It’s an unwritten rule that any hotel with an infinity pool will be much more popular than a hotel without one. Although infinity pools are incredibly expensive to construct, most hotel owners consider it an expense that pays off, especially since an incredible pool area results in more bookings, more guests and more word-of-mouth referrals. An infinity pool is defined as a swimming pool where the water flows over one or more edges, creating a visual illusion that the pool is merging with the area’s ocean, sky or surrounding landscape. The pool’s edge appearing to merge with its scenic surroundings creates a unique visual effect that is truly remarkable.
Infinity pools are often seen at resorts, luxury hotels or other extravagant properties. Some hotel infinity pools are complete with a swim-up bar, and that’s when a traveller staying at that hotel will feel that he or she has hit the jackpot. A swim-up bar allows travellers to soak up the sun and enjoy the refreshing pool amenities without having to get out of the pool to grab a cocktail. A swim-up bar is just one of those luxuries that you can’t experience back home, and that’s a big part of the draw. After all, isn’t the ultimate place to grab a cocktail a bar where the bar seats are submerged? We know that most of you dream about vacationing at a hotel that has both an infinity pool and a swim-up bar. So, here are 20 hotel infinity pools (with swim-up bars!) that you’ll want to spend your entire vacation in:
20 Four Seasons Resort Maui, Hawaii
The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has one of the only swim-up bars in Hawaii. Actually, this pool is home to one of the only swim-up bars in the United States. The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea also has a stunning infinity pool that appears to merge with the clear blue Pacific Ocean, providing unobstructed panoramic views.
Surrounded by palm trees, pretty Hawaiian flowers and plenty of sunshine, this is the pool those travelling to Hawaii want to be at.
The swim-up bar at the resort’s Serenity Pool is designed with an ocean view in mind. Secretive Hawaiian music plays underwater, which is a nice surprise for those who actually swim to the swim-up bar. At this hotel, you can swim to the music, all the way up to the submerged bar stools where you'll order a fruity cocktail made with the freshest Hawaiian fruits. It'll never get too hot when you're poolside, as Hawaii is known for its sunshine being accompanied by a perfectly refreshing breeze. Don't forget to catch one of those famous Hawaiian sunsets from the swim-up bar.
19 Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, Los Cabos, Mexico
With an idyllic location along the sparking Sea of Cortez in Los Cabos, Mexico, the Dreams Los Cabos is one of the most beautiful luxury all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. This resort has a huge infinity pool, complete with a 'walk on water' underwater bridge feature, and a happening swim-up bar. The infinity pool overlooks the ocean and illuminates with beautiful colors of pink and purple in the evening, once the pool lights come on after sunset. The poolside entertainment is awesome at this resort, with everything from professional dance routines and comedy shows to live music and sporting competitions that all guests can get involved in. The poolside entertainment is just one of the many reasons why travellers spend the majority of their vacation at the pool. From the pool or swim-up bar, enjoy epic Los Cabos sunsets and huge, stunning stars that come out at night.
18 Swahili Beach Resort, Diani, Kenya
Kenya’s iconic Swahili Beach Resort is a five star luxury hotel in Diani, Kenya, with incredible architecture and rich culture. A one-of-a-kind, seven layer cascading pool runs for 200 meters down to the very edge of the white sand beach, enveloped by perfectly manicured gardens and lush plants.
The seven infinity pools are fed by spring water and natural salts, so guests will love that it’s a great treat for their skin to spend time in.
If you need to cool down, swim up to the Baobab Pool Bar and enjoy a refreshing drink such as the Coconut Kiss cocktail or the Swahili Sunset cocktail. The cultural influences are encapsulated in the unique design of this resort. The swim-up bar is shaped like a white dome, with picturesque white arches and when the pool is calm, the surrounding palm trees reflect off of it like a mirror, creating a truly mesmerizing experience.
17 Samui Buri Beach Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
Samui Buri Beach Resort is a stunning resort with beautiful Thai architecture, located mere steps from Mae Nam Beach on the popular island of Koh Samui in Thailand. Mae Nam Beach is idyllic for diving, tranquility, nature and sunshine. The highlight of this resort is its spacious infinity pool with magnificent sea views and a swim-up bar. This area of Thailand is known for its upscale resorts and easy access to beautiful offshore islands such as Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, but the pool grounds are so incredible that you just may spend your entire vacation in the infinity pool (and we wouldn't blame you).
16 Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
The Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort is a jaw-dropping oceanfront hotel set in an idyllic location in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Here, you’ll find some of the Caribbean's most incredible natural attractions and the resort itself is known for its dreamy infinity pool with a swim-up bar.
The infinity pool offers you panoramic ocean views and practically merges with the ocean.
