By Douglas Rogers
But what really makes this pool so legendary is its view: an overflow seawater pool blasted into seaside bedrock with a panoramic view out over the glamorous south of France Mediterranean.
Just as it’s an unwritten rule of a house party that everyone will end up in the kitchen, it’s guaranteed that guests at a hotel resort will spend most of their time around the swimming pool - even if there’s a fine beach and warm stretch of ocean to swim in right nearby. And that's especially true when the pool is dripping with scenery.
Yet these days it’s not enough to simply have a rectangular hole of water in the ground surrounded by a few palms and deck chairs. Swimming pools are more spectacular than ever, and they not only have to look incredible (Eden-Roc’s vintage pool was redesigned in sleek infinity-edge style in 1992); they have to have great views too.
"In truth, they seem to prefer the calm they get from just being beside it, staring out at the palms, the villas on stilts, and the views of the sea and the jungle island in the bay," says Sepielli. "The pool becomes a monolith, a place people feel comfortable to gather around."
"People are mesmerized by it," says Reinhold Johann, general manager at the resort. "Guests swim to the edge overlooking the ocean and they fall totally still, as if in a trance. The tranquillity of the view and the still of the pool water has a stunning, meditative effect."
That said, Balazs would probably acknowledge that another urban hotel pool has a more spectacular cityscape, if a less throbbing social scene: that of the Park Hyatt, Tokyo. Located on the 47th floor of the second tower of the glass-and-steel hotel, it’s set in a double-height glass atrium with floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing you to look out on Tokyo below, and even Mount Fuji on the horizon. At night, when the pool is lit a luminous blue and the city glitters below, you feel like you’re on the set of Blade Runner. Except, of course, you're in a bathrobe, fresh from a massage in the spa.
Cliffside Pool, Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, France
and Johnny Depp.
Tip: A rope at pool level allows you to swing Tarzan-style off the cliffs into the ocean swell below.
For more information: 33-49/361-3901; Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc
Atrium Pool, Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Tip: Bill Murray struggled to do a lap here when he took a dip in Sofia Coppola's film. Try to do better.
For more information: 81-3/5322-1234; Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Rooftop Pool, Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel, Athens, Greece
and banquets by the pool.
Tip: Whether going to or coming from a holiday on the islands, you'll find this the perfect place to relax away from the frenzied chaos of Athens's city streets.
For more information: 30-210/930-0000; Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel
Main Pool, Singita Grumeti Reserves Sasakwa Lodge, Tanzania
Tip: Each of the seven cottage suites at Sasakwa has a secluded private garden plunge pool with similarly dramatic views.
For more information: 27-21/683-3424; Singita Grumeti Reserves Sasakwa Lodge
Rooftop Pool, The Standard Downtown, Los Angeles
Tip: You can watch classic Tinseltown movies projected drive-in style on the giant wall of a neighboring building while you sip a mojito in the pool.
For more information: 213/892-8080; The Standard Downtown L.A.
Garden Pool, Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Amalfi, Italy
Tip: Palazzo Sasso's Infinito Suite has a private heated plunge pool in its terraced garden with an equally dramatic view of the shimmering coastline.
For more information: 39-089/818-181; Palazzo Sasso
Main Pool, Banyan Tree Seychelles, Mahé, Seychelles
Tip: Every one of the resort's 60 colonial plantation-style villas has a private pool with bay views, but the recently built two-bedroom DoublePool Villas, set in manicured gardens yards from the beach, have one for each room, as well as heated jet-pools.
For more information: 011-248/383-500, 011-248/383-555; Banyan Tree Seychelles
Rooftop Pool, The Berkeley, Knightsbridge, London
Tip: For US $120 (GBP 60) a day, nonresidents can get access to the pool and spa.
For more information: 44-207/235-6000; The Berkeley
Floating Pool, Villa D'Este, Lake Como, Italy
Tip: A heated indoor pool open all year round is located in the Sporting Club building of the grounds, accessed by an underground passage from the main building.
For more information: 39-031/3481; Villa D'Este
Spa Village Pool, Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia
Tip: Running alongside the pool is the Jamu Bar, a snack and juice bar where you can order tropical fruit cocktails in between laps or sessions on the sun lounger.
For more information: 60-5/699-1100; Pangkor Laut
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