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AYANA RESORT AND SPA BALI
In Bali, pool villas are a dime a dozen, but those on offer at this hip, cliffside resort are swoon-worthy. The glamorous Jimbaran resort has three types of pool villas; the pick being the three-bedroom Ayana villa and the zen-like cliff pool villas with panoramic Indian Ocean views, oversized bathrooms with soaking tubs built for two and 500 square metres of indoor and outdoor space. If you can prise yourself away from your poolside cabana, you'll find fine dining, private beach picnics and the incredible Thermes Marins Bali Spa are on offer. Don't miss the Floataway champagne brunch. Pool villas from $805.
GAIA RETREAT AND SPA BYRON BAY
Founded by Olivia Newton-John, this eco-friendly wellness retreat in the Byron Bay hinterland has opened three new Komala villas offering saltwater infinity plunge pools with views over the countryside. These seductive one-bedroom suites offer their own treatment area, luxurious en suite bathroom, split level living and large private deck with daybed cabana and pool. Gaia's main hub, Kukura House, is a stylish Samoan-style longhouse. This encompasses the main dining area, reception, library and relaxation lounges. A two-night all-inclusive retreat in a Komala villa starts from $3100 single occupancy.
ALILA JABAL AKHDAR OMAN
Alila Hotels and Resort's first foray into the Middle East is set 2000 metres above sea level in the stunning mountainous Jabal Akhdar region of Oman. Here in the cool mountain air, the 78-room property's two Jabal villas offer 361 square metres of indoor and outdoor spaces, two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, living room, dining, kitchenette, private terrace and pool overlooking a 600-metre wadi gorge with jaw-dropping views of the Al Hajar mountains. The master bathroom houses a steam room, shower and 1200 kilogram marble bath tub big enough for two. Jabal villas from $1930 a night.
KWANDWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE SOUTH AFRICA
Guests returning from game viewing in the wilds of South Africa's Kwandwe Private Game Reserve can cool off in their private plunge pool while watching resident wildlife drinking from the Great Fish River below. The Relais & Chateaux property's 22 rooms are split between four properties (giving it one of the largest land-to-guest ratios in the country). Great Fish River Lodge, Kwandwe's founding and flagship property, has nine guest suites where fold-away glass doors lead onto private verandas with plunge pools with views across the reserve. Fully inclusive rates at Grand Fish River Lodge are $550 a night.
INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT AND SPA FIJI
Located on Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, love seats by the infinity pool, private cabana dinners under the stars and a superlative spa are all par for the course at this five-star resort fronting the Coral Coast's best stretch of white sand beach. Club InterContinental - now restricted to guests 12 and over - lifts the luxe factor with ground floor one- and two-bedroom suites offering private, Cleopatra-style baths and plunge pools with serene views over Natadola Bay. Access to Club InterContinental includes 24-hour butler service, a la carte breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails with canapes each evening. From $950 a night.
GRAND HOTEL TREMEZZO LAKE COMO
Como's most palatial art nouveau hotel is sporting a contemporary facelift. New is the chic T Beach with grill restaurant and fun Pommery champagne bar and T Spa offering bespoke Espa treatments, along with the addition of a fifth floor boasting eight elegant rooftop suites. Spearheaded by Italian designer Venelli Kramer, the rooftop suites are decked out in natural hues and exquisite fabrics with private terrace, outdoor heated Jacuzzi pool, butler service and superlative Lake Como views. Natalie Portman, Uma Thurman and Gwyneth Paltrow are among celebrities to have stayed at the hotel, while silver fox George Clooney has a villa nearby. Rooftop suites from $2860 a night.