Here’s a category that doesn’t need a lot of elaboration. The hotel pool is a venerable tradition, and a fairly simple pleasure — here are ten hotels whose pools are substantially more pleasurable than the norm.

Castello Di Vicarello

Cinigiano, Italy

Castello Di Vicarello - boutique hotel in Cinigiano


Perched on a hilltop surrounded by gently rolling hills, the Castello di Vicarello is a splendid escape — made more splendid by not one but two swimming pools with views of the Tuscan countryside.

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Lake Como

Grand Hotel Tremezzo - boutique hotel in Lake Como


This one’s got three very fine swimming pools, but it earns its place on this list with just one: a floating pool deck surrounded on all sides by the waters of Lake Como.

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Hotel Les Roches Rouges

Saint-Raphaël, France

Hotel Les Roches Rouges - boutique hotel in Saint-Raphaël


Les Roches Rouges, in Saint-Raphaël, is a quieter, less developed side of the Côte d’Azur, and the hotel pool, strangely, sums it up: it’s a saltwater pool, cut directly into the rocky hillside, looking out over the Mediterranean.

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Hotel Molitor


Hotel Molitor - boutique hotel in Paris


Hôtel Molitor doesn’t just have a pool, it is a pool — the Piscine Molitor pool complex was a Parisian landmark for decades, and now it’s back in business, this time with a stylish luxury hotel wrapped around its edges.

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ION Adventure Hotel

Selfoss, Iceland

ION Adventure Hotel - boutique hotel in Iceland


It’s not the hotel’s main attraction, not by a long shot, but the geothermally heated pool at ION — actually more like a ten-meter hot tub — is among the most unique features of this unforgettable Icelandic escape.

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Mandarin Oriental


Mandarin Oriental - boutique hotel in Bodrum


The main pool is extraordinary enough to merit a mention — Mandarin Oriental have taken to coastal resorts like a fish to water — but the property’s many, many private pools help the hotel’s case as well.

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Marbella Club Hotel

Marbella, Spain

Marbella Club Hotel - boutique hotel in Marbella


Marbella Club’s pool isn’t the biggest, or the grandest, or the most imposing on this list — but what it is is perfectly formed and perfectly picturesque.

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Mystique Hotel


Mystique Hotel - boutique hotel in Santorini


This one’s all about the view. Oia, on Santorini, is one of the most picturesque places on earth, with a perfect angle on the island’s volcanic caldera — a view that’s only improved by a dip in a cliffside infinity pool.

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Sant Pere Del Bosc Hotel & Spa

Lloret De Mar, Spain

Sant Pere Del Bosc Hotel & Spa - boutique hotel in Lloret De Mar


Set within a lush lawn, with the hotel’s towering façade as a backdrop on one side and the rolling green hills on the other, this pool is a sight to behold, nearly as impressive as the Mediterranean coast below.

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Tainaron Blue Retreat


Tainaron Blue Retreat - boutique hotel in Peloponnese


This restored watchtower, on the site of an ancient temple to Poseidon, is only improved by the addition of an infinity pool — an innovation the ancient Greeks would surely have embraced wholeheartedly.

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