Imagine rich, deep blue water as far as the eye can see. Imagine yourself relaxing in this tranquil, surreal setting as you gaze blissfully into infinity. This could be your next dream vacation!
Infinity pools are brilliantly designed with a concealed wall just below the water line and a basin to catch excess water. From the right angle, these pools give the illusion of having no definitive edge, so it’s as if the water is suspended in mid-air.
Join us as we wade through 12 of the most spectacularly awe-inspiring hotel infinity pools from around the world.
12. Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay (Singapore)
Measuring 490 feet, this is the longest elevated pool ever built. The vanishing edge provides a spectacular view of the city. Incidentally, the Marina Bay Sands is said to be the most expensive single resort ever constructed, with a value upwards of $8 billion!The first infinity pool on our list is truly magnificent. The Marina Bay Sands hotel’s gigantic, cruise ship-shaped SkyPark features a swimming pool that towers 55 stories above the Singapore skyline, well over 600 feet above the sidewalk below! If you have a fear of heights, this one might not be for you
Guests can expect to pay about $300 per night – not a bad price to swim up in the clouds!
11. Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali (Indonesia)
Ubud Hanging Gardens is a luxury resort in the sleepy heart of Bali, Indonesia’s volcanic island paradise. With ancient Balinese temples nearby and spectacular mountain surroundings, it’s the perfect place to commune with nature. And there’s no better place to embrace your spirituality than in the resort’s amazing double-level infinity pool overlooking the tropical rainforest.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more luxurious, each of the hotel’s traditionally styled rooms is also equipped with smaller infinity pools. Booking in advance, a night in one of the resort’s villas costs roughly $300 – $500.
10. Golden Triangle Resort, Anantara (Thailand)
Nestled on a hilltop in the jungles of northern Thailand – in the heart of Southeast Asia – the Golden Triangle is a throwback to classic Asian traditions.
The resort’s infinity pool resembles a natural river—its banks covered in vegetation brilliantly emphasizing the effect.
One of the more expensive on our list, a couple of nights at the Golden Triangle could run you about $915.
9. Jade Mountain (St Lucia)
With terrific beachfront views, Jade Mountain’s individually designed, glass-tiled infinity pools offer the ultimate in relaxation – if you can afford the minimum charge of $950 per night.
The pools range in size from 400 to 900 square feet, and incorporate a shallow lounging area and a deeper swimming section. Situated above the Anse Chastanet resort, on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Jade Mountain has been billed as the island’s most romantic hotel.
8. Dionysos Hotel, Kumlubuk (Turkey)
Perched atop a canyon, surrounded by mountains, dense forest and wild gardens, the Dionysos Hotel offers both seclusion and the world at your fingertips. Gazing down the canyon and out to sea from the hotel’s luxurious swimming pool truly creates an infinite illusion.
The hotel has been designed to replicate a village, with 43 mountainside suites. Each room includes a private terrace offering a remarkable view of the Mediterranean Sea. Beaches are just a few minutes away if you prefer the hands-on experience.
The Dionysos Hotel offers basic rooms, cottages and ultra-swish private pool villas. Prices range from $297 – $645.
7. Hotel Caruso, Salerno (Italy)
Located in Salerno, Italy, Hotel Caruso – a former 11th-century palace – overlooks the hills of the Amalfi Coast, as does the infinity pool, which appears to seamlessly blend into the sky and the sea. An autumn stay in this continental paradise will cost guests $500 per night for a double room.
6. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, Swaimeh (Jordan)
The luxurious five-star Kempinski Hotel Ishtar in Swaimeh, Jordan, boasts two infinity pools: the Lazy Pool and the Sunken Pool. The stunning amphitheatre-style design and luxurious ambiance of these pools must surely make Kempinski a candidate for the best place in Jordan for some rest and relaxation.
With bed-and-breakfast rates starting at $195 per night, Kempinski is clearly one of the more affordable hotels on this list.
5. La Résidence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang (Laos)
Situated above UNESCO World Heritage site Luang Prabang, La Résidence is one of Laos’s premier mountain resorts.
The hotel offers scenic cycling and walking tours, but for those who prefer a slower pace, the resort’s elegant infinity pool allows guests to soak up the natural beauty without lifting a finger. Soft green lighting under the water delicately mingles with the lush canopy beyond.
A room for two at La Résidence starts around $360 per night.
4. Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan (Turkey)
This Turkish luxury resort was voted the most romantic hotel in Europe by ratings agency Condé Nast Johansens. With such stunning views over the seemingly endless Mediterranean from its triangular shaped infinity pool, it’s easy to see why.
Among the smaller hotels on our list, the Villa Mahal features only 13 hotel rooms—making it a natural escape for honeymooners in search of some privacy. Prices start at $3,250 per couple for 14 days.
3. Munduk Moding Plantation, Bali (Indonesia)
Located on a working coffee farm, the Munduk Moding Plantation resort offers a combination of natural beauty, freedom to roam, and a gigantic 60-foot infinity pool overlooking scenic hills, mountains and the Java Sea.
Rumour has it on a clear day you can see as far as 30 miles!
At $279 per night, excluding seasonal charges, this resort offers very good value to its guests.
2. Hotel Costa dei Fiori, Sardinia (Italy)
Located on the island of Sardinia, this hotel has one of the most spectacular infinity pools ever created. Just look at that view! From the right angle, guests can sit on the terrace and feel as though they are right next to the Mediterranean.
High-season prices at the Hotel Costa dei Fiori start at about $350 per night.
1. Post Ranch Inn, California (USA)
High upon the cliffs of Big Sur, California, the Post Ranch Inn was originally a homestead owned by some of the first settlers. While still the property of their descendants, the ranch has now evolved into a getaway spot for tourists. It combines the best features of the modern world with the advantages of a traditional mountain getaway: solitude and freedom combined with luxury and comfort.
The Inn has two infinity pools, the Jade Pool and the Meditation Pool (featured above). Prices start at about $675 per night for this luxurious setting.
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