The Most Photogenic Pools That Define Vacation Goals

Travel in the direction of a beautiful swimming pool and you can never go wrong with pictures. From private villa pools (and midnight dips) to extravagant resort pools that spared no expense, guests are guaranteed a splashing time.

#1 Samujana Villas in Koh Samui 

Recognise this view from our recent trip on Instagram?

The modern, minimalist Samujana estate has a pool in every 1- to 8-bedroom villa. Every one of them overlooks the Andaman Sea with the perfect vantage point at the edge of the infinity pool. The pools can get a bit chilly as not built into the ground, but luckily the jacuzzi should keep you warm. For the best pictures, stand atop the villa’s roof (it’s allowed!) for shots down below of the lengthy pool and its sweeping views.

#2 Hanging Gardens of Bali in Ubud

The free-form pools mimic the shape of terrace paddies in Bali

This list wouldn’t be complete without Conde Nast Traveller’s and Trip Advisor’s 2014 ‘World’s Best Swimming Pool’. The twin-tiered infinity pools bring luxury to a new level (two, to be exact) with views of the Ubud’s famous rainforests and the Ayung River right below. All 38 villas also have their own charming infinity pool.

#3 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas in Maldives

Don’t leave without experience underwater dining!

Over-water and pool villas all offer picture-perfect views, where it appears as though the sky melts into a clear emerald waters. At night, the 49-metre fibre-optic pool gives off the illusion of glistening stars inside the waters, a jaw-dropping sight you’ll need to see to believe. Back in your own private pool villa, you’ll be spoilt with round-the-clock butler service,  Egyptian linen bed sheets and a pillow menu to optimise your best sleep ever.

#4 The NAKA Island in Phuket

Known formally as The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa

If you’ve got the funds and you’re not afraid to flaunt it, check into the Royal Horizon Pool Villa at The Naka Island. Your humble abode features a 546 square-meter infinity pool and an expansive pool deck. Take refuge from the sun at the covered sala and warm daybed, or ask the chef to whip up a lunch to be enjoyed at the six-seater dining area. The Seaview Pool Villas on either side can be connected by a private walkway for big group stays. 

#5 The Sanchaya in Bintan 

Eat, laps, sunbathe, repeat

The Sanchaya sits on the the island of Bintan, a weekend staycation spot popular for Singaporeans as it’s just 45-minutes away. The beachfront resort is inspired by arts, culture, and heritage, with a 50-meter infinity salt-water Tassanee Pool central of the whole place. To dry off, take the opportunity to discover the wildlife on a mangrove discovery tour or go island hopping to Senggarang and Penyengat Islands to see ancient temples, palace ruins and tombs.

Sink or swim

Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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