THE POOL AT THE HANGING GARDENS UBUD, INDONESIA
Undoubtedly one of the most aesthetically and architecturally pleasing pools in the world, the split-level infinity pool at the Hanging Gardens Ubud in Indonesia was one of a few pools which instantly sprung to mind when devising our list. Created to echo the design of the terraced rice paddies so prevalent in the Ubud region, the pool’s walls are lined with Batu Chandi stone. Surrounded by reams of lush forest, watch out for passing animal life swinging through the treetops.
THE POOL AT THE CAMBRIAN, SWITZERLAND
Proving that the most beautiful pools are not only to be found surrounded by tropical breezes, sand and sunshine, Switzerland’s Cambrian Hotel offers a picturesque experience which is a great alternative to gazing out onto a beach. Nestled in the pristine Swiss Alps, the heated infinity pool is surrounded by those oh-so-famous snow-capped peaks.
THE NEPTUNE POOL, HEARST CASTLE, CALIFORNIA
As its name suggests, the Neptune pool at Hearst Castle in California takes distinct architectural inspiration from the Classical World. Featuring ornamental pools, fountains, sculptures, marble pavilions, and an ancient temple façade, minimal this pool is not, but for sheer grandeur the Neptune pool is hard to surpass.
THE INFINITY POOL, GRACE SANTORINI, GREECE
Perched above Greece’s famed Caldera, the infinity pool at the Grace Santorini offers an uninterrupted panoramic sea view which spans for miles. The pool can also lay claim to being the largest of its kind in Santorini, an impressive feat given this island’s penchant for picture perfect bodies of water. A feat of minimalist design, this pool is a beacon of tranquility.
THE POOL AT THE QASR AL SARAB RESORT, ABU DHABI
A real oasis in the desert, the Qasr Al Sarab’s pool is a tranquil haven in the sticky heat, situated quite remotely from any other signs of civilisation. The resort’s free-form pool forms a focal point within the 206 room desert destination, letting water-lovers look out upon sand dunes and palm trees as far as the eye can see. Thankfully this impressively located pool is no mirage. www.qasralsarab.anantara.com