Amazing resort pools
Qualia, on Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. (Photo: Courtesy of qualia)
Whether you seek seclusion or an endless blue vista, these oases provide a swanky way to cool down.
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Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Guests who book the Beach House at this serene retreat (which earned a perfect 100 score in this year's Readers' Choice Awards) can luxuriate in a 39-foot-long, infinity-edge lap pool. You can also take in sweeping Coral Sea views from the adjoining sundeck and the entertainment and dining areas, which both have floor-to-ceiling windows.
(Photo: Courtesy of Taj Exotica Resort)
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
South Malé Atoll, Maldives
Every one of Taj Exotica's villas boasts direct lagoon access, but vacationers who reserve Deluxe Lagoon, Deluxe Beach or Premium Beach villas claim an extra aquatic benefit: their own freshwater plunge pool. The exclusive Ocean Suite not only has its own pool, but a private, sand-filled deck as well.
(Photo: Photograph by Barbara Kraft/Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora)
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Can't sleep? Hop outside your bedroom to a private plunge pool at 15 different bungalows and villas here. Most cottages allow guests to bask in unobstructed lagoon views, and four have views of both the lagoon and the extinct volcano Mount Otemanu, the highest point in Bora Bora.