Paul Noble’s ‘Villa Joe’ (Front View) 2005–6; courtesy the Gagosian Gallery
If you’ve been craving a little chlorine, consider this a digital dose of what you need. We’ve rounded up seven gratuitous shots of mind-blowing hotel pools, from Santorini to Siem Reap, that are definitely worth the tan lines. Go ahead, take a peek…
1. Amangiri, Lake Powell, Utah
There’s something utterly satisfying about a pool in the desert. Take that, tumbleweeds. Amangiri hotel sits on 600 acres in southern Utah, and the pool wraps around an escarpment of sandstone rock. Lounge on a king-size daybed and take a dip at the first sign of perspiration.
2. Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites, Santorini, Greece
The Greek do not mess around with a colour scheme. At Canaves Oia the blissfully blue water in the pool and the hotel’s whitewashed exteriors do the national flag proud. Now do yourself proud and paddle over to the swim-up bar for an afternoon spritzer, then soak up all that Santorini sunshine.
3. Hacienda Uayamon, Campeche, Mexico
Mexico’s Hacienda Uayamon hotel is set among overgrown ruins and dense jungle on the Yucatán Peninsula. The building itself dates back to 1700 and the pool sits in the former main structure, surrounded by original walls and pillars. Doing the backstroke here is basically like going on an archaeological dig. More or less…
4. Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
An Angkorian heraldic lion guards the water at this saltwater swimming hole. With such lush surroundings – palms, bougainvillea and fragrant frangipani shrubs – we’d employ the watchful eye of a mythical beast, too. Lounge chairs and umbrellas line the other side of the pool, so bring a page-turner or two.
5. Alila Ubud, Bali Indonesia
Bali is called the ‘Island of the Gods,’ and we think that may have something to do with the oh my god reactions that pools like this inspire. Surrounded by jungle and built on a hillside terrace, the infinity-style stunner appears to hover above the valley below. Can you think of a better place to get pruney fingers and toes?
6. Sublime Samana, Dominican Republic
One pool? This oceanfront hideaway has a canal of pools. Stretching 500 feet from end to end, the network of interconnected waterways – complete with canopied daybeds – flows into two dramatic swimming pools at the heart of the hotel. It’s almost enough to make you forget about the property’s private beach. Almost.
7. Rayavadee, Krabi, Thailand
Above-ground, in-ground, and even inflatable – no doubt you’ve seen a parade of pool types. But lagoon style? Like the unicorns of the water world, lagoon-inspired splash pads are rare. Rayavadee hotel, however, has one. This peaceful piscine, which overlooks the sea, blends right in with its palm-fringed surroundings.