An infinity pool is a swimming pool, where the water flows over an edge, creating an optical illusion that the pool has no boundaries and merges with the sky or the sea. It's interesting that the first infinity pool concept dates back to the late 17th century, when it was used in construction of Stag Fountain at the Palace of Versailles in France. However, the first infinity pool as we know it was designed by architect John Lautner only in the 1960.
These days, infinity pools are becoming extremely popular and it's easy to understand why. Anyone who ever swam in an infinity pool knows that it gives the unparalleled feeling of floating and weightlessness. It can't be compared to anything else in the world.
Numerous hotels and resorts construct these pools to attract more visitors and turn them into their trademark. From the United States to Chili, from Switzerland to the Philippines, these days tourists can find infinity pools in most countries around the globe. All these pools are different not only in their size or shape, but also in the view they overlook. But there's one thing that is similar for all of these infinity pools: all of them are gorgeous!
For those who can't decide what country to visit to swim in a stunning infinity pool, we've come up with the list of 20 infinity pools from all over the world. Take a look at the photos, read about them (note that two of these pools are not man-made but naturally formed), and prepare for the next trip!
Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa is a great place to stay for tourists, who come to Anguilla, West Indies. It offers a number of facilities, including ocean-view rooms, gorgeous villas, world-class spa services, and two infinity pools.
One of these infinity pools overlooks Shoal Bay and offers magnificent views to all swimmers. It also has a peculiarity - an underwater "aquarium-style" window through which visitors can gaze at the stunning beach nearby the hotel. The second infinity pool (that's called The Tranquility Pool) got its name for a reason. This pool is perfect for relaxation and complete stress relief.
Whatever pool hotel guests choose, all of them will get an unforgettable experience.
Acuatico Beach Resort is located in Batangas, the province of the Philippines that's very popular among tourists. A lot of people come here just for the weekend to enjoy the top-notch services and the awesome infinity pool.
The design of Acuatico Beach Resort's infinity pool makes it a perfect spot for photoshoots. For this reason, it's not a rare occasion to see people taking photos of each other on the edges of the pool and in the water.
The cocktail bar located right next to the pool offers a variety of drinks to the guests, who can sip on them relaxing on the sun loungers and gazing at the marvelous view.
Hanging Gardens is one of the most well-known hotels in Ubud, Bali, mostly due to its two-tiered infinity pool that opens the view of the tropical rainforest. Due to a special design, when guests of the hotel swim in this pool, it seems that they're floating above the trees. This magnificent view attracts a number of tourists to the hotel, who want to see it with their own eyes and experience this feeling.
This special infinity pool has recently received "The World's Best Swimming Pool" award from Condé Nast Traveller and was also given the first place in Trip Advisor's list. No one can argue that these awards are well-deserved.
This infinity pool at Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAE is rather large and it offers a number of facilities to the guests. There are Jacuzzis, over 100 sun loungers, and a swim-up bar, where visitors can order a drink or a light meal, if they want.
And, of course, the view opening from this pool is splendid. It seems that the pool's edge flows right into the Perisan Gulf and seamlessly blends with the sea.
This infinity pool is designed so well that it might make a visitor want to spend a whole day there, sunbathing, sipping on a drink, and gazing at the sky and the sea. What a relaxing and rejuvenating experience it will be!
At Capella Pedregal Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, guests can choose among three infinity pools. All of them overlook the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The views are stunning!
The three pools offer different amenities to the visitors. Adult visitors can swim in the Main Pool located in the center and order drinks in the swim-up bar, while they're gazing at the ocean's waves. Families with children are offered the quiet, narrow, and long Beach Club Family Pool surrounded by rocky hills. And for the youngest visitors of the hotel, there's a Kids' Pool. It's perfect for children, because its waters are shallow and it offers child-size sun loungers.
And for those who're tired of infinity pools (somehow), there's also a Meditation Pool located near the waterfall.
