Swimming in Infinity
Is there anything that so effortlessly conveys peace and luxury as an infinity pool? This increasingly popular feature in hotels and vacation properties is characterized by a dropped wall facing outwards, allowing you to rest your arms up against the edge of the water with uninterrupted views of whatever landscape unfolds in front of you.
Infinity pools create such an ecstatic feeling that the travel industry is swiftly adding them to properties all around the world. New pools pop up regularly, often in locations of spectacular natural beauty, while many hotels now put their pools in the front and center of their marketing. We’ve collected a list of tenof the most scenic swimming spots around the world: in hidden ruins; facing open seas;tumbling into dense forests. So,plunge into our list to discover some of the finest infinity pools that the planet has to offer.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
Perhaps the most famous infinity pool of all sits at the top of the Marina Bay Sands tower, in the aptly named Skypark. You’re 57 levels up, with uninterrupted views of the immaculate and exhilarating city of Singapore. To us, that makes it the best place to be as the sun begins to set over its glistening, glass skyscrapers.
Playa Vik, Uruguay
Experience the giddiness of defying gravity by swimming to the edge of Playa Vik’s famous infinity pool. It juts out from the edge of the hotel, apparently hovering over the landscape below, giving the water the appearance of flowing straight into the Atlantic Ocean.
Four Seasons, Serengeti
Wildlife watching isn’t always about taking a drive into the wilderness. At the Four Seasons in the Serengeti, you can safely watch some of Tanzania’s most glorious creatures from the cooling comfort of its infinity pool. Simply dive in and watch as elephants, giraffes, and more come to drink at the watering hole, which is convenientlylocated opposite the hotel.
Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali
Some say this is the best pool in the world and it’s easy to see why. Two tiers of elegant, curved pools seem to cascade like a waterfall into the forest below. The hotel is located in the remote mountains of the island of Bali, so you can cool off in total serenity. Even better: each villa has a private infinity pool, too.
Anantara Golden Triangle, Thailand
The “golden triangle” of the hotel’s title refers to the three countries that you can see from the vantage point of the pool. Drift gracefully up to its dramatic edge and look out over the verdant forests stretching out in front of you, which hide the borders between Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.
Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are undeniably awe-inspiring, a haven of weird and wonderful wildlife preserved from the outside world by the ocean. Explore these unforgettable islands, then cool off in the infinity pool at Pikaia Lodge, which offers panoramic views of the National Park as its dramatic backdrop.
As the demand for infinity pools grows, so too does the innovation in their design. This lagoon-facing resort comes with an eye-catching feature that is best appreciated at night – the infinity pool glows with the lights of fiber-optics, creating an ethereal atmosphere to make you feel like you’re swimming in the stars. Uninterrupted views of the archipelago only enhance the experience.
Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona
Cool off from the Catalonian sun by taking a dip in the rooftop plunge pool of the Grand Hotel Central. As the name suggests, it’s located in the heart of Barcelona, so from this atmospheric spot you can swim with unbeatable views of the historic Born district and the rest of the city unravelling in the distance.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Paradise is an overused word when it comes to tropical islands, but you’ll struggle to think of any more appropriate descriptions when swimming at Jade Mountain. As you rest your arms on the edge of the pool and drink in the view, you’ll drink in incredible views of the green peak of Petit Piton dropping into the rich, blue waters of Soufriere Bay below.
The Cambrian Hotel, Adelboden, Switzerland
If you prefer mountains to beaches, then the Cambrian Hotel has the infinity pool for you. The vista from it tranquil turquoise waters is a knockout, as you see snowcapped peaks and ridges plunging into a forested valley. The hotel is located near some of Switzerland’s most thrilling pistes, so where better to unwind after a day on the slopes?
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