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We’ve splashed our way around a selection of hotels, resorts and world heritage sites to find you the most insane outdoor swimming pools, be they plunge, private, natural or infinity.

1. Riad Yasmine, Marrakech

According to the hotel owners, Gabriel and Alice, 80 per cent of their clientele come to stay at Riad Yasmine because they’ve seen snaps of this mini haven on Instagram or Pinterest. Relax IRL against a backdrop of beautiful mosaics among a plethora of plants that take the urban jungle to new heights.

2. Coqui Coqui Merida, Mexico

The colonial architecture of Merida’s decadent past rings strong within the walls of Coqui Coqui. The hotel – also a spa, perfumery, boutique, café and restaurant – guarantees a novel stay. Still, it is the rooftop suite with its own private pool that makes place so desirable.

3. Amangiri, Utah

Sinuous sandstone rock envelopes the Amangiri pool as the hotel architecture blends harmoniously with the surrounding desert. On the pool’s edge, king-size mattresses await following a refreshing swim. Head to the jacuzzi and roaring fire on cold desert nights.

4. Hotel Villa Honegg, Lucerne

Take in the second-to-none views of the Swiss mountains in any season thanks to Hotel Villa Honegg’s heated outdoor infinity pool. With an underwater sofa built near one of the corners of the pool, you can while away hours soaking up the wholesome beauty of nature.

5. The Library, Koh Samui

Red is the new blue at this hotel in Koh Samui. The intense shades of the pool’s bold crimson mosaics has become something of a viral sensation. The colour of the water changes depending on the time of day, seeing brilliant blood-red fade into a molten gold at dusk.

6. Santorini Cave Pool, Greece

For the ultimate carefree moment, take a dip in one of the iconic cave pool suites hidden away at various hotels on the magnificent Greek island of Santorini. Each cave suite comes with a majestic backdrop of volcanic caldera and spectacular hillside views, like the one pictured above at Canaves Oia.

7. Bondi Icebergs, Sydney

This dramatic Olympic-sized ocean pool at the southern end of Bondi Beach is home to the winter swimming club, Bondi Icebergs. To become an “iceberg”, you must log 75 swims in the “off season”. Sound easy? With temperatures slightly colder than the ocean, the Aussies call the pool “the band of steel”. On a less chilly note, the pool also opens to the public in the summer season for leisurely dips.

8. Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

The Six Senses Yao Noi pool looks out onto Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay and feels like your stepping into the set of a 007 film. The private infinity pools offer cinematic landscape vistas of the bulging limestone formations which hover atop the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.

9. Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

A swimming pool in your resort is one thing; a private one on your bedroom doorstep melds into the sea is quite another.  These open-plan villas stretch out to elongated private pools which blend seamlessly into the Indian Ocean. Complete with state-of-the-art archways and stylish parasols, it’s no wonder the architect has been coined the king of swimming pools.

10. Hanging Gardens, Bali

At the epicentre and spiritual core of Ubud in Bali lies the most phenomenal swimming pool. Designed by a specialist architect, the dazzling formation is suspended over the rainforest providing swimmers with an ethereal feeling of floating above the Indonesian treetops.

11. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Singapore is renowned for skyscrapers, but the Martina Bay Sands hotel takes vistas to a whole new level. It plays host to the world’s highest and largest rooftop infinity pool from which guests can gaze down at the glittering city skyline from a whopping 57 levels above.

 

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