Qualia, on Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. (Photo: Courtesy of qualia)
Whether you seek seclusion or an endless blue vista, these oases provide a swanky way to cool down.
Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Guests who book the Beach House at this serene retreat (which earned a perfect 100 score in this year's Readers' Choice Awards) can luxuriate in a 39-foot-long, infinity-edge lap pool. You can also take in sweeping Coral Sea views from the adjoining sundeck and the entertainment and dining areas, which both have floor-to-ceiling windows.
(Photo: Courtesy of Taj Exotica Resort)
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
South Malé Atoll, Maldives
Every one of Taj Exotica's villas boasts direct lagoon access, but vacationers who reserve Deluxe Lagoon, Deluxe Beach or Premium Beach villas claim an extra aquatic benefit: their own freshwater plunge pool. The exclusive Ocean Suite not only has its own pool, but a private, sand-filled deck as well.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Can't sleep? Hop outside your bedroom to a private plunge pool at 15 different bungalows and villas here. Most cottages allow guests to bask in unobstructed lagoon views, and four have views of both the lagoon and the extinct volcano Mount Otemanu, the highest point in Bora Bora.
Oia, Santorini, Greece
A former mansion, this all-suite hotel has two eponymous alcoves enhanced with their own private infinity pools. The Perivolas Suite’s mini lagoon emerges from a caved portion of the room’s terrace (which offers an expansive view of the Aegean Sea), while the New Pervivolas Suite’s ocean-view pool is entirely uncovered.
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Though opulence abounds at this hotel in the City of Lakes, only the four Luxury Suites and the 2,650-square-foot Kohinoor Suite possess their own infinity pools. Other perks in these swanky accommodations: tented dining pavilions, views of the 16th-century City Palace and personal butlers (to prevent you from having to get out of the pool to mix your own drink, of course).
Hotel Santa Caterina
Built as a villa in the 1880s, this hillside escape now encompasses 66 guest rooms and suites. But only one of these, the Chalet Giulietta & Romeo, treats guests to a heated infinity pool in a private garden terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
No matter which of the 59 suites you book at this cliffside resort, you’ll be treated to your own azure-tiled plunge pool. While only some are shaded, each swimming hole provides an unobstructed panorama the Pacific Ocean.
Whether you opt for one of the suites or splurge on the villa, you’ll have access to your own refreshing swimming pool, tiled with moss-hued squares that echo the resort’s green surroundings. In the Asmara and Ayung Suites, bathers can scope the expansive valley and the countryside’s rice paddies.
A private pool, alfresco tub and outdoor dining area make each of the 83 suites at this lavish resort feel VIP. The daily tropical fruit delivery won't exactly make your feel like a schlub either.
One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
San José del Cabo, Mexico
Of the 12 room categories at this top-rated property, four guarantee you your own pool: the Pool Casita Junior, Pool Casita, Pool Master suites, and the Villa Cortez. The Casita Juniors’ infinity-edge basins measure 150 square feet; the Casitas’ are 240 square feet; and the Masters’ stretch to 280 square feet. Villa Cortez’s grand vanishing edge grants swimmers an unobstructed seascape.
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