Dream Pools

From Bali to the Amalfi Coast, the pool’s the thing at these gorgeous resorts—not to mention lavish accommodations, jaw-dropping views, and hands-on pampering. Go ahead, take the plunge!

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Bristol Buenaventura, Panama
Photo: Courtesy of Bristol Buenaventura

Bristol Buenaventura, Panama

IN THE SWIM This ocean-view infinity pool was designed to blend right in with the beach, complete with towering palms built into its landscaping. Located west of Panama City, the resort is just steps from a white-sand beach; rooms have ocean, lagoon, or private garden views.

POOL SCHOOL Why bother leaving the water for lunch? The 157-foot-long pool has a swim-up bar serving mojitos and light fare such as sandwiches and salads.

BEST TIME TO DIVE IN December through May, with temperatures in the high 70s.

AFTER DRYING OFF Ask the concierge to arrange a rain forest tour, where you can watch monkeys, exotic birds, iguanas, and sloths in their native habitat.

RATES Rooms start at $395; thebristol.com/buenaventura.

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