Nothing whets your wanderlust quite like hotel-hunting for a holiday under the sun.
But, as you’re scouring the Internet and marveling at all the pretty pictures of azure seas, tropical rainforests, or desert nights; it’s easy to forget one crucial factor: the heat.
Believe it or not, but it can get very hot around that beautiful beachfront hotel you’ve been eying for a while.
Of course, there’s always air conditioning, but you didn’t picture yourself holed up inside for your getaway in paradise, did you?
So do yourself a favor and pick a hotel with a private pool.
When the heat gets too much to handle – or whenever you feel like it – jump in one, and simmer right down. Add a bottle of Champagne (and a butler to pour it) in the mix, and just like that, you’ve got yourself one of the best hotel experiences money can buy.
If you’d like to treat yourself, we’ve compiled an extensive list of hotels with private pools in our collection for you to choose. Whether you’re after a desert hideout or a tropical getaway, you’re bound to find something here that tickles your fancy.
COUNTRIES AND HOTELS LIST
Mandarin Oriental Marrakech
Room Categories with private pools: Every Room category
The Mandarin Oriental group’s first foray into Africa is a winning one.
Found 10 minutes away from the Medina, nestled within 20 hectares of fragrant gardens and with a grand scale pool at its center, the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech is, at the risk of sounding cliché, an oasis. Service is top notch; the designs blend Asian sensibilities and Moroccan tradition, and the spa – designed by Parisian designers Gilles & Bossier – is worth the trip alone.
To top it all off every room category comes with your very own plunge pool, and if you’re lucky, great views of the Atlas Mountains.
Room Categories with private pools: Every Room category
Marrakech offers a bevy of luxury hotels for you to choose, but none, are quite like the Royal Mansour. A passion project of King Mohammed VI himself, the Royal Mansour is essentially a medina within the medina, – albeit, a monarch’s multi-million dollar vision of one – and serves as both abode, and ambassador of Moroccan culture, to its guests.
1200 Morrocan craftsmen were commissioned to create this masterpiece and every zellige tile, mosaic, and marble pillar in the hotel is hand carved. Guests don’t rent rooms or villas, but multi-storied traditional homes (riads), equipped with an open air courtyard, living room, patio, sun deck, and of course, a plunge pool to catch the sunset over the medina.
Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
The Indian Ocean is hallowed ground for travelers who want to get away from the daily grind. Their sanctuaries of choice: The Maldives, the Seychelles, and the island of Mauritius. Even though the first two enjoy golden boy status at the moment, Mauritius holds its own by being something of a connoisseur’s option.
The primary focus of any vacation here is relaxation. The kind where you get pampered in spas, lie on the beach, read books, eat curried seafood, golf, and repeat the process until you have to leave, dragging your heels and wishing you could stay a few more nights.
So if you want to do on your next vacation is take it easy, this island is the place to go and the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita the best place to lay your bags.
Off on the island’s East Coast and right on an isolated stretch of beach facing a natural lagoon, calling the Four Seasons’ setting picturesque is an understatement.
The resort is home to an 18 hole Ernie Els golf course, three waterfront restaurants and – if you do want to get active – plenty of opportunities to enjoy the warm waters of the lagoon with the plethora of water sports activities on offer.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
The Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is found in the UNESCO preserved Baa Atoll, a natural breeding ground for multiple species of fish and manta rays. It’s a diver’s heaven; and if you want to learn about the marine fauna, the Marine Discovery Center – pioneers on manta ray research and coral reef scaping – work in close collaboration with the resort, and are more than happy to get you up close with these fascinating creatures.
But even if you’d rather keep your feet on land (or the wooden flooring of your overwater sundeck to be precise) the Four Seasons’ exquisite villas alone are a good enough reason to visit. Contemporary, spacious and guaranteeing complete privacy, they’re the perfect place to spend a few days in paradise sipping on champagne in their private plunge pools.
One & Only Reethi Ra
The home of the One & Only Reethi Ra is a – partially – man-made private island spanning 44 acres in the North Malé Atoll.
By Maldivian standards, that’s plenty of space, and the resort encourages you to explore – and stumble upon its 12 private beaches – by putting bicycles and buggies at your disposal.
