Europe, Hotels and resorts

When you’re looking for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of life, a swimming pool often plays a vital role in the enjoyment of your holiday. Whether it’s the hotel pool or the private pool at your villa, it’s often the one area we humans like to sunbathe by, dip our toes in and float around in. With that in mind we’ve selected some of the world’s best hotel and villa pools. Whatever your style of travel these luxury locations have the best swimming pools in the world.

If you want luxury and contemporary – The Vine, Madeira

For the ultimate in stylish and luxury pool-side lounging the contemporary and spacious  Vine Hotel & Spa Resort in the heart of Madeira should be on your list. The five-star resort boasts an amazing roof top area with open-air heated infinity swimming pool, 20 metre long Jacuzzi and swanky 360° bar and gourmet restaurant.

If you want a pool just to yourself – The Mykonos Blu, Greece

Overlooking the turquoise waters of the beautiful gold Psarou beach in Mykonos is the adult-only, Grecotel Mykonos Blu complex, where luxury bungalows are arranged in sugar-cube clusters along the island’s romantically, rugged hillside. The Mykonos island itself is renound for its glamour and sophistication and if you stay in one of the complex’s luxurious junior suites you’ll know exactly why – each suite includes its own private infinity pool, Jacuzzi and wet room actually in your bedroom!

If you need more than one pool – The Villa Arc en Ciel

Villa Arc en Ciel, St. Lucia, has no less than three pools, a plunge pool outside the master bedroom, a main infinity pool that weaves itself around the deck area on one side of the villa, under a low bridge to a stone cave with a waterfall and a circular, deep jumping pool with a wooden platform. The house, sleeping 10, is one of the most stunning rental houses in the Caribbean, built out of several interconnecting pavilions and rental includes a renowned chef, a housekeeper, gardener and night watchman.

If you are looking for something more unusual – Clos St Maurin

If you re looking for a villa in France, the 18th century converted French convent of Clos St Maurin, sleeps 12 and is a great option. The villa has a pool created in the style of a traditional stone `bassin’, giving it the impression of being a vast ornamental pool with an ornate central stone fountain. Located in the Luberon Regional Park, Le Clos St Maurin villa is a beautiful 18th century transformed convent set in peaceful and mature gardens.

If you want a private horizon pool with panoramic views – Capo d’Uomo

Capo d’Uomo is perched high up, on the edge of a privately owned peninsula within a stunning landscape, thick with vines and olive trees. This charming villa comes with its own private heated pool surrounded by a lovely decking area with fantastic views looking out over the Mediterranean Sea to the island of Giglio. If you want to really be spoilt is also an excellent cook who can provide traditional Tuscan specialities.

If you love deep, clear blue skies – Villa Prosilio

The freeform pool immediately in front of Villa Prosilio, set amid olive trees on Corfu’s exclusive North East corner, blends perfectly with the blue of the horizon, overlooking the stretch of water between Corfu and Albania’s mountainous coast. The horizon swimming pool is exquisitely designed to reflect sky and trees and framed by a mosaic of pebble paving.

If you are looking for a water feature – Villa Fata Morgano

Water is a major feature at Villa Fata Morgano with several indoor fountains and a solar-heated pool in the central courtyard flanked by cloistered walkways. But the second swimming pool at this spectacular marble villa, centrally located on the island of Ibiza, is its showpiece, a huge infinity pool accented by a stunning elevated sun deck, set amid gardens laid out with mathematical precision with a pond and irrigation channels.

When one pool just isn’t enough – Los Jameos Playa

Best swimming pool in LanzaroteWhy have a hotel with one giant pool when you can have a hotel with two giant pools! If you’re looking for Lanzarote Holidays then the Los Jameos Playa Hotels at Playa De Los Pocillos could be perfect for you. Boasting two impressive custom shaped pools that are sure to have enough room for all the guests. There’s also a great range of facilities around both pools day and night making them a real centre piece of this luxury hotel.

The pools are linked by current streams, bridges allow easy access and palm trees all around make these pools the perfect place to relax and play.