Inspiration

To swim with a view

Everyone loves a pool with a view, especially if it’s an infinity pool. Here is a collection of inspiring images that will make you want to book a holiday right away. It’s not the definitive list of the very best, by any means. But spa lovers note, these hotels and resorts all have a spa. Overlooking the sea, the jungle, the desert or a river below, don’t delay, soak in the scenery and book a spa break right now.

Alila Ubud Pool

ALILA UBUD, BALI

The infinity pool is suspended over the jungle high above the Ayung river below. The views stretch endlessly into Bali’s lush, tropical rainforest – with only the wildlife (including regular visits from the monkeys) for company. Alila Ubud is an enchanting hillside retreat located only minutes away from the ecentre of Ubud, Bali’s artistic cultural centre.

Try: the Balinese Massage

Rooms from £140 per night. www.alilahotels.com/ubud

Rahimoana NZ

BAY OF ISLANDS –  RAHIMOANA, EAGLES NEST, NEW ZEALAND

Eagles Nest offers five world-class luxury villas which have been awarded as one of the World’s10 Best Cliff Edge Pools. There’s a 25-metre horizon-edge pool with 320-degree views of the Bay of Islands. Here guests can soak up the sun, enjoy an invigorating swim or luxuriate in the outdoor spa.

Try: a treatment with a view

From £5270 per night. www.eaglesnest.co.nz/villas

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc

HOTEL DU CAP-EDEN-ROC, CAP D’ANTIBES

The iconic heated seawater infinity pool at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rochas has impressive views along the rugged Cap d’Antibes coast just outside Cannes. The award-winning Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc has a great spa with La Prairie and then you can relax in the Eden Roc Champagne Lounge on the roof of the Eden Roc.

Try: a hot stone massage

HOW…
Rooms from £682 per night. www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com

Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe, Zimbabwe. Agency HKLM. Art Director: Paul Henriques. Stylist: Georgina Pennington. Photographer: Mark Williams. 12/12/11.

SINGITA PAMUSHANA, ZIMBABWE

Singita Pamushana is located in the south east of Zimbabwe, with incredible views over the Malilangwe dam and sandstone hills. Set on 130,000 acres of wilderness in the southern corner of Zimbabwe, take a dip in the infinity pool have a treatment in the Bush spa or and enjoy views of spot rare and endangered wildlife, such as sable antelope, black rhinos and fourteen species of eagles.

Try: African Head Massage

From £705 per adult per night. www.singita.com

Bristol Paris

LE BRISTOL, PARIS

Located on the sixth floor and opening on to a vast sundeck, the swimming pool at Le Bristol has uninterrupted views across the Paris rooftops, to Montmartre, Sacre-Coeur and the Eiffel Tower. Built in 1978, and refurbished in 2010 it is made entirely from solid teak, the pool was designed by Cäsar Pinnau and modelled on the ‘Christina’, owned by Aristotle Onassis and one of the most beautiful yachts of the 19th century.

Try: La Prairie Facial
Rooms from €950 per night.  www.lebristolparis.com

Alila Villas Uluwatu

ALILA VILLAS ULUWATU, BALI

Alila Villas Uluwatu has a stunning 50-metre infinity pool, located on a cliff edge with endless ocean views. Perched on limestone cliffs 100-metres above the Indian Ocean, the infinity pool is perfectly framed as you walk into the lobby by the resort’s breath-taking architecture. Overlooking the infinity pool is the resort’s well-known Sunset Cabana Bar, also suspending over the cliff-side platform.

Try: Balinese Massage
One Bedroom Villa with Pool from £375 per night. www.alilahotels.com/uluwatu

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MONASTERO SANTA ROSA, AMALFI COAST

Monastero Santa Rosa is a beautiful boutique hotel and luxury spa set on Italy’s iconic Amalfi Coast. Monastero Santa Rosa’s heated infinity pool is perched on the Cape d’Orso’s cliff edge, with fabulous sea views. The hotel also offers an award-winning spa created within a labyrinth of historic monastic spaces, superb restaurant serving the finest dishes using locally sourced ingredients, stunning landscape gardens spread over five tiers, a historic herb garden and private 12th Century Chapel.

Try: Aloe Coulis Body Wrap
HOW…
Rooms from €390 on a B&B basis. www.monasterosantarosa.com

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