Lucky dip: Some of Our Favourite Hotel Pools

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Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

Gaze out over the Catalonian Capital by day or night from the rooftop pool at this glamorous pad in the central Eixample district. The long and narrow stretch of water is perfect for swimming laps, while planted greenery around the edges provides an element of privacy. Light Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine is served on the terrace, meaning you needn’t abandon your comfortable day bed for lunch. Otherwise, head to one of the hotel’s restaurants which range from two-Michelin-starred Catalan cuisine at Moments to an informal seafood bistro.

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Grace, Santorini

Anyone who has spent time in Greece knows just how mesmerising the azure Aegean Sea can be, and it's especially so when viewed from the infinity pool at this clifftop bolthole. Reflecting the hotel’s white minimalist design, the angular L-shaped pool runs the width of the sun terrace, seemingly spilling over the edge at the far end. Bar staff are on hand to refresh your cocktail as you soak up the afternoon sun, while Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed under the stars at the waterside tables.

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Singita Boulders Lodge, Sabi Sand

If a day of seeing hippos and elephants wallowing in the rivers of this pristine 45,000-acre game reserve leaves you feeling like cooling off yourself, then you will not be left wanting at this ultra-luxurious safari lodge in South Africa. Naturally, each suite has its own plunge pool, but we suggest slipping into the silky water at the main swimming pool, with its vantage point over the surrounding savannah. There’s even the possibility of taking a candlelit dip with a sundowner.

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Amangiri, Utah

Surrounded by swathes of desert close to the Arizona-Utah border – within easy reach of the Grand Canyon – the pool at this restorative retreat is a welcoming sight. While the hotel’s discreet design draws on the dramatic scenery, the pool goes a step further and actually wends itself around a large piece of natural rock jutting into the centre. After a day of activities, from horse riding to rock climbing, enjoy a well-deserved rest on one of the plush double loungers.

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Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor, Siem Reap

Moments away from the Angkor Wat temple complex – the largest religious monument in the world dating from the 9th to 14th centuries – the shimmering emerald-coloured pool at this Cambodian paradise is beautifully shaded by the forest canopy, which casts mesmerising reflections. As guests flop on the loungers, the quiet and stillness is interrupted only by the soothing sound of a fountain in the form of a mythical terracotta creature.

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