Summer heat waves have us looking for respite and relaxation in the form of private plunge pools around the world! Here are Ker & Downey’s picks for the world’s most incredible plunge pools.
Amangiri is the ultimate luxury desert oasis in the center of America’s Grand Circle, bordered by some of America’s most iconic natural landmarks ripe for exploring. After a day of hiking, horseback riding, and flight-seeing, there’s no better place to soak up the serene landscape than in one of the private desert-facing plunge pools in six of the resort’s 34 suites.
The Vines Resort & Spa in Mendoza, Argentina
Set among the vineyards of the Uco Valley Wine Region in Mendoza, the Vines Resort & Spa has landed on every “Best”, “It”, “Hot”, and “Top” list out there. We’re drawn to the undeniable magnetism of the landscape and history of the hidden wine retreat. For a little laid back luxury, book a One Bedroom Villa with a private plunge pool.
Singita Sasakwa, Tanzania
Singita Sasakwa Lodge in the Grumeti Reserves has a front row seat to the annual migration and a healthy population of wildlife year round. Each of the nine luxury cottages and a family villa feature private infinity pools that look out over the plains, making it an incredible place to sit back and take in the African bush.
Mukul Resort, Nicaragua
At Mukul Resort, views of the glittering ocean come standard in the 37 beach villas and bohios, but so do private plunge pools! Add in a cocktail and it’s the perfect way to take in the Emerald Coast.
Zarafa Camp, Botswana
The safari experience at Zarafa Camp is easily one of the best you’ll find in Botswana. It’s an intimate camp, with just four tented villas, all raised on decking to take advantage of views over the lagoon. And each has their own private plunge pool for unmatched luxury and exclusivity in the bush.
Song Saa, Cambodia
The private island resort of Song Saa, in the pristine Koh Rong Archipelago, is home to some of the most stunning private plunge pools. There are 27 one and two bedroom villas which are set in the jungle or over the water, and each have their own private plunge pool that look out onto some of the most picturesque views in Cambodia.
COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia
For the ultimate wellness retreat, head to Como Shambhala Estate, a relaxing spa destination tucked away in the tropical oasis of Bali. While the whole estate aims to cultivate a holistic health retreat, with an atmosphere of wellness, relaxation, and luxury, the private plunge pools are particularly refreshing.
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Following an extensive rebuild, the Belmond Eagle Island Lodge reopened in November 2015. The 12 tented rooms have a whole new look and feel and include a private plunge pool and deck. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day on safari in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
The Nam Hai, Vietnam
The award-winning Nam Hai is one of Vietnam’s finest luxury beach resorts. It’s located on a private strip of beach on the South China Sea. Each of the 100 villas are spectacular, with indoor and outdoor showers, canopy beds, local artwork, and hand spun silks. The 40 pool villas are particularly luxurious and come with private butlers for unsurpassed hospitality.
Villa Mushara, Namibia
The two villas at Mushara are a manifestation of tranquility, set on the border of Namibia’s famous Etosha National Park. The villas are a plush oasis in the midst of a rugged wilderness, with exquisite private plunge pools that look out into the bush.
Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand
For authentic Siamese atmosphere, head to the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, just twenty minutes outside of the city. It’s set among terraced rice paddy fields with views of the Suthep mountain range. Book a pool villa. They’re built with vaulted ceilings and polished teak floors. Outside you’ll find a 258 square foot private pool set among lush, green gardens.