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Great Resorts Where You Can Take the Plunge

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What is it about water that makes people feel sexier? It's not merely that it helps you come clean. It's about gravitational easing, and the delightful buoyancy that makes swimmers light on their feet. When you're alone with someone you love, in a beautiful setting, just add water: The effect is simply intoxicating.

Spas have known all along that water soothes and heals. But they don't generally offer the kind of seclusion romantic travelers crave. If you're part of a couple that can't imagine a great vacation without a private place to dip, you'll find what you're looking for at all of the following:

1. The Poconos (Pennsylvania, USA)

Cove Haven, Paradise Stream, and Pocono Palace -- all part of Caesars Pocono Resorts -- feature reasonably priced accommodations. Some have private, heated indoor pools so you can swim together naked any time of year, free from peering eyes. Many of the pools are heart-shaped, others rectangular, and still others narrow at each end for cuddling. In Cove Haven's Garden of Eden Apple unit, the pool is surrounded by tile. The Cove Fantasy unit is edged by mirrored walls. Check Rates Now

2. La Mancha (Palm Springs, California, USA)

In downtown Palm Springs, the affordable La Mancha offers private pool villas within 20 walled, gated acres. Its three day/two night "Lovers Package" includes a private patio mini-suite, bottle of champagne, one candlelight dinner for two, breakfast for two daily, and half-hour his-and-her massages. Swimming pools are rectangular. Some units also include a private tennis court. Hotel Website

3. Las Brisas (Acapulco, Mexico)

In warm and sunny Acapulco, the pools are outdoors -- and there are several waterside units to choose from at Las Brisas. Up a hill, Private Pool Casitas have their own secluded pool steps away from the bedroom. Well-tended terraces, lined with fragrant bougainvillea and hibiscus, add sensuality to the view. Higher up, Beach Club Casitas have even better views, more privacy, and premium amenities (such as hotel bathrobes). At the top level of the resort, Junior Suites have a bit more space and a larger terrace surrounding the pool. And Master Suites boast indoor-outdoor pools. Historical note: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton honeymooned here in 1964. Check Rates Now

4. La Casa Que Canta (Zihuatanejo, Mexico)

Also south of the border, Zihuatanejo's La Casa Que Canta is a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Perched on a cliff, it provides panoramic views of pristine Zihuatanejo Bay below. This exclusive resort includes ten master private pool suites. Each 1,290-1,560-square-foot unit features a king-size bed, terrace, balcony, and outdoor living room. The bathroom has a shower, but no tub. After all, who would need one in such a setting? Elsewhere on the property, guests have the choice of swimming in a freshwater or ocean-filled pool. Check Rates Now

5. Round Hill (Jamaica)

Named one of the top ten romantic getaways in the world by the A&E channel, this all-inclusive contains villas with private swimming pools. Since they have 2, 3, or 4 bedrooms, each with private living rooms and /or verandahs, they may be too big for just one couple. But they'd be perfect for a small destination wedding. Half Moon Bay, another luxury resort that offers an all-inclusive plan, also has spacious villas with several bedrooms sharing a private pool. Check Rates Now

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