By: Jordi Lippe
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While the thought of sailing off the edge of the planet used to strike terror into the most intrepid of explorers, today's Mai Tai-sipping vacationers the world over explicitly seek out the sensation of teetering on the edge of the horizon -- in the form of infinity pools.
But where are the most alluring pools with the most awe-inspiring views? Here are 5 stunners worth the trip.
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BodyHoliday -- St. Lucia
Wow Factor: What's better than one infinity pool? How about two stacked on top of each other? This new bi-level addition comes complete with underwater raised stone seating that's perfect for lounging/wistfully gazing at the white sand beach. And when your skin starts to shrivel, enjoy the same gorgeous views from an intimate cabana-for-two instead.
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La Concha -- San Juan, Puerto Rico
Wow Factor: The Main Pool at this AAA Four-Diamond spot is a high-energy, open-air multi-level attraction with connecting waterfalls. While the upper deck boasts two whirlpools that overlook the lobby, the secluded Sereno Pool faces the beach away from prying eyes.
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Hotel Caesar Augustus -- Capri, Italy
Wow Factor: Once the summerhouse of a Russian prince, this Relais & Châteaux property is still visited by crowned royals to this day. Perched on a cliff, guests feel like they're swimming straight into the Bay of Naples.
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Golden Triangle Resort -- Chiang Rai, Thailand
Wow Factor: Become one with the jungle without the mud and mosquitos at Golden Triangle's hilltop infinity-edged swimming pool, complete with bird's-eye views of the Mekong Valley and the elephant camp below.
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Royal Hideaway Playacar -- Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Wow Factor: The biggest decision you'll have to make at this all-inclusive resort is deciding between the six pools on the property, including this oversized infinity pool overlooking the sandy shores.
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