By Travel Editor Tracey Minkin
I've always loved hotel pools, and can still remember poring over the AAA guidebooks on road trips with my brother and parents, checking for the pool symbol in each potential hotel listing. Do we ever outgrow that thrill? I know I haven't, which is why I find myself craving a stay at each one of these beach hotels because of their gorgeous plunge pools. This is grown-up hotel pool heaven, and I'm ready to fly out just for these.
My fantasy airplane's stop #1? St. Lucia, home to the stunning property that made the plunge pool the hotel design celebrity it is today (maybe even stealing thunder from those gorgeous mountains across the bay): I'm talking, of course, about Jade Mountain:
Is there any doubt why this remarkable hotel was named one of the 10 Best Beach Hotels in the World, with a pool philosophy like that? (Read more about Jade Mountain's greatness, right here.) One of the most striking thing about the design at this property, which hangs on St. Lucia's mountainside like a bowsprit on an emerald sailing craft, is how these pools become part of the no-wall lifestyle of Jade Mountain. Check out the deliciously close quarters this bed and pool (and view!) keep:
While I think a lovely plunge pool can make any stay more romantic and sybaritic, I have to admit, those gorgeous Piton Mountains sweeten the deal. Which is why I'm in love with this Water Pool Villa at the breathtaking Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, in Vietnam. Now that's a pool with a view.
On the European side, we've got another stunner. This perched plunge pool is part of the Golden Villa One Bedroom with pool at Cavo Tagoo, an insanely romantic hotel high above the Aegian in Mykonos, Greece:
And then, sometimes, you don't need to soar above the water for your plunge pool to be the thing of myth. Sometimes you just need to be in paradise, as in Bora Bora-paradise.
This is the the view from the ridiculously idyllic Poerava Two-Bedroom Bungalow Suite (with Plunge Pool) at the gorgeous Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Where rustic plunging and impossibly divine scenery make a perfect pair.
Me? I'm taking the plunge.