Whether for the clear blue skies or the ceruleanwaters of the Mediterranean, it’s not without reason that this part of the world is called the Côte d’Azur. But if you’ve tired of the sand and saltof the beaches, grab your towel and head to one ofthese stunning swimming pools. After you!
1. Five Seas Hotel, Cannes
With a 13m stainless steel infinity pool surrounded by turquoise walls and a beautiful Brazilian teak deck, this five-star pool offers the ultimate escape from city life. Charming features include its exceptional views of the 19th century Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage church and the roofs of Le Suquet neighbourhood.
2. Nikki Beach, Monaco
From dawn till dusk (and often vice versa), the panoramic rooftop pool of the Fairmont bathes under the light of 300 days of sun a year. From its generous asymmetric 15m x 7m pool and luxury loungers, guests can soak up exclusive views of the famous Grand Prix hairpin bend and the Monte-Carlo opera house and casino.
3. Le Mas Candille, Mougins
Nestled in amongst eight hectares of exquisite Provençal olive groves and cypress trees, this five-star 18th century bastide has not one, not two, but three inviting pools as well as two jacuzzi areas, a sauna and a fitness suite. La Pergola 14.5m x 13m infinity pool and the hydrotherapy pool are strictly reserved for adults, although children are welcomed at Le Mas pool under parental supervision.
4. Terre Blanche, Tourrettes
Mythical natural views are in abundance at this award-winning relaxation and golfing retreat. Measuring a staggering 40m x 15m, the setting and views of the outdoor heated infinity pool will truly take your breath away. Add to this an architecturally inspired indoor pool and outdoor vitality spa pool (plus a kids pool), and there’s no reason to go anywhere else in the hills this summer.
5. Hôtel Royal Riviera, Cap Ferrat
We’ll take a side order of gourmet with this one, please! The Royal Riviera’s ample outdoor pool is within metres of two excellent restaurants - Jasmin Grill & Lounge and La Table du Royal by chefs Bruno Le Bolch and Alain Parodi - as well as the well-stocked Pool Bar, open throughout the summer from 10.30am to 6pm.
6. Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes
Perhaps the most iconic swimming pool of the French Riviera, this idyllic infinity pool has welcomed countless famous faces into its waters since hotelier Antoine Sella carved it out of basalt rock in 1914. While it doesn’t have the size of other pools on this list, it certainly has the views: from Juan-les-Pins to the Lérins Islands and the Estérel mountains. This is one photogenic destination.
7. Cap Estel, Èze
Perched above the Mediterranean on a privately-owned peninsular, there is likely no other place in the region with the privacy of Cap Estel’s outdoor saltwater infinity pool… Simply sublime!
8. Monte Carlo Bay, Monaco
Heaven lives outdoors at this Société des Bains de Mer resort at the eastern edge of the principality with cascading waterfalls, a sandy-bottom lagoon (the first of its kind in Europe), an outdoor infinity pool, pergolas, bridges and exotic gardens.
Pools with a view
9. Villa Belrose, Saint Tropez
Often described as a wellness and beauty retreat with an à la carte attitude, the palatial Villa Belrose’s extensive list of treatments and spa facilities is well-complimented by its glorious 25m x 12m swimming pool, 300m² lounger area and quaint Le Petit Belrose pool restaurant by chef Pietro Volontè. It offers immaculate views of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez from its Classical style terrace.
10. Tiara Yaktsa, Théoule
Oh, the enchanting Estérel mountains! Found just below the hotel’s ‘Garden of Eden’, the Tiara Yaktsa’s 18m² pool is enclosed on three sides by the region’s famous red rocks and lush foliage. The bright blue of the pool stands out against the rusty background and signature lavender accents of the hotel to make for an address that seems at once exotic and innately Mediterranean.