The World Heritage Petit Piton framed by  beautiful infinity-pool. View from the famous resort Jade Mountain.

Find a relaxing watering hole surrounded by breathtaking backdrops in far-flung tropical isles. (Getty Images).

As temperatures rise in the final months of summer, now is an ideal time to slip away to some of the prettiest swimming pools on the planet. Whether you want sweeping ocean views and tropical scenery or utter seclusion, there's an ideal poolside getaway for you. From St. Barts to the Bahamas, here's where to beat the heat and unwind this summer.

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Jade Mountain
Soufrière, St. Lucia

Jade Mountain and its sister property, Anse Chastenet, on St. Lucia's southwestern Caribbean coastline, lures travelers with its infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stone-faced columns. Here, you can expect grand sweeping spaces appointed with private infinity pools that seemingly float into the jaw-dropping backdrop showcasing the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. Should you wish to steal away from your private suite, head to the Pavilion to lounge or swim laps.

Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino
San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan's vibrant skyline offers a special setting for the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino's fourth-floor infinity pool and spacious sun deck. You won't want to skip relaxing at the pool cabanas or ordering a Bio Bay cocktail as you lounge on the pool deck. Best of all, there's an on-site hot tub and a kid-friendly pool on-site.

Oil Nut Bay
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Tucked away in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, Nut Bay features one of the newest collections of luxury villas. Take your pick of three unique, organically-shaped infinity pools attached to the heart of the resort, the Beach Club. With recycled glass beads, the surface of each pool captures and reflects the natural light of the sun. Even better, after getting pampered at the spa or embracing the great outdoors in Virgin Gorda, you can enjoy casual poolside dining.

Hotel Le Toiny
St. Barts

Privacy is a premium at Hotel Le Toiny St. Barth. The 14 villas each have their own private terrace and temperature-controlled infinity pool. Enjoy sweeping sunset views of the Caribbean Sea from the hotel's elevated position on the rugged hillside above Toiny Bay. Plus, a large infinity pool serves as the center point for the hotel's fine dining restaurant, where guests and visitors can take a dip following a decadent breakfast or lunch.

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Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
Nadi, Fiji

At the five-star Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, you can take your pick from three pools. The infinity pool offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, the private plunge pool at the Quan Spa offers an enticing place to take a dip after enjoying a soothing treatment or an intense workout. As the sun sets, sip on poolside cocktails at the swim-up bar.

The Somerset on Grace Bay
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

If you're looking for a supreme poolside retreat, put the five-star Somerset on Grace Bay on your radar. The pool complex is a launching pad to Provo's Grace Bay Beach, one of the top beaches in the world. The reverse-current lap pool (the longest in Turks & Caicos) leads to the zero-entry, infinity-edge pool. Plus, the pool is outfitted with an underwater sound system and custom-made, LEED-certified sun-absorbing glass tiles that emit a soft glow at night. Even better, the nearby beach offers lounge chairs, umbrellas and attendants serving beverages and snacks.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

King's Pond, a free-form pool at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, offers a unique wow factor. The 1.8 million-gallon, salt-water pool is carved into lava rock with more than 4,000 tropical fish from nearly 100 species. You can snorkel in the pool for free, learn about the ocean and marine biology through touch tank exploration, ray and fish feedings, or simply unwind in the adjacent whirlpool. Plus, the property offers the Palm Grove Pool, which features a swim-up bar and striking ocean vistas.

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island
Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

The W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island is home to a two-level infinity WET splash pool with built-in lounge chairs and an underwater sound system. Add to the mix views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and attendants distributing snacks and sunscreen and taking requests for meals and cocktails, and it's easy to see why this Starwood outpost is an ideal poolside retreat. What's more, the property's pool area offers sunbeds along with private cabanas equipped with flat-screen TVs, spacious chaise lounges and fresh fruit.

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Nassau, the Bahamas

The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is a pool lover's paradise. The property boasts seven elaborate pools with swim-up bars, aquariums, cliff jumps and an underwater marine cavern inspired by one of the world's deepest salt water sinkhole, Dean's Blue Hole. What's more, the main pool is located next to an underwater sea life sanctuary filled with adopted nurse sharks, stingrays, tropical fish and other aquatic life.


