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What is it about water that sets the tone for a sexy honeymoon? Maybe it’s the revealing wardrobe worn in it—next to nothing—or when you're skinny dipping, absolutely nada. Or perhaps the idea of cuddling close in a steamy Jacuzzi holds a special allure. If one thing is essential to a steamy honeymoon, it’s a pool, whether it’s one with an invisible edge overlooking an ocean somewhere or at the top of a cosmopolitan city building.
Read on to explore our definitive list of the world’s sexiest, sultriest resort pools that should be seriously considered for your honeymoon. Book any one of them and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable aquatic adventure.
Best Ocean Views: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
It doesn’t get more thrilling than the jaw-dropping infinity pool at this resort on Bali’s southwestern tip, perched more than 325 feet above the Indian Ocean on a clifftop near the island’s most iconic surf break. The 150-foot stunner is beyond postcard-worthy and is not only perfect for lounging, sunning and swimming, but daring couples can even try SUP yoga in it.
The resort’s 84 butler-serviced villas are all sleek and chic, with a bright white palette, contemporary design and sliding glass that opens to private Balinese-style daybeds and pools. Resort restaurants offer both Western and Indonesian cuisines, and while the spa specializes in a slew of dreamy therapies. There’s no better place than the Sunset Cabana, hanging off the clifftop, for a vow renewal or tropical sundowner cocktails.
Best All Around: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The two pools at this ‘60s-styled boutique hotel will have you struggling with whether you even need to hit the white sand of Monuments Beach at all. The infinity pool, with Jacuzzi and swim-up bar, boasts flawless views of the famed granite arch, El Arco, in the azure Sea of Cortez, while the saltwater pool designed by architect Javier Sanchez is carved into a natural rock formation, connecting the sea with the desert surrounds.
The 161 guest rooms favor the environment, too, with outdoor terraces and unobstructed sea views (some have hanging daybeds, too)—just like the rooftop lounge and garden, where there are fitness experiences including cycling and HIIT for Breakfast.
Book a couples’ CBD massage in an outdoor cabana (also with epic vistas) to relax, and plan to eat a lot. Among the handful of culinary outlets is Manta restaurant by acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera, serving Mexican fused with Pacific Rim influences.
Best Natural Beauty: Angama Mara, Kenya
We typically equate honeymoon goals with ocean views, but this eco safari lodge in Kenya’s Rift Valley takes a different approach. It’s one of the locations where Meryl Streep and Robert Redford filmed Out of Africa, so you know romance is in the air. The name Angama references the Swahili word for “suspended in midair” and indeed its infinity pool is seemingly hanging 1,000 feet up above the Mara landscape where elephants, lions, and giraffes roam. There’s year-round lovely weather at this equatorial escape.
With just 30 rooms, the experience is intimate and vibrant, filled with wide panoramas from private balconies, and global cuisine. Add a hot air balloon safari to your schedule—as lazy or action-packed as you wish—for even more once-in-a-lifetime excitement.
Best Hidden Gem: Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection, Greece
If Santorini is all about sunsets, you’ll find yourself in the most exceptional setting at this super-private boutique hotel clinging to the hillside above the iconic Caldera looking over the Aegean Sea. Its infinity pool is epic, asymmetrical and angular in the most fitting way for an unforgettable environment.
Made up of whitewashed suites and rooms, some with their own plunge pools, it’s a refreshingly airy place to call a temporary home. There’s even Pilates and yoga.
The panoramas that greet you each morning are only rivaled by the mouthwatering coursed out breakfast—different each day. There’s plenty to explore in the vicinity, such as a charter sailing trip, but it’s hard to tear yourself away from Grace’s terraces, sunbeds and romantic bubbly-accompanied dining experiences (think lobster three ways) that seem made especially for honeymooners.
Best Atmosphere: The Setai Miami Beach, Florida
Art Deco meets Asia in the original design of this peaceful oceanfront resort in South Beach. That’s especially true at Jaya, where Chinese, Indian and Thai dishes are served when it’s not Sunday Jazz Brunch. When it comes to the three pools, temperature-controlled and set at 75, 85, and 90 degrees, it’s tropical meets sustainable. Their glass tiles are 99 percent recycled glass, made in Spain from repurposed wine and water bottles. Shaded by palms and lined with sun loungers, they are just as beautiful as the powdery sand mere steps away.
You can spend nights out on the town, and come back to a serene suite with a plush bed. When Miami’s nightlife gets to you, book a day at the Valmont Spa, based around Swiss medicine.
