Top Ten Swimming Experiences

1. Bali

The tiered infinity pool at Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali, set on top of a cliff and surrounded by rainforest. Every room in the hotel has its own infinity-edge pool with similarly verdant views


2. Greece

The infinity pool at the Grace Santorini, which overlooks the Greek island’s famed caldera view. Grace Santorini, Imerovigli, Santorini, Greek Islands (


3. New Zealand

An infinity pool with an infinite view, at Delamore Lodge ( on Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand


4. Maldives

A pool-within-a-pool-within-the-sea at The Spa by Espa, at the wonderful Maldives hotel One&Only Reethi Rah. One&Only Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Maldives (00 960 664 8800;


5. Rajastan

One of the pools, accessible only via the suites, at The Oberoi Udaivilas ( on a shore of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, India.


6. Italy

On Italy’s ridiculously beautiful Amalfi Coast, the Hotel Caruso is set at the highest point of Ravello. Its elliptical-shaped, infinity-edged swimming pool is found down a pathway flanked by roses. Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy (


7. Sontorini

The cave pool at Katikies hotel, overlooking the caldera in Oia, Santorini.


8. South Africa

The candlelit pool at Singita Sabi Sand, a set of three elegant safari lodges on the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa (00 27 21 683 3424;


9. Sicily

Freshwater lagoons – the Laghetti di Cava Grande del Cassibile – in the Cassibile River near Syracuse, Sicily.


10.  Zambia

The pool at safari lodge Chongwe River House overlooks the mountains of the Lower Zambezi and the Chongwe River, where animals come to bathe and drink.


In-House Editor

To say Hamyar has traveled would be something of an understatement. His passion for travelling has taken him from Tanzania to Dubai and an enviable number of places between, and the memories he captures always make for interesting reading. As well as travel, other subjects which fall into his expert remit include culture, design, fashion and cars - in other words, a born globetrotting who is destined for great things if his aspirations so far are anything to go by.

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