These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

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You can tell a lot about a hotel from its pool. It’s like the pocket square on an otherwise conservative suit – that extra flourish, that flash of finesse, the final touch to make a statement and tell the world exactly how damn stylish you really are.

While others line a hole in the ground with tiles, fill it with water and later have screaming children and lurid inflatables occupy its premises, the architects who’ve crafted the below pools (or works of art, to be more accurate) have gone above and beyond to elevate your dipping sessions to new heights.

So, pull up your swim shorts (or squeeze elegantly into your Speedo’s) and behold the greatest hotel pools in existence.

The one with the volcano

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Atacama Desert, Chile

The infinity pool of this 32 room boutique hotel – and the worthy winner of the “Best Pool With A View’ category at the recent Mr & Mrs Smith awards – is flanked by reeds and looks out onto a lava-sculpted desert. In the (safe) distance there’s also a volcano-dotted horizon, which is always a strong USP in our books.

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa

From £460 prpn

The one with the chocolate

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Boucan Hotel & Restaurant, Saint Lucia

Overlooking a luscious cocoa plantation, residents of the Boucan can indulge in a “tree to bar” tour, starting with selecting your own ripe cocoa pods and finishing with your own hand-crafted chocolate treat. Whether you polish it off by the pool while watching the sunset over the Pitons mountains is optional (but we highly recommend it).

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Boucan Hotel & Restaurant

From £377 prpn

The one with the surf



These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Les Roches Rouge, Cote d’Azur, France

With sweeping vistas of the Med and a large salt-water infinity pool flanked, you’ll be guaranteed that your Instagram opps here will be far stronger than that time you accosted Jeremy Renner for a snap at Heathrow Airport. Moreover, because it’s just a few miles down the coast from the bustle of Nice, it’s the perfect peaceful hideaway.

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Les Roches Rouge

From £260 prpn

The one where you’re (very) close to nature

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania

What beats sitting in a dusty Jeep and traversing almost non-existent roads in pursuit of the planet’s greatest beasts? The answer: laying-back in a stunning infinity pool and letting nature come to you. Situated deep with the Serengeti, Africa’s finest game reserve, there’s no better way to embrace the great outdoors and still have access to a luxury spa.

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

From £778 prpn

The one with your own private island

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives  

There might be a choice of twelve immaculate beaches on this private-island hotel, but don’t miss out on the pool. At 30 meters long it extends out into the lagoon and is perfect for early morning laps, or – more realistically – sitting in the internal jacuzzi with a Moscow Mule in hand.

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

One & Only Reethi Rah

From £1,736 prpn

The one in Broken Arrow

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Amangiri, Utah, USA

If, like us, you’re an almost weirdly big fan of the 1996 crime thriller Broken Arrow, you may recognise this hotel as a backdrop for John Travolta’s nuclear weapon tomfoolery. Even if you’re not, there’s still plenty of good reasons to stay at the Amangiri, not least the heated pool that curves round the sandstone rock of the Utah desert.

The one that ups your glamping game



These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

The Other Side, Eleuthera, Bahamas

A beachside boutique stay, where the pool leans out over turquoise waters at the tip of a wooden jetty. It’s pretty eco-conscious too: rather than pumping fresh water from inland, the pool is filled filtered H2O straight from the ocean. Oh, and pets stay gratis – what more could you want?

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

The Other Side

From £425 prpn

The one with three times over

Amankila, East Bali

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

The one thing better than an incredible pool hotel: three of them, right on top of each other. The triple-tiered swimming pool at the Amankila is something to write home about, that’s if you want to make your friends and family insanely jealous. However, spare sharing the pictures of your luxury freestanding beach hut if you want your loved ones to speak to you again.

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Amankila

From £608 prpn

The one with the floating pool



These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

This art nouveau landmark, next to Villa Carlotta’s famed gardens on Lake Como, is steeped in history. Greta Garbo refers to Tremezzo as that happy, sunny place in the 1932 film Grand Hotel – something to remember when you pull off a perfect tucked dive in the deep end of the hotel’s floating pool.

These are the world’s best hotel pools (and how much it costs to take a dip)

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

From £456 prpn

Thanks to Mrs and Mrs Smith with helping us with the pool pics. You can join the Mr & Mrs Smith travel club, for best prices and something extra on arrival, at mrandmrssmith.com

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