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…
Experience a regal stay with four nights at Borgo Egnazia, a modern-day castle on Puglia's sunswept seashore. Here, you'll find a collection of sumptuous white-on-cream villas arranged like a traditional village, a knock-out spa, delectable Pugliese cuisine and a traditional cookery school.
Worth getting out of bed for
– Explore nearby historic hilltop villages with Adriatic views
– Shuttle down to one of the hotel's two affiliated beach clubs
– Hit the links at the ocean-view San Domenico golf course
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…