Beat the Heat: 5 Chic European Pools

Make sure you pack your most stylish swimsuit...

It’s summertime and the living is indeed easy. If Europe happens to be on your agenda this year, you’ll be happy to know the forecast is calling for some spectacularly stylish pools. 

The Eagles Nest, Mykonos

pools_mykonos_theeaglenest_05Incredibly chic design mixes with a premiere hilltop position in Fanari, Mykonos, presenting photo-worthy moments at every turn. The views from the unique infinity pool — a rectangle merging with a semi-circle — stretch out over the Mediterranean Sea.
After your dip: Put on your party dress and venture to Paradise Club for a once-in-a-lifetime evening of dancing by the sea.
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Las Brisas, Mallorca

pools_mallorca_lasbrisas_01At first glance, La Brisas looks like a Beverly Hills mansion. But the mind-blowing view beyond the pool area begs to differ. From one angle you can see the yachts of Cape Cala Llamp; in the other direction you’ll find softly-sloping mountains and cliffs peppered with playful palm trees wedged against the Mediterranean sea.
After your dip:
 Splurge on dinner at Es Fum, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the St. Regis resort.
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Villa Aretusa, Amalfi Coast 

pools_amalficoast_villaaretusa_01Without question, Villa Aretusa’s pool is the most unique on this list. Located within the protected Punta Campanella reserve, this swimming pool is au-naturel, all the way: surrounded by natural rocks, paved with beach stones, and filled with sea water. Swim, sun, repeat.
After your dip: Trade the life down by the sea for high altitudes (and enchanting views) by climbing the nearby Path of the Gods

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Azure Dream, French Riviera 

pools_frenchriviera-villa559azur-01Nothing says chic summertime quite like St Tropez. While yacht trips, tasting pastries and rubbing shoulders with celebs is all in a day’s work here, Azure Dream’s sun-drenched terrace provides the ideal private paradise to unwind with an afternoon swim. Is there a better way to revitalize before dinner?
After your dip:
Make your way down to the old town, where an interesting mix of churches, grocery stores, and luxury clothing spots appease history buffs, foodies, and shopaholics alike.
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Villa Filira, Crete 

pools_crete-villafilira--04If you really want to escape from it all, you’ve found your match at Villa Filira. Located outside the quiet town of Chania, here you’re treated to sparkling views over red roofs and olive groves,all the way to the sea. Mix a cocktail, grab a magazine, and take a seat under the whimsical gazebo that’s decorated with oh-so-Grecian breezy white linens.
After your dip: Consider yourself an animal lover? Take a safari tour into Crete’s countryside to get up close and personal with the local wildlife population.
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Colleen McNamara