Staycations no longer have to mean compromise. Experience a flavour of overseas summer relaxation at our pick of Britain’s best hotels with beautiful outdoor pools.
Best for: Breathtaking views
In a west-facing position above the fashionable village of Rock with views over Padstow and out towards the open sea, St Enodoc’s heated pool is found deep within the hotel’s lawned gardens. The surrounding sandy beaches are just a short walk away from the hotel, but with a pool – and views – like this, it’s a great excuse to stay put!
Summer prices from £195 per night. Pool can be used by visitors who book a spa package. 01208 863394
Best for: Contemporary cool
The award-winning spa at this beautiful hotel housed in a spectacular former stately home near Cheltenham features a 15m outdoor pool, which is heated all year round. In summer, settle on a sun lounger and enjoy waiter service as you sip a drink from the bar. The pool is surrounded by trees and is built into the landscape for a touch of contemporary cool in a classic countryside location.
Summer prices from £195 per night (including breakfast). None hotel guests can book a spa pass for £50, which allows access to the gym and pools. 01242 870900
Best for: Pure luxury
This al fresco infinity pool is the jewel in the crown of this five-star hotel’s new Spa Garden set in the 365-acre estate which sits between the villages of Hurworth and Croft-on-Tees. Experience different pressures of hydrotherapy massage in the heated water, take a dip in one of two outdoor hot pools surrounded by heated decking, or kick back in the sunshine on the terrace and enjoy views of the beautiful landscaped gardens.
Rooms from £210 per room (based on two sharing), including breakfast and use of the spa and wellness facilities. Use of the spa garden is £30 per person for two hours. 0800 089 3929
Best for: English charm
The newer eastern wing of this award-winning modern country inn hotel in the market town of Helmsley houses the spa, where al fresco bathing is positively encouraged. The year-round heated pool and jacuzzi sits in a south-facing terraced garden surrounded by tubs of greenery. Overlooked by many of the rooms, it is a fantastic place to take a dip and unwind.
Spa and poolside suites from £320 per night (including breakfast). 01439 770766
Best for: Family breaks
Spread across three floors, the Herb House spa at Lime Wood in the New Forest, features a number of beautiful treatment areas including a mud house, steam house, bath house, herb garden, sun deck, hydrotherapy pool and outdoor steaming hot pool. The family-friendly indoor pool, which opens out onto the outdoor decking, has specific children’s swim hours, so they can splash around inside while you soak up the sunshine outdoors.
Rooms start from £330 per night. 023 8028 7177
Best for: A sense of history
The only listed pool in the country, Cliveden House’s famous outdoor pool was the scene of 19-year-old model Christine Keeler and cabinet minister John Profumo’s first meeting in 1961, igniting one of Britain’s biggest political scandals. Now part of Cliveden House’s spa, the heated pool, set in the privacy of a walled garden, is the perfect spot to settle on a sun lounger in a fluffy robe with a glass of bubbly.
Club Rooms from £445 per night for a double. Pool only open to hotel residents at present. 01628 607107