Private plunge pool in Seychelles

The private plunge pools at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles make it difficult to tell where the pool ends and sea or sky begins.

Escape to These 6 Otherworldly Pools

From a private plunge pool affording tree-house views in Seychelles 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.

Indoor infinity pool at Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya

There are spa pools, and then there’s the spa pool at Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya – a freestanding natatorium underneath a canopy of majestic white lanterns. The water itself is lined with foot-soothing indigo stone, and the room is ringed by a grey limestone colonnade. Beneath each arch: an inviting daybed. Swim, relax, repeat.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Every tree-house villa at this coastal hillside hideaway comes with a private plunge pool, which makes it difficult to tell where the pool ends and sea or sky begins.

As if that weren’t enough, a staff member arrives to assemble a pop-up poolside bar. Ready to mingle? Stroll to the Resort’s communal pool, where attendants stop by on the hour to clean your sunglasses and provide such niceties as frozen fruit skewers and tropical juice shots.

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?

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