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Pools with a view

Tourists are harder to impress these days when it comes to pools which don’t have that special “something”. A view to die for, however, capable of taking their breath away, can change perceptions. Drastically. Here are six pools with a view for a truly unforgettable experience.

Caruso Belvedere – Italy 

A former 19th century palace located on the Amalfi Coast heights, Caruso Belvedere seems to float majestically over the Mediterranean below. The amazing infinity pool stands 350 metres above sea level, close to the hotel’s bar and relaxation area. The eliptical shape of the pool – which seems closer to the sky than to the ground – perfectly suits the spectacular natural surroundings.

Perivolas Santorini – Greece

Perched high on a rock above the Aegean Sea, a short drive from neighbouring Oia – Santorini’s most picturesque town – lies Perivolas. The hotel’s pool is one of the most photographed pools in the world and was featured on the cover of numerous renowned travel magazines: Travel, Holiday & Lifestyle, Conde Nast Traveller, A Place to Stay. The hotel itself received multiple awards, having been designated “Europe’s Best Small Hotel” by Conde Nast Traveler. Moreover, Perivolas Santorini was included in Gold List 2009 and Gold List 2010, as well as Top 100 Hotels rankings in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Burj Al Arab – Dubai 

Billed by many as the world’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab boasts a pool that lives up to the hype. Located on the hotel’s 18th floor, the Assawan Spa and Health Club await guests with an impressive array of natural treatments, therapeutic products and dedicated professionals ready to take care of you. Burj Al Arab’s infinity pool runs right until the floor-to-ceiling windows, thus offering some amazing views over the Arabian Gulf and the shoreline while you’re unwinding.