Winners announced

Pool with a View

Nothing gets you hankering for a holiday faster than hotel-pool eye candy: the anticipation of weightlessness, of cool water caressing warm skin, of sun, sky and birdsong reflected across mirror-flat surfaces…

Forget appraising listless lifeguards while you notch up laps – each of these 10 paragons of pools comes with eye-popping panoramas. Pick from majestic mountains, white-sand beaches, tropical bays, glittering lakes, bucolic countryside and bronzed bodies...

And the winner is...

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Winner

Amangiri

No wonder Amangiri splashed into pole position for last year's prize: Utah’s dusky-pink desert mesas make a dramatic backdrop for its flabbergastingly beautiful swimming pool, wrapped around a sandstone rock escarpment. Floating day beds and modernist design temper rugged elements, and the 600-acre sprawl of desert ensures unspoilt views of some of America’s most sensational scenery. There’s a Jacuzzi to bubble away in, plus a fire pit to warm up by in winter months.

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Runner-up

Hôtel Crillon le Brave

Work off the calories from the inevitable French booze – and chef Jérôme Blanchet’s enticing Provençal dishes – at Hôtel Crillon’s peaceful-as-paradise pool, which surveys Vaucluse vineyards and honey-hued villages. That shimmering aquamarine water is heated, making this a year-round proposition; in summer, it’s advisable to get to the pool early (take your croissants with you), so as to stake out prime-position slate-grey sun loungers.

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Runner-up

Cap Estel

‘Jutting out in the deep, rich mix of Mediterranean blue: there’s something intrinsically exciting about swimming in a pool built right on that glittering coastline’

– Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveller

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Winner

Monastero Santa Rosa

Infinity pools are rarely more stunning than the high-rise heated one here. Set into the terraced clifftop with jaw-dropping views, it more resembles a length of shoreline melting into the azure, Amalfi horizon than a swim spot. Its beach-like edge offers the perfect perch to enjoy an unfettered panorama from Ravello to Positano.

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Runner-up

Eagles Nest

‘A dream destination if you want to get away from it all. Take the day as it comes and gaze across the Bay of Islands’
Adam Brown, photographer and Orlebar Brown founder

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Runner-up

Cap Estel

‘This indulgent French Riviera mansion on secluded grounds offers an exclusive saltwater infinity pool with breathtaking views overlooking the Mediterranean’
Penny Klein, co-founder Heidi Klein

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