Love to look at the ocean, but not really sure what’s beyond the deep, azure waters? That’s alright because we like our swimming in the safe confines of a pool too. But not just ANY pool. Here are our picks for the most beautiful resort pools to get your tan on and cool down on a scorching day!
This stunning hotel is artfully built into the cliffs of the charming village of Oia on the island of Santorini. Hovering a cool 300 feet above the deep blue Aegean sea, it’s the first luxury hotel on the island to incorporate the volcanic terrain into its design. Katikies delivers 27 suites with dreamy private terraces, free-form architectural features, sunbathing decks, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and two irresistible infinity pools with dramatic views of the Caldera.
#2 Point Yamu by COMO in Cape Yamu, Phuket
This newest resort from COMO Hotels is colourful yet uncluttered, with sleek wooden furnishings, bright solid fabrics, and plenty of textures to make the 79 rooms and suites, plus 27 private luxury villas a place to call home even for a while. Everything is in the details, thanks to superstar Italian designer Paola Navone’s touch. Most suites and villas boast their own private pools, but you won’t be able to resist the 100-meter long infinity pool that stretches out into spectacular views of the Andaman Sea.
#3 The Library in Bophut, Samui
If you’re looking for something different, you’ve got it at The Library. Thanks to its sleek angular design, and minimalist furnishings, this eco-friendly property is all about sophistication and style. Any thoughts of restraint go out the window as soon as you encounter the stunning beachfront Red Pool, named so for its ruby red, orange and yellow mosaic tiles. It’s spectacular, and even CNN and Tripadvisor agree!
You can’t get grander than Bali’s newest ultra high-end hotel. Sharing a sprawling 30-hectare estate with sister resorts Mulia Villas and Mulia Resort, The Mulia comes complete with 111 polished suites, three different restaurants, swish spa and a one-kilometer stretch of beach in Nusa Dua’s stunning location. Naturally, its oceanfront swimming pool is nothing short of jaw-dropping, thanks to its sheer size, rows of fountain statues and even over-water wedding chapels for a special wedding ceremony.
This award-winning and stunning resort’s architecture and interior design dramatically models itself on the elements of wind and water from ancient feng shui philosophy and the grandeur of the Tu Doc royal tombs of Hue. Not only is this 61-bedroom retreat situated on the pristine Ha My beach, but each villa is assigned a butler where guests will receive impeccable service and of course, uninterrupted views of the sea. The two grand, palm-fringed pools are simply the icing on the cake!