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Seven of the Best Pools

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  • Words Vidula Kotian
  • Date 27 July 2022

Nothing quite heralds the dawn of summer like tiny swimwear and the coolest of blues: pools.

Dive headfirst into these seven stunning aqueous spots, from horizon-edge infinity views, a lake-like oasis, to an iconic rooftop, and beyond, and you will stay chilled while the temperatures soar.

02 Best Of Pools Olea All Suite Hotel Pool Sunlongers

Water is ubiquitous at Olea with meandering streams and pools

03 Best Of Pools Hotel Terrestre Shades

The spa pool at Hotel Terrestre

04 Best Of Pools Hotel Terrestre Room Towel

Vast windows invite guests to admire the elements

Solar-powered design sanctuary

Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Coaxing a connection with the Oaxacan coast, the Brutalist-inspired Hotel Terrestre encourages its guests to look outward and upward. Each of the 14 villas offer an upstairs terrace with a private plunge pool and lounge area, along with a lush ground-floor garden and an outdoor bathroom. The solar-powered design sanctuary also has a wellness area with a circular communal pool, a long pool among the desert plants for swimming laps, a hammam, and a star gazing deck.

06 Best Of Pools Hotel Terrestre Architecture

Hotel Terrestre sees the sun as an invitation to introspection and renewal

05 Best Of Pools Hotel Terrestre Villa Private Terrace Pool

Private lap pool upstairs in a villa

07 Best Of Pools Hotel Terrestre Spa Pool

Communal pool with views of Terrestre's lush gardens

Dramatically perched social hub

Los Angeles, U.S.A

With its spectacular city skyline views, Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel’s multilevel pool is the ultimate place to socialize or quietly absorb the scene. Intimate corners, a checkered tile firepit, and all-day dining and drink mean the pool setting is alive under the sun and the stars. A terraced layout and just the right amount of added greenery define one of the most dramatically perched hotel pools in Los Angeles.

08 Best Of Pools Proper Downtwon La Rooftop Terrace Pool

Rooftop pool at Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel

09 Best Of Pools Proper Downtwon La Skyline

Views of the L.A. skyline

10 Best Of Pools Proper Downtwon La Suite Pool

The hotel’s multilevel pool is the ultimate place to socialize

Minimalism on the water

North Malé Atoll, Maldives

Designed by prolific Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27, Patina Maldives, Fari Islands is visually stunning with its warm minimalism. Each villa comes with its own pool, either on the beach or on the expansive terrace on stilts looking out onto the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The ebb and flow of water is central to the spa’s concept where a floatation zone, cold and hot showers, yoga on paddleboards, and an aqua spinning class all help you rejuvenate, re-energize, and release.

11 Best Of Pools Patina Maldives Pool

Lush tropical pool at Patina Maldives

12 Best Of Pools Patina Maldives Villa Beach
13 Best Of Pools Patina Maldives Villa Bedroom Interior
14 Best Of Pools Patina Maldives Villa View
15 Best Of Pools Patina Maldives Water Villa Terrace Pool Ocean View

Some of the villas come with private pools on stilts

Tropical modernist escape

Zakynthos, Greece

Greek island pools lend themselves well to arguably the most envy-inducing insta posts. At Olea All Suite Hotel, a 4,000-square-meter pool that resembles a lake is the heart of the sprawling 93-suite property. Water is ubiquitous at Olea, with streams and pools meandering between island-like clusters of tropical-modernist cube structures, communal areas under skylights, hidden gardens, and age-old olive trees.

16 Best Of Pools Olea All Suite Hotel Villas Pool Ocean View

The 4,000-square-meter pool at Olea

17 Best Of Pools Olea All Suite Hotel Architecture

The tropical-modernist cube structures revolve around the water elements

18 Best Of Pools Olea All Suite Hotel Spa

Olea’s spa beckons with a Hammam, a steam bath, and a sauna

19 Best Of Pools Olea All Suite Hotel Olive Tree

Zakynthos’ bucolic vegetation

Green urban escape

Cape Town, South Africa

Celebrating South African art and design, Tristan du Plessis has created a world at Gorgeous George that feels uniquely local. The crown jewel here is the indoor/outdoor rooftop space with its restaurant and a beautiful pool. One half of the pool is in a covered area painted by artist David Britz, while on the other open-air side is a lit-up sign that says, “Hello Gorgeous,” with pots and pots of plants in every corner. This singular green refuge comes alive in the evenings with locals sipping delicious cocktails from the mixology bar.

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Gorgeous George's beautiful indoor/outdoor rooftop pool

Tucked away oasis

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A tucked away oasis that combines a sunny terrace with an outdoor pool and gardens, Concepció by Nobis’ patio area is one of Palma’s best kept secrets. The distinctly Mediterranean terrace, with its local plants, shaded pergola seating, and sun loungers, is exclusive to hotel guests in the daytime and open to all for tapas and wine in the evening. Situated in an enviable location, where the Old Town meets Santa Catalina, Concepció is perfectly placed to explore the city.

21 Best Of Pools Conceptio By Nobis Pool Area

Outdoor pool at Concepció by Nobis

22 Best Of Pools Conceptio By Nobis Destination Birds

Concepció is perfectly placed to explore the city

23 Best Of Pools Conceptio By Nobis Cocktail

The Mediterranean terrace is exclusive to guests in the daytime

Wellness in the mountains

Merano, South Tyrol

Surrounded by vineyards, olive trees, forests, and with a panoramic view of the mountains, Arua Private Spa Villas is a luxurious world set high above Merano. The hotel gently mediates a feeling of slowing down with a wellness focus that includes private spa areas in each of the six villas, as well as an infinity saltwater pool with a panorama so wide it dissolves any borders. The sloping ground gives one the impression of enjoying the spectacular view from a preferential standpoint, where the everchanging light and colors are reminiscent of a theatrical show.

24 Best Of Pools Arua Private Spa Villas Pool Mountain View

Arua Private Spa Villas' dramatic infinity pool

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