The swim-up bar has a modern feel with white pillars, a white roof and of course, a friendly bartender. Here, you can cool off from the hot sunshine under the shaded roof and enjoy quality cocktails.
15 Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Nassau, Bahamas
This luxury Resort in Nassau, Bahamas is located on the gorgeous white sands of Cable Beach. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is a true gem within the paradise that is The Bahamas. Stay here for the ultimate luxury island vacation, adorned with 6 pools including an infinity pool and a swim-up bar. Each of the 6 exquisite pools has its own uniquely beautiful Bahamian design. The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar’s H20 pool, for example, is the popular central pool and the heart of the resort. Most likely it’s popular due to the H20 swim-up bar, surrounded by a perfectly landscaped oasis.
The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar also has a pool area called “Dean’s Blue Hole” which offers guests a secluded grotto for viewing sea turtles, cliff jumps and waterfalls surrounding it.
Other areas of the pool grounds include cabana seating set in the middle of a pool (in-pool seating) and hydrotherapy whirlpools.
14 Esperanza Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico
Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Esperanza Los Cabos Resort offers a scenic, natural setting on 17 lush acres. Esperanza’s recently reopened and reconstructed grounds include a new-and-improved pool area. The infinity pool is complete with a luxury swim-up bar, and you can expect picturesque views of the Sea of Cortez from both the infinity pool and the swim-up bar. Since Los Cabos, Mexico is always hot and sunny, you’ll likely want to spend your entire vacation in this extraordinary pool. When the sun goes down at night, the stars in Cabo are big, bright and beautiful – making Esperanza’s pool an incredible oasis to stargaze from.
13 Hotel Amfora, Hvar, Croatia
Located in a private bay in sunny Croatia, only 10 minutes from Hvar’s lively center, Hotel Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort is a modern retreat with a truly incredible pool area. The outdoor pool’s grounds boast an infinity pool area, cascading waterfalls and a popular swim-up bar with craft cocktails and cold beers.
Hotel Amfora’s pool is the largest and most stunning outdoor pool facility in all of Hvar.
Locals and tourists alike often buy day passes to rent a sun-bed at this pool, so the pool attracts all sorts of people aside from strictly hotel guests. The pool is surrounded by lush landscaped gardens and overlooks the clear blue Adriatic Sea.
12 Hotel Punta Islita, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Hotel Punta Islita located in beautiful Costa Rica is a cliffside hideaway for travellers who enjoy a truly epic view (and travellers who might consider themselves photographers). This hotel boasts Costa Rica’s very first infinity pool, which has breathtaking panoramic views as it is located on the top terrace looking out over the green hills and Guanacaste coast. If that doesn’t sound incredible enough, delicious fruity cocktails are also available at the unique swim-up bar. Nature-lovers will love this scenic setting, which envelopes the pool. Could there be anything better than this?
11 Iberostar Varadero, Cuba
The all-inclusive Iberostar Varadero is a luxury hotel set along Varadero, Cuba’s spectacular beach, which stretch for more than 13 miles on Cuba's northern coast. This upscale Cuban resort is beautifully designed, and has a swim-up bar with pretty white pillars, underwater stools, and a straw hut roof. The infinity pool merges with the turquoise blue ocean and the resort is clean, modern and chic. By day, the hot Cuban sun bathes pool-goers with its warm rays, and by night the pool grounds are illuminated with soft and romantic lighting.
10 The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas boasts massive pool grounds, and not only does it have a swim-up bar, it also has swim-up blackjack tables.
The pool area spans 4.7 acres, and includes a circular infinity wading pool which is ultra-chic and enveloped by luxurious cabanas.
The pool even offers guests in-pool seating with loungers placed directly in the pool in a floating capacity. Surrounded by palm trees, VIP cabanas and comfy lounge chairs, this is an ideal spot to soak up some sun and enjoy your vacation in Las Vegas. Make sure to go on Sundays when the Hard Rock pool becomes the renowned Rehab Beach Club in the afternoon, complete with famous guest Djs and well-known musical artists.
9 Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico
Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun is a luxurious, all-inclusive, adults-only oasis with an immaculate pool area. It is perched on a tranquil beach with views of stunning turquoise ocean and the entire grounds offer the utmost sophistication. This sanctuary in Cancun is complete with an infinity pool that seems to merge straight into the turquoise ocean, and a swim-up bar with a charming straw hut for a roof. Being an all-inclusive resort, hotel guests often spend the majority of their vacation at the swim-up bar enjoying free cocktails, and basking in sunlight in the infinity pool.
