An idle day by the pool—what could be better? How about an idle day by the most gorgeously designed pool with beyond breathtaking views? Here, our list of the world's most divine resort pools that will take your next vacation to Slim Aarons levels of glamour and fantasy.
Above: Nice Pool, featuring C. Z. Guest and her son at their Palm Beach estate, 1955, photographed by Slim Aarons.
Villa Casa Casuarina — Miami, Florida
Formerly known as the Gianni Versace's mansion... Would you expect anything less decadent and dazzling? Fun fact: The pool features thousands of 24k gold tiles and four large urns designed by Versace himself.
Nam Hai Four Seasons — Hội An, Vietnam
There are a number of pools at this luxury resort, including a lap pool and a giant Olympic-sized one. But it's the infinity pool by the ocean, surrounded by gardens and swaying palm trees, that's the true oasis.
Chongwe River House — Lusaka Province, Zambia
If you love your R&R with a dose of outdoor adventure, then this place is for you. This private lodge offers everything from safari drives to canoeing—and pool views that include an elephant or two.
From top: Villa Casa Casuarina, photographed by Ken Hayden; Nam Hai Four Seasons, by Markus Gortz. Below: Chongwe River House.
One&Only Reethi Rah — North Male Atoll, Maldives
Bliss is not being able to tell where the pool ends and the lagoon begins... You'll find that here. Bonus: There are 12 beaches and 40 pools. (Yes, you read that right—four-zero.)
The Oberoi Udaivilas — Udaipur, India
Udaipur is known as the City of Lakes, so expect beautiful views on all fronts—in addition to 30 acres of manicured gardens and divine Mughal architecture. It's an Instagrammers paradise, including the beautifully graphic pool, of course.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc — Antibles, France
The O.G. of luxury resorts on the French Riviera, built back in 1869. It's attracted everyone from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Orson Welles and John F. Kennedy to Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor and Ali MacGraw. Come relax like a VIP on its cliffside saltwater infinity pool.
One&Only Reethi Rah. Below: The Oberoi Udaivilas and Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.