9 AMAZ­ING PRI­VATE POOLS

Take the plunge with a room that has its own lux­ury pool

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WISHLIST | RESORTS - PAUL EWART

1 THE MULIA RE­SORT & VIL­LAS NUSA DUA, BALI

The big­gest ho­tel com­plex in Bali, Mulia Re­sort & Vil­las in Nusa Dua on the is­land’s east coast, also boasts the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of pri­vate villa pools among Bali’s five-star ho­tels.

One of three ul­tra-lux­u­ri­ous prop­er­ties that make up the ho­tel’s 30ha of trop­i­cal gar­dens and coast­line, the 108 Mulia vil­las range from one- and two-bed­room check­ins through to the pala­tial Mulia Man­sion. And the stand­out fea­ture of each villa? The full-size pool.

Set against a back­drop of trop­i­cal gar­dens and the In­dian Ocean, each pool sits along­side a large deck and open-air liv­ing area. Res­i­dents can wal­low on a daybed in the shal­low sec­tion of the pool, or work up a sweat via the built-in “hy­drother­apy” ma­chine, which of­fers lap-lovers re­sis­tance swim­ming.

The ex­trav­a­gant stay has at­tracted an ap­pro­pri­ately VIP clien­tele, such as roy­alty, pres­i­dents and Hol­ly­wood stars in­clud­ing Stranger Things ac­tor Millie Bobby Brown and Pretty Lit­tle Liars star Shay Mitchell.

Pools aside, each check-in comes with in­clu­sive pri­vate but­ler ser­vice – think pick-ups and drop-offs in your own golf buggy and mam­moth bath­tubs pre­pared so you can en­joy a soak without lift­ing a fin­ger – and then there’s the mam­moth on-site spa, voted one of the best spas in the world by Conde Nast Trav­eler. THEMULIA.COM

2 JADE MOUN­TAIN ST LU­CIA

Widely renowned as one of the Caribbean’s most beau­ti­ful ho­tels, each of the in­fin­ity pools in the 29 Jade Moun­tain suites (“sanc­tu­ar­ies”) takes in the jaw-drop­ping view of the sur­round­ing ocean and the tow­er­ing Pe­tit and Gros Pi­ton moun­tains – in fact, it’s the only re­sort that over­looks both of St Lu­cia’s twin peaks.

Stretch­ing out to max­imise the vista, the pools range from 37-65sq m and each fea­tures a shal­low “loung­ing” area for in-pool read­ing or cock­tail-sip­ping. Suites also come with out­door “chro­mather­apy” (that’s colour-ther­apy for the unini­ti­ated) lit whirlpool tubs too. JADEMOUNTAIN.COM

3 AL MAHA, DESERT RE­SORT, SPA DUBAI, UAE

Nes­tled in a con­ser­va­tion area in the Ara­bian Desert, Al Maha is lux­ury ho­tel meets bedouin camp. Tent-style suites open onto wide ter­races and spa­cious, chilled swim­ming pools that soothe in the sear­ing heat and of­fer views of rolling spec­tac­u­lar sand dunes as far as the eye can see.

Wildlife abounds here, so don’t be sur­prised if you en­counter a gazelle or Ara­bian oryx graz­ing next to you as you go for your morn­ing dip. AL-MAHA.COM

4 QUALIA QUEENS­LAND, AUS­TRALIA

When it comes to liv­ing the suite life Down Un­der, there’s nowhere quite like Qualia. Lo­cated on Hamil­ton Is­land’s north­ern­most tip, the lux­ury re­sort has lured some of the world’s most fa­mous faces – think Oprah, Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, and Leonardo Di­Caprio – to its most deca­dent vil­las. Part of the ap­peal is un­doubt­edly its pri­vate pools.

Tak­ing in sweep­ing Co­ral Sea views from the ad­join­ing sun­deck, Qualia’s north-fac­ing Wind­ward Pav­il­ions each come with a sun­drenched plunge pool.

Guests can go one level higher by up­grad­ing to the Beach House, the most op­u­lent of the re­sort’s pri­vate pool vil­las. This serene re­treat comes with a 12m in­fin­ity-edge lap pool that makes for the ul­ti­mate check-in. QUALIA.COM.AU

5 IN­TERCON­TI­NEN­TAL BORA BORA RE­SORT, THALASSO SPA BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA

Widely known as a bee­line des­ti­na­tion for honey­moon­ers, un­sur­pris­ingly the is­lands of French Polynesia have be­come an over­wa­ter villa global cap­i­tal. And the lat­est of­fer­ing for ro­mance and lux­u­ry­seek­ers is the new Brando Suites Bora Bora at the In­terCon­ti­nen­tal Bora Bora Re­sort & Thalasso Spa.

