Oct 01, 2015
For a swim you’ll never forget, take a dip in these spectacular infinity pools.
Katikies Hotel, Santorini
Make a splash in the hotel’s two stunning pools overlooking the volcanic Santorini Caldera and azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Afterwards, nab a seat at one of the four candlelit tables on the rooftop verandah and enjoy some more sparkling liquid – this time in a glass.
Sri Panwa, Phuket
Catch the sunset over the Andaman Sea at Baba Nest, a rooftop cocktail bar surrounded by a 360-degree infinity pool. Nestled at the highest peak on the Thai island’s south-eastern peninsula, it’s the perfect spot for a sundowner.
The Cambrian, Adelboden
Set among the Swiss Alps, this unique thermal pool commands breathtaking alpine views. Its wonderfully warm water, hydrotherapy massage jets and Jacuzzi provide the perfect respite after a day on the slopes. A Finnish sauna with steam bath and rain shower also add to this hotel’s appeal.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Extending 150 metres across Sands SkyPark, this is one of the world’s highest set and largest infinity pools, designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Enjoy panoramic views across the city skyline as you float among Singapore’s skyscrapers.
Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast
This beautifully designed balcony swimming pool is spectacularly positioned on a cliff above the town of Ravello and offers sweeping vistas of the Amalfi Coast. Sip the hotel’s signature bellini cocktail by the pool before dining on local Mediterranean dishes at Belvedere Restaurant.
Sarara Camp, Kenya
Overlooking unspoilt wilderness on the northern edge of Kenya, a swim in the pool at Sarara Camp is a wonderfully theatrical experience – in between stillness you’ll spot the stars of the show: buffalo, leopards and elephants enjoying their own pool time, cooling in the waterhole below.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante
Nestled on a beautiful mountainside in southern Spain, SHA specialises in health detoxes and rejuvenation and has attracted celebrities including Naomi Campbell and Kylie Minogue. The resort has a flotarium (with salt water from the Dead Sea) and caldarium, but it is the impressive pool, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, that takes things to another luxurious level.
Pretty Beach House, Central Coast NSW
This stylish guesthouse, perched high on the cape of Bouddi National Park, boasts one of the most beautiful swimming pools in Australia. Naturally, it is superbly designed and maintained but its dramatic positioning is its selling point, making it something akin to a bushland oasis lagoon of idyllic imagining. Gaze past, and through, native plants and trees down to the glistening Brisbane Water estuary below.
Ubud Hanging Gardens, Ubud
Bali certainly has its fair share of spectacular swimming pools but none is more impressive than Ubud Hanging Gardens’ split-level wonder. From the waters, guests can take in the rainforest, ancient Dalem Segara temple and Ayung River Gorge. And if that’s not enough H2O-based excellence for you, each of the hotel’s suites also has its own infinity pool.
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
If anything says luxury it’s this elaborate pool, which extends 30 metres out to the crystal-clear lagoon on which the resort is set. Kick back on “bubble beds”and soak up the idyllic surrounds before heading back to your spacious private villa – the resort has some of the largest of these in the world.
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