World's Coolest Pools: Infinity and Beyond
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Heritance Kandalama Hotel
Designed by architect Geoffrey Bawa, the Kachchan infinity pool (pictured) at the Heritance Kandalama Hotel blends into the view of Kandalama Lake. Take a swim or relax by the pool in the evenings while Siripala, a traditional flautist from a nearby village, plays soothing music. Located in Sri Lanka, this hotel also has 2 more pools: the Kaludiya Pool and the Rashmi Pool. The latter is the largest pool on the property and is equipped for sports such as water polo.
InterContinental Hong Kong
At the InterContinental Hotel in Hong Kong, the infinity swimming pool with 3 hot tubs offers guests a relaxing dip overlooking Victoria Harbour. Here’s the bad news: The pool and hot tubs are open only to hotel guests. So you'd better book a stay.
The Grace Santorini on the Greek island of Santorini has a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea as far as the eye can see. On the terrace, where the hotel’s infinity pool is located, grab a refreshing cocktail made by renowned mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. Pair the signature Grace cocktail with your dinner, or just pass the time sipping a delicious drink while watching the sun set.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Escape to your own personal paradise at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Enjoy this Maldives resort’s 2 infinite-view swimming pools, as well as its other unique experiences, including the 180-degree views of reef and marine life while dining at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant.
In addition to the 82-foot Verandah Pool, Jumby Bay also has an oceanfront infinity pool, located at the end of the Jumby Bay Beach in Antigua. Unwind by basking in the Caribbean sun or enjoying a bite to eat at the Pool Grille.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
Located in a lush Thailand jungle, this pool offers guests at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort great panoramic views of Myanmar and Laos. After a dip in the pool, make friends with elephants on-site; master the art of Thai cuisine at the Lanna Cooking School; take a private tour to explore the hill tribe culture; and more.
Fifty Ultra Lounge
The Fifty Miami Ultra Lounge at the Viceroy is one of the most exclusive lookout points in the city. Aside from being a hot nightspot, the Asian-inflected private pool offers guests amazing views of the city from atop the hotel tower. Enjoy the chic, sophisticated ambience and listen to some of Miami’s hottest DJs while lying by the pool or taking a quick dip to cool off.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Welcome to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The hotel’s beautiful poolscape features small dipping pools for kids and cabanas equipped with wireless internet, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, butler service, mini-refrigerators and digital safes for personal items. Rent a poolside bed or a variety of different cabanas, including a luxurious island cabana, located in the center of the Round Pool.
Le Palais de la Mediterranee
Guests at the Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice, France, have a beautiful view of the Bay of Angels from the outdoor pool. The hotel also has an indoor pool, but outdoors is where you really want to be if you’re visiting this French coastal city in the summer.
Bondi Icebergs Club
It’s not a hotel or resort, but we had to include the famous Bondi Baths on our list of the best places to take a dip. Located at the Bondi Icebergs Club, this 164-foot-long, Olympic-size pool has been a landmark on Australia’s Bondi Beach for more than 100 years.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
The Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge uses its vanishing-horizon pool as its centerpiece, surrounding it with rooms and suites, a poolside bar, a rustic reception area, a dining room, a bar and a veranda, which overlooks the lake. Located in Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania, the lodge lets guests go on a morning bird walk, a mountain bike ride, a canoe adventure, a night game drive, or a culture tour to learn about the local Iraqw and Sukuma people in neighboring villages.
Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
Take a look at the stunning architecture and cityscape surrounding the outdoor infinity pool at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore. This 82-foot-long pool overlooks the Singapore River in the heart of the city.
Banyan Tree Seychelles
Enjoy the stunning view of the Indian Ocean from the main infinity pool at the Banyan Tree Seychelles resort. Each villa has a private pool, but we think you may spend most of your time at the main pool, which has a bar that serves creative fruit cocktails and tasty snacks.
On Maui’s Wailea Beach, the Grand Wailea has 9 pools, including the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, which is equipped with waterslides, rapids and more. We like the Hibiscus Pool (pictured) for guests 18 and older. On the bottom of the pool, a mosaic hibiscus flower was designed with 630,000 pieces of Mexican glass. The 4,850-square-foot pool also has 2 Jacuzzis — perfect for a romantic retreat away from the kids.
Hotel Villa Mahal
The Hotel Villa Mahal has a 55-foot-long infinity pool with a Jacuzzi that allows guests to gaze at a stunning view of the Kalkan Bay. The Lycian coastline has become one of Turkey’s most popular vacation destinations, thanks to the area’s great beaches and several historical sites, including Xanthos, the ancient capital of Lycia.
Marina Bay Sands
On the 57th floor, get a phenomenal view of Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands’ Tower 1 pool. This massive, 500-foot-long infinity pool at the hotel's SkyPark is not for the faint of heart.
SLS Hotel South Beach
The SLS Hotel South Beach's pool deck is for travelers who are willing to splurge. Spanning more than 8,000 square feet, the pool deck features a pool, beach, garden and covered cabana area. Beyond the pool, Hyde Beach is where Miami's hip, chic crowd converges to hear the hottest DJs and where rich locals and guests throw private events and receptions.
The Standard, Downtown LA
Get a panoramic view of LA from the heated rooftop pool at the Standard. And after a dip in the pool, lounge around with friends on one of the canopy waterbeds nearby. Each bed holds up to 10 people.
At Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, snuggle up in a private booth or dance poolside at SkyBar, a rooftop pool with views of the Petronas Towers and the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Just a word to the wise: Don’t jump in — this pool is not for swimming.
It’s the world deepest indoor swimming pool. Nemo 33 in Brussels, Belgium, showcases a unique design that includes several “underwater caves.” Take a 108-foot plunge to explore these submerged houses. And for the inexperienced diver, scuba lessons are offered on-site.
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, Habita Monterrey has 2 pools that are separated by a bar. Visitors can swim in the 90-degree hot pool during the winter months or cool off in the cold pool during the summer. Both are on the eighth floor of the hotel, where guests can see the city skyline surrounded by the Sierra Madre Oriental.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar
Head to the Dead Sea in Jordan to experience the Celestial Pools at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar. Surrounded by gardens and lagoons, this hotel’s 9 swimming pools and waterfalls offer guests picturesque views of the Dead Sea. And don’t miss out on a visit to the 108-square-foot Anantara Spa — it’s the largest spa in the Middle East.
High above Bali’s Ayung River, this rectangular infinity pool at the Alila Ubud seems to fall off into the jungle. This eco-friendly resort on the Indonesian island encourages guests to get to know the local Balinese culture through countryside treks, visits to local farmers markets and more, while also supporting the local businesses and community.
London West Hollywood
Take a refreshing swim in the London West Hollywood's rooftop pool, where panoramic views are only improved with pool concierge services, poolside cabanas and fitness facilities. Dine poolside at Rooftop by Gordon Ramsay, which features cuisine from the celebrity chef under the direction of chef Anthony Keene.
Hotel Udai Kothi
Travel to Udaipur, India, to see why this pool is making a big splash at Hotel Udai Kothi. One of the perks of this pool is the view overlooking the palaces in Old Town Udaipur.
La Casa Que Canta
This freshwater infinity pool at La Casa Que Canta overlooks Mexico’s Zihuatanejo Bay — and seems to flow directly into it. Guests can easily get lost in thought gazing ahead at the amazing panoramic views seen from the perimeter of the main pool.