Great lengths – swim in the lap of luxury

It s a heatwave! And oh, what we d give to drop everything and slip into a sparkling outdoor pool. If you re daydreaming of doing gentle strokes on the terrace of a knock-out hotel, this list will wet your appetite.

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Moddershall Oaks, Staffordshire

Great Lengths – Swim In The Lap Of Luxury

Moddershall Oaks

Make the most of this glorious sunshine with a drive to Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat a family-run, boutique bolthole in the Staffordshire countryside. The hotel hasn t stopped upping its game since it was awarded the full five bubbles by the Good Spa Guide; it s recently added an outdoor spa courtyard with a 25-square-metre heated vitality pool, kelo sauna and log fire. View offer >>1

Therasia Resort Sea & Spa, Aeolian Islands

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Therasia Resort Sea & Spa

Escape to the slumbering Italian isle of Vulcano to swim in this panoramic infinity pool one of two at Therasia Resort Sea & Spa. Romantic views of the azure sea and the other six Aeolian Islands make the place a bather s dream. View offer >>2

Likya Gardens, Turkey

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Likya Gardens

As if the ice-white, cerise and violet-accented suites at this intimate coastal retreat aren t romantic enough; each one has access to its own private 10-metre plunge pool.

Perfect for serene seclusion, Likya Gardens is one of the places to stay on the exclusive Lycian Coast. View offer >>3

Gale South Beach & Kaskades Suites, Miami

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Gale South Beach & Kaskades Suites

Be sure to bask in the beach breezes while taking in stunning views of the city from the rooftop terrace at Gale South Beach & Kaskades Suites, Miami. Its pool is sweet symmetry; a sharp, black-edge design lined by hot-white loungers and unfurling towards the ocean. This is a solarium to be seen at. View offer >>4

The Plettenberg, South Africa

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The Plettenberg

What better way to experience the drama of South Africa s Plettenberg Bay than from an elevated pool?

Set on a grassy headland offering up heart-stopping ocean views, this is what the horizon edge was made for. Bring binoculars and you might just glimpse some of the Cape s amazing marine life. View offer >>5

An Lam Villas Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

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An Lam Villas Ninh Van Bay

The mirror surface of the water at An Lam Villas Ninh Van Bay lends this luxe hideaway an almost mystical quality. Feel at one with your surroundings here at this all-villa Vietnamese sanctuary, where you ll have your own private plunge pool. View offer >>6

Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives

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Lily Beach Resort & Spa

The Maldives: does it get any more heavenly than this?

The ultimate in languorous holidaying, this Indian Ocean archipelago continues to resist unsustainable development. Instead, each of the island resorts offers space, ridiculous amounts of unspoilt beauty and total tranquillity. Float away to seventh heaven in the two freshwater pools at Lily Beach Resort & Spa on Huvahendhoo Island; you only live once View offer >>7

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