21 Of The World’s Most Amazing Swimming Pools

From glass-bottomed pools atop towering skyscrapers, to serene infinity pools on paradise islands… These are the most spectacular swimming spots on earth – the ultimate places to sip cocktails in the sun.

1. Regalia Residences, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Why so special? Where better to soak up the sights of Kuala Lumpur, than from the infinity pool at this luxurious hotel (pictured left)? Its gin-clear shallows come with fine vistas of the Petronas Towers – though on the 37th floor, it’s best avoided if you have a fear of heights…

2. Velassaru Maldives

Velassaru Maldives

Why so special? The hydropool of this gorgeous spa resort boasts panoramic views of the Indian Ocean – with crystal-clear waters and blue skies as far as the eye can see…

3. Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

Six Senses Yao Noi

Why so special? Surrounded by glimmering azure waters and the emerald islands of Phang Nga Bay, this swimming pool surely has one of the best views in Thailand.

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4. LeCrans Hotel & Spa, Switzerland

LeCrans Hotel & Spa

Why so special? When the snows envelop this luxury Swiss resort, its heated swimming pool is the place to be: a toasty enclave surrounded by white-capped mountains.

5. Delamore Lodge, New Zealand

Delamore Lodge

Why so special? Soak up views of wild and wonderful Owhanake Bay from Delamore Lodge’s infinity pool. The hotel is a mere 35-minute ferry ride from the city of Auckland.

6. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

One&Only Reethi Rah

Why so special? If you tire of this private island’s sugar-white sands and lush jungle gardens, retreat to the turquoise waters of its infinity pool instead. Bliss.

7. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands

Why so special? This is of the world’s greatest rooftop infinity pools – the star of countless Instagram holiday snaps and high-end fashion shoots.

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8. The Oberoi Udaivilas, India

The Oberoi Udaivilas

Why so special? As if the uninterrupted views of glassy Lake Udaipur weren’t enough, this lavish hotel is surrounded by infinity swimming pools – accessed privately from each of its suites.

9. Perivolas Santorini, Greece

Perivolas Santorini

Why so special? If you thought the lofty sea views on the island of Santorini couldn’t get any better, head to the pool at Perivolas and prepare to be amazed…

10. The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand

The Library

Why so special? This beach-side pool on the paradise island of Koh Samui gets its unusual colour from its red and orange mosaic tiles – all the more spectacular against the backdrop of dazzling white sand and curaçao-blue ocean.

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11. Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland

Hotel Villa Honegg

Why so special? Overlooking Switzerland’s idyllic Lake Lucerne, and the snow-capped mountains that surround it, Villa Honegg is a truly ravishing retreat – and its swimming pool boasts the best seat in the house.

12. Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Kashmir

Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa

Why so special? Flanked by Himalayan peaks, this ski-in-ski-out hotel makes the most of its snowy views with a glass-walled swimming pool: the perfect spot for some well-earned R&R after a day on the slopes.

13. Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, London

Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard

Why so special? On level 52 of The Shard, the Skypool faces west across London – with a bird’s eye view of St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and Westminster.

14. Grace Hotel, Santorini, Greece

Grace Hotel

Why so special? It’s almost impossible to see where this infinity pool ends, and the Aegean Sea begins…

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15. Villa Althea, Kephalonia, Greece

Villa Althea

Why so special? As if having your own four-bedroom villa on the cliffs above Myrtos Beach wasn’t enough, Villa Althea comes with its very own pool-with-a-view – a beautiful modernist creation.

16. The Sarojin, Thailand

The Sarojin

Why so special? Despite its luxurious poolside cabanas and five-star waiter service, the pool at the Sarojin feels like a far-flung jungle watering hole – thanks to the lush tropical gardens that surround it…

17. Four Seasons Shanghai, China

Four Seasons Shanghai

Why so special? Look out over the towering office blocks of downtown Shanghai, and revel in the futuristic glamour of this world-famous skyline.

18. Hanging Gardens of Bali

Hanging Gardens of Bali

Why so special? This is the kind of pool you can spend all day in.You won’t even notice your fingers and toes getting pruney while you feast your eyes on the lush forest (and its wildlife) that this luxury retreat is renowned for.

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19. Hotel Indigo, Hong Kong

Hotel Indigo

Why so special? If you can get over the primal terror of swimming in a glass-bottomed swimming pool on top of a Hong Kong skyscraper, this one’s for you. An instant Instagram winner.

20. The Cambrian, Adelboden, Switzerland

The Cambrian

Why so special? “We guarantee that by the time you’re floating in our outdoor hot pool, gazing at the snow-capped mountains on the other side of the valley, you’ll be feeling rejuvenated, revitalised and more laid-back than a cat in a pool of sunlight,” says The Cambrian’s website. Challenge accepted!

21. Viceroy Bali

Viceroy Bali

Why so special? This gorgeous infinity pool overlooks Bali’s ‘Valley of the Kings’ – where your views are only interrupted by soaring tropical birds and cocktail-bearing waiters…

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