Top 10 private pools
A private pool is the ultimate luxury when you’re on holiday – and with surrounding rainforest, views of the ocean, or the beach just metres away, these properties feature some of the best pools around.
The Buddhist temple complex of Borobudur on central Java dates back to the ninth century, and every year thousands come to visit this sacred site. You too can enjoy this spectacular monument, staying in absolute luxury at Amanjiwo with its contemporary cool suites and beautiful private pools.
Overlooking azure waters, Aphrodite Hills is a wonderful Mediterranean retreat complete with magnificent swimming pool and access to one of the best golf courses in Cyprus. Each luxurious room or suite has a private terrace and some feature an outdoor jacuzzi or private plunge pool.
On the Pacific coast of Mexico, only a few moments from the sea, lies the estate of Cuixmala. Its villas, complete with private chef and butler, are the ultimate in exclusivity and their huge private pools with sweeping rainforest views are hard to beat.
Overlooking pine fringed shores and the sparkling blue of the Aegean Sea is the Danai, a luxurious property perfect for a romantic break. Suites feature gorgeous private pools and balconies with beautiful, unspoilt views.
Enjoy your own Maldivian Robinson Crusoe experience when you escape to the tropical paradise of the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. Lounge in your own pool overlooking the turquoise hues of the Indian Ocean, relax on the white sandy beach or try a dive trip to one of the many nearby sites.
At Loisaba, take in the spectacular views across the wild plains of Kenya spotting lion, zebra, elephant and many more, all from your secluded, private pool. If you’re looking for something more active while you’re away, you can try one of the lodge’s many activities; a game drive, bush walk or even a camel trek.
White sandy beaches, clear blue seas and the relaxed Belizian vibe make The Pavilion House at Turtle Inn a perfect choice for a relaxed family beach holiday. With the chance to visit the world’s only Jaguar reserve or the infamous Blue hole, everyone will be happy on this holiday.
Enjoy a sundowner from the deck of your private pool at the Six Senses Hideaway Samui as you enjoy stunning views over the Gulf of Thailand. Go exploring, take a boat trip to the surrounding islands, or just relax on the white sandy beach.
Zarafa luxury camp in the Selinda area of Botswana is made up of only four private tents. A real sense of ‘old style’ safari can be found here, but with all the modern touches. Private pools, large bedrooms, en-suite indoor and outdoor bathrooms and excellent food and service are standard.
Perfect for a romantic break but just as good for a family holiday, Six Senses Hideaway at Zighy Bay on the rugged coast of Oman offers breathtaking views, luxurious private pool villas and the chance to explore this relatively untouched area of Oman.