10 Top Hotel Pools With Amazing Views


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pools at Hotel Villa Honegg, Strawberry Hill and Soneva Jani
pool view at Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Four Seasons Resort Nevis reflection pool
pool view at The Inn at Laguna Beach
pool at Strawberry Hill Hotel
pool view at Hotel Villa Honegg
pool view at Monastero Santa Rosa
Cinema Paradiso at Soneva Jani
pool view at Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
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Take in striking vistas and inspiring scenery at these epic retreats.
From unbelievable mountain views to postcard-worthy seaside scenery, the vantage points from some of the world's luxury hotels will leave you in awe. And while amenities such as cutting-edge underwater sound systems, poolside yoga sessions and relaxing cabanas are added bonuses, these hotel pools stand out with their picturesque surroundings and breathtaking backdrops. If you're hoping to wind down with a good book and a killer view, retreat to one of these legendary hotels with stunning pools showcasing dramatic mountains, cityscapes and ocean views.
(Courtesy of Hotel Villa Honegg; Nikolas Koenig/Island Outpost; Stevie Mann/Soneva Jani)

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Barga, Italy

The Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa sits on 1,700 acres of unspoiled terrain in Tuscany. From the pool deck, you can take in panoramic views of the mountainous Serchio Valley and the charming rural villages below. Book a classic room or a suite to enjoy quintessential Italian hospitality. And don't miss savoring authentic dishes at the on-site restaurant, La Veranda, or checking into the spa for a soothing body scrub, spa treatment or massage. And regardless of what's on your itinerary, carve out time to explore the local area for its top-tier wineries and storied medieval architecture.
(Courtesy of Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa)

Four Seasons Resort Nevis
St. Thomas Parish, Nevis

The charming island of Nevis offers a welcome alternative to the heavy cruise crowds of neighboring St. Kitts. On the shores of the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, you'll find Pinney's Beach, one of the Caribbean's most picture-perfect beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear waters. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis's pool deck features dual views of the surrounding landscapes, with towering Nevis Peak on one side and the nearby island of St. Kitts on the other. Check into one of the hotel's glorious rooms, before heading to the beach for superior service or relaxing at one of the three pool areas, where you can unwind in a chaise lounge and enjoy jaw-dropping views.
(Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Nevis)

The Inn at Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, California

The Inn at Laguna Beach features 70 rooms appointed with bright, Southern California-inspired accents. The property also boasts one of the best locations in all of Orange County, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and easy access to Laguna's shopping and dining district. The hotel's pool deck serves as the perfect spot to unwind, catch up on some much-needed R&R and take in the surrounding hills filled with sparkling mansions and twinkling lights. The hotel's rooftop bar also offers sweeping views of the California coastline, along with an idyllic perch to enjoy a memorable meal.
(Courtesy of The Inn at Laguna Beach)

Strawberry Hill
Irish Town, Jamaica

While Jamaica is well known for its breathtaking beaches and tropical scenery, its mountain ranges are equally impressive. Strawberry Hill in Jamaica is perched high up in the famous Blue Mountains, offering views of the rolling hillsides and Caribbean Sea below. The hotel has 12 cottages and sits on 26 acres of a coffee plantation that's been converted into a resort. Strawberry Mountain's infinity pool looks over the island's capital city of Kingston, providing the perfect spot to relax. Rumor has it that Bob Marley visited this spot to gather inspiration for his music. After visiting Strawberry Hill, you'll never see Jamaica the same way again.
(Nikolas Koenig/Island Outpost)

Hotel Villa Honegg
Ennetbürgen, Switzerland

Hotel Villa Honegg, a five-star boutique, is best known for its quality service and sweeping views of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding Swiss Alps. The hotel features 23 luxurious rooms and suites, along with a hillside location perfect for recreational activities such as hiking and biking. But the hotel's real draw is its infinity pool, which features phenomenal views of the mountains, the lake and the clouds. Dubbed the "Stairway to Heaven Pool," the hotel spa offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Plus, the hotel features a sauna and a fitness center, offering plenty of wellness facilities to relax, rejuvenate and recharge.
(Courtesy of Hotel Villa Honegg)

Monastero Santa Rosa
Conca dei Marini, Italy

The Amalfi Coast is breathtaking on its own, but it's easier to take it all in from a beautiful poolside cabana. Check into the Monastero Santa Rosa for an unforgettable stay filled with antique furnishings, thoughtful modern touches and dramatic views peering over the Tyrrhenian Sea. This 17th-century monastery-turned-resort will leave you in awe of its surrounding scenery in the charming fishing town of Conca dei Marini. The hotel's infinity-edge pool provides unmatched seaside views. Order a cool glass of limoncello, pull up a lounger and soak it all in.
(Courtesy of Monastero Santa Rosa)

