Planning a steamy escape? Better make sure your resort has a fabulous place to cool down. When it comes to making a splash, there’s nothing quite like an infinity pool—well, perhaps, one with a beautiful backdrop. And these picturesque properties offer both. From a safari oasis in the Serengeti to a hillside hideaway in the heart of Tuscany, here are the most gorgeous spots to go for a swim around the globe.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
Nestled deep within Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, the free-form infinity pool at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is prime for watching wild elephants as they gather at the watering hole. You’re also likely to catch a glimpse of gazelles, giraffes, and zebras, oh my!
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Take the plunge on top of the world, err, the limestone bluffs, at Alila Villas Uluwatu. Teetering 100 meters above the Indian Ocean is a picture-perfect pool. As the water flows over the edge, you’ll wonder where ingenious design ends and the natural environment begins.
Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resort, Casole d'Elsa, Italy
Set in the rolling hills of Tuscany, the heated infinity pool at Castello di Casole (a 10th-century castle turned five-star boutique hotel) boasts unobstructed views of vineyards and olive groves. Magic hour feels just that much more, well, magical, while gazing upon the idyllic countryside with a glass of private label wine.
Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Imagine floating in the beachfront basin at Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, surrounded by the majesty of Mexico’s Pacific Coast, spicy margarita in hand and the sun caressing your face. Just beyond the edge, you can hear the waves softly crashing against the shore.
Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia
Jade Mountain flaunts 24 sanctuaries (suites) with individually-designed, glass-tiled infinity pools, ranging from 450 to 900 square feet. The prismatic main pool—located in the open-walled lounge and restaurant area—unites colorful construction and vistas of the UNESCO-listed Pitons and the Caribbean Sea that seem to go on forever.
La Cantera Resort & Spa, San Antonio, Texas
Situated atop the highest elevation point in San Antonio, La Cantera Resort & Spa’s sparkling infinity pool—equipped with luxurious cabanas, half-submerged lounge chairs, and bottle service—is a sublime setting to sip a glass of bubbly and admire the spectacular sunset over Texas Hill Country.
Anantara Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
The awe-inspiring, poppy-accented infinity pool at Anantara Golden Triangle not only overlooks the convergence of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos, but also the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers. Free-roaming elephants only enhance the exotic allure. You won’t find a site quite like this anywhere else.
Grace Santorini, Santorini, Greece
Perched above the world-famous Caldera, Grace Santorini gives guests a front-row seat to the island’s most iconic scenery. Perhaps the most outstanding spot to take in the uninterrupted panoramas is the property’s cliff-edge pool, which appears to extend all the way to the Aegean Sea.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
A far cry from the remote locales on our list, Marina Bay Sands is a true urban gem. Fifty-seven floors up, you'll find the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool. If you’re looking to snag a stunning pic of the Singapore city skyline, this is the place.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
The adults-only sanctuary at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai impresses with its sweeping views of the Kona Coast and pampering amenities, such as lounge-side cocktail making. Relax on a chaise, hammock, or in one of the secluded couples' nests available for rent.