To Infinity and Beyond: 21 Cool Pools
Hanging Gardens of Bali
Yes, Bali tempts with some of the most amazing beaches in the world, but we're intrigued with Hanging Gardens' double-decker infinity pool that'll make you feel you're walking right off into the island's forested mountains. Its surrounding sights and sounds immediately put you at ease—it won't take long to achieve your Zen here.
Famous for its dramatic views, beaches and sunsets, the island of Santorini boasts delightful boutique hotels with enchanting features. This infinity-edge pool at Grace Santorini gives you a front-row seat to the beauty of the Greek isles—sunset viewing is a colorful prospect here, what with the sun hitting the black, red and white lava pebbles of its beaches.
Six Senses Yao Noi
Among the areas emphasized in Thai resort Six Senses Yao Noi's mission statement is to provide generous personal space. Its infinity-edge pool is a grand example of this: you feel like the whole world has been set before you. Looking for even more personal space? Villas come with their own private infinity-edge pools.
Sun Gardens Dubrovnik
A 54-acre stunner on the Adriatic coast, Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is seven miles from the UNESCO World Heritage City of Dubrovnik, Croatia. It features both a five-star resort and residences, and is the only property of its kind in the region. Features include three pools and a private beach.
The Cambrian Adelboden
Set amid the pristine Swiss Alps, you'll find mountain views from every direction at this sophisticated resort that aims to make you feel like you're at home. Relaxation is top-of-mind here, as you'll witness firsthand from the infinity-edge pool; it's window-seat views showcase the romance of the Alps at their finest.
St. Regis Lhasa
Journey to a mountaintop hotel to visit a relaxation pool that does Tibet proud. The Gold Energy Pool at St. Regis Lhasa, nestled in the Himalayas, is lined in thousands of gold-plated tiles with therapeutic salt water that never dips below 82 degrees. This is one soak you won't want to emerge from.
Imagine getting so close to exotic creatures you can reach out and touch them. It's a reality at Phinda Homestead, a private South African lodge, where a soak could put you face-to-face with an elephant. A once-in-a-life experience, for sure.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Where does the infinity-edge pool end and the ocean begin? At the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, you need not be worried about such concerns; just enjoy a sunny day or entrancing Maldivian sunset and let all concerns melt away into the Indian Ocean.
Garden of the Gods at Caesars Palace
One of the most fabulous pool decks in one of the world's most fabulous hotels, the Garden of the Gods pool oasis at Caesars Palace Las Vegas is not one but seven separate pool areas, which make for day of fun, frolic and sunbathing. Seen here is the iconic Temple Pool, a round pool full of statuary and fountains.
San Alfonso Del Mar
The world's largest manmade crystal-clear lagoon, San Alfonso Del Mar lies off the coast of Chile and is approximately three-fourths of a mile long. Because of its advanced filtration system, it is able to collect ocean water and keep it in perfect condition; the 79-degree temperature is 9 degrees warmer than the sea water it borders.
Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Set into a skypark 57 floors above the Singapore, you'll feel like you're on the edge of the city in the infinity-edge pool that overlooks its dramatic skyline. The faint-of-heart, beware!
Amangani Jackson Wyoming
You've never seen Jackson Hole quite like this. At the Amangani Jackson Wyoming, you'll marvel at the panoramic views of the Teton and Snake River mountain ranges, which seem to be just within your grasp at the 115-foot-long infinity edge pool.
Chongwe River House
A one-of-a-kind dwelling, the Chongwe River House is a little more than half a mile from a safari camp of the same name, located on a quiet stretch of river. The area is famous for its huge male elephants—you can watch them playing in the water from the pool.
The Setai Miami Beach
The beauty and glamor of Miami Beach is captured perfectly at this multi-pool deck at The Setai; the three infinity-edge pools are set at 75, 85 and 95 degrees, and are a deeper blue than the sky.
Alila Ubud Bali
Exotic and secluded, this Balinese retreat sits atop the village of Payangan in Bali's central foothills. A trip to the pool is tranquility at its most serene; there's nothing but the beauty of nature—as far as the eye can see—around you at this glorious infinity-edge pool.
The Joule, Dallas
This landmark hotel is set in the heart of Dallas' central business district. It gives visitors a new perspective on the sights below with its cantilevered pool, designed by Adam D. Tihany. Swim out beyond the edge—if you dare!
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
Situated on the edge of the Dead Sea—the lowest point on Earth—this hotel's striking pool area features lagoons, waterfalls and nine pools with panoramic views of the famous saltwater sea, including a sunken-edge pool and infinity pool with a fire pit.
A wellness retreat in New Zealand, Aro Ha's amenities are just as pristine as the lifestyle choices it embraces. The unique pool area, with striking views of the snow-capped mountains, makes for a relaxing respite.
An ultra-luxurious private island in Fiji, Laucala Island is home to 25 villas that are glamorous versions of traditional Fijian dwellings. One of the many grand features is a 21,000 square-foot lagoon-style pool within a pool, surrounded by palms trees, tropical flowers and a a bar that resembles a shell.
Gorgeous pools and Hawaii go hand-in-hand, so it takes something really spectacular from that state to make our list. The Grand Wailea is nothing short of breathtaking. The property's Hibiscus pool is so-named for the giant hibiscus flower inlaid with 630,000 pieces of Mexican glass mosaic tile. The entire pool contains more than 2.2 million individual tiles. The minds at the resort have thoughtfully made this an adults-only pool.
The Library Koh Samui
Contrasting brilliantly against the white-sand beach at its opposite, the Red Pool at The Library Koh Samui is filled with orange, yellow and deep red mosaic tiles. It's definitely among the most striking hotel pools you'll ever see.
Who doesn't love a good swimming pool? These luxurious and picturesque pools from the world's most coveted destinations take relaxation to a new level—some of them, literally. Perhaps its an infinity-edge pool that seems to meld into the sea or off the face of a cliff, a pool with a pleasing-to-the-senses mosaic or a one in an exotic location that puts you eye-to-eye with nature's most beautiful creatures.
No matter what your pool style, there's something to love in our list of bucket-list pool experiences, which take you to the mountains, the forest, remote islands, the safari and urban landscapes. So set your mind adrift as you journey through 21 of the world's most unforgettable pools.