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From rooftop hot tubs overlooking bustling cityscapes to a sparkling infinity pool pouring into an emerald lagoon, some of the best hotel pools are made so by the breathtaking views that they command.

Below we've chosen 20 of our favourite hotel pools with a view. With so many different places to choose from, it's difficult to pick one overall winner, therefore we've listed each by geographical region.

If you would like to find out more about any of the properties or how to book a tailor-made trip with Audley, give one of our specialists a call on 01993 838 000.

*Itinerary prices correct as of September 2010.

Africa

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  • Kulala Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei

    Kulala Desert Lodge, Namibia

    Located next to a private entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park, Kulala Desert Lodge is the closest hotel to the Sossusvlei Dunes. After a long day exploring the baking desert, the stunning pool makes for a perfect place to relax in the cool water and watch the dunes slowly change from golden amber to a deep red in the mellow light of the setting sun.

    A 13 day self-drive trip to Namibia to see the highlights, including international flights, costs from £2,875 per person.

    Read more about Kulala Desert Lodge
  • Swimming pool at Royal Livingstone by Anantara

    The Royal Livingstone, Zambia

    The luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel enjoys an incredible location just a few minutes' walk from the summit of the thundering Victoria Falls. The pool here is sunk into landscaped gardens with views out over the Zambezi River and the rising mist of the falls. The manicured lawns are grazed by the resident zebra as monkeys swing in the trees above.

    A 12 day trip to Zambia including a South Luangwa safari and time relaxing at the Royal Livingstone costs from £3,745 per person.

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  • Pool at Sayari Camp

    Sayari Camp, Tanzania

    Sayari camp is located in one of the most remote parts of the Serengeti and offers 15 luxurious safari tents. The views here stretch out across the savannah plains and into Kenya. If you time your visit right, you can sit in the pool with a cold drink and watch one of the greatest spectacles on earth - hundreds of thousands of wildebeest making their annual migration north or south in search of fresh grazing.

    A 14 day Northern Circuit safari combined with Zanzibar costs from £5,050 per person.

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Australia & The South Pacific

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  • Cockatoo Hill Retreat, Daintree & Cape Tribulation

    Cockatoo Hill Retreat, Queensland

    This rustic yet luxurious retreat is set against the verdant, green backdrop of Mount Thornton and features four traditional thatched bungalows. The crystal clear pool enjoys views over the surrounding Daintree Rainforest and further beyond to the Coral Coast, making Cockatoo Hill Retreat a rare and unique option for visitors to this area of Queensland.

    A 12 day trip to Australia, including highlights such as the Daintree National Park, costs from £2,855 per person.

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  • The Langham, Melbourne

    The Langham, Melbourne

    The rooftop pool at The Langham, a fine hotel in Melbourne set on the bustling south bank of the Yarra River, commands unparalleled views over the city skyline and the winding water below. The view takes on a new dimension in the dwindling light of dusk as the cityscape becomes illuminated against the cool blue of the night sky.

    A 21 day classic trip to Australia, including a self-drive journey along the Great Ocean Road, costs from £4,320 per person.

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  • Little Polynesian, Rarotonga

    Little Polynesian, The Cook Islands

    This boutique resort sits in a beautiful, secluded location on the island of Raratonga and is a firm favourite amongst our clients. The spotless beach offers safe swimming and excellent snorkelling in its calm waters, and the peaceful infinity pool at the Little Polynesian boasts views out across the lagoon to the emerald expanse of the Pacific ocean beyond.

    A 16 day trip to the Cook Islands, including time on Raratonga and Aitutaki, costs from £2,240 per person.

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  • Pearl Beach Resort, Bora Bora

    Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort, French Polynesia

    One of French Polynesia's finest resorts, Bora Bora Pearl Beach is set in a jaw-droppingly beautiful lagoon surrounded by warm, turquoise ocean filled with colourful marine life. The peaceful infinity pool, the largest on the island, looks out across the picture-perfect lagoon to the verdant, green mountain peaks beyond. This is paradise found.

    A 14 day trip to French Polynesia, including time on Tahiti, Huahine and a stay at Pearl Beach Resort, costs from £3,175 per person.

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The Indian Subcontinent

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  • Ellerton, Kandy

    Ellerton, Sri Lanka

    A small boutique hotel set on its own secluded hilltop, the Ellerton offers simple yet homely accommodation just 30 minutes' drive from the UNESCO-listed city of Kandy. Built over 100 years ago for a wealthy tea estate owner, it manages to preserve its colonial character, whilst the tranquil infinity pool offers uninterrupted views over the verdant jungle of central Sri Lanka.

    A 14 day trip exploring the highlights of Sri Lanka, plus time spent relaxing in the Maldives, costs from £2,420 per person. 

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  • Huvafen Fushi, Maldive Island

    Huvafen Fushi, The Maldives

    This stylish, contemporary resort manages to retain a traditional Maldivian feel, with spacious thatched bungalows extending out into the ocean on raised walkways. Each suite at Huvafen Fushi features its own private plunge pool with views out to sea, but the real highlight is the sparkling infinity pool, which, when the sun goes down, becomes illuminated by tiny glittering lights.

    A nine day trip to the Maldives including a relaxing stay at Huvafen Fushi costs from £2,920 per person.  

