HANGING GARDENS UBUD
Set in lush rainforest, just half an hour’s drive from Bali, this gravity-defying hotel has become a hot travel destination, thanks to its stunning surroundings. Each villa has its own plunge pool suspended over the exotic setting, offering residents outstanding views of the treetops.
It’s easy to see why the main pool has been named ‘the best swimming pool in the world’ by Condé Nast Traveller. It’s designed to emulate the terraces of the paddy fields that can be found in the local area of Payangan.
Civita di Bagnoregio, Itlay
Caves aren’t just for exploring! Delve into this underground world of ancient grottos, Etruscan tombs and a Roman cistern that provides the water for this romantic pool.
Housed in a 14th century palazzo on a medieval hillside in Civita di Bagnoregio, central Italy, the property appears lost in time and can only be accessed across a half-mile, stone footbridge. How very mysterious!
THE RED POOL, THE LIBRARY
Koh Samui, Thailand
Your eyes are not deceiving you – The Library’s striking crimson pool both intrigues the mind and entices you to take a dip.
Dazzling on the beach front – the pool gets its colour from the mosaic tiles and offers a stark contrast to the white sands that lie beside it.
CHONGWE RIVER HOUSE
Ever wanted to bathe next to the natural habitat of elephants? Impala, kudu and many other species come to the water to drink right next to the pool.
The private house sleeps eight and is on a quiet stretch of a tributary of the Zambezi.
SAN ALFONSO DEL MAR
If you’re planning on meeting someone by the poolside at the San Alfonso, you’ll need to give them coordinates – it’s the world’s largest, stretching 3,000ft (equivalent of 20 Olympic pools) along the seashore. The deep end is 115ft deep and it’s filled with 66 million gallons of sea water.
BLUE LAGOON GEOTHERMAL SPA
Considered one of the 25 wonders of the world by the National Geographic, this naturally-heated lagoon is one of the most famous destinations on the island.
Surrounded by an ancient lava field, the pool is a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. Rich in minerals, visitors claim the water has healing powers for some skin conditions – an added bonus.
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
One pool that’s not for the faint hearted is this dramatic infinity. Suspended at the 29th floor of Hotel Indigo, it has a glass bottom section where you can see what’s happening on the busy and vibrant streets of Wan Chai below