Want to conjure up memories of St. Tropez, yachts and other exotic locations, from the comfort of your home? A divine outdoor swimming pool is the way to go. For inspiration take a dive into 21 of the most beautiful pools in the world including; Fez, Morocco; Zushi, Japan; and Kuwait City, Kuwait.

KatsuhisaKidaPAGE8-1Synonymous with socializing, frolicking, and all things chic, pools are for the pure pleasure seeker in all of us. Where else but poolside can one glamorously lounge while sipping summer cocktails and enjoying a magnificently catered brunch? For decades, famous photographers such as Slim Aarons, Terry O’Neill, and John Loengard have celebrated the crystal clear waters and resort-style features of the finest pools, elegant backdrops to the lives of the most affluent.

In Ancient Egypt, royals were known to enjoy the occasional dip, whereas Romans preferred to soak in their palace swim spots—heated by huge underground bonfires. Since then, driven by technological advancements, high-end pool design has improved in leaps and bounds. Added eco-friendly considerations and aesthetics are more harmonious with modern architecture. Some pools even come with LED installations and automated features. Yes, there is an app for that. Slim-Aarons-Swimming-Pools

View the top 21 list and image gallery here.

*One “of the most impressive pools ever built by man” that didn’t make the list (but really should) is the SkyPark at the Hotel Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore. The  world’s largest rooftop infinity pool (at this height), where you can literally swim at the top of the world.