some history.
A veritable galaxy of stars has either soaked in or reclined beside this modest body of water, multi-million dollar film deals have been made, and one or two (dozen) assignations have been conducted in the nearby bungalows.
6. Perivolas Hotel,
Really, no list of sexy hotel pools would be complete without a little something from the Greek Islands, where the variations in the colour blue are infinite and fascinating.
Perivolas is an oasis of white between the blue of the sky above and the sea below, with an infinity pool that appears to be floating somewhere in between the two, untethered to the Santorini hill it perches on.
7. Marina Bay Sands,
A pool with a view?
Here it is: sitting 57 storeys above the frenetic commotion of Singapore’s streets and straddling two towers, the infinity pool at the flashy Marina Bay Sands complex is a sky high oasis, with palm trees, a beach and a horizon of jutting, shiny skyscrapers.
8. HÔtel du Cap-Eden-Roc,
Cap d’ Antibes, France
Don a giant pair of inky black cat eyes glasses and fancy yourself a member of the jet set at this most jet set of European establishments, where the great and the good have gathered for a century.
The pool here is etched into the rock of the Cap d’Antibes, looking out to the azure waters of the Mediterranean.
9. The Villa by Barton G,
The former home of more is more maximalist fashion designer Gianni Versace, the pool here is not big in size but it is over the top opulent, with an intricate mosaic of Greek key borders at its depths and his signature Medusa head casting a mesmerising eye over the hedonistic scene.
10. The Library,
Koh Samui, Thailand
This has to be the most dramatic pool in the world – a bright crimson rectangle sitting in stark contrast to its verdant green surrounds.
The colour comes courtesy of the red, yellow and orange tiles lining the expanse and is ramped up at night with red backlighting, creating an arresting focal point in this achingly hip property.