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Latin America

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  • Hotel Punta Islita, Punta Islita

    Punta Islita, Costa Rica

    A welcoming, peaceful hotel with a truly novel approach to responsible tourism, Punta Islita is set into a hillside in the secluded paradise of Guanacaste on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The infinity pool and quiet bar and decking area look out to uninterrupted views of the sweeping, azure-blue Pacific Ocean.

    A 14 day trip to Costa Rica, including international flights and a stay at Punta Islita, starts from £2,795 per person.

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  • Rooftop pool, Fasano Rio de Janeiro

    Fasano Rio, Brazil

    A luxurious and stylish choice for visitors to Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil the Fasano Rio is arguably the best hotel in the city, with unparalleled service and an excellent location on Ipanema Beach. The rooftop pool is the perfect spot for relaxing with a caipirinha whilst gazing out across the vibrant, colourful cityscape below.

    A 14 day trip to Brazil, including Iguacu Falls, Salvador and a stay at Fasano Rio, costs from £4,750 per person.

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  • Tierra Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama

    Tierra Atacama, Chile

    This contemporary hotel sits at the edge of San Pedro de Atacama, a village oasis fed by two rivers and surrounded by stunning natural scenery in Chile's Atacama Desert. The outstanding spa and treatment centre at Tierra Atacama features an outdoor pool with views across the Atacama desert to the mountainous peak of Licancabur volcano.

    A 15 day trip to Chile, including time in the Atacama desert and Torres del Paine National Park, costs from £4,350 per person.

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North Africa & The Middle East

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  • Hilton Luxor, Luxor

    Hilton Luxor, Egypt

    With an enviable location on the eastern bank of the River Nile in Egypt, the Hilton Luxor is one of the most luxurious and contemporary of all the hotels in Luxor. Two impressive infinity pools look out to the palm-fringed shores of the Nile, and the partly-submerged loungers are perfect for relaxing with a cold drink whilst watching cruise boats and sailing yachts float by.

    Eight nights in Egypt exploring the historic highlights of Cairo, Aswan and a stay at the Hilton Luxor costs from £2,295 per person.

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  • Kasbah Tamadot, The High Atlas Mountains

    Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco

    Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot is a fusion of traditional Moroccan architecture with fabulous modern luxury; every detail has been honoured in the renovation of this remarkable building. The shimmering blue pool, surrounded by comfortable loungers, looks out to the foothills and towering peaks of the Atlas Mountains.

    A seven night trip to Morocco, including four nights in Marrakesh and three nights at Kasbah Tamadot, costs from £1,595 per person.

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  • Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea, The Dead Sea

    Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea, Jordan

    A world-class hotel located on the shores of the Dead Sea, Kempinski Ishtar offers service, accommodation and fine dining unlike any other property in Jordan. Carefully-sculpted infinity pools offer the perfect environment to relax and unwind, with breathtaking views of deep orange sunsets out over the still water of the Dead Sea.

    Eight nights in Jordan, including time in Amman, Petra and a stay at the Kempinski Ishtar, costs from £2,350 per person.

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Southeast Asia

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  • Ocean Pool Villa, Six Senses Yao Noi, Koh Yao

    Six Senses Hideaway at Yao Noi, Thailand

    With unparalleled luxury and attention to detail, from the private hillside villas to the teams of butlers that attend to each one, the Six Senses Hideaway at Yao Noi is a blissful, romantic retreat in a secluded paradise on Koh Yao in Thailand. Each villa has its own sparkling infinity pool, and the oceanfront suites command stunning views of Phang Nga Bay and the iconic limestone karsts that rise from the water's surface.

    A 12 day trip to Thailand, including a stay at the Six Senses Hideaway at Yao Noi in a Seaview Villa, costs from £2,535 per person.

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  • Pool at Chatrium Suites

    Chatrium Suites, Bangkok

    The Chatrium Suites in Bangkok is a new apartment-style hotel, offers spacious and comfortable guest accommodation in an enviable position on the bank of the Chao Phraya river. The enormous rooftop pool boasts one of the best views in Bangkok - a stunning vista of the city skyline and the bustling river flowing beneath.

    A 14 day trip to northern and central Thailand, including a stay at the Chatrium Suites in Bangkok, costs from £2,855 per person.

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  • Amankila, Candidasa

    Amankila, Bali

    Undoubtedly one of the most luxurious resorts in Indonesia, the Amankila features private hilltop suites dotted amongst the lush, jungle-clad cliffs overlooking the Lombok Strait. The hotel's signature three-tier pool is set into the cliff-edge, where cool, clear water flows from one pool into another - a stunning place in which to relax and soak up the view.

    A 15 day journey through Bali, including a stay at Amankila and two other luxury resorts, costs from £4,230 per person.

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  • Pool; La Residence Phou Vao Hotel, Luang Prabang

    La Residence Phou Vao, Laos

    Set on the outskirts of Luang Prabang, a sleepy temple town in northern Laos, La Residence Phou Vao is one of the most stylish and luxurious hotels in the country. The sparkling infinity pool and adjacent terrace look out across rice paddy fields and verdant jungle to the distant, rolling hills of Mount Phousi.

    An 11 day trip to Laos, including many of the highlights and time at La Residence Phou Vao, costs from £2,995 per person.

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