The Pool at The Ritz Paris

The Ritz Paris


The pool: Luxury swimming doesn’t get better than the pool at the Ritz Paris. From the mosaic tile floor to the painted sky fresco, the pool stands miles ahead of other indoor pools. 


The location:  The Ritz Paris, the world’s most iconic hotel, just reopened in June. 


The vibe: French decadence done by the creme de la creme. 


Insider tip: The world’s first Chanel spa resides in the same health club—you’re already there so why not? 

The Private Pools at The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas


The pool: Fit for a Queen, the moat-like semi-private pool wrapping around the side of the Oberoi Udaivilas hotel in Udaipur, India. 


The vibe: Classic Indian opulence.  


The location: Dedicated to its castle vibe, the Oberoi is a 50-acre palatial estate nestled between the Aravali mountains and Lake Pichola. 


Booking tips: Each suite opens to a semi-private or private pool with tasseled sun umbrellas and personal lounges.

The Pool Bar at The Cape

The Cape


The pool: The near-perfect infinity pool’s edge is almost indiscernible from the Sea of Cortez. 


The location: Every room (and restaurant)  at The Cape offers 360 views of Cabo San Lucas.


The vibe: Southern California meets Baja bohemian. 


What to drink: As you may expect from a destination like Cabo, the pool also offers a swim-up bar.

The Red Pool at The Library

The Library


The pool: Take a dip in the blood orange beauty in Koh Samui, appropriately named The Red Pool.  The pool, whose color comes from the red and orange mosaic floor, basically does the vacation Instagram work for you. 


The resort: Noteworthy for reasons other than the pool, The Library at Koh Samui features gorgeous minimalist architecture. 


The vibe: A modern tropical hideaway. 


Insider tip:  Ditch the beach read for a book pulled from The Library’s eponymous library. 

The Pool at The Boulder Lodges

The Boulder Lodges


The pool: Prefer the poolside to the countryside? Watch the elephants and leopards roam the Serengeti from the edge of a heated pool—and while working on a tan. 


The location: The Boulder Lodge at the Sabi Sands— an exotic game reserve near the Mozambique border.


The vibe: Tribal chic organic materials and breath-taking landscapes.


Beyond the pool: If you’re feeling adventurous, head out on horseback to see the wildlife up close.