Do you want to feel on top of the world? Then come to the Marina Bay Sand Hotel in Singapore and take a swim in its rooftop infinity pool. Located 57 levels above ground, it is one of the largest and the highest infinity pool in the world. It's designed in a way that makes you think that if you swim to its edge, you're going to fall down. However, you shouldn't be afraid of anything!
There's the area under the pool that catches the water flowing out of it, filters it and returns it back to the pool. It also has a regular filtering system that heats and cleans the water coming to the pool.
If you want to swim in an infinity pool during your vacation, think about visiting Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California. This hotel offers its visitors three pools, two of which are infinity pools. Both of them are constantly heated to 104 degrees Fahrenheit to help guests feel the maximum comfort while swimming.
Post Ranch Inn's pools don't only allow visitors to relax the body, but they also help rejuvenate the soul and mind. Located on the cliffside, Jade or Meditation spa pools offer expansive views over the sea and sky. If mountain views are what you're looking for, you can also swim in the lap pool.
This secluded boutique hotel offers its visitors to both get an authentic rainforest experience and live in a luxurious place. Its two large infinity pools are overlooking the tropical rainforest and lush gardens that surround the hotel. While swimming there, you are likely to see hummingbirds, toucans, and even macaws. Be respectful to them and remember that you're only a visitor there, while these birds are rightful dwellers of this place.
But if the birds decide not to show up, you will still enjoy your swim, because you'll be gazing at the breathtaking view of the Arenal Volcano. After swimming, you can get a cocktail at a swim-up bar and relax on a sun lounger.
Huvafen Fushi boutique hotel meets the expectations of most people heading to the Maldives. There you will see the pristine lagoons, white sand, beautiful reefs, and bungalows standing on the water. To be honest, it might even exceed your expectations due to its marvelously designed infinity pool.
Looking like another lagoon, this infinity pool offers breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Its edge seamlessly blends with the sea and skyline and it seems that it never ends. At nighttime, when stars are reflected in the pool's water, it is also lit with fiber-optic lights. It creates a romantic atmosphere and makes it a favorite spot for couples, who are vacationing on the island.
There are so many things to do around the infinity pool at Hotel Villa Mahal in Antalya. You can swim or soak in it, gazing at the breathtaking sea view and at the lime, olive and fig trees growing all around the pool. You may lie down on a sun lounger and take a nap. And you can also read a book, meditate, or contemplate the amazing sunset over the sea.
Whatever you decide to do, you will certainly get much pleasure from your stay at Villa Mahal.
And when you're done hanging around the pool, you can undergo spa procedures in the hotel or do some hiking around it.
If you're looking for a relaxing vacation and breathtaking views, come to St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai, Hawaii. Its natural surroundings make this hotel a real gem and its 5,000-square-foot infinity pool is considered one of the most gorgeous pools in the whole world.
The pool is overlooking the Hanalei Bay with its lush peaks and tropical forests. You can come to this pool at any time of the day, whether to swim, sunbathe, gaze at the splendid views, or contemplate the gorgeous sunset. At any time they want, guests can get towel service, as well as complimentary fruit spears and ice water near the pool.
Note that the pool is suitable for both adults and children.
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort is not a usual resort that only pampers its visitors and offers luxurious hotel rooms. It is situated in the heart of the so-called Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. This area is the paradise for elephants, who live there in the natural surroundings. The hotel also hosts an elephant camp, where they take care of rescue elephants brought there from other parts of Thailand.
But, of course, the elephant camp won't be the only highlight of your stay at Anantara. The hotel also has a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the Mekong Valley and green hills of Laos and Myanmar. Here you can swim, indulge in a Jacuzzi, or sip on a cocktail on your sun lounger.
If you want to choose only one infinity pool to visit, consider choosing this one. The infinity pool located at the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina on Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands has won a 'Best Resort Pool' award a few years ago, and we all understand that this award isn't given for nothing.
The lagoon-style Pavilion Pool has multiple layers of waterfalls and it allows visitors to enjoy a breathtaking view of the ocean and neighboring islands from all tiers. The pool's two swim-up bars offer a wide range of cocktails to guests of all ages, thus making their stay in the hotel even more enjoyable.
