Formerly an 11th century palace, Hotel Caruso is perched on a cliff beside the Amalfi coast. When the temperature falls, there's nothing quite like dipping into the gently heated waters of this historic property. Post-swim, allow the concierge to bring you all your favourite music on an iPod as well as an Evian vaporiser. It's little touches like these that go a long way.
Rising from the heart of a Balinese jungle, the Hanging Gardens of Bali is one of the best kept secrets in Ubud. Imagine lush, wild greens swathed in tranquility of the highest order, then layer it with cascading infinity pools that seem to rise above the trees — it's the perfect spot to float on your back, close your eyes, and revel in unsullied solitude.
Crowned with three floating pavilions, the infinity pool at The Sarojin also features a sunken jacuzzi area — perfect for unwinding with a sundowner in hand.
Nestled deep within one of Africa's finest game reserves, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti brings nature straight to your doorstep. Watch curious lions, elephants, and leopards roam — all from the comfort of your pool.
Barefoot luxury finds new meaning in this part of the Aegean. You'll want to slip into your most stylish maillot while you sip on a glass of ouzo, or three. A raised pool, jacuzzi, and some light nibbles from a sleepy little bar nearby will ease you into the art of being idle.
Backed by the magnificent Menoreh Hills, this stately property overlooks the farmlands of the Kedu Plain below. It's quite simply paradise found in Central Java. The pool is long enough for you to clock up some laps while those looking to take it easy can wind down with a good book, served with a side of Aman's legendary service, no less.
This design-forward hotel is inspired by Madeira's famed vineyards and world-class wines. Designed by architects Ricardo Bofill and João Francisco Caires, the outdoor heated pool offers a breathtaking view of the city. Slip in at sundown to watch the city make a twinkling transition into night.
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