If Buzz Lightyear understands one thing, it’s his love of great hotel pools. The Manual took its “To infinity and beyond!” (Geddit now?) And use it to produce a list of our favorite infinity pools from around the world. Hours of grueling research later (wise man’s note: don’t google “Swimming pool porn” on your work computer) and I’ve basically planned my entire vacation life now. So here they are, the best infinity pools… in the world.
Grace Santorini, Greece
Perched above the famous Caldera in the South Aegean Sea, Grace Santorini, is an exclusive boutique hotel with breathtaking views. The minimalist white hotel spans multiple levels as it climbs up the cliff. Topped with a yoga and wellness suite, this could be one of the best dogging spots in the world, or throw it all in and enjoy Chef Spyros’ signature dishes at the restaurant just below the amazing swimming pool at overflow.
Cambrian Hotel, Adelboden, Switzerland
Why climb mountains when you can swim in them? The Cambrian hotel spa includes this incredible heated swimming pool, overlooking several Alps and we can’t imagine a more perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. Or why not just give up skiing and head straight to the pool? The restaurant, serving “New Alpine” cuisine, is at your disposal to replenish your calories after skiing, or simply sit in the Finnish sauna.
Shangri La, Shard, London
London has one of the best skylines around, and where better to contemplate St Pauls or The Gherkin from than completely submerged on the 52nd floor? Officially the highest swimming pool in Europe and with one of the best hotels in the capital tagged. The Shard, one of London’s most iconic buildings, is located a stone’s throw from London’s financial district, but don’t go for business, this hotel is made for relaxation!
One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
A little confusing, there are a handful of One & Only resorts, and they are all amazing. Check out this pool at their resort in the Maldives, located on a private island accessible only by speedboat. The resort’s overwater villas are perched on sticks, most with their own plunge pools, while the beachfront villas overlook the ocean. Tie a hammock and lie down.
Bali Hanging Gardens, Ubud, Bali
Seemingly suspended above the forest, Bali’s Hanging Gardens are close to the cultural capital of Ubud and cling to the steep mountain side. Spread over 44 private villas, the destination combines contemporary luxury with Balinese decoration and textiles. The hotel is connected to the gorge below by a unique funicular, making Bali’s Hanging Gardens the ultimate in luxury, as well as the hillside.
Le Normand, Tel Aviv
There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the city. Especially when that city is Tel Aviv. The Norman Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel renowned for its restaurants, style and refined luxury. Well placed for the city’s key attractions, the main attraction actually has to be on the roof of the hotel itself! The infinity pool offers a sea view, order a glass of champagne and watch the sun set over this wonderful city.
The Oberoi Udavilas, India
Swim like a Maharaja at the Oberoi Udavilas, regularly voted one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Rooms are swim-up thanks to the 240-foot pool, and the lavish surroundings mean the luxury doesn’t end there. Located on the shore of Lake Pichola, the Oberoi Udaivilas is not so much a jewel in the crown of Rajasthan, it is the Koh-i-Noor!
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Back in Bali, this time the cantilevered Alila Villas, located above the rugged limestone cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula. The breathtaking panoramic views are matched only by the stunning swimming pool. Designed by an award-winning team of architects, the low-rise buildings blend into the natural surroundings and the hotel flows seamlessly between indoors and outdoors.
Kurà Design Villas, Costa Rica
Kurà Design Villas’ saltwater infinity pool, overlooking jungle-covered mountains or the endless ocean, wins the award for the place we would most like to watch the sunset from. The Costa Rican hotel aims to be environmentally friendly and emphasizes sustainability while maximizing luxury.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
All of the pools in this guide have a view, but perhaps none is as breathtaking as a Serengeti waterhole. The dog paddles to the edge of the pool and observes the lions, leopards and elephants a few meters away. The hotel is obviously ideal for anyone going on a safari, but the facilities, bar and restaurant are not negatively affected by the bush setting.
Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia
Not only is there an incredible wrap-around infinity pool, the 29 suites at Jade Mountain 24 feature their own private infinity pools. And look at the view! Built with a distinct philosophy of working in harmony with nature, the Jade Mountain Resort rises above the pristine beaches of the Caribbean.
Marina Bay Hotel, Singapore
A photo cannot convey the pure drama of the swimming pool at the Marina Bay hotel. Stretching along the Sinagpore hotel’s observation deck, the structure itself is perched atop three towers and is one of the architectural wonders of the world.
Caesar Augustus Hotel, Italy
The beautiful Isle of Capri is the perfect vacation destination, and never more so than at the Caesar Augustus Hotel with its breathtaking views over the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Famous since Roman times, when the emperors made it their home, Capri hadn’t known such extravagance until the arrival of the Caesar Augustus hotel!
Le Joule, Dallas
The Joule infinity pool in downtown Dallas literally leans over the floors of the bustling street below. The exclusive hotel, filled with art and character, is one of our favorites in the United States and the perfect stopover for spending time in the city. The sophisticated hotel is complemented by the extraordinary swimming pool, with its glass end offering an underwater view of Dallas Street.
Zemi Beach House Resort & Spa, Anguilla
With 54 ocean-view rooms, the sea is never so far away at the luxurious Zemi Beach House in Anguilla, but the infinity pool here gives the distinct impression that it is literally connected. The resort, set on six acres on the beautiful Caribbean island, combines style and seclusion.
Belmond Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast, Italy
From the Orient Express to incredible safari hotels, Belmond never delivers. This former 11th-century palace on the Amalfi Coast above the hilltop village of Ravello is truly special, and the infinity pool crowns it in true Belmond style.
Robinson Club Noonu, Maldives
Wasn’t Noonu the vacuum cleaner in the Teletubbies? Anyway, this is also the latest opening of Robinson Club, a private island on Noonu Atoll, Maldives. And of course, all of the club’s bungalow rooms (on sticks in the sea) have their own infinity pool. Of course, this is not the only swimming option, you can snorkel around the reefs, famous for their rich marine life, including sharks! (maybe better to stay in the pool after all…)
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, France
Symbol of luxury, adults and good alike have flocked to the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc for over a century. The perfect place to stay on the French Riviera and, of course, with an infinity pool to match.
St Regis Princeville, Hawaii
Aloha St Régis Princeville! Hawaii’s sprawling resort town features a huge infinity pool overlooking the beautiful Napali Coast of the island of Kauai.
Banyan Tree, Seychelles
The tropical paradise of Seychelles is home to The Banyan Tree, nestled on a hillside overlooking the Indian Ocean. Located over a number of individual villas, some with their own pools, the level of luxury is surpassed by the views.
The Pedregal complex, Mexico
While most of the hotels listed here rise above the sea, The Resort at Pedregal brings things down to sea level. The hotel, built into the cliff jutting out of the Pacific Ocean, is only accessible than by a private tunnel through the mountain.
The Chedi Muscat, Oman
Oman, often overlooked due to its noisy and brash neighbors in Dubai and Abu Dhabi is a cultural as well as a luxury destination. The 158 Omani-influenced rooms and villas at the Chedi share an infinity pool at the junction of sea and mountain.
Voavah is a small private 4 Seasons island resort that’s so exclusive there are just seven rooms, accessible by seaplane and with a beachside infinity pool to die for. The island comes with a 62-foot luxury yacht, allowing guests to explore UNESCO’s ocean territory. Swim with turtles and reef sharks with the on-site PADI scuba instructors, or just relax on the beach with your feet and hands waiting. Why not (in this parallel world where money is not an object) take the whole island and turn it into a party paradise?
It wasn’t that long ago just having a swimming pool set a hotel apart, nowadays it’s not only considered a necessity, but you have to have an Instagram-worthy infinity pool to even compete. Lucky for us, all of the above hotels not only rose to the challenge, but more importantly gave us a welcome retreat from the gloomy British weather for the last five minutes!