To Infinity and Beyond: Hotels with Infinity pools

From swoon-worthy holiday pics to thought provoking views, hotels with Infinity pools can make a holiday ever more glamorous. Infinity pools give the visual effect of an edgeless pool with water extending over the horizon, seamlessly combining landscape and pool.

It has been claimed the concept originated in France in 17th century at the Palace of Versailles’ Stag Fountain but inspiration is also claimed to have originated from Bali and its terraced rice paddies. It has since been made popular by the world’s finest hotels and even featured in the James Bond movie ‘Diamonds are Forever’, making these pools ever more synonymous with luxury.

What is an infinity pool?

An infinity pool is: “a swimming pool whose positioning gives the impression that it merges in to the surrounding landscape”. The edges where water flows, provide the visual effect that the pool has no edge.

The Best Hotels with Infinity Pools

Below we’ve put together a selection of our favourite hotels with infinity pools for your viewing pleasure…

Caruso, A Belmond Hotel, Amalfi Coast

One of the most luxurious hotels on the Amalfi Coast, Belmond Hotel Caruso, since its opening in 1893, has housed many an esteemed guest. Exquisite and sumptuous, the hotel has the added benefit of spectacular clifftop views of the dramatic coastline below. The hotel’s show stopping infinity pool is an architectural masterpiece, effortlessly merging sea and sky. Swim up to the edge and gaze upon the remarkable coast as if you were suspended in the clouds.

Kasbah Tamadot, Atlas Mountain

Hidden away in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains is Sir Richard Branson’s magical mountain retreat, Kasbah Tamadot. The reason the infinity pool here is so special, is the phenomenal surroundings and mountainous backdrop. The fresh and rejuvenating air that surrounds is said to have healing qualities and makes a swim here exceptionally relaxing. The hotel’s supremely luxurious Berber tented suites have attracted guests looking to experience Berber culture in a unique and luxurious way.

Jade Mountain, St Lucia

Quite possibly the most beautiful guest rooms in the Caribbean, suites at Jade Mountain have just 3 walls and extravagant private infinity pools. The hotel itself is a romantic retreat rising high above the forest and sea below. There is no more of a ‘pinch-me-moment’ here than when at the edge of your own infinity pool gazing over the enchanting Piton Mountains, surrounding Caribbean landscape and the twinkling stars above.

Castello Di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany

Infinity pools don’t always need sea views; Belmond Castello Di Casole in Italy’s Tuscan countryside is the perfect spot to marvel upon rolling green hills, patterned with a myriad of nature’s colours. The hotel itself is set on one of Italy’s largest private estates dating back to the 10th century. The grounds offer plenty to explore, by foot and by bike, as well as a sumptuous spa. Cooking classes, art classes, truffle walks and first class service only add to the allure of this charming countryside retreat.

Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

The Blue Palace Resort certainly love their pools with the majority of guest rooms having private infinity pools. Each of which looks over the sea and the fascinating island of Spinalonga, which was once a leper colony, famously dramatized in Victoria Hislop’s novel ‘The Island’. Designed to cascade down the hillside, all rooms here overlook the sea – uninterrupted. There is no more memorable wake up than a dip straight in your own pool as the sun rises above the horizon beyond.

Ikos Oceania, Halkidiki

There’s a pool for everyone at Ikos Oceania; this ultra all inclusive hotel boasts a pool for adults, children, toddlers, heated pools, private pools and its show-stopping infinity edge pool. The lagoon style pool utilises architectural lines as if it were painted in to its surrounding. Additionally, in true Ikos style, each pool comes with added extras including sunbeds, towels and attentive service, all free of charge. Sublime ocean views, designer looks and Greek sunsets make this infinity pool truly special.