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Ten of the World’s Most Spectacular Infinity Pools

It will be a difficult proposition today to find somebody who doesn’t’ know what an infinity pool is but just for the benefit of the uninformed, who, I am sure, are few and far between, an infinity pool is designed in a way that gives you the visual impression of a “vanishing edge” – as if the edge of the pool is merged with a larger body of water like an ocean or a lake, or even with the sky. They are also known as negative edge, zero edge, or disappearing edge pools.

Designing infinity pools involves extensive structural, mechanical, and architectural detailing making them very expensive indeed – hence, you are unlikely to come across a privately owned infinity pool in a hurry – not that there aren’t any. However, they are a common feature at fancy resorts, luxury hotels, and other places of that ilk.

We have identified 10 of the world’s most stunningly picturesque infinity pools with breathtaking backdrops for you to choose from for your next vacation.

The Grace Santorini – Santorini, Greece


Located in Imerovigli, The Grace Santorini is within 2 kilometers of Skaros Rock and Archaeological Museum while the Museum of Prehistoric Thira is 2.3 kilometers away.

In addition to 21 deluxe rooms, a restaurant, a 24/7 fitness center, free Wi-fi in public areas, free breakfast, and spa services the hotel also boasts the island’s largest infinity pool with
just 14 loungers which give you an idea of the exclusivity on offer at this property.

Alila Ubud Hotel – Bali, Indonesia


Set upon a limestone cliff, overlooking the ocean in Bali, Alila Ubud Hotel is located 8 kilometers from Garuda Wisnu Kencana and 10 kilometers from Jimbaran Bay.

The hotel features three on-site dining options, a day spa with five treatment villas, a 24/7 fitness center, a private pool and cabana with each of the 64 open-plan villas and last but not at all the least is the huge infinity pool with an awesome view.

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge – Tanzania, Africa


The Lake Manyara Serena Lodge is situated on a lake less than 2 kilometers from Lake Manyara National Park and 23 kilometers from Karatu Playground.

A 67-room property the Lodge’s main features are a restaurant, a conference center, spa services and most importantly a world class infinity pool with a poolside bar.

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort – St. Maarten


Nestled on the beach, this Philipsburg resort is a 5-minute walk from Little Bay Beach and Fort Amsterdam. Cyrus Wathey Square and Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit are within a 3- kilometre-range.

The resort boasts 210 rooms with jetted tubs, furnished balconies or patios, pillowtop beds, DVD players, full-service spa, 3 fine restaurants, and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. And of course, the focus of our interest – a great infinity pool that seems to merge with the aquamarine waters beyond.

Ubud Hanging Gardens – Bali, Indonesia


The Ubud hotel is located on the Riverwalk, about 5 kilometers from the Sangeh Monkey Forest while the Ubud Monkey Forest, the Ubud Traditional Art Market, Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest and Gaya Art Space are all in 15-kilometers range.

All 44 rooms boast private pools and deep soaking tubs, free Wi-Fi, free wired internet, LED TVs with cable channels, balconies, sitting areas, and refrigerators.

The hotel also features a full-service spa, a restaurant, and an infinity pool that will steal your breath in addition to free cooked-to-order breakfast, free Wi-Fi in public areas, free valet parking, and a free area shuttle.

Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and massage/treatment rooms.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino – Singapore


Located in the Marina Bay area, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk from Marina Bay Sands Skypark and the Singapore Flyer. Esplanade theaters and Raffles Place are at a distance of under 2 kilometers.

Hotel features include a full-service spa, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a business center and meeting rooms and not to forget the ubiquitous infinity pool with a mind-blowing view of the Singapore skyline.

Jade Mountain Resort – St. Lucia, The Caribbeans (Where All Rooms Have Infinity Pools)


Set on a lush mountainside with a view of the sea, this upscale resort is a tribute to St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. It is just a minute’s walk from the St. Lucia Anse Chastanet Beach. Diving at Turtle Reef is 3 kilometers away while Castries is at a 40-kilometer distance.

In addition to private infinity pools with each room, the hotel also features a large common infinity pool with a poolside bar.

Kandalama Hotel – Dambulla, Sri Lanka


Located by a lake, this family-friendly hotel is located within 15 kilometers of the Golden Temple, the Dambulla Cave Temple, and the Dambulla Produce Market. The Royal Rock Temple and the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium are within the 15-kilometer-ranghe.

All 152 rooms are equipped with refrigerators and coffee makers and come with free Wi-fi and LED TVs with satellite channels.

The hotel also features 4 restaurants, a full-service spa, free Wi-Fi in public areas, free self-parking, fitness center, bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/ café and above all an awesome infinity pool offering a great view.

Sheraton Waikiki – Hawaii


The oceanfront Sheraton Waikiki is just steps away from a private stretch of the famous Waikiki Beach.

The luxurious guest rooms at the Sheraton Waikiki open onto furnished lanais with 80% of the rooms with an oceanfront view.

The resort features live Polynesian music and dance show once a week, a unique “super pool” and an “adults only” infinity pool that will blow your mind away.

Hotel Villa Mahal (Adults Only) – Kalkan, Turkey


Located in Kalkan, this hotel is just over 3 kilometers from the Kalkan Bazaar and within 20 kilometers of the Kaputas Beach and Hadrian’s Granary. The Patara Ruins and the Arch of Modestus are within a 20-kilometer-range.

All 13 rooms come with espresso makers, bathrobes, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Other amenities include minibars, electric kettles, and free bottled water.

The hotel also features a private beach, a restaurant, free buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi in public areas, free self-parking, 2 bars/lounges, a beach bar and an onsite snack bar/deli PLUS a great infinity pool.

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