An infinity pool is the height of luxury for a hotel and for some, they’re a key aspect of of booking a holiday (See the jaw-dropping views from the above pool at Grace Santorini. If that’s not reason enough to drop everything and jump on a place, we don’t know what is). They’re becoming more popular with hotels and resorts and there are a lot to choose from, so to narrow down that choice, here are some of the most beautiful infinity pools in the world.
Fancy a swim on top of the world? The infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands is 57 floors up, so it’s probably not the best option for those with vertigo. The 150-metre pool is only available to hotel guests and you can even have a late night dip as the pool is open until 11pm. Remarkably, a deluxe room can be yours for just £161 a night.
If you like the idea of an infinity pool but not the idea of sharing to experience with a bunch of strangers (quite right, too), head to Yao Noi. Each villa has its own beautiful private pool so you can be as antisocial as you like while you’re splashing about. Price per night are around £250.
The Hotel Caruso in dizzy-high Ravello on the Amalfi Coast is a former 11th Century palace that’s now been fully restored. The infinity pool overlooks the mountains and the historical castle ruins. It’s a beautiful haven but it’s an expensive one – you’ll pay around £700 a night for a room. Or £2500 if you fancy stumping up for a suite.
Who’s to say a beautiful infinity pool can’t be indoors? In not-so-balmy Britain, it’s probably a good thing that one of its loveliest is snuggled away behind glass. Due to open later this summer, the brand new Shangri-La London takes residence in the Shard and stakes its claim to London’s highest infinity edge swimming pool – on the 52nd floor no less. An evening swim with dazzling views of the capital’s city lights can be yours from around £425 a night.
Fancy sharing your infinity pool with some local wildlife? The Sarara Safari Camp lets you do just that. There are just six luxury tents in the camp but the conservancy is 850,000 acres so you’ll get the full African safari experience. Expect to drop a couple of thousand big ones for the privilege of an experience you’ll never forget.
Most infinity pools are all about the tropical locations, but The Cambrian in the Swiss Alps like to do things differently, so instead of a heatwave you’ll be treated to a perfect view of snow-capped mountains. Prices for a double room start from as little as £230 a night and include a ‘staccato walking dinner’ (no, we’re not sure either).
You won’t be short of infinity pool options in Bali, but The Hanging Gardens is one of the most popular resorts and the pool is probably one of the most photographed in the world. It’s a split-level pool made from solidified volcanic ash which is said to give swimmers the feeling of swimming among the trees. You’ll stay in a private villa here and prices start at around £400 a night. If you fancy a little Bali pool-hopping, the Viceroy Bali has a cracker of an infinity pool with incredible views of the rainforest below. Rooms there start from around £375 a night.
Oh just hanging about in my private little infinity pool, staring out at the Great Barrier Reef. The pools here might not be as large as some of the others featured, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less impressive. Prices start at £500 a night.
Every single room at Jade Mountain comes with a ‘removed 4th wall’ and infinity pool so guests experience the true expanse of the landscape. Rather than book your room on size, you pick your room based on the size of pool. It’s not cheap though. Expect to pay upwards of £600 a night.
You don’t expect to find an infinity pool overlooking Barcelona’s bustling Las Ramblas, but there is one. The rooftop pool at the Grand Hotel Central is smack bang in the centre of Barcelona and adjacent to The Sky Bar – one of the coolest and busiest bars in the city. Prices for a room are reasonable and you’ll probably pay around £190 per night. Get up early if you want a sun lounger, they won’t stay empty for long.
Words by Sian Meades