The most important element of a luxurious holiday is surely the swimming pool. But these days, fun-seekers will go to great lengths to enjoy their bathing time.

From plunge pools that look like garden ponds to snow-covered mountain top baths, there's no limit to designers' imaginations.

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A natural blue water pool in Mexico and a man ready to dive

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