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Just for a moment, close your eyes and picture your dream pool: rays glinting on the water, a sun-warmed deck underfoot and the clink of ice cubes in a glass (makes ours a post-lunch spritz). Lucky for you, we’ve looked high and low for four of the best hotel pools in Europe, whether you’re dreaming of the glamour of Cannes, a poolside perch above Seville or a heavenly private cabana overlooking Barcelona beach.

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W Barcelona

Best for: poolside cool
There’s no missing W Hotels’ sleek Barcelona outpost, set on the beachfront and shaped like a spectacular mirrored sail. Luxurious yet playful, it’s a sensational stay like no other. At SPA by W Barcelona you can enjoy the latest VOYA luxury organic treatments to feel fabulous in your skin, and there’s a heated indoor pool – though in summer, most guests hit the terraces and their sea-view pools. Take a dip at the dreamy, palm-flanked WET Deck, known for its summer DJ sessions, or claim a cushioned lounger on the SUN Deck, with its scene-stealing infinity pool. Visitors can now also take a dip thanks to a new day pass. Hungry? Head to the renovated Salt restaurant for tasty tapas and the best cocktails by the seaside.

The Club
: Take in the view of the city, sea and sky from a private poolside cabana – the largest even has its own Jacuzzi.

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Los Seises Sevilla, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

Best for: a cultural escape
Metres away from Seville’s cathedral is Los Seises Sevilla, an atmospheric hideaway set in the former Archbishop’s palace, which celebrates the building’s heritage through original mosaic floors, Arabic columns and even Roman ruins. What His Grace would make of its latest incarnation is anyone’s guess – though he’d surely approve of its rooftop pool, set amid the city’s tiles and spires. It’s a handsome, sun-dappled expanse of blue, edged by linen curtains and loungers, with front-row views of the Giralda (the cathedral’s Moorish bell tower). After a day exploring the city, come back for a sundowner: the polished poolside bar does an excellent line in mint juleps.

The Club
says: For a private terrace of your own, reserve one of the four Legend rooms.

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Moxy Lisbon City

Best for: super savvy travellers
Showstopping pools often come at a premium, but not at the Moxy Lisbon City, a chic, budget-friendly stay with a heated pool perched on its roof. It’s bordered by a deckchair-dotted terrace and a colour-clashing mural (the perfect Instagram backdrop). Other plus points include the playful design and warm welcome: expect a complimentary cocktail on arrival, and possibly a round of foosball – there’s a table in the lobby, adding to the sociable vibe.

The Club
says: Here for business as well as pleasure? The Moxy makes for a productive workspace, with its laptop-tapping nooks, free Wi-Fi and spacious coworking tables.

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JW Marriott Cannes

Best for: rooftop Riviera chic
There’s no better place to soak up Cannes’ glamour than this elegant destination, set on the boutique-lined beachfront. Beyond a curving façade is contemporary luxury at its finest, starting with the snowy marble lobby and an epic crystal-leaf chandelier. The Sunset Terrace, set on the Croisette, is the best spot in town for people-watching, while rooms run from romantic sea-view hideaways to the princely Presidential Suite. The rooftop pool, naturally, is a chic affair: an octagonal design flanked by cushioned loungers. Bring a wide-brimmed hat and off-duty-starlet shades and you’ll fit right in. 

The Club says: After the pool closes at six, head to the Panorama Rooftop bar, where the smart set gathers for aperitifs and front-row seats for golden hour.

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