Take a stylish dip: Where are the choicest pools on earth?

They are cities that pull double duty for sun-thirsty lovers of culture: Beach cities in destinations that offer surf and sand but also have compelling stories to tell.

Le Molitor features a heated outdoor 46m summer pool, a 33m, glass-roofed, mosaic winter pool and the most stylish sundeck in the city. Vive l`été!

What`s its story?

Le Molitor is one of the hottest spots in Paris right now -- the art deco swimming pool opened in 1929 and was one of the city`s most popular bathing spots for 60 years until it was closed down in 1989 and listed as a historical monument.

The abandoned location then became a haunt for the French underground street art scene.

But it reopened this year and has embraced all aspects of its urban fusion past, resulting in an achingly hip art-themed spa attached to a luxury hotel designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel, combining 1930s and contemporary architecture.

Now once more the place to be seen, Le Molitor has positioned itself as a hangout for artists and creative and regularly hosts shows and events.

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