From a Costa Rican rooftop to a Sri Lankan mountain lodge, here’s Part 1 of our ten favourite swimming pools to cool off in this month. Words: Ramsay Short


It’s August. The heat is most definitely on. And we at UltraVilla know only the swiss replica watches most perfect pool experience, down to the smallest detail, will do. Our standards are high so whether it’s an infinity pool with unsurpassed views or the perfect lap pool in the tropics UltraVilla has what you’re looking for.


South Cove Dream, Mykonos, Greece


There are infinity pools and then there are infinity pools. Floating in South Cove Dream’s infinity pool on the Greek isle of Mykonos feels as if you are actually in the sublime waters of Ornos Bay below, the horizon stretching beyond. Located on the south side of the island and well sheltered from the wind, the villa is a minimalist designed whitewashed masterpiece with five ensuite bedrooms, surrounded by a mature garden and wide terrace. And with panoramic views, swimming to the chirp of cicadas and the sound of the sea has never been better.

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Timeless Jewel, Oahu, Hawaii

Alii-Kailua-Kailua-HI-96734-large-023-07-1500x996-72dpi-1024x680The pool in this incredible Oahu eight-bedroom property lies in a private interior courtyard and feels like a jungle oasis at the foot of a waterfall. It is simply spectacular – as is the home itself – and you won’t want to get out. Surrounded by grass and palms it’s even got two of its own mini-waterfalls to swim through. Lit up at night one can only imagine the secret passages you might enter through a hidden door in the stone. And after a dip you can even watch all the Bond movies you might wish for in the fully kitted out home cinema. Course make sure to swim out to your yacht from Kailua Bay, arguably Hawaii’s best beach just a short stroll from the villa. A truly stunning property. And a truly stunning pool.

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The Island, The Balearics, Spain

El-Sol-Villas-The-Island-aerial-viewIf you thought Formentera was the Balearic island dreams are made of think again. This tiny private isle just 900 metres off the coast of Ibiza is empty apart from this incredible lone five bedroom property nestled on a plateau, with its gorgeous pool open to the elements surrounded by daybeds and virtually unsurpassed views. Land via yacht or helicopter (there’s a helipad) in time for sunset, look out at the twinkling lights of boats bobbing on the ocean then take a midnight swim under the stars – you might be swimming till dawn.

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Sri Lanka Mountain Lodges, Adam’s Peak Holy Mountain, Sri Lanka

Summerville-Bungalow-Pool-Castlereagh-Lake-3-1024x576This blissful infinity pool overlooking Adam’s Peak and the panoramic lake beneath is hard to beat. Relaxing here after a day’s trekking and biking through Sri Lanka’s World Heritage Central Highlands will leave you in a state of harmony you won’t have known for years. Sleep soundly in the lodges converted from colonial-era tea planter’s bungalows and enjoy a cup or three of fine Ceylon tea in the land where it’s made, a magical place that really does feel like the land that time forgot.

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Villa Manzu, Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica

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We’re not kidding when we say you may never have seen a pool or a property like this. Infinity-edged, heated, it’s one of two pools at the stunning private sanctuary that is Villa Manzu designed and built by visionary architect Abraham Valenzuela on the Peninsula Papagayo, a pristine forested enclave in one of Costa Rica’s most magnetic destinations. Overlooking blue waters, in the pool you can swim to your heart’s content, have a snooze on the sunbeds or watch the spider and white-faced monkeys cavorting in the surrounding trees. To call Villa Manzu and it’s pool(s) breathtaking barely does them justice – this is living the pura vida at its best.

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For Part 2 of The Ten Best Pools In The World click here