(Photo: Courtesy of Taj Exotica Resort)
Whether you seek seclusion or an endless blue vista, these oases provide a swanky way to cool down
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).
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.
Soufrière, St. Lucia
Each of the 29 infinity pools here—ranging from 450 to 900 square feet—is decorated with its own unique pattern of jewel-toned glass tiles. The panoramas are even more breathtaking, with uninterrupted views of the island’s greenery and the water.
MalaMala Game Reserve, Sabi Sand
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Game seekers who take refuge in one of the eight khayas (suites) at Rattray’s on MalaMala can indulge in a post-safari swim in their personal pool. Located on their private veranda, the swimming holes all afford vantage points to scan the Sand River for birds and other small creatures.
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.
As if a private swimming spot wasn't enough, the four-bedroom Clandestino villa has an outdoor bamboo shower and multiple balconies.
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.
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