10 Best Infinity Pools in the World
Infinity pools are all about blurring the line between man-made and natural, and few places have a more gorgeous contrast than these ten hotel pools. From elephant spotting in the Serengeti to country-counting in the Golden Triangle, there's so much more than just swimming to do at our favorite infinity pools across the globe.
1. Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti (ARUSHA, TANZANIA).
No, this isn’t Photoshopped. It’s what happens when you build an infinity pool in the heart of Tanzania’s wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park. Herds of wild elephants frequent the pool area daily, as do wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, and other greats of Africa’s animal kingdom. And, better yet, there’s bar service!
2. The Resort at Pedregal (LOS CABOS, MEXICO).
This beachfront beauty guarantees a front-row seat to Los Cabos, Mexico’s dreamiest shorelines. Gaze at endless vistas of sand and sea while keeping an eye out for breaching humpback whales, wave-riding dolphins, and the natural arches of Land’s End. Order a tamarind margarita from the swim-up bar and get comfy in one of the pool’s signature half-submerged lounge chairs.
3. The St. Regis Princeville Resort (HAWAII, UNITED STATES).
Kauai’s multi-hued mountains, skyscraping waterfalls, rugged canyons, and sparkling bays are perhaps best appreciated by helicopter. But, on the ground, we love this 5,000-square-foot infinity-edged swimming pool for our fix of Hawaii’s most iconic scenery.
4. Cape Weligama (WELIGAMA, SRI LANKA).
Along southern Sri Lanka’s palm-laced coastline, this all-villa Relais & Châteaux resort (named toCondé Nast Traveler's Hot List when it opened in 2015) has more than a half-dozen small infinity pools sprinkled across its 12 cliff-top acres. The most extraordinary panoramas are reserved for the main crescent shaped pool, where the pounding waves and verdant landscapes appear to collide over the horizon.
5. The Joule Hotel (DALLAS, UNITED STATES).
Not every infinity pool overlooks a remote tropical vista. One of the many eye-catching elements of the artsy Joule Hotel is the cantilevered, translucent rooftop pool, which projects over downtown Dallas. It’s often standing-room-only by noon, so arrive early to splash around this sliver of architectural awesomeness.
6. Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa (WEST INDIES, ANGUILLA).
It’s a battle of the ultra-blues at this sleek, symmetric pool spilling over Anguilla’s hyper-turquoise Shoal Bay East. At the pool’s far end, a glass wall creates the infinity edge illusion, allowing beachcombers to peek in on the underwater action.
7. Anantara Golden Triangle (CHIANG RAI, THAILAND).
Sarah Palin can see Russia from her house, but you can see three Asian countries—Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos—from this dazzling infinity pool, which perches at the international crossroads of the “Golden Triangle,” where the three nations' borders converge. And did we mention there are elephants roving the mist-shrouded hills below?
8. Grace Santorini (SANTORINI, GREECE).
We already think that Santorini, Greece is one of the world’s most swoon-worthy spots, so imagine the ultra-romance of this infinity-edge pool tucked into the island’s whitewashed, cliffside splendor, overlooking the Aegean Sea and the surrounding volcanic seascapes (and which just happens to have the best sunset views on the island).
9. Banyan Tree Seychelles (MAHÉ, REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES).
Strewn with massive granite boulders and blanketed in powder-soft white sand, the Seychelles’ beaches are often cited as the world’s finest. So what better way to revel in such natural majesty than from the comfort of your private infinity pool (note: every hillside accommodation here has its own), preferably with a cocktail in hand?
10. Amankila (BALI, INDONESIA).
The cascading three-tiered infinity pool of this legendary Aman resort on Bali’s east coast is one of the world’s most photogenic. Scale the three pools and spot the volcanic black-sand beaches below, Bali’s apex Mount Agung above, and the serene blue horizon in between.
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