Soneva Jani
The Maldives

This brand-new resort boasts overwater villas, a private lagoon and the type of luxury you would expect in a far-flung destination like the Maldives. Each villa offers a tranquil atmosphere that's well-suited to couples, along with a private pool and sweeping views of the aquamarine waters below. Relax on your overwater balcony while you check out the area's fascinating sea life, or enjoy meditating in your secluded pool. By day, you'll take in beautiful and intimate ocean views; by night, you'll observe a star-speckled sky.
(Stevie Mann/Soneva Jani)

Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Tremezzina, Italy

This 100-year-old Lake Como property is a member of the Preferred Legend portfolio – and for good reason. Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers luxury, seclusion and a floating pool with sweeping views of Lake Como. A second garden pool also offers panoramic views of the surrounding Swiss Alps. Plus, this hotel has 80 luxurious guest rooms, four suites and eight over-the-top rooftop suites for special occasions. Check into the hotel for posh accommodations, gourmet dining and, of course, jaw-dropping views you can't get anywhere else in the world.
(Courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts)

Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa
St. George's, Grenada

This Sandals outpost is an all-inclusive resort, meaning food, drinks and entertainment are all included in the nightly rate. Plus, at the pool, you'll get amazing views of the surrounding mountains and crystal-clear waters. In addition to the main pools, several property suites are outfitted with their own plunge pools. Some suites even include sweeping balconies and spacious soaking tubs, offering a romantic atmosphere to relax and unwind. Best of all, you'll enjoy a globally inspired gourmet menu and a variety of high-quality services and amenities offered at Sandals properties, such as indulgent spa treatments (for an additional fee).
(Courtesy of Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa)

Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

This famous Marriott resort offers unique views of the sailboat-lined Charlotte Amalie harbor (on the isle's west coast) and its surrounding peaks. The resort's cliff-side pool offers incredible city and water views, providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend. Enjoy leisurely sitting on the pool deck with a good book or gliding to the swim-up bar for the hotels' famous strawberry-jalapeno margarita. In addition to its pools and beach access, the hotel offers luxurious rooms, an on-site spa and expansive indoor and outdoor space for weddings and corporate retreats.
(Courtesy of Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort)

pools at Hotel Villa Honegg, Strawberry Hill and Soneva Jani
pool view at Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Four Seasons Resort Nevis reflection pool
pool view at The Inn at Laguna Beach
pool at Strawberry Hill Hotel
pool view at Hotel Villa Honegg
pool view at Monastero Santa Rosa
Cinema Paradiso at Soneva Jani
pool view at Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort

Take in striking vistas and inspiring scenery at these epic retreats.
From unbelievable mountain views to postcard-worthy seaside scenery, the vantage points from some of the world's luxury hotels will leave you in awe. And while amenities such as cutting-edge underwater sound systems, poolside yoga sessions and relaxing cabanas are added bonuses, these hotel pools stand out with their picturesque surroundings and breathtaking backdrops. If you're hoping to wind down with a good book and a killer view, retreat to one of these legendary hotels with stunning pools showcasing dramatic mountains, cityscapes and ocean views.
(Courtesy of Hotel Villa Honegg; Nikolas Koenig/Island Outpost; Stevie Mann/Soneva Jani)

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa
Barga, Italy

The Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa sits on 1,700 acres of unspoiled terrain in Tuscany. From the pool deck, you can take in panoramic views of the mountainous Serchio Valley and the charming rural villages below. Book a classic room or a suite to enjoy quintessential Italian hospitality. And don't miss savoring authentic dishes at the on-site restaurant, La Veranda, or checking into the spa for a soothing body scrub, spa treatment or massage. And regardless of what's on your itinerary, carve out time to explore the local area for its top-tier wineries and storied medieval architecture.
(Courtesy of Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa)

Four Seasons Resort Nevis
St. Thomas Parish, Nevis

The charming island of Nevis offers a welcome alternative to the heavy cruise crowds of neighboring St. Kitts. On the shores of the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, you'll find Pinney's Beach, one of the Caribbean's most picture-perfect beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear waters. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis's pool deck features dual views of the surrounding landscapes, with towering Nevis Peak on one side and the nearby island of St. Kitts on the other. Check into one of the hotel's glorious rooms, before heading to the beach for superior service or relaxing at one of the three pool areas, where you can unwind in a chaise lounge and enjoy jaw-dropping views.
(Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Nevis)

