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Pushing the boundaries of lush means that pools come as standard in many exclusive, genuine five-star resort properties. Ranging from one to nine bedrooms, our collection here showcases all that is desirable about being selfish on holiday! So consider exercising your right to privileged privacy and take a peek at the some of the best pool villas around the world today – these little watery numbers are sure to whet your appetite!

Unprecedented Privacy in the Seychelles

For flawless island living and a level of privacy that beckons you to let down your guard, the Signature Villas at Maia Luxury Resort & Spa in the Seychelles ticks all the boxes – whatever the size! With direct beach access or hillcrest locations and seclusion from your neighbours these plush one bedroom hideaways have a large swimming pool and attentive butler service. The villas give you impeccable taste in their décor with seasoned wooden flooring, lavish, understated textiles and delightful design and art touches. There is a flow throughout with clever use of natural wood that often forms the base for plump cushions or draped fabrics. Your intricately presented bathroom is dotted with cool marble and the cutest of straw hats is perched above your neatly-hung cotton bathrobe. There is a different place to sit for virtually every hour of the day, perfect for gazing out at the magnificent ocean from oodles of angles! 

Multi-levelled hillside retreat in Paresa Phuket, Thailand

You really can’t go wrong with your choice of accommodation at Paresa Phuket, a well-kept secret amidst tropical forests by the azure blue waters of the Andaman Sea on Kamala’s Millionaires’ mile. Every suite and villa comes with at least one private pool and a massive amount of space. One of our favourites is the four-bed Grand Villa which makes a great retreat for a group of up to 12 friends. It perches, almost invisibly (OK from a distance!) into the seriously lush greenery which envelopes the hillside. The villa itself also sports hedge-like structures where increased privacy is required. You can see the glorious Andaman Sea from virtually every room and balcony, and if you fancy a dip then you have three pools to choose from; you also have a private steam room, spa and three levels linked by inside and outside stairways. If you are looking for a retreat that has everything you need in terms of cuisine, facilities and excessive creature comforts, and an out of the way location then look at Paresa which has great pool villas for 2 to 12 people.

Tranquillity redefined at Amankila Bali

Situated on the remote east coast of Bali you will find Amankila, blissfully secluded on its own stretch of tranquil beach. We are particularly enamoured with the two-bed Amankila Suite which covers an impressive 660sqm. The aquamarine tiled pool is reached via grand wide, polished stone steps, which, along with a sumptuous selection of seats and two lounging bales, are enclosed within a neat low fence. Views over the edge of your elevated hillside position are astoundingly beautiful – think billowing palms, shockingly blue sea and undulating green-coated hills. To complete the stage-setting, enter butler, stage right – now you’re talking bliss!

Tropical diversion at Rayavadee Krabi

If you are holidaying in the tropics and you want to be reminded of it on a daily basis, then check out the Phranang Villa at Rayavadee, Krabi, Thailand. Your multi-pavilion, three-bedroom villa is snuggled like a baby amidst the verdant vegetation peeping out provocatively at the glorious Andaman Sea. Spanning a generous 417sqm it is one of only two available and both are individually designed incorporating a delightful private pool with a Jacuzzi – there is a butler to cater for your every need and privacy is high on the priority list at this award-winning resort.

Private Island Paradise at The Estates at Pangkor Laut Resort

Situated at the northern point on the private island of Pangkor Laut, The Estates at this Malaysian resort have several unique features, with wow-factor pools in all eight of its private paradises. Set on a white sandy beach of a secluded cove or nestled on hilltops within an ancient rainforest, stepping up to your estate you’ll enter a charming walled enclave with plenty of natural shade around your pool, Jacuzzis or bath pavilion. Space continues with separate living and dining pavilions set amidst a lush gardens and a courtyard define this intimate and totally private hideaway. We love Estate One, set on granite and fronting one horn of Marina Bay, as few other accommodations can boast a fossil wall feature in the bedroom! It is, however, the symmetrical deep blue infinity pool that labels this estate as truly elite, and as you may expect there is a personal butler and chauffeur-driven car is available.

Absolutely massive – with massive style to match at Amanzoe, Greece

Every element of exclusivity that the Aman brand stands for is poured into its cutting edge properties at Porto Heli, just 2.5 road hours from Athens. This uber-contemporary, minimalist resort is awash with clean lines and pathways flanked by pools, however, tall, round, statement pillars emphasise its Greek location. If you have a large family, are travelling as a group, or simply like the idea of having nine bedrooms, then the sprawling, open plan villas at Amanzoe simply explode with possibilities. Outdoor living centres around vast marble-floored sitting and dining areas that resemble more of a plush hotel lobby than a private residence – but this is all yours! Spread over six intriguing levels, it has a 40m indoor infinity pool on the 6th level and a 30m replica on the 2nd, in addition, there is a spa lap pool, and others to bring up the overall total to six! Aforementioned pillars can be found in the pools themselves, defining the indoor/outdoor boundary, however this is symbolic as the concept is all about drawing your eyes across the surface of the water and over to the magnificent mountain-speckled ocean beyond. Bold artworks enhance this supremely opulent space in which you and your guests (total 20) will want for nothing – a full complement of staff will guarantee this.

Every shape and size

We like to bring in the grand and the remote when seeking out outstanding, however, small and intimate can be just as rewarding, especially if it is just for the two of you. We have one of the largest collections of resorts that feature private pools – from small refreshing plungers to lavish freeform wanderers. You may be surprised just how affordable a retreat with water can be! 

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