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Pools with a view

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

The first thing I do after checking into a hotel is check out the pool. There was a time when I was impressed by an infinity pool, but these days simply appearing to merge with a landscape is no longer enough: I want a pool with glamour and attentive service, but most of all I want a pool with a gorgeous view. Here are five in Europe that all fit the bill perfectly.

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Antibes

This is one of the most glamorous hotels on the Côte d’Azur, with a pool to match (above). Dynamited out of the basalt cliff face more than a century ago, it has sweeping views of the whole of the French Riviera, from Juan-les-Pins to the Estérel coastline. You can even have a swimming lesson – though working on your front crawl here might ruin the glamour a bit. From £740 per night.Swimming pool, Hotel Grace SantoriniGrace Santorini, Santorini 

High above Santorini's caldera, this has to be one of the most beautiful pools in the world – and the view isn’t bad either. Santorini is known for its sunsets and where better to watch it than from the terrace of this pool? From £421 per night.Swimming pool, Monastero Santa RosaMonastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi Coast 

Perched on a cliff top high above the Sorrentine Peninsula, in the grounds of a former 17th-century monastery, this elliptical fresh water pool has the best views of the Amalfi Coast, bar none. And as the hotel only has 20 rooms, you won’t have to share it with a crowd. From £598 per night in high season.pool at Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, TurkeyKempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, Bodrum

The vast infinity pool at the Kempinski, peppered with minarets and merging seamlessly with the Aegean, really is a stunner. It's shallow, too, so ideal for children. From around £400 per night in high season.Swimming pool, Villa d'EsteVilla d’Este, Lake Como  

Never mind infinity pools, Villa d’Este has a floating pool, built into a pontoon on the lake. Villa d’Este was built for Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este in 1550 and as the governor of Tivoli he naturally chose the best spot on the west bank of the lake, looking across the water to the mountains. From £430 per night.

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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