19 Luxury Swimming Pools Around the World
If you've ever seen a luxury pool you probably know how inviting they are. Infinity pools take that one step further blurring the barriers between man-made and natural environments. Swimming in an infinity pool allows you to simultaneously immerse yourself and take in breathtaking views. These are the types of pools that might make your entire trip more special, accompanied by wonderful beverages, amazing food, and warm sun.
TWA Hotel, New York, New York
The 1960s beauty and overall retro-chic feel of this much-anticipated JFK airport hotel is definitely one of the reasons to head to the TWA Hotel. That being said, the infinity pool and observation deck that overlook New York City's busiest runways might well be their biggest feature.
The Pool Bar is open to both guests and non-hotel visitors (simply purchase day tickets or make a reservation) who want to watch the airplanes while cooling off in the pool and sipping a drink. The pool is open all year, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees in the winter, and the cocktail menu changes with the seasons and always incorporates the entertaining aviation motif.
Amankila, Bali, Indonesia
This famed Aman resort on Bali's east coast has a three-tiered infinity pool that is one of the world's most picturesque swimming places. The volcanic black-sand beaches may be seen from above, with Bali's active Mount Agung looming beyond.
Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka
This all-villa Relais & Châteaux resort on southern Sri Lanka's calm, palm-fringed coastline has more than a half-dozen modest infinity pools strewn across 12 cliff-top acres. The most spectacular views of Cape Weligama, however, are found in the main, crescent-shaped pool, where pounding waves and lush landscapes appear to collide beyond the horizon.
Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection, Santorini, Greece
In Santorini, it's difficult to find an ugly view. However, you can always take things up a level by enjoying the views from the Grace Hotel's infinity pool, which is the largest on the island at 22 meters. It has a view of Santorini's westerly reaches, caldera and half-moon-shaped bay. It’s best appreciated at sunset when spectacular hues of oranges, pinks, and purples contrast magnificently with the island's black volcanic ground and white-washed structures.
andBeyond Tengile River Lodge, South Africa
The andBeyond Tengile River Lodge is an ultra-luxurious safari lodge that opened in December 2018. It boasts an enormous outside deck with its own infinity lap pool for each of its nine suites. As fascinating animals cross a curve in the Sand River in South Africa's Sabi Sand Game Reserve, watch episodes of Planet Earth unfold in real-time from the water. Hippos, nyala, warthogs, and possibly leopards and lions can all be seen on a good day.
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The journey to Canouan may be long (the quickest alternative is to take a Cessna from Barbados), but the reward will be well worth it: the beauty of the Mandarin Oriental's pool. We can't decide which we prefer: the luxurious infinity pool or the gorgeous Godahl Beach, which is just feet away.
Thankfully, you won't have to choose. Grab a bowl of quinoa-and-pomegranate salad, prawn ceviche, and a bottle of ice-cold rosé from the pool bar for lunch after a dive in both.
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, Los Cabos, Mexico
This newly redesigned property's curved beachfront infinity pool provides a front-row seat to Los Cabos' spectacular coastline. If you pay attention you might just see breaching humpback whales, wave-riding dolphins, and the natural arches of Land's End as you take in the infinite vistas of beach and sea. Relax in one of the pool's trademark "wet" loungers, which are planted in roughly six inches of water near the pool entrance, with a guava margarita and some Mexican-inspired sushi.
W Miami, Downtown Miami, Florida
W Miami's infinity pool, which is 300 feet long, reopened in June 2019 after two years of refurbishment. Now, in the heart of downtown Miami, you can get your Vitamin D fix while splashing in a football field-length splash pad, sipping a fruity cocktail, and marveling at the optical illusion of hovering 15 floors above Biscayne Bay.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
Don't be surprised if herds of wild elephants visit the pool area when staying at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. After all, what can you expect from an infinity pool built in the center of Tanzania's wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park?
Wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, and other greats of the animal kingdom can often be seen when swimming there. Along with the animals, the resort's Maji Bar and Terrace, which specializes in African tapas and homemade pizzas, provides an excellent bar and culinary service.