Best Private Island: Laucala Island, Fiji
If you’re thinking of ways to make everyone following along on Instagram jealous, Laucala Island is the best way. This Fijian dream of an all-inclusive 3,500-acre private island resort is home to what’s possibly the most epic swimming pool of all time. The 25,000-square-foot organically shaped lagoon pool just off the beach has waterfalls, islands and romantic little nooks for smooching, but that’s not all.
There’s also an 82-foot glass cube for lap swimming or living out your mermaid fantasies while snapping your most-liked Instagram photo ever. Each of the 25 sprawling villas—with oversized bathtubs, generous bars, indoor/outdoor living and dining spaces, and their own beaches—has a large private pool, too.
Though it might be tempting to spend all your time in the water on this island also stocked with jet skis, paddleboards, kayaks, surfboards, boats, and even a submarine, there’s plenty to do on land, too. Horseback riding along the beach, visiting the organic farm that provides all five restaurants and bars with produce and protein, playing golf at the 72-par championship course, and indulging in the spa are all options, too.
Best Design: The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa
From first sight, this 28-room boutique hotel in the middle of Cape Town stuns—even more so when you step inside what was a historic grain silo elevator, totally reimagined by architect Thomas Heatherwick. But as sublime as the entirety of The Silo’s interiors are (and it’s hands-down one of the most distinctive and exuberant properties in the world), it’s the rooftop situation that really blows it out of the water. Up there, at 218 feet, is a brilliant blue T-shaped pool, with one clear side and an infinity edge, offering an unbeatable panorama of legendary Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, the waterfront and the Atlantic Ocean.
While Cape Town has tons to do, it’s worth spending an entire day up there, ending with a rose petal–topped cocktail as the sun dips down and lights the sky. From breakfast through to late-night dessert, you’ll feel treated in the restaurants, too. In the rooms, you won’t want to miss the bathtubs framed in convex windows, while time should also be reserved for a visit downstairs to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
Best Caribbean: Amanera
Active couples will fall for the wild, jungle-laden north coast of Dominican Republic, where Amanera sits in secluded glory over Playa Grande, where you’ll rarely see another guest. There, horse riding, hiking, deep-sea fishing, quad tours, and surfing are favorite pursuits, not to mention kite surfing, a sport that is especially beloved along this coastline known for strong winds.
There’s a clifftop Robert Trent Jones Sr.–designed and Rees Jones–renovated golf course, too, complete with Discovery Land Co.’s signature comfort stations. But when you’re not feeling so energetic, the resort of 25 casitas—some with their own infinity pools—has some seriously idyllic spots to veg out.
Like the expansive main pool, looking out over the cerulean sea and wrapping around architect John Heah’s indoor/outdoor volume holding a cigar lounge, restaurant, and bar which, along with the Club de Playa on the sandy cove provide couples with plenty of private nooks for dining. Don’t forget the spa, where lunar journey therapies and traditional Dominican rituals combine with stress-melting treatments.
Best Deal: W Punta de Mita, Mexico
Sitting on one of Mexico’s best surf breaks, along the Riviera Nayarit, is this beachfront, jungle-backed resort with fun-filled theme nights and events, from glow-in-the-dark yoga to full moon parties. The Pacific Ocean aside, it lays claim to the coolest pool in Mexico—a super sexy adults-only piscine with one side made of plexiglass so you can check out your swimming mister or missus beneath the surface.
Beneath this seductive spectacle is a restaurant designed to mimic a local seafood market, just one of the many culinary concepts that also includes chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market, a casual ceviche bar built atop a ‘50s Chevy pickup bed, and a private seven-course dinner restaurant on an island in a lake.
Just as vibrant are the 119 guest rooms and suites (some with their own gorgeous pools), drenched in color and Mexican accents. Retreat to the AWAY Spa when you and your love want to take things down a notch and be pampered to the max in a lush oasis.
Most Serene: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando is not necessarily a no-brainer destination for sexy swimming pools, but this Four Seasons Resort is an exception—and exceptional. The 21-and-over Oasis Pool, lakeside, infinity edge and equipped with an underwater audio system that emits calming tunes, is 92 feet of bliss, fringed by palm trees and white cabanas. Couples get treated to TLC in the form of frozen grapes, Evian spritz, sunglass cleaning and fresh juice shooters on the hour.
Elsewhere, the resort delivers romance in the form of five-star rooms and suites complete with marble baths, furnished balconies, and Four Seasons’ signature heavenly beds.
There’s an 18-room spa sanctuary with six couples’ rooms so newlyweds can enjoy La Floridian treatments a deux before relaxing in zero-gravity wave loungers in the solarium. By night, pop bubbly for the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks displays, and work your way through several restaurants such as Capa, a Spanish-style restaurant with a deep wine list and open kitchen.