For deep relaxation and rejuvenation, there's really nothing that can top the calming, cleansing power of a day at the pool. If you want to truly elevate the experience, however, it might be time to add a few new vacation destinations to your list. Make the trip and take a dip at one of these ten watery wonderlands from around the world.
Pina Caldera Residence / Santorini, Greece / Source: Aria Hotels
The islands of Santorini are a popular destination for their bright colors and breathtaking views. Towering above the unique red-and-black beaches, its iconic labyrinths of Cycladic whitewashed homes dot the coastline, overlooking the brilliant turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea below. The Pina Caldera Residence is located at the northern tip of the island of Thira, nestled in the picturesque cliffs of Oia.
Le Riad Monceau / Marrakech, Morocco / Source: @riadlovers
If you’re in the mood for something more lively, the fantastic and frenetic atmosphere of Marrakech won’t disappoint. With countless hotspots for history buffs, food fanatics, art lovers and shop-til-you-droppers, this Moroccan destination really has it all. Just outside the main square of the city’s medina quarter sits Le Riad Monceau. With just ten rooms, this boutique 5-star hotel boasts a gourmet dining experience, rooftop jazz bar, and a hammam-style spa to steam your way to serenity.
Casita Jabin / Yucatán, Mexico / Source: The Spaces / Image: Larisa Rus
Looking to really get away from it all? Book a few nights at Casita Jabin. This pink pastel bungalow was designed with couples in mind, and its location—in a secluded area of the Yucatán jungle—definitely ensures a romantic and private stay. You won’t have to rough it though. This remote retreat has everything you’d want: luxury bedding, internet access, A/C, potable tap water and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Gordes Village Home / Provence, France / Source: AirBnB
Maybe you’re in the market for a place with some off-the-beaten-path magic to it. A bit of medieval charm? Look no further than Gordes. A popular meeting place for artists after WWII, including early modernist painter Marc Chagall, Gordes is both a time capsule and a source of infinite inspiration. Originally built on the Vaucluse Plateau in the 11th century, this hilltop village—with its terracotta rooftops and cobblestone streets—is just an hour’s drive north of Marseilles, and remains one of southern France’s most beautiful locales.
The Royal Purnama / Bali, Indonesia / Source: @theroyalpurnama
For the discerning traveler, why not luxuriate in style at The Royal Purnama? This 5-star retreat on the southeast coast of Bali has 49 private pool villas and suites to choose from. Stroll the shining black sands of the Full Moon Beach and take advantage of their world class amenities. Enjoy fine dining, sumptuous spa treatments and a dedicated staff that will help you leave thoroughly purified and pampered.
Zaborin / Niseko, Japan / Source: Uniq Hotels
For a pool experience that’s one-of-a-kind and steeped in centuries of tradition, take the plunge at Zaborin. This high-end ryokan (inn) has a distinctly modern sensibility, but certainly pays homage to its Japanese bathhouse roots. Each of their 15 private villas features indoor and outdoor onsen (hot springs), and guests are encouraged to reconnect to nature through farm-fresh cuisine and outdoor activities like hiking, skiing and river rafting.
The Sarojin / Khao Lak, Thailand / Source: Luxatic
To call The Sarojin-Khao Lak Resort a tropical paradise is a bit of an understatement. With a range of deluxe amenities, this oasis in the Phang Nga province of Thailand hosts 56 guest residences tucked within 10 acres of tropical gardens that stretch alongside miles and miles of private white sandy beaches. It’s a stunning, natural sanctuary surrounded by five national parks and, due to its shielded location on the Pakarang Cape, can offer year-round swimming, water sports, diving, boat tours, and even sea cave canoe journeys.
Lizard Island / Queensland, Australia / Source: Vladi
If you’re looking to check a Natural Wonder of the World off your list, the resort at Lizard Island is sitting right on top of one. As the northernmost place you can stay on the Great Barrier Reef, this luxury Australian retreat has vista views, privacy galore, and contemporary accommodations amidst a lush, natural environment. Catered picnics, snorkeling, and paddle-boarding are just a few of the activities on offer. But sipping champagne at sunset in a private pool sounds pretty nice too.
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon / Grindavik, Iceland / Tatler
Another unexpected destination, the geothermal springs of Iceland can be enjoyed year-round. In fact, these naturally-occurring jacuzzis are the country’s biggest attraction. Their mineral-rich, bioactive waters are both relaxing and therapeutic, doing everything from soothing muscle pain to alleviating skin conditions and even improving blood circulation. But if a deep-healing soak in volcanic waters isn’t enough to lure you, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon's excellent accommodations and award-winning architecture and design certainly will.
Camp Sarika at Amangiri / Canyon Point, Utah / Source: Condé Nast
As the only domestic destination on our list, Amangiri is the perfect spot for those in search of outside-the-box accommodations without having to dust off their passport. And situated on 600 acres of the Colorado Plateau, amid the mesas, canyons and rusty sands stands Amangiri’s satellite location. For those in search of self-discovery, and who are agreeable to the conditions of the desert wilderness, the ten tented pavilions at Camp Sarika are an undeniably inspirational location in a wildly dramatic setting.
From resorts to residences, riads to ryokans—there are countless international destinations to explore. So pick a spot on the map, grab the sunscreen and jump in the deep end. But if you'd rather create the perfect oasis in your own backyard, check out some of our exterior-friendly limestone options and start designing today!