Kura Design Villas, Uvita, Costa Rica
This adults-only hotel overlooking Ballena National Marine Park on Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast combines sustainability with style. The streamlined, cliffside infinity pool at Kura Style Villa epitomizes the tropical sleek design. This is caused by the intersection of two currents, and it's also an area where humpback whales are frequently seen.
The Joule Hotel, Dallas, Texas
If you’re scared of heights, this might not be the best pool for you. The overhanging, translucent rooftop swimming pool, which floats over Dallas's Main Street, is one of the hotel's numerous eye-catching features. By midday, it's usually standing room only, so get there early to enjoy this architectural marvel.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Thailand
Simply by swimming in the vast infinity pool at this eco-conscious elephant camp in Chiang Rai, you can see three nations at once. The mountainside pool of the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, which is situated at the international intersection of the Mekong Valley, offers panoramic views of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. If you look down, you might see elephants grazing the plains below.
Il Sereno Lago di Como, Italy
The slim infinity pool at Patricia Urquiola's hyper-modern Il Sereno is set against the backdrop of Lake Como's castle-studded highlands. Take advantage of your beachfront balcony, as most accommodations have unobstructed views of the movie-set Italian lake.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
The best rooftop bars in Asia touch the skies of Hong Kong and Bangkok, but the continent's trendiest (and world's largest) rooftop infinity pool is 57 floors above Singapore. To access it, you must be staying at the Marina Bay Sands hotel, which means those Instagram photos are in high demand. After enjoying the pool, finish the day by having dinner at the nearby SkyBar at Ce La Vi or Lavo Italian restaurant and rooftop bar.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, Mahe, Seychelles
Seychelles' beaches are frequently considered among the best in the world, thanks to their powder-soft white sand and spectacular rock formations. What better way to take in the natural beauties of the islands than from your private hillside infinity pool at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles? Not only do all of the accommodations have their own pools, but some of them also offer an indoor infinity-edge bathtub with views of Petite Anse Bay.
Princeville Resort Kauai, Hawaii
The greatest way to see Kauai's multi-hued mountains, skyscraping waterfalls, rocky valleys, and dazzling bays is by helicopter. On the ground, however, the Princeville Resort Kauai's 5,000-square-foot infinity-edged swimming pool on the island's North Shore is unrivaled for taking in Hawaii's most iconic views.
Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
To watch Bangkok's urban chaos unfold head to the infinity pool of this chic-yet-affordable hotel, which is located 26 floors above it all. With rates starting at roughly $100 per night, the Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel soars over Bangkok's main artery, the Chao Phraya River. After your swim, stop by the nearby Seen Restaurant & Bar, a modern Portuguese-Brazilian restaurant run by star chef Olivier da Costa.
Ski Portillo, Chile
Ski Portillo, one of South America's most historic ski resorts, is also home to a unique pool high in the Chilean Andes. Due to geothermal energy from the mountains, it's heated, and it's ideal for gradually relaxing weary muscles after a day on the slopes. A spectacular swim concludes with a sunset over the Laguna del Inca lake below. Hotel guests can use the pool for free, and the ski season lasts from June to October.
On the Big Island of Hawaii, there's a 25-meter infinity pool at Kohanaiki that stands close to the lava flows from the nearby Mount Kilauea volcano, providing another stunning mountain background. With the starry heavens above, it's especially lovely at night. Kohanaiki is a private club with a membership costing a cool $150,000 upfront, even before $25,000 annual dues. If this is your speed you might just catch NBA star Stephen Curry swimming in the lane next to yours.
With all these amazing pools on your list, you’ll be busy for the next few years! Of course, if you’re heading to all these stunning pools you’ll need some stunning swimsuits and cover-ups to go with you.
Luckily for you, La Blanca always has all the different styles you might need. We’re thinking the Twisted Bamboo Plunge One Piece in Seychelles and the Isla Del Sol Multi-Strap Cross-Back One Piece in Italy? What do you think? No matter where you’re going you’ll also need a comfortable pool-side cover-up, and you can’t forget about sun protection!
At the end of the day, the most important part of all is that you feel confident and comfortable and that you enjoy your time relaxing at one of the most luxurious swimming pools out there in the world.