Synchronised swimming lessons, anyone?



Dust off those flowery swimming caps, get your nose clips at the ready and start practising those leg twirls - because London's Berkeley Hotel has announced a new synchronised swimming package in celebration of the summer Olympics.

The hotel has partnered with Aquabatix, an award-winning synchronized swimming team which will host a weekly 90-minute master class during the months of July and August in the hotel's beautiful open-air pool.

Swimmers will learn several key skills including the "egg beater" kick, a form of treading water that allows for stability and height above the water while leaving the hands free to perform strokes, and the session is completed with a choreographed routine with accompanying music.

But the icing on the cake is the rather scrumptious pool, which boasts panoramic views of the Hyde Park. Prices are £125 per person, classes are kept to a minimum of eight, which includes a full-on show by the famed team.

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The Gansevoort Park Avenue has a bijou rooftop pool in the shadow of the Empire State Building with a mosaic 1940s pin up temptress on the base of the pool an indoor and outdoor section allowing it to stay open all year round. Doubles from £250. Visit gansevoortpark.com

This little gem opened early in 2012. It's housed in a listed former 1920s post office which has been restored and extended into a sleek 500-bedroom hotel with a hip rooftop pool and bar. Doubles from £116 B&B. Visit clarionpost.com.

Set on the Sierra Helada hillside the SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante uses contemporary modern design with a stylish pool area overlooking the Mediterranean sea and surrounding mountains. The award-winning Spanish spa combines Eastern and Western therapies. Doubles from €275, shawellnessclinic.com.

The five-star Molino Stucky Hilton is a 19th century former grain mill turned swanky hotel dominating the Venetian skyline on the Giudecca. The rooftop pool and bar area is one of Venice’s top spots with views stretching across to St Marks. Doubles from £150 B&B, molinostuckyhilton.com.

Set on Passeig de Gràcia in an elegant mid-20th Century building with interiors by internationally renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, the Terrat rooftop dipping pool has panoramic views over the city’s famous architectural skyline including the Sagrada Familia. Doubles from £212, mandarinoriental.com

This modern, glass-fronted hotel has a fittingly cool roof top with spa, health club, restaurant and swimming pool all overlooking the lush green mountainous surrounding the sleek city of Bandung. Doubles from £73 B&B, Hilton.com.

The fusion of ancient grandeur and modern facilities makes this hotel one not to be missed. There's a lot going on on the roof: a top-notch restaurant and jacuzzi as well as the sensational pool. Rooms from around £60 per night. Visit udaikothi.com.

You'll need a head for heights to swim in this infinity pool, as it's 55 storeys up (665ft, 202 metres above ground, to be precise). At three times the length of an Olympic swimming pool, it also claims to be the largest outdoor pool at this height. Doubles from £200 per night. Visit marinabaysands.com.

This chic design hotel in the Gothic district boasts some of the best views over the city - and the bar serves a mean cocktail too. Perfect for swims and sundowners. Doubles from 230 Euros per night during the summer. Visit grandhotelcentral.com.

This is surely the highest hotel swimming pool in the world - it's the 76th floor, a cool 210 metres above Victoria Harbour. If you know of a higher one, let us know! Doubles from around £160 per night. Visit starwoodhotels.com

Definitely one of our faves! This tranquil swimming pool floats above the Ayung River valley in Bali's foothills. From $260 for a double. Visit uma.ubud.como.bz

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