The pools of some luxury hotels could almost be considered works of art in themselves. Chosen for their privileged settings, for the views they offer, or simply for their unmatchable style, here are ten exclusive pools selected by the Spanish travel portal Trivago (www.trivago.es)
Intercontinental Hong Kong , Hong Kong (China)
By day, this pool, set on the roof of one of the buildings that comprise the hotel, offers astounding views of the Hong Kong city skyline. By night, the image is made even more dramatic by the vibrant sparkling of the ever-wakeful Asian metropolis. The five star hotel also features five restaurants, spa and gym. If you want an even more impressive view, you'll have to take the legendary Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak.
Adler Dolomiti Spa & Sport Resort , St. Ulrich (Italy)
This spa hotel, set among the famous Dolomite peaks in the Italian Tyrol, allows you to breathe in the purest mountain air while you bathe in a wonderful natural setting, surrounded by lush pine forest. The outdoor pool complex includes thermal waters at 35°, a jacuzzi, and a vast warm pool from which you can see the Alps themselves. The resort also offers the chance to relax in traditional-style rooms complete with all the most modern facilities, and sample Tyrolean dishes in the restaurant, set in spacious gardens.
Ubud Hanging Gardens , Ubud, Bali (Indonesia)
A number of private villas and suites arranged in terraces on the hillside comprise this hotel set in the heart of the jungle. Guests reach the remote location by means of a private cable car. From the exclusive pools of each of the villas, designed in the form of hanging gardens, you look out over the valley and can admire the wildlife as if you were sitting on a privileged viewing platform. Close by are the temples of Tanah Lot and Pura Pura Besakih, where guests can immerse themselves in Hindu culture.
Gran Hotel La Florida , Barcelona (Spain)
Set on the summit of Mount Tibidabo, 500 metres up, this five-star hotel offers one of the best views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. You can look out over the cosmopolitan Spanish city while you lounge by the pool, or enjoy a drink in the Miramar Bar alongside when night falls on the Catalan capital and the streets come alive with lights. Built in 1925 and considered the best hotel in Barcelona for decades, it reopened in 2001 with a careful modern design and renewed its claim to the title. There is also a spa and indoor pool built entirely of steel, as well as the renowned restaurant L'Orangerie.
Cavo Tagoo , Mykonos (Greece)
This luxury hotel on the island of Mykonos has been designed in traditional Greek style in shades of white and blue and not the smallest modern technological comfort has been overlooked. The Lounge & Pool Bar offers an infinity pool, where the water appears to blend into the horizon and lose itself in the Mediterranean sea and views of the city provide a backdrop. It's a perfect place to enjoy an evening drink: as night falls, the lighting effects of the pool become an integral part of the decor of this minimalist space. Water, lights, wooden floors and white walls blend with lounge music and the sound of the sea to create a unique ambience.
Rogner Bad Blumau , Steiermarkt (Austria)
The healing properties of the Steiermarkt thermal waters are not the only attraction of this Austrian spa. The famous Viennese artist Hundertwasser was commissioned to design the complex, and his work resulted in bright colours and an architecture of curvilinear forms set amid green countryside. The spa offers various indoor and outdoor pools, and other outdoor activities such as climbing courses and cycling trails are on offer to guests seeking a healthy and active stay.
Rio Calma , Fuerteventura (Spain)
Alongside the endless beaches of the Costa Calma - the peaceful coast - we find this colonial-style complex with its 384 rooms and 16,000 square meters of garden and leisure areas. As well as full spa facilities, there's a choice of swimming pools, including a heated pool and even a salt water lagoon. A number of sporting activities are on offer, including beach volleyball, paddle tennis, tennis, squash, gym, mini golf and archery, and surfers can always take their boards and tackle the waves of Fuerteventura, one of the favourite Spanish surfing spots.
Golden Nugget , Las Vegas (USA)
Swimming in the pool at the Golden Nugget Hotel is quite an adventure as the aquatic facilities include a shark tank! The huge aquarium is pierced through by a transparent tube down which swimmers can slide and enjoy an experience similar to actually swimming with the great fish - but a whole lot safer. Like all true Vegas hotels, the Golden Nugget also has its own casino complete with poker room, sports betting and roulette. Located on Fremont Street, one of the main downtown streets, it's an ideal starting point for a stroll through the neon city.
Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa , Sedona, Arizona (United States)
This resort is one of the most famous in America because of its location among the red rocks of Arizona in the heart of Sedona's Boynton Canyon just two and a half hours south of the Grand Canyon itself. There are a number of accommodation options available: from rooms, suites and cottages to larger apartments known as haciendas, all integrated seamlessly into the natural environment. From the main pool or from the outdoor jacuzzis, you can admire the rugged grandeur of the giant red mountains in the area that is reputed to be the birthplace of the Apache tribe.
Atlantis The Palm , Dubai (UAE)
This hotel is king among the group of artificial islands known as The Palm in Dubai. Of course Dubai is famous for its fantastic architectural projects in the hotel sector, so it's unsurprising to find that, in addition to fabulous pools, the complex has its own water park with slides of up to 38 meters high. It also has an aquarium with 65,000 fish from around the world. And there's even has a dolphin show and training centre so guests can indulge the fantasy of swimming with these intelligent marine animals.