Other wonders include three glasslike infinity pools stretching out over the ocean, and private villas with large infinity edge pools where you’ll be spending the bulk of your early evenings in ( unless you’re out snorkeling of course).
For those who like to travel light, the island’s Neo boutique stocks the latest collections from brands such as Helen Kaminski, Bec & Bridge and other designer labels you’d never expect to find on an isolated island in the Indian Ocean.
Cheval Blanc Randheli
The Cheval Blanc Randheli might just be one the most gorgeous resorts in the Maldives. Considering the competition it’s got, that’s no small feat, but with designs by Jean-Michel Gathy and a location in the pristine Noonu atoll it’s got a lot going for it.
Private butlers lie at the ready to spoil you rotten and the only Guerlain spa in the Maldives is a short Dhoni rode away on a separate island. A limited room count of only 45 villas guarantees that the Cheval Blanc Randheli is one of the most exclusive resorts in the Indian Ocean, and every one of them comes with its own plunge pool to enjoy.
If you think the Maldives is exclusively a paradise for lovestruck honeymooners, the Constance Halaveli will change your mind.
There’s plenty of space – and the right kind of activities – to keep both newlyweds and rowdy young families content (yes it’s possible), making the Constance Halaveli one of the more well-rounded and kid friendly resorts out there.
Activities wise it’s hard to beat, with a bevy of water sports to engage in, and the kids club does a great job of keeping the little ones occupied long enough for you slip away and enjoy the spa or a candlelit dinner by the beach.
Is calling the Soneva Fushi a luxury hippy resort a bad thing? The “no news, no shoes” motto sets the tone, so does the private butler (think super friendly and helpful local, not livery and white gloves) and the rustic, eco-friendly villas help as well.
There’s a feel good and friendly vibe here, and even if you’ve flown in with the weight of the world on your shoulders, everything about this resort was designed to lift it right off. The Soneva Fushi is spacious – but made up only 65 villas- and occupies the whole island, meaning that whether you’re flying in for a family getaway or some quiet time, it’s the place to be.
Six Senses Laamu
With over an hour’s travel from the island of Malé to get there, the Six Senses Laamu is one of the Maldives most far-flung resorts. It’s also one of the most picturesque.
Dolphin and manta ray sightings are regular; the surf is excellent – the Yin Yang break is only 10 minutes away and one the best in the Maldives – and last, but not least, there’s an al-fresco ice cream parlor on the resort with over 40 flavors to choose from. What’s not to love?
Just like its sister resort the Soneva Fushi, the Six Senses Laamu has the “barefoot luxury” vibe down pat. Guests are assigned bicycles to travel around the island, there’s a cinema out in the jungle, and the rustic – but oh so chic- overwater villas are the kind of places you want to be stranded in for eternity. Not only do many come with a private pool for you to enjoy, but they also come with a treetop deck for you to catch those perfect Maldivian sunsets.
Anantara Kihavah Villas
At the Anantara Kihavah Villas, you can walk out of bed, and jump right into the water of your infinity pool, or go down the stairs and dip into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
When you’re freshened up, make your way to your sundeck – or back to bed if you’d like – and dig into a hearty breakfast with one of the most gorgeous views in the world stretched out in front you. If you know of a better way to start the day, we’d like to hear it.
The atmosphere at the Anantara Kihava Villas is very laid back, but not quite the barefoot luxury of the Six Senses property on this list. Sure, there’s the thatched rooves and wooden jetty’s stretching out over the water, but the contemporary styled rooms – dark wood tones, handcrafted furniture, day beds in the bathroom, Arabian lamps, etc… – would look right at home in an urban setting.
Out of the many bucket list items to tick off while you’re there, make it a point to try the “Sea” restaurant one the world’s few underwater wine cellars and restaurants.
Even though the Raffles is just above the bay of Anse Takamaka – one of the most picturesque beaches in the Seychelles – and golf carts ferry guests to and from it regularly, chances are, you’ll never set foot there.
Because leaving the Raffles villas will prove hard to do.
Perched on top of a hill, the villas offer sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and the island of Praslin. From up here, it’s easy to see why this part of the Seychelles is dubbed “the garden of Eden”.
