Nothing beats taking a warm dip in an open air infinity pool, surrounded by glorious scenery, cocktail at the ready: it's what everyone hopes they'll be doing on their holidays, right?
Which is why luxury hotels all over the world are falling over themselves to outdo each other by providing their guests with perfectly placed pools to take a plunge. Yes, swimming pools with views to die for are the latest must-have hotel accessory.
Here's a selection of our favourites, which range from an astonishing infinity pool overlooking the Alps to a three-tier pool perched high above a rain forest. Take a dive in to our slideshow and and soak up the views - and do remember to let us know if you have any to recommend, below.
Pools with a view
14 swimming pools with spectacular views
On a beautiful and private beach, guests can enjoy unforgettable views of the Dead Sea and the surrounding areas or lounge by the infinity pool edges, plunge into the ever popular Lazy River pool or find tranquillity at the Sunken Pool.kempinski.com
This infinity-edge swimming pool stands on two levels, perched over the spectacular rain forest. It is surrounded by stylish and comfortable sun beds for ultimate relaxation. ubudhanginggardens.com
The Paresa Resort’s pools have been crafted on the cliff face and are unique in design and features. Guests can relax in one of the daybeds or go for a swim in the energy floatation pool.
The views from the Hillside Pool Suites are truly awe-inspiring panoramas of the Caribbean Sea and lush landscapes that surround Hermitage Bay. Take in the scenery of the West Indies from this poolside perch.
Get up close and personal with marine animals this summer in more than 20 swimming areas and eleven distinctly different pools—including three kids pools—located throughout the resorts lush tropical setting. The crystal clear waterslide takes swimmers through a shark filled pool!atlantis.com
Enjoy the calming sounds of the ocean from this free form infinity pool at the Marriott in Cancun, Mexico.
At a staggering sixty metres long and eight metres wide, The Lalu’s infinity pool is the largest warm water swimming pool in Taiwan and looks out over mystical views of the historic Sun Moon Lake.
Take a break from your Tanzanian adventures and cool off in this free-form infinity pool overlooking the watering hole and Seregenti plains. With sunbeds and bar service, it’s an idyllic setting from which to watch a glorious sunset or admire a turquoise sky. fourseasons.com/serengeti
The hydrotherapy pool with massage jets and Jacuzzi is wonderfully warm, allowing you to bask blissfully alfresco even when the snow is whirling around you. thecambrianadelboden.com
Set high on a cliff top perched above the Andaman Sea and surrounded by a forest of beautifully preserved Banyan trees and, the stunning pool at Paresa boasts 360° views of the surrounding tropical paradise. Visit Luxury Link for more.
From the stylish pool Saint John , guests can gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea which laps onto the resort’s private beach on the bay of Agios Ioannis. Saint John Mykonos.
A charming haven inspired by the art of Feng Shui, the boutique Laqua property can be found in the heart of Italy's Sorrentian peninsula. Each of the six suites comes with an infinity pool which seamlessly blends the infinite view between the hotel and Amalfi coast.
Perched 1,100 feet above the Caribbean Sea, the breath-taking resort of Ladera is nestled between the Piton Mountains and Caribbean Sea on the Soufrière Volcano. Each suite features a private plunge pool so guests can take in the astounding views from their own intimate setting.