Laucala Island, Fiji
IF a sand-bottom lagoon pool enveloped by towering palms isn’t enough to make Fijian island holiday dreams come true, this luxury private resort’s lap pool sure will.
The dramatic 25m-long glass cube sits right in the centre of the lagoon and is a popular spot for Instagram-loving guests, as well as those who want to work off the buffet indulgence with a few laps.
After a day exploring the 3500-acre tropical island, horse riding and snorkeling, a refreshing dip and a few cocktails at the shell-like pool bar is an idyllic way to finish a day in paradise.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman
Perched atop of Oman’s fabled Green Mountain, 2000 metres above sea level, this ultra-luxurious hotel boasts breathtaking views over the rugged landscape.
As the highest five-star resort – and swimming pool - in the Middle East, this 115-room property is styled on a traditional Omani fort.
There is a heated infinity pool for all guests however if the budget permits, book the One-Bedroom Cliff Pool Villa with its own private pool and deck, the perfect spot for taking in the spectacular sunsets and desert vistas in style.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka
Situated on a deserted beach overlooking the Indian Ocean and bordering Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, this luxe tented camp provides a magical, romantic getaway.
The remote Resplendent Ceylon and Relais & Chateaux property has 28 glamping cocoons and an open-air bamboo dining pavilion, which wraps around the spectacular free-form swimming pool.
Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip and take in their unique location where the jungle meets the sea.
Setouchi Aonagi, Japan
This intimate Japanese hotel may be small but what it lacks in size it makes up for in style.
The exclusive seven-suite retreat, located on a remote mountaintop in Matsuyama, was designed by award-winning architect Tadao Ando in 1998 and was originally a contemporary art museum.
Ando successfully remodeled the property into a minimalist hotel, which opened to the public a few years ago.
The highlight however, is the mesmeric infinity pool, which faces out to the Seto Inland Sea in the west. In September, the sun is said to set directly over the centre of the pool, turning the pool into a glowing mirror.
Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
After a day on the powdery slopes in Japan’s Hokkaido, guests can hit the beach at this world-class wonder.
Hoshino Resorts’ family-friendly ski resort, TOMAMU, is home to Japan’s largest indoor wave pool and indoor beach called Mina-Mina Beach, which maintains a temperature of 30 degrees all year round.
With the picturesque snowy mountains as a backdrop, the 30m by 80m pool is surrounded by glass and has both bigger and smaller waves, plus a range of water activities like SUPing.
At night, the beach, which boasts a café and bar, is lit up like a fantasy world and is the perfect spot for a romantic cocktail.
PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore
THIS eco-luxe property is a tranquil oasis in the heart of The Lion City.
Featuring a staggering 15,000 square metres of hanging gardens, PARKROYAL on Pickering took out the 'World’s Leading Green City Hotel’ award for showing how sustainability and luxury co-exist.
The piece de resistance, though, is the quirky hotel’s rooftop infinity pool - located on a dedicated wellness floor on level five - which is surrounded by lush greenery and very pretty birdcage-like cabanas.