For your next relaxing getaway, spend copious amounts of time poolside admiring Switzerland’s snow-capped mountains, meadows and valleys, panoramic views of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park or Bali’s terraced rice paddies. Here we present nine of the best infinity pools around the world, to help you decide where to go next.
What exactly is an infinity pool?
To qualify as an infinity pool, the top of the water needs to be at the same level as the edges surrounding the pool, creating the illusion of the edge merging with the blue of the ocean or sky.
Jungle swimming in the infinity pool at the Hanging Gardens of Bali, Bali
The hauntingly-beautiful, twin-tiered infinity pool at this hotel was inspired by Ubud’s terraced rice paddies and swimming in it feels like you’re swimming through the Balinese jungle.
Island luxury in the infinity pool at Hotel Grace Santorini, Greece
The abstract, geometric infinity pool at the Hotel Grace Santorini faces the island’s volcanic crater, half-submerged in the Aegean Sea. The layered terrace and the hotel decor is minimalist and all-white, forming that distinctive Greek island color scheme against the blue of the sky and the dappled pool.
Infinity pool in the mountains at Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland
914 meters above sea level, the Hotel Villa Honegg’s infinity pool has views of Lake Lucerne, the valley, and surrounding snow-capped mountains of Switzerland. The setting is at its most ethereal on winter nights, with mist rising up from the heated water, a starlit sky, and a blanket of snow covering the landscape.
Coastal views from the infinity pool at Belmond Hotel Caruso, Italy
Stay at this romantic, 11th-century palace and enjoy views from the infinity pool of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Often described as the most scenic part of Italy, this rocky cliffs of the coastline here are covered with olive trees, brightly-painted houses on terraces leading down to the sea, and a vivid floral display.
Rooftop infinity pool at Hotel Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
The infinity pool at the top of Hotel Marina Bay Sands is a real show-stopper; swimming at such a mighty height feels weird but good. At night, it’s particularly special, with the pool lit up to a gentle glow and the glittering lights of Singapore’s skyscrapers sparkling ahead of you.
A beachside infinity pool at Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
At the Six Senses Yao Noi resort) in Thailand, guests have their own villas with private pools overlooking the beach so you can enjoy a lantern-lit, poolside dinner in total privacy. But the Hilltop Reserve curved infinity pool is the real stunner, overlooking Phang Nga Bay and almost completely blending into the bright blue horizon.
Elephant spotting from the infinity pool at the Four Seasons Lodge, Serengeti
The Four Seasons Lodge is located in the heart of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. And its infinity pool has a panoramic view of the plains, with a watering hole literally right in front, which elephants regularly gather around.
Infinity pool on an island at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, UAE
Built on an island jutting out into The Gulf, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is a Dubai landmark, offering some of the best views of the city. A vast infinity pool curves around the edge of a tiered terrace that sits on the sea, backed by minimalist white sun loungers, parasols and potted palm trees. Walking over a slender bridge back towards the hotel you’ll find another, smaller pool with a swim-up bar and private cabanas. There’s also a rooftop infinity pool with unbeatable views, where a ‘romantic moonlight swim’ is available, including a massage, drinks and water strewn with rose petals.
Two rooftop infinity pools at 137 Pillars Residences Bangkok, Thailand
This exclusive Bangkok hotel lays claim to two mesmerizing infinity pools. One can be found on the 27th floor and is open to any Residence guests; a vision in concrete with geometric lines painted beneath the water and gray marble pillars bordering the pool. Recline on one of the caramel-colored sun loungers facing the city, soak in the poolside Jacuzzi or grab a drink from the adjacent bar and enjoy the sublime views. For ‘suite’ guests, there’s an even more impressive 20-meter rooftop infinity pool where you’ll find a rooftop garden and 360-degree panorama – sunrise swims here are unforgettable.
Skyscraper-view infinity pool at Capri by Fraser, Malaysia
The infinity pool at Capri by Fraser is built on the rooftop of this 33-storey hotel in Kuala Lumpur, guaranteeing some of the best views of the city. Its teal-colored tiles contrast pleasingly with the hotel’s bright orange towels, and dark wooden decking including a pontoon that protrudes into the water. Watch the sunset while sipping a poolside cocktail, before enjoying glittering views of the city and the pool area being lit up lilac after dark.
Rainforest infinity pool at Alila Ubud, Bali
The emerald green, still surface of the Alila Ubud’s slim, rectangular infinity pool seems to spill straight into the jungle. Mist rises up through the surrounding rainforest with monkeys swinging through the trees and tropical birds serenade you as you recline on a bamboo lounger.