On our last trip to Crete, my boyfriend and I became victims of a never-ending double-date.
On our first night, we met a lovely couple and all decided to sit with each other for dinner. Dawn was from the same hometown as me, and Pete shared my boyfriend’s fascination for watches and cars. It was a match made in heaven. The next day we all went to the beach together and played games and shared our picnics. But by the fourth day, when we emerged from our apartment and found Dawn and Pete waiting for us by the pool, having another of their lovers’ tiffs, we began to wonder how to escape from the foursome back to the romantic couples’ holiday we’d originally planned.
Have you ever had something similar? Romantic holidays are supposed to be easy going affairs where you only have to do what the two of you want, and rotate between the pool, beach and fabulous restaurants. So, we’ve picked 9 perfect hotels that will allow you complete seclusion, including your very own private pool. Because “two’s company…”
A private pool in Tenerife
★★★★★ Baobab Suites | Costa Adeje
For those looking for the ultimate secret escape, there are plenty of choices at the Baobab Suites. Rooms can accommodate from two to seven people, and each suite comes with its own private pool. No splashing and screaming children in your pool (unless they’re your own), and if you’ve forgotten your sunscreen there’s no need to schlep back to your room, it’s simply a few steps away.
The hotel is oozing grown-up chic, with minimalist interiors, a grey and white palette and gentle beats in the background creating an ambiance of relaxed sophistication. Among the many amenities of this five-star facility, is the Activate fitness centre, where you and your lover can enjoy a friendly-but-still-competitive game of open-air tennis on their expansive outdoor courts.
The luxury suites are located on Tenerife’s Costa Adeje. Whether you are looking to spend some time doing outdoor activities in the surrounding nature park, chill at the beach or do some shopping, everything is possible in the local area.
A Private Pool along the Côtes d’Azur
★★★★★ Château de la Chèvre d’Or | Èze
Our first hotel is located in a country famous for wine and cheese, so we’re already off to a romantic start! Château de la Chèvre d’Or ensures complete security from any third wheelers when you book the Panoramic Suite, which comes complete with its own pool.
Here, there is everything you could wish for on a luxurious beach holiday: a dressing room, a private jacuzzi, a spectacular view of the Mediterranean and not to be forgotten, a spacious outdoor terrace. You can soak up the sun without having to race down and reserve a sunbed at 6am, and enjoy the private pool until your skin is completely wrinkly.
You’ll find the Chateau de Chèvre d’Or nestled in the medieval town of Èze on the stunning Côte d’Azur. You will walk through winding picturesque streets and yet still only be a ten-minute drive from the cosmopolitan cities of Nice and Monaco.
Suite with a private pool in Provence
★★★★★ Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa | Saint-Remy-de-Provence
The Prestige Suite at Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa, also has its own swimming pool. Here you can spend your holidays undisturbed and have acres of space to yourselves – the 220 m² suite has four bedrooms, so there’s plenty of room should you decide to invite a chosen few to join the party. In the evening, why not sit with a glass of French wine on one of three terraces and then go for a starlit swim in the private pool – just because you can!
Saint-Remy-de-Provence is perfectly situated to explore the whole of Provence. In addition to the many cities in the region, you should also visit the Camargue and watch the wild, white Camargue horses on a romantic walk.
Your own swimming oasis in Barcelona
★★★★ Hotel 1898 | Barcelona
If you are someone who, when on holiday, likes to have everything at your fingertips, then the H1898 deserves a closer look; the hotel offers the best of both worlds, located in the lively metropolitan zone La Rambla and offers you the luxury of your own pool overlooking the sea. The suites in the Colonial category are each a small oasis of tranquillity, with a 60 m² terrace, a private pool and a private jacuzzi. So, if it’s shopping, clubbing, enjoying the pool or gazing out to sea, whatever it is you like to do on holiday, this hotel has everything.
Barcelona! What more can we say…?
Bathe in your private pool in Crete
★★★★★ Avra Imperial Beach Resort & Spa | Kolymbari
In the Avra Imperial Beach Resort & Spa, there are five different categories of rooms and suites in which you can splash undisturbed. In some suites, there are private Jacuzzis and hydro-massage showers, or you can book the Deluxe Suite to enjoy your own outdoor, private pool.
And if you feel your own private pool is not quite big enough, you can always use the 2,500m² community pool or discover the luxury spa – there is no shortage of aquatic possibilities!
The hotel is located in the north-west of Crete, directly on the sandy beach of Kolymbari.
Stay in a hotel with a private pool in Santorini
★★★★★ Perivolas | Oia
The Perivolas Suites exude the summer lightness of the classic Greek design with white-washed walls and individual colour accents and windows opening out onto beautiful views.
Some suites even have their own sauna or jacuzzi, which are dug into the floor to meld seamlessly with the cave-like architecture of the rooms. The hotel is moulded so perfectly into the steep rock of Santorini, that one might even think it had always been there!
In Santorini, relaxed, Greek holiday flair awaits you. If you would like to visit historical sites, you should look at the excavations of Alt-Thera or Akrotiri.
A roof terrace with private pool in Marbella
★★★★ Meliá Marbella Banús
Want to spend a truly unforgettable weekend together? Then check into the penthouse suite of Meliá Marbella Banús hotel with its own private pool!
This is probably the most luxurious of our selection. There is a private swimming pool on the two-storied roof terrace, as well as a private library, a Jacuzzi, a PlayStation and a personalised concierge service. You’ll want to stay forever!
It’s no coincidence that you will find so much exclusive and personalised service in Marbella. The seaside town is located on the Costa del Sol and is known for attracting the rich and the wealthy – the many beaches and the old town are always worth seeing.
Swimming in your own private pool in Crete
★★★★★ Elounda Peninsula | Elounda
In the five-star Elounda Peninsula, you will be spoiled for choice between nine different categories of suites and villas with pool access. It can be just the two of you, or as many as eight friends with suites varying in size, some boasting sea views and a private garden. If you are travelling perhaps as a family, your own private pool has the added benefit of being able to keep a close eye on the kids, whilst enjoying alone-time with your closest loved ones.
When you do venture out of your suite, you can enjoy the Six Senses Spa, play a round of golf or enjoy time on the Blue-Flag beach – ideal if you have small children.
Elouda Peninsula lies in the north-east of the Greek island of Crete. Make sure you take a trip to one of the small fishing villages in the area, for fabulous seafood and quaint old-world lanes.
Suite with pool in Sardinia
★★★★★ Hotel Pitrizza | Porto Cervo
Young, (or even those still young at heart,) lovers will find the suites in the Hotel Pitrizza simply perfect! If you want to cool down a bit, you do not even have to leave your room, because, of course, all the rooms have their own swimming pool.
The luxurious pools are so perfectly inserted into the Sardinian landscape that you could feel like swimming in a natural pool, whilst enjoying the sunshine and the sounds of waves breaking.
In Sardinia! The north of the island submerged in Sardinian specialties and surrounded by the white beaches of the Costa Smeralda.
Looking for more private splash time? Check out our hotels with in-room Jacuzzis!