25 May 2016
A room with a view – this seems to be a common request when people book a holiday. After all, nobody wants to travel 8 hours abroad and not be able to make the most of the stunning scenery available. But what about a pool with a view? Hotels have evolved from a pool being just part of the facilities on offer, to something that becomes a feature of the entire resort and can even be the reason guests are drawn there in the first place. Below are some of our top five infinity pools from around the world, from private islands to 5* city hotels. We invite you to discover what makes these pools so special.
One&Only Reethi Rah – Maldives
The epitome of exclusive island luxury, One&Only Reethi Rah offers unprecedented privacy and transcendent indulgence in a setting of almost unrivalled beauty in the North Malé Atoll. Its 30m long lap pool is one of its iconic features, stretching almost 100 feet out into the lagoon and offering panoramic views of the surrounding turquoise waters.
Alila Ubud – Bali
This tranquil and secluded hillside retreat can be found deep in the heart of Bali, on the edge of the Ayung River valley. With a blend of contemporary design and traditional Balinese features, the resort is designed as a Balinese village, with rooms and villas stood on stilts over the hillside to make the most of the stunning views. The dramatic infinity pool that appears to float over the Ayung River valley is one of its most striking features.
Marina Bay Sands – Singapore
One of the most spectacular hotels in Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands offers spectacular views from its legendary Skypark – 57 levels above the city. Within the Skypark you will find the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool which stands on a platform stretching over three towers of the 2,561 room hotel. What better place is there to enjoy the most exceptional view of the Singapore skyline to be found in the city?
Jade Mountain – St Lucia
Majestically rising on the south-western coast of St Lucia, Jade Mountain is one of the most exclusive retreats on the island and celebrates the stunning beauty of the island. Designed by architect Nick Troubetzkoy, the philosophy of the resort is to exist in harmony with the Caribbean nature surrounding it. The stunning infinity pool at the top of the resort looks out on to a panoramic view of the Pitons, its colourful mosaic tiles providing a kaleidoscope of colours at the same time. This is further echoed in the resorts 24 suites where the hotels embraces the concept of the missing fourth wall to provide spectacular views throughout.
Ubud Hanging Gardens – Bali
This is a pool that shows other pools how it’s done. Spread over two levels, the resorts infinity pool is the central feature here and hangs over the dense rainforest canopy providing sublime views and giving swimmers the unique sensation of floating among the trees. Previously names ‘World’s Best Swimming Pool’ by TripAdvisor and Condé Nast Traveller it is without doubt one of the most photographed pools in the world and a consistent favourite on lists like this.