FS Shanghai Pudong pool

Look out over the Shanghai skyline from this 41st-floor indoor infinity-edge pool.

Escape to These 7 Otherworldly Pools

From a free-form infinity pool fronting the Pacific in Punta Mita to an indoor oasis 41 floors above Shanghai, China, these Four Seasons water features offer immersive bliss.

Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel

The 108-foot-long (33-metre) Club Dauphin pool – filled with seawater and heated to a constant 28 degrees C (82.4 F) – has been the centrepiece of this glamorous Côte d’Azur hotel since it was added in 1939. Want to streamline your stroke? Enlist the help of long-time staff swimming instructor Pierre Gruneberg, who counts the Kennedys, McCartneys and Depardieus among his clientele.

Pool at Four Seasons Hotel Dubai DIFC

Four Seasons Hotel Dubai DIFC

There’s never been a better reason to buy a swimsuit. More chic glass box than traditional swimming pool, this rooftop respite sits seven storeys above the Dubai International Financial Centre. After a dip, settle on the pool deck with a berry and wildflower-honey smoothie. Or postpone it until you’ve had an al fresco massage or private yoga session.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Soak in this free-form infinity pool for a while and you might witness a convoy of African elephants gathering at the watering hole below. A few steps up, the expansive pool deck offers plush chairs and couches, and drinks are served from sunrise to sunset. We recommend claiming a chaise lounge for watching the sun sink below the Serengeti horizon.

FS Chiang Mai pool

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Surrounded on all sides by lush rice paddies, this terraced pool complex overlooks the pastoral Mae Rim Valley. Ringed by lounge chairs and sun-shielding umbrellas, an all-ages pool with a smooth tile floor overlooks an adults-only soaking spot that seems to emerge from the glades. Designed by cocktail master Javier de la Muelas, the Ratree Bar’s drinks menu redefines the poolside sipper. Need more to plunge into repose? Poolside foot massages are available upon request.

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

There’s whale-watching, and then there’s ogling a band of humpbacks as you bask in a free-form infinity pool fronting the Pacific. Engage in the latter here, along with plenty of other opportunities for soaking and splashing, from an adults-only infinity-edge lap pool to a palm-shrouded lazy river that conveniently circles family rooms and suites.

Indoor pool at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai Pudong

Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai Pudong

Surrounded on three sides by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Shanghai skyline, this 41st-floor indoor infinity-edge pool is available for private booking after 11:00 pm. The staff will tailor the ambience and accoutrements to your desire. Canapés and Champagne, anyone?

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney
World Resort

Baby-safe splash zones, a lazy river, two water slides and a zero-entry pool that hosts dive-in movies – these are encompassed by the 5-acre (20,2034-square-metre) Explorer Island water park. If you find yourself in Orlando without little ones, or are letting them live it up in the Kids For All Seasons program, beeline to the Oasis, an ultra-modern adults-only pool and jetted tub served by staffers who hand out frozen-fruit skewers and iced cappuccino shooters.

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