Certainly one of the golden rules as a child, and one that is guaranteed to put you in good stead for the summer holidays, is to always be nice to friends with a pool. If I think back to the long, carefree summers of my own childhood, this was definitely one of the age-old, unwritten rules of summer. Keep your enemies close and your pool-owning friends even closer. There wasn’t much that could tear us away from the water and our friends.
Yet as adults, many of us tend to grow out of our swimming pool obsession. Why though? Water does the body good and nothing beats the summer heat like a quick dip in a refreshing pool. Time spent in, or next to, the pool eases the mind, soothes the soul and gives us a healthy measure of vitamin D to boot. So if you don’t have access to a daily dose of vitamin ‘sea’, then go for the next best thing and soak up the glorious sunshine next to a picturesque pool.
We’ve taken our own childhood advice and continue to make friends with some of the best pool owners in the world. Here are 20 of the world’s best pools with a view… relax, soak up the remarkable scenery and let your troubles float away.