There's a reason "Do Not Disturb" signs were created. When a refreshing dip in a plunge pool is just steps from your bed, there's no need to fight the crowd for a lounge chair — or even don a swimsuit.
Jade Mountain - Soufriere, St. Lucia
The 24 suites — aptly called sanctuaries — are stacked atop each other on a hillside, all with heart-stopping views. As you open the door, get ready to be wowed: Organic architecture blends curved stone walls with exotic hardwood floors, and the open plan means you're never without a view — from the king bed draped with mosquito netting to the sans-walls bathroom with its sexy whirlpool tub. But the stars are the pools. Sized from 400 to 900 square feet, each is lined with iridescent glass tiles in shades like sapphire, jade, magenta and bronze. The effect is so mesmerizing you won't mind that there's no TV (or air conditioning, as the lofty locale provides cooling breezes). Just pour yourselves some bubbly and slip into your infinity-edge paradise.
Royal Davui Island Resort - Beqa Lagoon, Fiji
Each romantic vale is nestled into hillside foliage, with plunge pools facing out toward the lagoon for ultimate privacy. Trading up from the Island or Deluxe categories to Premium earns you the largest and most private oasis, with its own refreshing rock waterfall. Inside, a 20-foot netted canopy hangs from the ceiling to cocoon the king bed, which floats mid-room on a sea of polished Fijian-wood flooring adjacent to a large bathroom with a whirlpool tub and outdoor shower. A separate living room has sliding glass walls and a sunning patio with twin chaise lounges.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya - Playa del Carmen, Mexico
This 491-room all-inclusive is definitely abuzz, but the quiet, adults-only Grand Class section perfectly combines luxe amenities with honeymoon privacy. All 90 suites in this section have ocean views, spa tubs and oceanfront balconies with private plunge pools; there's even room for a massage table, should you prefer your spa treatment in suite. Top-floor rooms boast vaulted ceilings and the best views.
Yes, Hermitage Bay has cottages set right on the beach. But if it's privacy and plunge pools you seek, request one of 17 Hillside Cottage suites. You have to trek up a steep stone path to get there, but your effort is rewarded with the treehouse-like enclave, boasting sexy extras like a king bed, outdoor shower, wraparound sun deck and infinity-edge plunge pool with views that stretch all the way to neighboring Nevis and Montserrat.
The Resort at Pedregal - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Each of the 66 rooms and suites features a private terrace with a plunge pool, but for the most indulgent ambience, book one of the eight Capella rooms. These oversize havens have carved wood-beam ceilings, a separate sitting area and a driftwood-back king bed positioned opposite a fireplace. The terrace door opens to an infinity-edge plunge pool with stellar sea views. More watery revelry is on tap inside in the rainforest shower for two.
Cavo Tagoo - Mykonos, Greece
Cavo Tagoo stays true to the stark-white Clycladic architecture Mykonos is known for, but the whitewashed interiors are refreshingly modern. Classic rooms on the lower level have private terraces and refreshing plunge pools, while the upper-level deluxe rooms come with infinity-edge pools overlooking the Aegean. A free shuttle runs between the hotel and Old Town, five minutes away.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora - Bora Bora, French Polynesia
All of the resort's plush overwater bungalows offer dive- or step-in access to the lagoon, but couples who book an overwater bungalow with a plunge pool can also take a freshwater dip on the lanai right outside their room — perfect for a relaxing rinse after a snorkel session or a sunset soak complete with champagne. Inside, contemporary Polynesian decor is equally seductive — especially the oversize tub with lagoon views, and the glass panel in the living room floor lets you spy on multicolor reef fish below.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba - Riviera Maya, Mexico
For a muy romantico respite, book a bilevel Spa Pool Villa, where your rectangular H2O oasis is the perfect relaxation spot after a massage in your private treatment area. The decor is Asian spare meets Mexican spice; think minimalist architecture that blends into the landscape and a neutral color palette accented by touches of orange and red. Your outdoor terrace has twin chaise lounges and a dining area; round-the-clock room service ups your incentive to stay put.
Ladera - Soufriere, St. Lucia
St. Lucia oozes romance, and the 32 treehouse-style rooms at Ladera match that vibe perfectly. Situated on a ridge 1,100 feet above sea level, the three-walled suites boast panoramic views of the Caribbean, Piton mountains and town of Soufriere. Each terrace has a private plunge pool surrounded by lush landscaping; many also have waterfalls and teak swing sets hanging from the ceiling.
This all-inclusive 32-room boutique resort on Grenada's southwest coast is on prime real estate, steps away from expansive Grand Anse Beach. The resort's 1,200-square-foot Anthurium pool suites are located on the lower level, and each has a private courtyard terrace, where gardens and chaise lounges surround a supersize 12-by-16-foot plunge pool.
Uma Ubud - Bali, Indonesia
There are just three Uma pool suites, constructed in an open, airy Balinese style with separate lounging, dining and sleeping areas. Each bedroom features a four-poster king bed and gleam-ing terrazzo floor that leads to a light-filled bathroom with a sunken tub for two. Outside, a pair of chaises flanks a sapphire-blue infinity plunge pool embraced by the solitude of the Balinese jungle.
Belmond La Residencia - Majorca, Spain
The isle of Majorca is classic Mediterranean: olive groves, quaint towns and seaside cliffs. Within the sleepy artist's village of Deia is Belmond La Residencia, a pair of stunning stone manor houses that have been converted into a 67-room Orient-Express retreat. Here, guests lounge around the grounds, hike to the nearby swimming cove or hole up in a Tramuntana suite, with a tiled garden terrace and private pool.
The stunning Utah landscape is best experienced at Amangiri, a 34-room oasis surrounded by stark plateaus near the Arizona border and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Six of the hotel's suites have spacious plunge pools and private, candlelit sky terraces accessed by staircase and furnished with a daybed — perfect for evening stargazing.
Earth Lodge - Mpumalanga, South Africa
Spend your mornings spotting lions, giraffes and elephants from a Land Rover while on safari around Kruger National Park, and afternoons staring out over the bush from the pool on your private terrace. The lodge's 13 suites were made from stone and built low to the ground — but while they appear minimal on the outside, inside they're an interior designer's dream, filled with rich metallic art and funky, locally sourced furnishings, such as handmade twig chandeliers.