Tourists are harder to impress these days when it comes to pools which don't have that special "something". A view to die for, however, capable of taking their breath away, can change perceptions. Drastically. Here are six pools with a view for a truly unforgettable experience.
Caruso Belvedere - Italy
A former 19th century palace located on the Amalfi Coast heights, Caruso Belvedere seems to float majestically over the Mediterranean below. The amazing infinity pool stands 350 metres above sea level, close to the hotel's bar and relaxation area. The eliptical shape of the pool - which seems closer to the sky than to the ground - perfectly suits the spectacular natural surroundings.
Perivolas Santorini - Greece
Perched high on a rock above the Aegean Sea, a short drive from neighbouring Oia - Santorini's most picturesque town - lies Perivolas. The hotel's pool is one of the most photographed pools in the world and was featured on the cover of numerous renowned travel magazines: Travel, Holiday & Lifestyle, Conde Nast Traveller, A Place to Stay. The hotel itself received multiple awards, having been designated "Europe's Best Small Hotel" by Conde Nast Traveler. Moreover, Perivolas Santorini was included in Gold List 2009 and Gold List 2010, as well as Top 100 Hotels rankings in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Burj Al Arab - Dubai
Billed by many as the world's most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab boasts a pool that lives up to the hype. Located on the hotel's 18th floor, the Assawan Spa and Health Club await guests with an impressive array of natural treatments, therapeutic products and dedicated professionals ready to take care of you. Burj Al Arab's infinity pool runs right until the floor-to-ceiling windows, thus offering some amazing views over the Arabian Gulf and the shoreline while you're unwinding.
Banyan Tree - Seychelles
In 2009 it was chosen as one of the World's best 10 honeymoon resorts. Located in the Intendance Bay, boasting impressive panoramas over the Indian Ocean and covering 116 hectares, Banyan Tree is widely regarded as the most luxurious resort in Mahe, Seychelles. Each of the 60 villas has its own private pool, while the top of the range villas come with infinity pools overlooking the Ocean and private beach.
Marina Bay Sands - Singapore
An iconic sight for locals and tourists alike, Marina Bay Sands' pool overlooks the city 200 metres above the ground. With a length of 150 m, the amazing pool - reserved for hotel guests only - is the world's largest outdoor pool built at this altitude. The pool is included in the Sands SkyPark area, the horizontal section which connects the hotel's three towers. Covering an area of 12,400 square metres, the SkyPark is spacious enough to accomodate four Airbus A380s or three football pitches.
Pimalai Resort & Spa - Thailand
This boutique-resort covers almost 405,000 square metres of tropical forests and boasts direct access to a 900-metre long private beach. Pimalai awaits its guests with 121 rooms, villas and suites elegantly decorated: Deluxe, Bayfront Deluxe, Pavillion Suite, Beach Villa and Pool Villa. The resort's terraced pool represents the perfect place to admire spectacular sunsets or enjoy some exotic cocktails alongside your loved one.