Go swimming, Marbella

Sometimes it takes more than knockout design, superb service and mattresses fit for a maharajah: Mr & Mrs Smith like a somewhere to dip their toes once in a while. Nothing beats watching the sunset over cocktails on a pool terrace – we've even been known to go swimming occasionally. So, we've splashed our way around our collection to find hotels with pools: plunge, private or infinity-edged; set in gardens or amid ruins; with swim-up bars or clear glass walls – each one the perfect place to show off your swimwear. Come on in; the water's lovely…

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Marbella Club

Marbella Club

Marbella has been the famously chic playground of old-school, look-at-me Mediterranean glamour for decades, and Marbella Club is one of the biggest reasons behind its rep. Opened by playboy Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe in 1951, the shore-side resort (which includes a spa, beach club, golf course, botanical gardens and champagne room, naturally) still attracts the glitz-garbed international jet set and those who like to watch them at play. Although these days, a lot of the younger guests slope off to barefoot-luxe coast club Nikki Beach down the road when they’re tired of lounging on the pool terrace…

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