Splash out! 20 of the world’s most amazing swimming pools

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  • 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. Velassaru Maldives (pictured above)

    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… More information

    2. Viceroy Bali, Indonesia

    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… More information

    3. Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

    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. More information

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    4. LeCrans Hotel & Spa, Switzerland

    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. More information

    5. Delamore Lodge, New Zealand

    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. More information

    6. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

    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. More information

    7. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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

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    8. The Oberoi Udaivilas, India

    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. More information

    9. Perivolas Santorini, Greece

    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… More information

    10. The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand

    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. More information

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    11. Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland

    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. More information

    12. Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Kashmir

    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. More information

    13. Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, London

    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. More information

    14. Grace Hotel, Santorini, Greece

    It’s almost impossible to see where this infinity pool ends, and the Aegean Sea begins… More information

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    15. Villa Althea, Kephalonia, Greece

    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. More information

    16. The Sarojin, Thailand

    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… More information

    17. Four Seasons Shanghai, China

    Look out over the towering office blocks of downtown Shanghai, and revel in the futuristic glamour of this world-famous skyline. More information

    18. Hanging Gardens of Bali

    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. More information

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    19. Hotel Indigo, Hong Kong

    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. More information

    20. The Cambrian, Adelboden, Switzerland

    “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! More information


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