The villas themselves – a blend of contemporary designs and prints reflecting the tropical surroundings – are gorgeous, and up the exoticism with outdoor showers, sundecks, and infinity edge pools. There’s even an easel and sketching paper at the ready if you’d like to try your hand at capturing the view. Throw in your smiling private butler in the mix, and you’ll be looking for reasons to stay in.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is perched on a steep hillside overlooking a bay the locals call Petite Anse. A shame. “Paradise” would have been a better fit.
Ever since its highly anticipated opening in 2009, this Four Seasons Resort hasn’t stopped raking in rewards and holding on to its reputation as one of the best island resorts in the world.
Its service is excellent, thanks to a staff to guest ratio that puts a realm at your service, and its 67 Creole villas – on stilts and peeking out of the jungle canopy – bless you with postcard-perfect views of the Indian Ocean and coastline from every angle. They’re no shoe boxes either, with entry-level villas coming in at a generously sized 186m² and fully fledged infinity pools and sundecks you can enjoy in complete privacy. Paradise indeed.
If privacy is high on your list of priorities when choosing a vacation spot, the Maia Resort, overlooking the isolated and – more importantly – deserted Anse Louis beach, is where you want to go.
Every creature comfort imaginable is available within these villas perched on the hillside.
The Sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and cliffs are among the best the Seychelles has to offer, and excellent personal butlers available 24 hours a day make it hard to return to your everyday life after a stay here. The spa offers three open-air treatment pavilions and the resort’s restaurant, Tec-Tec, offers service anywhere and wherever you want in the resort.
Six Senses Yao Noi
If you’re looking for one good reason to pick the Six Senses Yao Noi on your next trip to Phuket, it’s that incredible view of Phang Nga Bay, and its limestone karsts you can catch right from your bed.
The vista is incredible. In fact, you could be sleeping on a plank in the jungle and still be all smiles when you wake up to it. But of course, a contemporary luxury villa with a sundeck, plunge pool and private butler service is even better.
Not that you’re losing any connection with nature. The island of Yao Noi is still relatively untouched by the tourist mobs one associated with Thailand, and since the Six Senses resort is perched on the flank of a hill, dominating the bay and surrounded by tropical foliage, there’s a definite “stranded in paradise” vibe that’ll capture your imagination.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Love is a complicated thing. Just a chemical reaction or a meeting of souls? The realists, the romantics, and those in between all have their two cents on the matter. But, one thing that should have everyone on the same page, is that the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is one of the best places to experience it.
Everything about this resort has seclusion and romance in mind.
Cut off from the mainland by jungles and hills, you’ll have to catch a speedboat from a nearby coastal town to reach it, and once you’re there, the only soul you’re likely to see on its sugary beach is your smiling personal butler with a tray of welcome cocktails. Guests of the resort tend to stay in their villas. And, if you’re looking for some alone time, so will you.
After all, with a private plunge pool and champagne ready to pour at the snap of your fingers, where else would you go? For a similar experience in Vietnam – but a little less rustic – check out the Six Senses Con Dao.
The Rosewood Mayakoba isn’t the kind of hotel you visit once.
It’s one of those “love at first sight” properties you’ll suffer hours on the plane (and the hassle of Cancun airport) to return to in a heartbeat, just to see the friendly faces who work there and your favorite villa again.
And that’s because the Rosewood Mayakoba has something for everyone.
One of those rare resorts which puts couples and families in the same place without them driving each other up the wall, the Rosewood Mayakoba delights with its ability to do a little of everything and do it all well.
There’s a US PGA golf course on site, there’s the pubs and restaurants of Riviera Maya, the nearby Mayan ruins to explore, and of course, the simple pleasure of a sundeck and plunge pool hanging over the water and facing the thick jungle canopy.
Six Senses Zighy Bay
One of the most soulful experiences money can buy is a stay at the Six Senses Zighy Bay.
Hours away from Dubai, past the rocky Hajar mountains, and on the shores of the gulf, this desert resort is a perfect example of the Six Sense’s brand of barefoot luxury.
Modeled on an ancient Omani village, the resort’s villas are every bit as rustic and exotic as the material which inspired them, but of course, it’s the Six Senses take on rustic, with flat panel tv’s, high-speed wifi, sundecks and private infinity edge pools you’ll want to jump into every day.