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The only thing better than a picture-perfect, get-me-in-there-right-now hotel pool is a picture-perfect, get-me-in-there-right-now hotel pool that you have all to yourselves. Handily, we know just the spot(s): read on for some perfect private-pool retreats


The world-beating one | SIX SENSES NINH VAN BAY Nha Trang, Vietnam

All the rustic-luxe villas at this isolated private-bay escape come with their own plunge pools, but it’s the aptly named Water Villa 5 that really takes your breath. The judges at the last Smith Hotel Awards were so smitten with its oceanfront infinity-edge pool and coral-reef views that they declared it the world’s Sexiest Hotel Bedroom.


The one that’s actually a hot tub | HOTEL CORT Palma, Mallorca

The romantic rooftop Island Suite could melt the coldest of hearts with its honey-hued city views and just-right Jacuzzi. Add some chilled champagne, some Mallorquin morsels and the perfect playlist and cupid himself couldn’t compete.


The one for striking Olympian poses beside | AMANZOE East Peloponnese, Greece

This sweep of Grecian grandeur perched on an olive-tree dotted hillside has a private pool per secluded pavilion, so if your deity-worthy surroundings inspire you into a splash sans strides, your only spectators are likely to be the migrating birds.


The bay-view-and-bubbles one | CAPO LA GALA Sorrento, Italy

There aren’t many better spots from which to gaze across the Bay of Naples than this nautically-themed, terrace-toting sanctuary. And for total perfection, choose the Paradise Double and recline in the outdoor Jacuzzi – sipping something suitable to toast the ‘oh-wow!’ sunsets, of course.


The one fit for an (exhibitionist) Bond villain | JADE MOUNTAIN Soufrière, Saint Lucia

Three-walled rooms opening out onto a dramatic sea- and mountain-scape, cascading koi ponds, adjustable fibre-optic lighting in rooms… if Blofeld were more of a lover than a fighter, he might have holed up somewhere like this and invited 007 for dip in the infinity pool halfway up a cliff, rather than trying to throw him off it.


The Castaway-goes-contemporary one | AMILLA FUSHI Baa Atoll, Maldives

If you were ever to find yourself marooned on this white-sand-lined Maldivian island, you probably wouldn’t be too worried about getting rescued. You could retreat to the canopy-level tree house and survey the jungle, or do some underwater exploring from the dive centre… but it’s the Ocean Reef House pool that will give you the best castaway-in-comfort feeling.


The inside-out one | PERIVOLAS Santorini, Greece

If the cliff-carved rooms and caldera views don’t win you over, the Perivolas Pool Suite will. It sports Santorini’s most remarkable pool – a turquoise stripe that snakes through its chalk-white walls and out onto the panoramic terrace, thus redefining holiday perfection. After you’ve experienced jumping out of bed into your own private pool, what next?

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