25 October 2017
Swimming seems to be a quintessential part of a long holiday. Whether it’s a dip in the sea, the hotel pool or even a hot tub, it is a great way to relieve stress and relax.
One way to take your aquatic experience to the next level is to swim in an infinity pool. Getting their name from their design, infinity pools give off the illusion of no boundary, with water flowing over one or more of its edges.
Over the past few years they’ve gained popularity and are a touch of class that some luxury hotels offer. We’ve compiled a list of seven of the very best infinity pools and where you can find them.
Santorini is a luxury destination renowned for its cliffside towns and villages comprised of all-white buildings. Due to the nature of its location, it is somewhat unsurprising that there is no shortage of infinity pools on the Greek island. But one of the top picks is at Andronis Luxury Suites.
Overlooking the Aegean Sea and a volcanic crater, the hotel consists of 11 plush suites with modern bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and indoor cave pools. Some of these suites also come with an infinity pool, serving up spectacular coastal views.
The world’s biggest and highest infinity pool is located at Singapore’s famed Marina Bay Sands hotel. Set in three ultra-modern buildings on Marina Bay, this hotel offers perks such as floor-to-ceiling windows with city or bay views in its rooms, in addition to a dedicated observation deck.
Marina Bay Sands is a Singapore landmark, but the resort’s infinity pool is its crowning glory. Guests at the hotel get exclusive access to the pool which, at 57 floors above ground level, has remarkable views of glitzy Singapore centre. There are plenty of sun loungers around the pool, so if you don’t feel like taking the plunge you can sunbathe in superlative comfort.
Tucked away in downtown Dallas, Texas, The Joule Hotel isn’t in a traditional setting for an infinity pool. But this doesn’t stop the Luxury Collection hotel from doing it in style with a pool that hangs high above Main Street.
Jutting out over the edge of the hotel, guests can literally swim above pedestrians with only a thick pane of glass providing a barrier between them and the floor below.
Barcelona is a city of wonderful and celebrated architecture, and its rooftop offerings are amongst the best in the world.
Somewhere at the top of the list is Grand Hotel Central. Situated across the road from the city’s fabled Gothic Quarter, the hotel is right in the middle of the Barcelona bustle, making its rooftop infinity pool a great vantage point to watch the city unfold.
St Lucia’s Jade Mountain resort is one of the island’s most impressive. Spread across 243 hectares of stunning tropical hillside, the high-end retreat overlooks the Caribbean Sea and is just a one-minute walk from Anse Chastanet Beach.
Rooms feature tropical wood accents with open-air rooms that feature whirlpool tubs and fantastic views of the Pitons, while some also have en-suite infinity pools. While each differs slightly in design, they all share the common theme of elegance, with breathtaking views of the surrounding coast.
Infinity pools aren’t limited to coastlines and urban areas, and nowhere says that better than The Cambrian Hotel & Spa in Adelboden, Switzerland.
Take in views of the amazing Alpine region surrounded by crystal clear air and, in the summer, verdant meadows. In the winter, the pool is heated, affording the chance to gaze in wonderment at the snowcapped mountains, without catching a chill. There aren’t many places like The Cambrian.
They say save the best ‘til last, and in this case, it may be true. The Hanging Gardens of Bali is a seven-star boutique hotel set in lush, Indonesian rainforest. A a once in a lifetime resort, it offers several dining experiences and spa packages.
One of the resort’s proudest features is its multi-layered infinity pool, which was awarded best in the world status by both Condé Nast Traveller and TripAdvisor. Designed by a specialist architect, the striking formation is suspended over dense rainforest, giving swimmers the unique sensation of floating above the treetops.