Feeling the heat? Cool off with our global roundup of the best places to take a dip
Laucala Island, Fiji
There are 25 villas dotted across this private island resort set up by Dietrich Mateschitz, CEO of Red Bull, and each has its own pool. The glass cube infinity pool, however, is worth leaving your patch for. Elsewhere in this tropical hideaway, you’ll find an 18-hole golf course, organic farm, five restaurants and a spa – and that’s just for starters.
Biras Creek Resort British Virgin Islands
The fact that this resort is only accessible by boat or helicopter makes it all the more exciting. For obvious reasons, it’s a honeymoon favourite, in no small part thanks to their master suite, featuring this fabulous plunge pool and every other wishlist holiday luxury going.
The Grace Santorini, Greece
The Grace, carved into a clifftop on Greece’s stunning Santorini volcanic island, boasts this much-photographed infinity pool – the perfect place to watch a sunset, cocktail in hand. If you’d rather not share the treat, book into The Villa, a two-bedroom suite, with a hammam, treatment rooms and your very own pool.
The Siam, Thailand
Bill Bensley-designed The Siam is an interior fan’s dream, set on the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. Grab a cocktail at Bathers Bar and take a dip into the glorious infinity pool overlooking the water. If you’ve any energy left afterwards, try out the hotel’s very own muay Thai boxing ring, or have a jig at Deco Bar where jazz tunes entertain chilled-out guests.
Evason Ma’in Hot Springs, Jordan
The Six Senses Spa at the Evason sits beneath a natural hot spring waterfall at the bottom of a rocky canyon close to the Dead Sea. Spend your days being pampered in the spa then take a dip in this one-of-a-kind pool, taking advantage of the curative properties of the local waters.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Switzerland
The grande dame of Swiss hotels sits proudly in the glamorous ski resort of St Moritz. After a day lounging around the hotel’s ‘wet zone’ including this pool with a view, indulge in a Japanese feast in the restaurant run by none other than Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy
This elegant hotel, set in Tremezzo, is just one of a number of spectacular lakeside towns in Italy’s Lake Como. The hotel has three pools, but the best is surely the floating pool, set on the lake just in front of the hotel’s private beach. After a swim, head up to the romantic Champagne Corner Dis-Moi-Oui for a sundowner.