These days hotel guests are looking for something a bit more than big, blue, rectangular and full of water when it comes to the pool. And there are many hotels only too willing to oblige. Some have created wonderful oasis or jungles in the middle of cities, or offer you sweeping, uninterrupted views of the ocean, tempt with the infinity plunge into nothingness, or have a mini water park in their garden. It's hard to compare these different approaches to creating the best hotel pools in Europe, so this list isn't in order, but is instead grouped around themes.
And while we don't really believe you're going to choose your holiday destination based solely on a photo of a dreamy pool, it might provide inspiration to get booking! If you're feeling inspired don't hesitate to get in touch by phone or email, one of our 'pool gurus' for advice.
Why is it so relaxing to stare off into a peaceful distance while letting your feet paddle and your arms bronze? This is the true essence of being on holiday and those moments are precious. Our pick of the best hotels pools in Europe with a view offer this and more - for many on this list, the vista is simply stunning.
This collection of the best hotel pools in Europe qualify because they're one of a kind hotel pool experiences. This is the kind of things honeymoons are made for!
Not all the best hotel pools in Europe are on islands or by the sea. Some can be found downtown. 'Cause sometimes all you need after a busy day exploring a new city is a quick dip before you head out again.
What could be more luxurious than arriving at your hotel and finding your suite has its very own pool. More than what most of us have at home. But we bet you deserve it.
Of course at the end of the day one man's meat is another man's poison, but we do think we've managed to select the twenty best hotel pools in Europe! Still not sure? Check out our recommendations in Greece, the Balearics and the Cote d'Azur.
A totally unique boutique honeymooner hotel draped over the cliffs of Oia. Cool and tranquil luxurious rooms with stunning views. Exceptionally lovely infinity pool and spa. Fresh mediterranean cuisine is served poolside as well as fine dining on the rooftop. The ideal place to completely unwind.
Conca dei Marini
A monastery renovated with romance and elegance. Its celestial views from its perch on a cliff top are to die for. The hotel captures the essence of la dolce vita with its location, understated but immaculate style, and its incredible spa facilities. A romantic destination.
Fantastic Five Star luxury, Michelin star restaurant, and contemporary Italian interior design. Seamless rooms and suites with stand alone bathtubs, private balconies, and ethereal linens. Wonderful pool and spa area. Romantic, gourmet, and close to the beach.
Wonderfully chic all white minimalism with spectacular views over the ocean. Spacious suites with all the mod cons and gorgeous balconies. Lovely pool lounge area and Mediterranean restaurant. Perfect for swish honeymooners.
Porto (Vila Nova de Gaia)
A hotel that defines its destination. Luxury in abundance - huge beautiful suites with views over the Douro, lavish marble bathrooms, fantastic spa, and infinity pool. Designer in style whilst keeping comfort and character in tact. A very special hotel.
A hotel cut from the cliff's edge with wow factor views and indulgent surroundings. All white rooms, suites and a palatial villa with fabulous private balconies and hot tubs. Lovely Mediterranean restaurant and extensive spa. Truly romantic and luxurious.
Tradition meets cool contemporary on the most spectacular island in Greece. A series of cave houses in the cliffside, with white on white decor broken with stylish aztec bed throws. Impossibly perfect infinity pool and an intimate poolside restaurant both boast killer views. Ideal for honeymooners.
Crillon le Brave, Provence
A hilltop hotel in the heart of Provence surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Elegant rooms offer style, views and soak baths. Fine dining on the terrace and a drink by the pool. Guests are enticed by the spa; the local charm and romantic feel about the place. A beautiful and memorable stay.
A lovingly and tastefully restored farm house for laid back holidays and exclusive use. Simple yet beautiful rooms with white walls, limestone floors and beamed ceilings. Private gourmet chef, access to the wine cellar and fantastic swimming pool. Ideal as a country escape.
Torrita di Siena, Tuscany
An eccentric and luxurious Tuscan villa with stunning views. Rooms with fruit pastel colours lacquered on stone walls, wooden beams, four poster beds, and stone floors. Lovely terraces, pool, and delicious organic food. A romantic choice.
Five Star Luxury from a Grand Hotel on the water's edge of Lake Como. Elegant interiors are understated, rather than overly lavish. Glossy parquet floors, brightly coloured walls, a mixture of contemporary and Baroque furniture, spectacular views from terraces. Excellent restaurant, spa, parklands.
A collection of lifestyle houses converted from 300 year old caves, built into the hillside. Spectacular views and complete tranquility meets laidback luxury and style. Stunning infinity pool, beautiful terraced gardens, and superb contemporary Greek cuisine. A wildly romantic destination.
Ostuni Brindisi, Puglia
Gorgeous traditional Ostuni farmhouse. Traditional trulli (conical peasants' houses) act as rooms and suites, immaculately painted in white. Stunning grounds, terraces, and enormous swimming pool. A fabulous choice for romantic breaks, family holidays, and friends.
Palma di Montechiaro, Sicily
Gorgeous olive farm and farmhouse on a hillside. Fabulous designer rooms, suites, and two private cottages, spectacular views, African gardens, excellent food and very family friendly. Still very romantic and very luxurious.
Savelletri de Fasano, Puglia
Sophisticated, contemporary hotel with a young, hip vibe. Smart blue and white contemporary bedrooms, some with open fires and jacuzzis. Wonderful courtyard bar with Balinese sofas and excellent restaurant overlooking the pool. Small spa, golf course and private beach club.
Conca dei Marini
Outwardly unassuming, this cliff top hotel will surprise with its magnificent views over the Amalfi coast, secluded private beach down steep steps, and old fashioned charm. A holiday destination for serious lazing in the sun in spectacular surroundings.
This is a super modern spa hotel with slick minimalist interiors, lengthy wine list, and panoramic views of Funchal. A sophisticated spa break for those who want to be pampered to the max in a city environment.
A massive urban resort with stunning pools and mediterranean gardens in the city, a short walk to Camp Nou. Tranquil ambience, with modern designer interiors. Rooms have good natural light and views over the city. Not central, but a short bus ride away.
A large 1920s building renovated with subtle minimalism. An elegant atmosphere and lots of natural light. Its Michelin-starred restaurant, celestial views of the city from the roof top terrace, and central location make it a haven for those on an escape to Barcelona.
Luxury meets minimal to make a statement at this colourful boutique hotel in the centre of Athens. Spacious and stylish rooms come with all the mod-cons. Admire the sunset from the rooftop pool and open-air bar. Top notch breakfast buffet at Magenta Restaurant. Great for romantics and explorers.
Luxurious reincarnation of a 14th century castle in the South Western corner of the island. Serious pampering here with spa, yoga, massage and super attentive staff on hand plus Michelin starred dining. The perfect spot for a romantic retreat.
A Rocco Forte hotel with two 18 hole golf courses, two swimming pools, a spa, four restaurants and a kids club. Classic and modern rooms and suites with private terraces, some with private pools. Very family friendly, but still luxurious. Ideal for golf enthusiasts, spa breakers and beach lovers.