After navigating taxis, airports and planes, there's no better way to wind down than by lounging beside or taking a quick dip in your own private pool. From in-room swimming to romantic, panoramic plunge pools just outside of your window, we've found the best villas, hotels and cottages with magical private pools to visit as soon as it's safe to do so.*
Stay in a luxury villa at Templation Hotel, Cambodia
Cool off in the world-class swimming pool nestled amongst natural surroundings
Templation Hotel is pure serenity, located between a series of palm-fringed gardens just outside of Siem Reap. It's home to a world-class spa and several villas with private swimming pools which are complete with gardens. These suites (and their private pools) are designed with a nod towards the natural surroundings, clad in the finest dark wood and waves of cool, grey stone. Opt for a swim here amid the sweltering temperatures or after a day spent biking around ancient Siem Reap. Finish the day with the hotel’s signature spicy body wrap, a popular wellness treatment among guests.
Spoil yourself with the cliffside infinity pool at Cap Rocat, Spain
Relax by your own infinity pool that stretches out above the sea below
A former military fortress turned luxury accommodation on the island of Mallorca, Cap Rocat is a golden, palatial citadel of its own. Carved into the cliffside, the hotel has cave suites where you’ll find a private infinity pool stretching out above the frothing sea below. It’s surprisingly discreet and beautifully thought through, and a stay here will have you feeling close to Mallorcan nature – just with a host of world-class amenities and opportunities to dine cliffside or poolside.
Dive into your exclusive plunge pool at Hunter’s Country House, South Africa
The private, turquoise plunge pool is a place where you may never want to leave
When you choose the ‘Deluxe’ suite at Hunter’s Country House in South Africa's Western Cape for a holiday, you’ll be invited into a world you may never want to leave – and the private pool won’t make this any easier. Here, thatched-roof cottages play host to grand four poster beds. The family room houses a patch of blue pool, straddled by loungers and pinstriped-wicker chairs. Or you'll find a turquoise plunge pool in the deluxe suite; an equally enticing and luxurious affair. Following an afternoon of lazy swims interspersed with naps in the sun, head to the lantern-lit garden for a romantic, gourmet dinner. And put your faith in the staff when it comes to drink recommendations – they’ll source you something special or craft their own concoction to suit your fancy.
A private oasis awaits at Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort, Greece
Your luxury hotel with a private pool awaits
Clinging to Mykonos’ southerly perimeters, the Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort provides guests with unblemished Aegean views. The hotel is designed in the classic style of the Cyclades islands – think cube-shaped buildings, cerulean-blue details and white-washed walls – but ups the luxury stakes with its private poolside rooms. These oases, the ‘Grand’ and ‘Deluxe’ suites, come equipped with your own infinity pool. Make your way out onto the sun-baked terrace, dip into the water or linger and stare at the sea and cliffs that back Ayios Yiannis beach. Follow a swim with a fresh seafood meal by the private pool or hit the on-site gym.
Sit by your secluded pool at Muse Saint Tropez/Ramatuelle, France
On your next holiday, regroup and relax in Cote d’Azur glamour
Known for its regular celebrity visitors, yacht-studded marinas and rows of upscale boutiques, Saint Tropez knows luxury. And the Muse hotel showcases this Cote d’Azur glamour in an understated way. Sat amid the hills above Saint Tropez, it’s a heavenly place for a holiday to regroup and relax – in your own private pool. Opt for the ‘Elegance Suite’ or the larger ‘Luxury’ room and you’ll be greeted with an eggshell-coloured boudoir that opens onto a garden with a sliver of blue that is your own pool. Roll out of bed straight into the water ahead of a poolside breakfast, lounging on the bespoke garden furniture.
*The data scientists at Booking.com looked at internal data to find 5 hotels (including villas, holiday homes and cottages) that offered private pools with certain or all suites that had a sufficient review scores and number of reviews.