Our Five Favourite Swimming Pools In Europe

Because there’s plenty of Summer left. Especially to the south…

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.