Hotel infinity pools were once a hallmark of high-end all-inclusives, but today they can be found all over the place, from jungle canopies to rooftops to a Balinese Temple.
The virtue of the infinity pool, besides the uninterrupted views of course, it the sense of privilege that comes from possessing your own private horizon.
-- Kate Parham,This article originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
<strong>Maui, Hawaii</strong> <strong>What You'll See:</strong> The $9 million, 4,100-square-foot pool, which opened in 2009, overlooks the Pacific Ocean, with views of the Island of Lanai and the West Maui mountains. <strong>What To Do:</strong> Go swimming and enjoy an underwater music system. Poolside, 60 chaise casabella lounges await, not to mention six 160-square-foot cabanas (two designed by Missoni) featuring flat-screen HDTVs, ceiling fans, and minfridges. There's also a walk-up/swim-up bar, four bubble loungers within the pool, and two hot tubs. <em>Photo: Courtesy Four Seasons Maui at Wailea</em>
<strong>Oporto, Portugal</strong> <strong>What You’ll See:</strong> This luxury wine hotel boasts the largest collection of Portuguese wines in the world, so it’s only fitting the infinity pool is shaped like a decanter. The heated pool looks over the UNESCO World Heritage city of Oporto. <strong>What To Do:</strong> The pool lounge offers snacks by Executive Chef Ricardo Costa, and a staircase off the surrounding sun terrace allows for easy access to the largest garden in the city. <em>Photo: Courtesy Yeatman Hotel</em>
<strong>Southampton, Bermuda</strong> <strong>What You’ll See:</strong> The Reefs is home to two infinity pools (one in the hotel area, the other in the condo section), both of which sit atop a cliff, providing guests with uninterrupted views of turquoise water and coral reefs, not to mention stunning sunsets. <strong>What To Do:</strong> Complimentary towels and water will help you relax, while cocktails (such as the island favorite Dark 'n' Stormy), buckets of beer, and food round out the day. <em>Photo: Courtesy Reefs Hotel & Club</em>
<strong>Vail, Colorado</strong> <strong>What You’ll See:</strong> The heated, saline pool is the only infinity-edge pool in Vail that overlooks Gore Creek. <strong>What To Do:</strong> Two cabanas are available (first-come, first-serve), and a pool bar pours a variety of beverages. On summer weekends, catch a complimentary flick poolside with the “dive-in movies” program, or check out the boat races on Saturdays. Guests can toast marshmallows for s'mores at the fire pit next door. <em>Photo: Courtesy Vail Cascade Resort & Spa</em>
<strong>Bali, Indonesia</strong> <strong>What You’ll See:</strong> The two-level pool, lined with Batu Chandi volcanic stone, sits suspended above a tropical rainforest, granting guests a peek at a Balinese temple. All rooms have their own infinity pool, too. <strong>What To Do:</strong> The water is surrounded by sun beds, complete with towels and umbrellas. And food and beverage service is available. <em>Photo: Courtesy Ubud Hanging Gardens</em>
<strong>Toronto, Ontario</strong> <strong>What You’ll See:</strong> Situated on the roof of the swanky hotel, guests can gaze at 360 views of Toronto’s skyline and Lake Ontario. The pool itself is built on a raised platform, so guests are at eye level with the water the second they step out of the elevator. <strong>What To Do:</strong> At night, the pool turns into a rooftop lounge, where a strict dress code (no flip flops, wifebeaters, or shorts) is enforced and cocktails flow. Lunch is offered during the day. <em>Photo: Courtesy Thompson Toronto</em>
<strong>Riviera Maya, Mexico</strong> <strong>What You’ll See:</strong> Options abound at this all-inclusive resort. If you opt for the nearly 4,000-square-foot Grand Class Adults-Only Pool (pictured here), you’ll get direct views of the pristine Caribbean Sea. Likewise at the 21,000-square-foot Ambassador Family-Friendly Pool. But at the 5,300-square foot Zen Grand Pool, the Yucatan jungle envelopes you. <strong>What To Do:</strong> Relax in the white chaise loungers while pool concierges deliver food and drinks. Or you can check out the swim-up bars, located in each pool. <em>Photo: Courtesy Grand Velas Riviera Maya</em>
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