8 InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Tahiti has been described as the Island of Love and a mythical paradise. The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa offers two stunning freshwater infinity pools with epic panoramic views. Le Lotus is the favorite infinity pool at the resort, complete with a swim-up bar and Jacuzzi.
The pool is uniquely sand-bottomed, and the infinity edge provides the whimsical illusion that it blends into the sea.
From the swim-up bar or infinity pool, you can enjoy an intimate ambience and absolutely breathtaking views of Moorea Island. It doesn’t get much better than watching a gorgeous Tahitian sunset while sipping a delicious mai-tai or pear-flavored cocktail at the swim-up bar.
7 Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa, Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
Indigo Bay is set on the beautiful island of Bazaruto, off the coast of Mozambique. It is considered to be the top island resort in Mozambique. Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is a tropical island paradise surrounded by soft white sand, palm trees and the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. This idyllic island resort boasts an infinity pool with a panoramic outlook over the bay, and a swim-up pool bar that is decorated in authentic Portuguese style. The charming swim-up bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a fruity margarita, and the infinity pool is a great spot to take in the sights of the beautiful bay.
6 Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai
The Horizon pool at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort has a lovely swim-up bar which offers mixed drinks and yummy snacks, along with a stunning view of the Arabian Gulf. Take in a perfect view of legendary sunsets from the swim-up bar while you enjoy daily drink specials which are hand-crafted by expert bartenders. This high-end resort places you steps from the white sands of Jumeirah Beach, enveloped by the city’s jaw-dropping skyscrapers, and is next to the Dubai Marina. From the infinity pool or swim-up bar, you can expect picture-perfect sunsets in colors of pink, purple and peach.
5 Hideaway at Royalton St. Lucia, the Caribbean
The gorgeous Caribbean island of St. Lucia is known for its lush tropical rainforests, iconic mountain formations, miles of white sand beaches, stunning volcanic rock masses and natural wonders. The oasis that is the Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia is the ideal resort for those seeking an elegant, classy, adults-only experience. This luxurious resort’s pool grounds overlook the clear blue ocean, and expertly crafted cocktails are served both poolside and at the convenient swim-up bar.
The resort even offers guests extra-special, unique experiences such as mixology classes by the pool.
The posh resort promises a dreamy pool-side experience complete with plenty of sunshine and incredible sunsets.
4 Sonaisali Island Resort, a DoubleTree by Hilton Resort, Fiji
The breathtaking Sonaisali Island Resort is a DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, in the picturesque vacation destination of Fiji. At this resort, you’ll be surrounded by the warm blue waters of the South Pacific Ocean, but you’ll want to stay at the pool all day long because it’s just that beautiful. The infinity pool’s edge merges with the beach and ocean, and is enveloped by palm trees. The swim-up bar is in true Fijian style with a hut-like roof and Fijian architecture. From the infinity pool, off in the distance you’ll see views of Fiji’s breathtaking surrounding islands. Just a three-minute boat ride away is the popular island of Viti Levu.
3 Riu Palace Las Americas, Cancun, Mexico
The Hotel Riu Palace Las Americas is conveniently located on the beach of Cancún, and has been converted into an adults-only hotel with 24 hour all-inclusive services. The resort boasts 3 immaculate pools, one of which has a large swim-up bar and a hydromassage area. Another pool has an adjoining whirlpool. The hotel offers a quieter pool, but also a party pool for those looking to have a few cocktails and a lot of fun. Even though the hotel is located on one of the prettiest stretches of beach found in Mexico, most hotel guests stay in the pool because it’s just that awesome.
2 Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Dubai
Overlooking the beautiful beach, this particular swim-up bar called Anchor Pool Bar sits within a large infinity pool. This brand new infinity pool looks out over the Arabian Gulf, and the swim-up bar features fantastic beverage and food options. The Anchor Pool Bar is known for having an impressively extensive menu. The pool area is basically where you’ll want to spend your entire vacation, as it sits at a very refreshing temperature sure to keep you cool under the hot Arabian rays of sun.
1 Southern Palms Beach Resort, Diani Beach, Kenya
This incredibly romantic oceanfront hotel encapsulates the soft allure of Mombasa, Kenya and The Indian Ocean. The Southern Palms Beach Resort in Kenya is located on Diani Beach Beach and is known for its beautiful pool grounds and stunning architecture. Guests of this hotel will have access to its two incredible pools including an infinity pool and swim-up bar. The swim-up bar resembles a white picket fence, and it has pretty white pillars and soft white curtains. It’s located directly in the pool, and at night it lights up with soft and romantic lighting.
It’s tough to decide whether or not this resort’s pool grounds are more beautiful during the day, or at night.
One thing is for sure, and that’s the fact that you’ll want to spend your entire vacation at the pool.