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9 breathtaking infinity pools

Alila Ubud, Bali

Alila Ubud, Bali

Alila Ubud, Bali

The emerald green, still surface of the Alila Ubud's slim, rectangular pool seems to spill straight into the jungle. Mist rises up through the surrounding rainforest with monkeys swinging through the trees and tropical birds serenade you as you recline on a bamboo lounger.

Hotel Grace Santorini, Greece

Hotel Grace Santorini, Greece

Hotel Grace Santorini, Greece

The abstract, geometric infinity pool at the Hotel Grace Santorini faces the island’s volcanic crater, half-submerged in the Aegean Sea. The layered terrace and the hotel decor is minimalist and all-white, forming that distinctive Greek island colour scheme against the blue of the sky and the dappled pool.

Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland

Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland

Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland

914 metres above sea level, the Hotel Villa Honegg’s infinity pool has views of Lake Lucerne, the valley, and surrounding snow-capped mountains. The setting is at its most ethereal on winter nights, with mist rising up from the heated water, a starlit sky, and a blanket of snow covering the landscape.

The exclusive rooftop pool at Soho House Istanbul has a no photo rule

The exclusive rooftop pool at Soho House Istanbul has a no photo rule

Soho House Istanbul, Turkey

The infinity pool on the rooftop of Soho House Istanbul is the only city pool to make this list, thanks to its panoramic view of one of the world’s most mesmerizing city skylines. The poolside area is suitably stylish, with matching mustard yellow and white striped cushions and parasols, rustic wooden decking, and lots of greenery. But instagrammers heed the warning, no photos are allowed.

Belmond Hotel Caruso, Italy

Belmond Hotel Caruso, Italy

Belmond Hotel Caruso, Italy

Stay at this romantic, 11th-century palazzo and enjoy views from the infinity pool of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Often described as the most scenic part of Italy, this rocky cliffs of the coastline here are covered with olive trees, brightly-painted houses on terraces leading down to the sea, and a vivid floral display.

Four Seasons Lodge, Serengeti

Four Seasons Lodge, Serengeti

Four Seasons Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania

The Four Seasons Lodge is located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. And its infinity pool has a panoramic view of the plains, with a watering hole literally right in front, which elephants regularly gather around.

Hanging Gardens of Bali, Bali

Hanging Gardens of Bali, Bali

Hanging Gardens of Bali, Bali

The hauntingly-beautiful, twin-tiered infinity pool at this hotel was inspired by Ubud’s terraced rice paddies and swimming in it feels like you’re swimming through the jungle.

Hotel Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Hotel Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Hotel Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The infinity pool at the top of Hotel Marina Bay Sands is a real show-stopper; swimming at such a mighty height feels weird but good. At night, it’s particularly special, with the pool lit up to a gentle glow and the glittering lights of the skyscrapers ahead of you.

Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

At this Thai Six Senses resort, guests have their own villas with private pools overlooking the beach so you can enjoy a lantern-lit, poolside dinner in total privacy. But the Hilltop Reserve curved infinity pool is the real stunner, overlooking Phang Nga Bay and almost completely blending into the bright blue horizon.