Monastero Santa Rosa is arguably one of the best hotels on Amalfi Coast. It's interesting that it was renovated from a 17th-century monastery and became a boutique hotel only recently. In 2012, the hotel was opened for visitors to enjoy the view of the sea and witness one of the most beautiful infinity pools in the world.
The impeccable design of this fresh water swimming pool makes it the most impressive infinity pool in the area. It was built on the cliff side of Monte San Pancrazio to overlook the sea, as well as the cascade of the hotel's gardens, and seamlessly blend with the horizon.
InterContinental Hotel in Hong Kong is famous for its three infinity pools and splendid views of Victoria Harbor. If while swimming in the pool, you want to gaze at the skyline and feel like you're floating over the harbor's waters, this is the stop you need!
The three pools are maintained at different temperature (hot, warm, and cold), so you can choose the temperature that fits you best and take the most enjoyable (and most beautiful) swim in your life.
Once you're done relaxing in the infinity pools and looking at the views, you can use the spa services offered at the hotel to consolidate the rejuvenating result of your visit.
The infinity pool at the Grace Santorini Hotel is truly iconic. It's the largest infinity pool in Santorini and it's also very exquisite. Since it's located on the top of Caldera, it offers a truly special view of the sea. It's not interrupted by anything else, so when you're swimming in this pool and looking at the sea, it seems that there's only you, the sky, and the sea, and no one else around.
Due to this romantic atmosphere, the hotel is a frequent choice for newlyweds on their honeymoon.
There's also a poolside bar that offers to order a drink or a light meal without having to leave the pool area.
Most of us are used to seeing infinity pools that overlook the sea view, but there are also pools that offer the visitors to gaze at the mountains, like this one located at The Cambrian Hotel in Switzerland.
From this pool, you can contemplate the picturesque Swiss Alps. Spending time around it will help you relax and reconnect with the nature, still remaining in the luxurious and comfortable surroundings of the hotel.
Since the pool is heated to a very comfortable temperature, you will always feel good while swimming or soaking in it. Whether you do it in the morning to freshen up after a good night sleep, or in the evening to relax after a long day of hiking, your experience will certainly be unforgettable.
San Alfonso del Mar in Chile is a private resort that offers luxurious apartments to its guests and features the world's second largest outdoor swimming pool. At the time of its construction, it was considered the largest and even broke a World Guinness Record in 2006, but Citystars Sharm El Sheikh surpassed it when it opened in 2015.
But the pool is still huge and gorgeous, even though it takes the second place now. Its maximum depth is 11.5 ft (3.5052 m) and it contains a whooping 250 million liters (66 million gallons) of seawater. Since only residents of the resort can swim in this pool, it's never crowded and allows everyone to enjoy the splendid view of the sea.
In the world, there aren't only man-made infinity pools. There are also those that were created by our Mother Nature. The Lava Pools you see in the photo above are one of such natural pools. They're situated in the village of Porto Moniz in Madeira, Portugal.
These pools were formed thousands of years ago due to volcanic eruptions and erosion processes in the area. The hardened lava formed the pools in a way that ocean water can refill them naturally.
The lava pools are popular both among tourists and locals, who often come here with children, since the complex also has a pool for kids. The area has all necessary amenities, including parking, changing rooms, lockers, and sun loungers for rent.
Another natural infinity pool that concludes our list is located near Tat Kuang Si Waterfall in Laos. It's a three-tier waterfall that creates gorgeous pools overlooking the rainforest. You can swim in most of the pools for a nominal admission fee. Only one of them is closed, because it's considered a sacred site.
The tourists who visit Laos like to come to this place, because it offers them a chance to contemplate the natural surroundings, hike around the area, and gaze at the stunning waterfall.
And, of course, there are few places in the world, where you can swim in a naturally formed infinity pool. So if you get a chance to come to Luang Prabang, Laos, don't hesitate and visit the Kuang Si Falls!