The summer months often bring up one of the longest standing debates in modern history: the pool versus the beach. For some, there’s nothing like the natural beauty that presents itself when standing at the edge of the earth—a chlorine-filled concrete bowl just doesn’t compare. But for others, the clean, controlled environment of a pool wins out over sandy messes and vicious waves that can easily knock you over. It’s fair to say each side has some valid points.
However, if you ever get the chance to visit some of these pools, you get the best of both perspectives of the argument. Situated atop mountains and built into rocks, these pools combine nature with design to create the most quintessential summer setting. Enjoy both breathtaking views of the natural world and calm, serene waters. Recently, AD surveyed some of the best pools that use the natural world to enhance the built one, and luckily many are located at resorts, so you can visit them on your next vacation.
Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany, Italy
Castello di Vicarello is a 12th-century castle that was artfully transformed over 25 years into a boutique luxury hotel along Tuscany’s Mediterranean Coast. Vicarello is not only a magnificent destination to unwind and disconnect, but it also offers an unforgettable way to experience one of the most beautiful parts of Italy. Its pool embodies a deep respect for the landscape in a way that is both beautifully elegant and strikingly minimalist.