There’s nothing like arriving at your resort to find the centrepiece is a glistening pool – even better if it’s one of the world’s best infinity pools, seemingly blending into the horizon.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s most spectacular pools; from those overlooking lush jungles to others perched precariously over the crashing waves of the ocean.
You’d be forgiven for suffering a severe case of wanderlust upon seeing this gorgeous two-tiered infinity pool that overlooks the serene Ayung Valley in Bali. Soak up the views of the lush jungle bursting with orchids, bamboo and coffee trees. Thanks to its unique architecture, the pool appears to be suspended over the dense rainforests of Bali, making for a spectacular sight.
Where to get the best shot: Swim right up to the edge, overlooking the jungle.
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This five-star, multi-award-winning resort in Phuket will wow you with one of the world’s best infinity pools, one that overlooks the peaceful shores of Natai Beach. The alluring pool turns magical during sunset, when it reflects the yellow, orange and violet shades of the sky. In the morning, you can enjoy fantastic views of the shimmering Andaman Sea while floating without a care in the world.
Where to get the best shot: By the cabana, with views to the beach, where you’ll look like a VIP.
Imagine this: you’re unwinding with a cocktail in your private, overwater pool villa overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Wake up to endless ocean views and the relaxing sound of waves, and float away in your private infinity pool with steps leading directly into the ocean.
Where to get the best shot: Ask for a floating breakfast and snap it gliding along the crystal-clear waters of your private pool.
Perched on the sands of Bai Dai Beach in Vietnam’s Radisson Blu Resort is this splendid pool that will leave you enchanted with postcard-perfect views of the South China Sea. Garlanded by rows of palm trees, this shimmering oasis truly is the perfect backdrop for any photo.
Where to get the best shot: Swim to the edge and ask someone to take a shot from behind; you’ll be framed by umbrellas and palm trees leading down to the beach.
Imagine a pool in the most exclusive and secluded location, in the dreamy locale of Boracay in the Philippines. In front of the resort, 8,000sqm of white sandy beach is lined with lush jungle, and in the centre of it all, you’ll find one of the world’s best infinity pools. Laze beside it with a book or just take in the breathtaking sights from its edge.
Where to get the best shot: Get someone to take a picture from their balcony. You’ll be seen standing at the edge of the pool, overlooking the white-sand beach.
Sunsets shine brighter in the pools at this Mexico adults-only hideaway. Set on the edge of Baja California Sur, Marquis Los Cabos has not one but three of the world’s best infinity pools, each more striking than the next. Capture beautiful shots of the Gulf of California right from where you’re swimming, and revel in all the famed glory of Los Cabos.
Where to get the best shot: In any of the three infinity pools during sunset, when every image looks like a work of art.
Take in the sights of the buzzing city of Brisbane from the rooftop infinity pool at the award-winning South Bank hotel. You’ll be easily impressed with this 23-metre infinity pool fringed by palm trees with views of the twinkling city High above the urban hubbub, you can truly relax in the cool waters of this rooftop pool.
Where to get the best shot: Swim to the middle of the pool, where you can enjoy unmatched views of Brisbane.
If there was an award for the best infinity pool in the world, we think it would go to this jaw-dropping pool in Uluwatu. Not meant for the faint-hearted, this astounding glass-bottomed infinity pool sits precariously 500 feet above the Indian Ocean and extends 6.5 metres over the edge of the Uluwatu cliff. Multiple cascading ponds spill into this amazing pool. Would you dare look through its glass-bottom?
Where to get the best shot: Right on the edge, where you can look down at the shoreline directly below you.