- 1 Hanging Gardens of Bali, Ubud
- 2 Belmond Hotel Caruso, Italy
- 3 The Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland
- 4 One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
- 5 Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
- 6 The Library, Thailand
- 7 Shangri-La Hotel — The Shard, London
- 8 Grace Santorini, Greece
- 9 The Oberoi Udaivilas, India
- 10 Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa, Anguilla
- 11 Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
- 12 Kurà Design Villas, Costa Rica
- 13 Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
- 14 The Resort at Pedregal, Mexico
- 15 Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul
The World’s Coolest Infinity Pools
There are pools. And then there are pools—swimming oases so luxurious that they’re destinations unto themselves. Dive into 15 of the world’s best, from the largest rooftop pool in Singapore to a jungle pool carved into a Balinese cliff. * Updated
Hanging Gardens of Bali, Ubud
One glance at this bi-level infinity pool (the most photographed in the world, by the way), and it’s easy to understand how Bali got its nickname as the Island of The Gods. Swim up to the pool’s edge and take in the sights and sounds in the forest’s lush foliage: bamboo and cocoa trees here, sloths, toucans and monkeys there. Welcome to the jungle.
Belmond Hotel Caruso, Italy
Set at the highest point above the Italian town of Ravello, this former 11th century palace is a prime perch from which to take in the stunning Amalfi Coast. The expansive infinity pool takes the luxury to all new heights—its waters appearing to flow into the Mediterranean ocean down below. And with pool attendants on-call to mix you up a drink, spritz your face with Evian mist, and curate a playlist for your listening pleasure, you’ll never have to lift a finger.
The Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland
Alpine adventurers flock to this Swiss Alps retreat for its sleek design, world-class spa and ritzy Après Ski scene. Personally, we can’t stop obsessing over the hotel’s outdoor thermal pool, which offers jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped mountains and rolling valley down below.
One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
There’s seldom reason to leave the comforts of your luxurious over-the-water bungalow at this dreamy private island paradise. But if you’re looking for a change in scenery, be sure to check out the adults-only “Serenity” lap pool adjacent to Reethi Beach. The 100-foot pool has an internal Jacuzzi tub on one end and a carved stone bed at the other, so you’ll always have a great vantage point from which to watch the mega-yachts passing by.
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Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
At Singapore’s futuristic Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the pool isn’t just another amenity—it’s the main attraction. A vertigo inducing 57-storys above ground, the 500-foot pool is an architectural feat of derring-do. Kick back in one of the poolside lounger and give your ‘Gram followers something to talk about.
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The Library, Thailand
We know what you’re thinking: one of these things is not like the others. But don’t worry—it’s only science. At this high-design hideaway on Koh Samui, the pool’s crimson-tiled bottom gives the illusion of red water, providing a brilliant contrast to the turquoise sea beyond. Still not sold? Crack a great read and sink into one of the beanbag chairs on the pool deck instead.
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Shangri-La Hotel — The Shard, London
Spread across floors 36-50 in the Renzo Piano-designed Shard, the Shangri-La already has a leg up on other London hotels. But what really sets it apart is the sky-high infinity pool — on the 52nd floor, it’s the second highest pool in Europe. Practice your butterfly stroke while taking in sweeping views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the city skyline.
Grace Santorini, Greece
We were already partial to the Grace Santorini for its swoon-worthy cliffside spot on Greece’s most scenic island. But one look at its romantic infinity pool, and we were officially head over heels. Swim to the edge for panoramic vistas of the cerulean Aegean Sea, Santorini’s whitewashed villages and the volcanic seascapes. Bonus points if you take a dip at sunset.
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The Oberoi Udaivilas, India
The Oberoi Udaivilas sure knows how to make a first impression. The golden stone palace is surrounded by 30 manicured acres dotted with pavilions, turrets, domes, elegant archways and expansive courtyards. The focal point: a sprawling central pool edged by sharp black granite and white marble squares that underscores the property’s over-the-top opulence. Beyond that, there’s private plunge pools in each suite, and the soak at the spa is flanked by cupolas overlooking Lake Pichola.
Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa, Anguilla
Upon first glance, it may appear that the pool at Zemi Beach House spills straight into the aqua waters of Shoal Bay East. The cause of the optical illusion: a glass wall at the far end of the geometric jacuzzi. Just a tip: avoid any underwater action, unless you want to be caught canoodling by beachgoers.
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Alila Villas Uluwatu is the ultimate design diva, from its eye-popping architecture to its slick, Balinese-style interiors. Clinging to a limestone cliff-top on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, the resort is a blend of landscaped gardens, terraces and pools spread over 35 acres. But of the property’s many standout features, the most impressive is the infinity pool and its cantilevered lounge, both of which hover 330-feet above the Indian Ocean.
Kurà Design Villas, Costa Rica
Set among the treetops in Costa Rica’s jungle, this tropical getaway is the perfect marriage between sustainability and style. Front and center is the L-shaped infinity pool, which is circled by oversized purple hammocks and plush white daybeds. The coolest part? There’s underwater music so you can jam out after you dive in.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
Your suite’s pool may technically be private but don’t be surprised if you end up having to share it with some, ahem, furry friends. Considering its location in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, it’s not odd for the Four Seasons Safari Lodge to have a herd of regulars (think: elephants, wildebeests, giraffes, zebras) who wander over to use the pools as local watering holes.
The Resort at Pedregal, Mexico
This beachfront stunner in Cabo San Lucas has not one, but two infinity pools along one of Mexico’s most scenic shores. Wade over to the swim-up bar, order a margarita (or three), then settle into a half-submerged lounge chair — the perfect perch to watch for humpback whales and dolphins playing in the surf. Prefer to have a dip all to yourself? Lucky for you, each room has its own private infinity-edge plunge pool on the terrace.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul
As a former sultan’s residence, the Çırağan Palace Kempinski couldn’t get any more regal. Palm trees and gazebos decorate the outdoor areas, but at the heart of the property is the waterfront infinity pool, which appears to be flow endlessly into the Bosphorus. This river divides the two continents, so while you splash around in Europe, you can look across the river for direct views of Asia.
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