The Inn at Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, California

The Inn at Laguna Beach features 70 rooms appointed with bright, Southern California-inspired accents. The property also boasts one of the best locations in all of Orange County, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and easy access to Laguna's shopping and dining district. The hotel's pool deck serves as the perfect spot to unwind, catch up on some much-needed R&R and take in the surrounding hills filled with sparkling mansions and twinkling lights. The hotel's rooftop bar also offers sweeping views of the California coastline, along with an idyllic perch to enjoy a memorable meal.
(Courtesy of The Inn at Laguna Beach)

Strawberry Hill
Irish Town, Jamaica

While Jamaica is well known for its breathtaking beaches and tropical scenery, its mountain ranges are equally impressive. Strawberry Hill in Jamaica is perched high up in the famous Blue Mountains, offering views of the rolling hillsides and Caribbean Sea below. The hotel has 12 cottages and sits on 26 acres of a coffee plantation that's been converted into a resort. Strawberry Mountain's infinity pool looks over the island's capital city of Kingston, providing the perfect spot to relax. Rumor has it that Bob Marley visited this spot to gather inspiration for his music. After visiting Strawberry Hill, you'll never see Jamaica the same way again.
(Nikolas Koenig/Island Outpost)

Hotel Villa Honegg
Ennetbürgen, Switzerland

Hotel Villa Honegg, a five-star boutique, is best known for its quality service and sweeping views of Lake Lucerne and the surrounding Swiss Alps. The hotel features 23 luxurious rooms and suites, along with a hillside location perfect for recreational activities such as hiking and biking. But the hotel's real draw is its infinity pool, which features phenomenal views of the mountains, the lake and the clouds. Dubbed the "Stairway to Heaven Pool," the hotel spa offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Plus, the hotel features a sauna and a fitness center, offering plenty of wellness facilities to relax, rejuvenate and recharge.
(Courtesy of Hotel Villa Honegg)

Monastero Santa Rosa
Conca dei Marini, Italy

The Amalfi Coast is breathtaking on its own, but it's easier to take it all in from a beautiful poolside cabana. Check into the Monastero Santa Rosa for an unforgettable stay filled with antique furnishings, thoughtful modern touches and dramatic views peering over the Tyrrhenian Sea. This 17th-century monastery-turned-resort will leave you in awe of its surrounding scenery in the charming fishing town of Conca dei Marini. The hotel's infinity-edge pool provides unmatched seaside views. Order a cool glass of limoncello, pull up a lounger and soak it all in.
(Courtesy of Monastero Santa Rosa)

Soneva Jani
The Maldives

This brand-new resort boasts overwater villas, a private lagoon and the type of luxury you would expect in a far-flung destination like the Maldives. Each villa offers a tranquil atmosphere that's well-suited to couples, along with a private pool and sweeping views of the aquamarine waters below. Relax on your overwater balcony while you check out the area's fascinating sea life, or enjoy meditating in your secluded pool. By day, you'll take in beautiful and intimate ocean views; by night, you'll observe a star-speckled sky.
(Stevie Mann/Soneva Jani)

Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Tremezzina, Italy

This 100-year-old Lake Como property is a member of the Preferred Legend portfolio – and for good reason. Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers luxury, seclusion and a floating pool with sweeping views of Lake Como. A second garden pool also offers panoramic views of the surrounding Swiss Alps. Plus, this hotel has 80 luxurious guest rooms, four suites and eight over-the-top rooftop suites for special occasions. Check into the hotel for posh accommodations, gourmet dining and, of course, jaw-dropping views you can't get anywhere else in the world.
(Courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts)

Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa
St. George's, Grenada

This Sandals outpost is an all-inclusive resort, meaning food, drinks and entertainment are all included in the nightly rate. Plus, at the pool, you'll get amazing views of the surrounding mountains and crystal-clear waters. In addition to the main pools, several property suites are outfitted with their own plunge pools. Some suites even include sweeping balconies and spacious soaking tubs, offering a romantic atmosphere to relax and unwind. Best of all, you'll enjoy a globally inspired gourmet menu and a variety of high-quality services and amenities offered at Sandals properties, such as indulgent spa treatments (for an additional fee).
(Courtesy of Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa)

Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

This famous Marriott resort offers unique views of the sailboat-lined Charlotte Amalie harbor (on the isle's west coast) and its surrounding peaks. The resort's cliff-side pool offers incredible city and water views, providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend. Enjoy leisurely sitting on the pool deck with a good book or gliding to the swim-up bar for the hotels' famous strawberry-jalapeno margarita. In addition to its pools and beach access, the hotel offers luxurious rooms, an on-site spa and expansive indoor and outdoor space for weddings and corporate retreats.
(Courtesy of Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort)

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