Terre Blanche Resort, Provence
Nestled high in the hills of the Cote d’Azure, and commanding striking panoramic views over the surrounding Provencal landscape – think medieval villages and rolling vineyards – the 600m² infinity pool at Terre Blanche is this five-star resort’s crowning jewel. Don’t worry if you can’t get there until November – cold air will serve to make the steam, which the pool emits in the mornings and evenings thanks to the 28-degrees temperature, even more pronounced.
Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete
Boasting views of the Aegean Sea and Spinalonga Island (a soon-to-be UNESCO World Heritage site), the 142 private pools of Blue Palace are the Insta-addict’s dream location. Those gawping at the pools via social media won’t get to enjoy the subtle fragrances from the indigenous gardens all around this five-star, family-run resort which also has a private beach and beach club, a variety of authentic F&B outlets and award-winning Elounda Spa located on the beachfront.
Odyssey at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, Monaco
A heated sea-water pool, surrounded by a mural by Karl Lagerfeld, Odyssey is a popular hang-out for Monaco’s high society figures. All the fine cuisine and weapons-grade glamour are illuminated by stars and underwater lights in the evenings (see also main picture, above).
La Réserve, St-Jean-de-Luz
Owned by luxury hotel group Groupe Floirat (which also own the iconic Hotel Byblos in Saint Tropez), La Réserve recently unveiled a freshly designed infinity pool with 360 panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean. Located 20 minutes from Biarritz on a clifftop, this is the perfect base from which to explore the very best of what the French Basque region has to offer.
Hotel Principe di Savoia: Private Pool surrounded by frescos in the Presidential Suite
Complementing Principe di Savoia’s extraordinary Presidential Suite is this pièce de résistance – an entire swimming pool and spa including a sauna and Turkish bath set in an opulent, hand-painted and mosaic-tiled lounge.