Infinity pools are the double rainbow of swimming pools where one body of beautiful blue water seems to disappear into the stunning surrounding scenery, whether it be the ocean, cityscape, jungle or whatever your dream destination might be. Creating such aquatic eye candy does not come cheaply. That weightless body of water floating in air effect is the result of intensive structural engineering and tremendous amounts of foundation work. The infinity pool is a bit of a contemporary status symbol but in fact the effect was first used in the gardens at Versailles in the 1600s. We take a look at some of the world’s best infinity pools.
The most spectacular infinity pools in the world just has to be in the Jade Mountain Resort on the Caribbean Island of St Lucia. The individual pools look down over a 600 acre beach front and the remarkable Piton islets, sharp sided rock formations rising out of an azure seascape which has been named a World Heritage site. Each room in the hotel has been designed to open up to this view and onto the infinity pools which almost appear to become an extension of the room.
An infinity pool amidst the most dramatic grandeur is that at the Cambrian Adelboden Hotel and Resort in Switzerland. In the summer, the hotel infinity pool looks out at the verdant alpine meadows which cover the foothills of the Swiss Alps. The air is crystal clear, the sky powder blue and decorative alpine cabins dot the hill sides. You could almost expect Heidi and Peter to appear over a hill with their goat herd. But in winter the pool experience becomes another thing altogether, a warm gentle oasis amidst the slow covered mountainsides. The hotel is within walking distance to the ski lifts that take skiers up to the Bernese Oberland fields. Apres ski guests soak in the heated waters and watch as night falls and lights fill the valley.
For over the most over the top, spectacular and the largest infinity pool around, take a lift 55 stories to the top of the Marina Bay Sands Skypark in Singapore. A favorite on youtube, this series of infinity pools straddles the three towers of the hotel like a sleek canoe. At 165 yards (150 meters) long and at that height subject to wind, the engineering behind them is almost as mind blowing as the Skypark itself. Not for those suffering from vertigo as it seems only too easy to gently swim over the edge. But it is perfectly safe and with 360 degree views of Singapore city and the Straits.
For classic infinity pool experience, visit the Six Senses at Yao Noi Thailand. Midway between Phuket and Krabi Yao Noi offers sensitive sustainable accommodation. Each villa has been built with natural local materials in a contemporary take on traditional Thai style, each with its own pool. The Hill Top Reserve infinity pool is perched up above the green forest sanctuary of the resort. The Hill Top dining villa looks over the infinity pool across forest towards the islands of stunning Phang Nga Bay. The infinity experience in spades.
Sarara Camp in Namunyak, Kenya has the only infinity pool in the world set up for elephant watching. The pool at this luxury camp has been carved out of natural rock outcrops and looks out over the reserve and mountain ranges. The pool is perched above a water hole favored by nearby animals, including deer, warthog and herds of elephants. Sarara has 6 luxury tents built from local materials. It offers an intimate safari experience to guests with trips to nearby attractions plus over half the profits are channeled back into the local community. Infinity with a conscience.
If the Mediterranean and the infinity pool are a marriage made in heaven then the honeymoon is to be found at the Belmond Hotel Caruso on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. High up in the mountainside above the cliffside town of Ravello, the hotel’s infinity pool has superb views down over the coast and the Mediterranean. The five star Caruso has been built in the ruins a lovingly restored 11th century palace with its original frescos. An ancient wall of the original palace forms an incredible backdrop to the infinity pool framing the view below. Bellissima!
Finally the most exclusive infinity pool award goes to the Tortuga House pool in Mustique in the Caribbean. The pool is set at two levels and flows from the top to the one below and looks out over the lush vegetation down onto Britannia Bay. Tortuga is a private 5 bedroom rental villa with an Italian flavor set in a beautiful garden. The privacy and the tropical beauty are a perfect enhancement of this infinity pool experience.
Have you ever used an infinity pool? Do you have any other places to add to The World’s Best Infinity Pools list?