9 AMAZING PRIVATE POOLS
Take the plunge with a room that has its own luxury pool
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
PEGASUS SUITES & SPA
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.
AL MAHA, DESERT RESORT
PHU QUOC EMERALD BAY