A pool should be refreshing and functional, but why stop there? Some pioneering designers are taking the humble swimming pool to new heights, with elements that mimic nature, or in some cases, structures that defy it. From glassy ledges to starry waters, some pools outshine their prestigious homes and hotels, like these seven jaw-dropping specimens that are impossible to resist.

Anantara Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand

At the prestigious Anantara resort tucked into Thailand’s green interior, you can wade into the huge, curvy infinity pool that looks out over the Mekong Valley. With an organic form and a deep blue hue, the pool meshes with the local flora and fauna very well – an impressive flourish to the surrounding jungle and neighbouring elephant sanctuary.

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