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Go Swimming with Mr & Mrs Smith

 Go Swimming with Mr & Mrs Smith! Enter here by August 14, 2014 for your chance to win a $100 Get a Room! gift card to redeem towards booking any Smith hotel worldwide.

Your hard-earned  holiday has just begun.  The  long journey to your destination is over and you’ve arrived at your wonderful hotel.

What’s the first thing you do?

For some travellers, it’s a necessary reprieve down at the hotel bar. Others check out the spa menu, or lace-up those walking shoes and head out to explore.

In the heat of August, we like to grab a towel and hit the hotel pool. Nothing beats watching the sunset over cocktails on a pool terrace, or for those who are more inclined to physical activity, a few leisurely laps to shake off your body-numbing hours on the plane.

When it comes to hotels with pools – plunge, private or infinity-edged – Mr & Mrs Smith, the hip boutique and luxury hotel experts, offer the most alluring hotel pools in the world as part of the Mr & Mrs Smith Go Swimming Collection.

We’ve asked them to round up their top ten from the collection – set in gardens or amid ruins, with swim-up bars or clear glass walls – each one the perfect place to chill out in style.

Dive in at www.smithhotels.com to book any of these hotels listed.

 North America 

soho

 You don’t have to travel far from home to find some of the world’s best hotel pools. At Soho Beach House on the Miami seaside, guests have a choice between two pools, garden or rooftop, so you won’t have to compete to catch some rays. The pool in the gardens is graced with sun-loungers and waiter service; there’s also a plunge pool on the rooftop, flanked by fans and overlooking the Atlantic.

standard

The Standard Downtown LA is one of the city’s coolest urban hangouts. The swinging rooftop pool is no exception – the heated pool has scarlet Perspex seating pods and matching signature astroturf, plus sun loungers and waterbed cabanas.

Caribbean

sublime

 With azure waters and white sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, the Caribbean is one of the most enticing spots for a refreshing dip, anytime of the year. Set in a remote peninsula paradise in the Dominican Republic, Sublime Samana is a private, all-suites oceanfront hideaway with a show-stopping swimming pool on its vast, palm-fringed grounds. Canopied daybeds perch above interconnected waterways that flow into two dramatic swimming pools at the heart of the hotel.

st b 

Parisian glamour chills out with a dose of relaxed Caribbean cool at St Barths’ Hotel Christopher, home tothe island’s largest swimming pool. This fresh-water infinity pool overlooks the ocean from its cliff top location. If you can’t bear to give up the panoramic view from your sunlounger, food and drinks can be delivered to you throughout the day.

 Europe

grace

 Grace Santorini is a whitewashed waterside palace with caldera views from every private plunge pool. This minimalist retreat boasts spectacular shimmering sea-views in a serene setting by day, and a glittering see-and-be -seen crowd by night at the infinity pool-side bar serving speciality cocktails. The infinity pool runs along the front of the hotel, perfect for swimming and Skaros Rock-spotting at the same time, with well-cushioned double loungers, a bar and an outdoor shower.

muse

Tucked in a serene, yet stylish sanctuary away from the St Tropez glitz, Muse St Tropez has the perfect poolside atmosphere. In addition to the private plunge pool outside most suites, there’s a larger, infinity-edged, unheated version in the grounds, lined with loungers and curtained cabanas and sound-tracked with light lounge music.

Asia

como FB

Winner of Best Spa Hotel in the Smith Hotel Awards 2013, the Como Shambhala Estate in Ubud, Indonesia entices guests with its wall-to-wall waterfalls, exceptional spa and wellbeing facilities, and low-key Bali-luxe décor. The hotel is a pool-lovers paradise – each of the residences has its own pool and stand-alone villas have private pools. In most cases, they are infinity-edged, surrounded by decking and with beautiful jungle views. The spa has a 25m lap pool, plus hydrotherapy pools and jet beds.

six sense

For a total escape of the distractions from daily life, head to Phang Nga Bay in Thailand and check in at one of Six Senses Yao Noi hotel’s private villas. Drink in views of the craggy limestone islands jutting from the ocean as you lie beside the placid infinity pool. Dip in and you really will feel as though you’re about to swim right off the edge.

 Indian Ocean & South Pacific 

manava

 Just a dash from Tahiti’s capital Pape’ete, hotel Manava Suite Resort  has stylish swimming sorted. The hotel has one of the sexiest, most sinuous outdoor infinity pools set within a milky-blue lagoon. Chill out on a lounger, perch at the tune-toting swim-up bar or pop to the pontoon to live it up in the lagoon. Water-jets pour from the curvy stone wall fringing the pool for a faux-waterfall feel.

reethi

At the One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives, there a three perfect pools to choose from – a dazzling infinity pool that cuts into the lagoon and overlooks neighbouring islands; a family-friendly pool shaded by trees and punctuated with mini hammock-toting islets, and a pool attached to the kids club, with a slide, shallow areas and even little sun loungers. There’s also a vitality pool attached to the impressive Espa spa (which has steam rooms, saunas and a saltwater Watsu pool), plus 12 immaculate beaches at your disposal; guests are never more than a few feet from a perfect swim.

Dive in at www.smithhotels.com to book any of these hotels listed.