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Take A Plunge In These Majestic Infinity Pools

From the snow-capped Swiss Alps to the depths of the Balinese rainforest, and from atop Singapore’s skyline to a resplendent Tanzanian safari, these unbelievably photogenic infinity pools are destinations unto themselves that make it worth the journey alone.

July 23, 2021

Few things set the mood of a vacation quite like that first heavenly dip into your hotel swimming pool, especially if it sits on what feels like the edge of the earth. We are, of course, talking about infinity pools—those majestic blue-hued oases where water and nature dreamily merge into one. Not only are they the crown jewels of many a five-star luxury hotel and iconic properties around the world, but these awe-inspiring architectural masterpieces are often where the best views of surrounding vistas and undulating seascapes can be soaked in. As we ponder our upcoming travel plans, here are some of the most gorgeous zero-edge pools around the world that will guarantee the swim of a lifetime.

BELMOND HOTEL CARUSO, RAVELLO, ITALY

Photo: Belmond Hotel Caruso

Initially built as a palace in the 11th century on a ruggedly picturesque stretch of the Amalfi Coast, the Belmond Hotel Caruso has been frequented by A-listers throughout the years, from Jackie Kennedy and Humphrey Bogart to Justin Bieber – and for good reason, as it houses what’s arguably Italy’s most famous infinity pool. Heated year-round (at 28°C), this elliptically shaped lagoon sits at the highest point of Ravello. Hugged by the Tyrrhenian Sea on one side and centuries-old frescoes and subtropical gardens on the other, the historic clifftop hideaway is best accompanied by a chilled glass of local prosecco from the poolside bar.

Don’t miss: After sunbathing, hop on board the hotel’s charming wooden boat, Ercole, for a complimentary sunset cruise around the Amalfi Coast to get a taste of la dolce vita.

MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE

Photo: Marina Bay Sands

Talk about a showstopping architectural triumph. Floating almost 200 metres above Singapore’s iconic cityscape on its three 56-storey hotel towers, the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool has been an emblem of the Lion City since it was unveiled in 2010. Designed by visionary architect Moshe Safdie, the zero-edge, stainless-steel structure is a sight to behold, stretching 146 metres – that’s almost three Olympic swimming pools – to frame the one-hectare Sands SkyPark roof terrace. We can’t imagine a greater indulgence than escaping to the top of the world for a splash in the palm tree-lined main pool or the three nearby jacuzzis as you’re bathed in the magical buzz of the city.

Time your swim: Featured in Crazy Rich Asians, this pool is only open to hotel guests and offers prime views of the spectacular nightly light show on the harbour.

GRACE HOTEL, SANTORINI, GREECE

Photo: Grace Hotel

The mesmerising volcanic landscapes of Santorini, with Skaros Rock in the distance, have never looked better than when they’re viewed from the 22-metre infinity pool at Grace Hotel—a collection of gorgeous, crisp-white suites and villas that cascade down the half-moon-shaped bay. With turquoise waters that seem to flow right into the brimming Aegean Sea, swimmers will get the feeling of the Greek Isles unfolding right at their feet.

On the menu: Savour delectable cocktails designed by award-winning mixologist Salvatore Calabrese at the hotel’s Champagne Lounge as you watch the pools illuminate and the Aegean Sea transform into a shimmering gold.

HOTEL VILLA HONEGG, ENNETBÜRGEN, SWITZERLAND

Photo: Hotel Villa Honegg

Whether descending by helicopter or a via scenic ride through the Bürgenstock mountain, the expedition scaling 914 metres above sea level to the enchanting Hotel Villa Honegg is well worth it, even if it’s only for a swim in the 34°C heated outdoor pool. Panoramic views of Lake Lucerne meet European splendour and historic charm at this 1900s art nouveau-style hilltop sanctuary, where tranquil light-blue waters blend into the crisp Swiss skies – or the blankets of snow during the winter months.

Don’t miss: Enjoy a superb meal at the hotel’s restaurant (awarded 14 Gault-Millau points), which focuses on locally sourced ingredients, and cap it off with some fine whiskies and cigars in the leather-clad lounge by the crackling log fire.

FOUR SEASONS SAFARI LODGE SERENGETI, TANZANIA, AFRICA

Photo: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Escaping all traces of urban life and losing yourself amid Africa’s unspoilt natural beauty, with wild elephants as your swim buddies? You bet. This 25-metre outdoor edgeless pool is nestled within the five-star, timber-lined lodge at the heart of one of the world’s most celebrated natural reserves: Serengeti National Park. Best of all, it sits within arm’s reach of an active watering hole – so after an adventurous day out, what better way to recharge than by laying on a sun bed as you watch wild neighbours like lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, and elephants join you for a drink or two against the fiery orange horizon?

Don’t miss: There’s plenty of interest for thrill-seekers, with a hot-air balloon ride over the savannahs and a guided walking safari led by Maasai guides and park rangers being absolute musts on the itinerary.

ALILA UBUD, BALI, INDONESIA

Photo: Alila Ubud

Arriving at the infinity pool of Alila Ubud, the hillside retreat designed by Kerry Hill Architects that’s set above a ravine on stilts like luxury treehouses, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’ve slipped into an Eden on earth. This dramatic 25-metre emerald-hued pool, consistently voted one of the world’s best, stretches out over the fabled Ayung River valley and is cocooned by Bali’s lush flora and fauna. Towering canopies of green rainforests and fluttering wildlife are at arm’s reach and uniquely fuse with the property’s raw, bucolic design.

Did you know: The EarthCheck gold-certified hotel serves up authentic Balinese flavours, with all fruits and vegetables, plus most amenities such as soaps and shampoo, sourced from local vendors and artisans.

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