De­buted in De­cem­ber last year, the four two-bed­room over­wa­ter suites rise up from the sur­round­ing bright blue la­goon and each come with an ex­pan­sive ter­race that houses the largest-sized, pri­vate over­wa­ter pools in French Polynesia.

IN­TERCON­TI­NEN­TAL.COM

6 AMANDARI UBUD, BALI

De­signed to re­sem­ble a Ba­li­nese vil­lage in minia­ture, Aman’s Amandari re­sort in Ubud is stun­ning, and its pool suites are the stuff of hol­i­day fan­tasies. Set in pri­vate, walled gar­dens, each villa has panoramic views of work­ing rice pad­dies, ver­dant val­leys, a lush canopy of co­conut and ba­nana trees, and the roar­ing Ayung River.

But the most pala­tial of res­i­dences is the Amandari Villa. Set away from the main prop­erty, the three-bed­room ac­com­mo­da­tion has five pav­il­ions and a huge two-tiered swim­ming pool over­look­ing the afore­men­tioned post­card-per­fect val­ley be­low.

AMAN.COM

7 ST REGIS MAL­DIVES VOMMULI RE­SORT MAL­DIVES

The newly opened St Regis Mal­dives Vommuli Re­sort (it opened its doors last year) of­fers high rollers the chance to check into the big­gest wa­ter villa in the Mal­dives – a villa that also comes with one of the big­gest pri­vate pools in the ar­chi­pel­ago.

Cov­er­ing a whop­ping 92sq m, the Olympic-size in­fin­ity pool is the fo­cal point of the three-bed­room John Ja­cob As­tor Es­tate villa. Al­ready mak­ing it on to the “top 100 suites in the world” list, the two-bed­room pad comes with a ded­i­cated but­ler, out­door jacuzzi and its very own gym and cin­ema.

STREGISMALDIVES.COM

8 JW MAR­RIOTT PHU QUOC EMER­ALD BAY RE­SORT & SPA PHU QUOC, VIET­NAM

While the ex­trav­a­gant four-bed­room La­marck vil­las all come with en­vi­able beach­front pri­vate pools of their own, the jewel in the Phu Quoc Emer­ald Bay Re­sort & Spa’s pri­vate pool crown is the 50m in­fin­ity pool in its most ex­clu­sive ac­com­mo­da­tion, La­marck House.

Hailed as the big­gest pri­vate in­fin­ity pool in Asia, this pimped-out pool boasts phe­nom­e­nal views and a huge ad­join­ing deck for en­ter­tain­ing.

MAR­RIOTT.COM.AU

9 PE­GA­SUS SUITES & SPA SANTORINI, GREECE

Fa­mous Greek is­land Santorini may be a mere speck in the Cy­clades, but when it comes to dra­matic views and slick ac­com­mo­da­tion, it packs a huge punch. Amid the pic­turesque white­washed ac­com­mo­da­tion that dots the is­land’s steep, rugged vol­canic cliffs, Pe­ga­sus Suites & Spa is one of the best. Pri­vate pool suites of­fer ocean-view swim­ming spots and along­side in­door hot tubs.

Syn­ony­mous for its post­card­per­fect sun­sets, any­one look­ing for a venue to pop the ques­tion can’t do bet­ter – af­ter all, propos­ing while watch­ing the sun set over the deep blue Aegean from the com­fort of your pri­vate pool with a glass of cold bub­bly in hand is pretty much guar­an­teed to in­duce a “yes!”

PEGASUSSUITES.COM

PE­GA­SUS SUITES & SPA

AMANDARI

MAL­DIVES VOMMULI

PIC­TURES: SUP­PLIED

Lux­ury knows no bounds like the Beach House in­fin­ity pool at Qualia in Queens­land; or In­terCon­ti­nen­tal Bora Bora’s new suites hous­ing the largest, pri­vate over­wa­ter pools in French Polynesia; and more.

JADE MOUN­TAIN

AL MAHA, DESERT RE­SORT

PHU QUOC EMER­ALD BAY

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