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Best Pools with a View

Written by
Byron Thomas, Emily Opie, Jane Dumble, Kate Herz & Alex Carey

These exceptionally stunning pools sit amongst some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes.

Whether you enjoy sunsets over the Indian Ocean or prefer the sounds of the African bush, this list will have you dreaming of your next holiday.

Taking a dip in any of these swimming pools with a view is sure to enhance your next trip...

Anantara Chiang Mai Swimming Pool

For when you want to do more than just swim...

Little Mombo, Botswana

Little Mombo is reputed to be one of the best camps across Botswana for safari viewing. The main dining area and three luxurious tented suites are all built on a raised platform over the floodplains, connected via raised walkways to the main Mombo Camp. A private plunge pool is at the edge of Little Mombo’s decking, giving guests the chance to spot the delta’s abundant game while cooling down from the heat of the day.

Little Mombo Private Pool Botswana

Amandari, Ubud, Bali

Situated in the small village of Kedewatan just outside of Ubud, the luxurious Amandari resort sits on an escarpment overlooking the Ayung River gorge and terraced rice paddies. Amandari’s 32-metre green-tiled pool affords stellar views of this distinctly Balinese setting. As the sun goes down gamelan players perform from the pool’s music pavilion, which also has regular Balinese dance performances.

Pool at Amandari Ubud, Bail

Pacuare, Costa Rica

Set amidst the 25,000-acre primary rainforest of Pacuare Reserve, this jungle lodge offers ultimate seclusion within a truly wild setting where waterfalls and the rapids of the Pacuare River flow through the lush forest. Overlooking the river and rainforest, the bungalows have their own private plunge pool to take the views in from.

Pool at Pacuare Lodge Costa Rica

Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos

Situated at the top of an extinct volcano on Santa Cruz Island, Pikaia Lodge offers views over the surrounding savanna and out across the Pacific Ocean, as well as boasting impressive eco credentials as a carbon neutral hotel. The lodge’s infinity pool is situated right at the top of the plateau, making it an exceptionally scenic spot for a swim.

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Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Mexico

Situated in a peaceful spot of this coast, between the two main towns of San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, the ultra luxurious Las Ventanas al Paraiso hotel offers uninterrupted views out to sea in an intimate setting. The curved infinity pool overlooks the ocean where you might spot the California grey whales that migrate to these waters from December to March of each year.

Pool at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos Mexico

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

This stylish lodge is well located for exploring the orange sand dunes and vast clay pans of the Southern Namib Desert. With just the distant mountains and stark desert landscape within its periphery, the lodge’s sleek design incorporates an outdoor pool that’s filled by the cool water of an underground spring making it even more refreshing in the desert heat.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Como, Italy

Lake Como’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo has one of our all-time favourite pool views, looking out onto the stunning lake and its surrounding mountains. Even more exciting is the floating heated lake pool they’ve built, so that you can take a dip in Lake Como any time of year. How utterly glam.

Pool at Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Split Apple Retreat, New Zealand

Situated in Abel Tasman National Park, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions, Split Apple Retreat was built to help you relax. High above the Tasman Bay, guests have stunning views at every angle. The view from the pool alone will make you never want to leave!

Split Apple Retreat, New Zealand

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Mahe Island

As the largest island in the Seychelles, Mahe consists of forested mountains that rise to 905 metres with cloud forest that leads down to the tropical coastline. Maia Luxury Resort & Spa is a collection of opulent villas, either tucked into the hillside tropical gardens or just footsteps away from the beach. Villas on the hillside have panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, with private plunge pools to sink into.

Maia Luxury Resort Spa Pool

Molori Lodge, South Africa

This malaria-free game reserve is one of the largest in South Africa, spanning 75,000 hectares in the northwest corner of the country. The ultra stylish Molori Lodge has just five expansive open-sided suites that are each privately situated with their own decking and infinity plunge pools from where guests can look out for the elephants, lions, rhino and cheetah that inhabit the surrounding land.

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Singita Sasakwa, Tanzania

Spanning a staggering 350,000 hectares on the border of Serengeti National Park, the Singita Grumeti private reserve offers an exclusive safari experience where the zebra and wildebeest migration passes through each July and August. Singita Sasakwa has 10 luxury cottages that each have their own private plunge pools with views over the reserve.

Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Tanzania

Four Seasons Chiang Mai

The cultural capital of Thailand has long been a big draw for travellers with over 300 Buddhist temples, a famous night bazaar and a number of hill-tribes to visit. This Four Seasons resort is a collection of pavilions and villas that incorporate Thai architecture with mountain and garden views, and a 20-metre infinity pool that overlooks the rice paddies of the Mae Rim Valley.

Private pool, Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ulusaba Rock Lodge, Sabi Sands

Richard Branson’s private reserve Ulusaba is a 13,500-hectare expanse of Sabi Sands with three different lodges to stay at. Rock Lodge is the one to stay at for the jaw-dropping views, with eight rooms set into the cliff-face of a granite koppie, 700 feet above the plains. Choose a room with a private plunge pool and try to spot the game as it roams across the land that’s backed by the Drakensberg Mountains.

Ulusaba Rock Lodge, South Africa

Grace Santorini, Greece

No list of pools is complete without a mention of Santorini. Famed for it’s stunning colourful sunsets, the island’s hotels have views that would render even the most seasoned of travellers speechless. None more so than the Grace Santorini Hotel, whose pool and accompanying bar offer a perfect view of the Mediterranean below. It’s truly a wonder.

Swimming pool at Grace Santorini, Greece

Tortilis Camp, Amboseli, Kenya

Amboseli National Park is well known for its dramatic views across the park to Mount Kilimanjaro. The park has a thriving elephant population, as well as herds of zebra, buffalo and antelope, with the possibility of seeing a leopard in one of the acacia trees. The luxury camp Tortilis is situated amongst an acacia tree woodland with an uninterrupted view of the mountain, and comes with its own incredible pool to take the surroundings in from.

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Plataran Borobudur, Java, Indonesia

As one of the biggest islands in the Indonesian archipelago, Java encompasses as many as 121 active volcanoes and 12 national parks, alongside tea and coffee plantations and the world’s oldest and largest Buddhist structure Borobudur. From the deck and infinity pool of the luxury Indonesian-style hotel Plataran Borobudur, watch the sunrise over the ancient temple.

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Muang La Resort, Laos

Oudomxay is a lush mountainous province, on the border of China, that’s blanketed in fertile rainforest with over 500 villages that are home to 23 ethnic minorities; each with their own language and customs. Muang La Resort is situated in one of these villages and designed to blend in with its surroundings, while also supporting the community. The outdoor deck affords panoramic views of the nearby river and forested mountainside.

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Anantara Golden Triangle, Thailand

The Golden Triangle’s mountain town of Chiang Rai is set amidst the verdant mountainous countryside between Laos and Myanmar. The town is a popular base for exploring the surrounding landscape, taking trips into the bordering countries and visiting the hill-tribe villages. Anantara Golden Triangle is a decadent Thai-style resort, set in the jungle and just a short distance from Chiang Rai, incorporating its own elephant camp. Views from the rooms, deck and infinity pool are stunning.

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Fasano Rio, Brazil

The stylish Fasano Rio hotel, designed by Philippe Starck, is ideally located on Ipanema beachfront, where from the rooftop infinity pool, guests are treated to exceptional views of the iconic white-sand beaches and rainforest covered mountains of Rio de Janeiro.

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