Infinity pools – where water melds with sky in a seamless transition – are a natural phenomenon, adopted by hotels to stunning effect. Vision rounds up the seven best, from cascading waterfalls in Laos, to blindingly azure pools in Dubai
Tat Kuang Si Waterfall, Laos
Situated 18 miles outside of Luang Prabang, the three-tier waterfall begins as shallow pools on top of a steep hillside that eventually lead to a 60m cascade. The water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream; the many terraces and cascades are typical of travertine limestone waterfalls. Tat Kuang is open to tourists for a nominal fee and maintained with various walkways and bridges to enable visitors to explore.
In a word: Natural
North Narrabeen Tidal Pool, Sydney, Australia
Twenty-five kilometres north of Sydney’s central business district lies The North Narrabeen tidal pool, a photographer’s dream. The pool’s glassy, still water contrasts with the crashing surf for which Narrabeen is famous (it even featured in the Beach Boys song Surfing USA). A walkway stretching through the pool's middle is popular as a photography subject, for the converging verticals that stretch off into the distance. Arrive just before dawn to get the best shots.
In a word: Striking
The Address, Dubai Marina
Five-star hotel The Address couldn’t be more central – its 50-metre infinity pool overlooks the glistening waters of Dubai Marina, an artificial canal city. Hotel residents can sit back and yacht watch during the day, but the pool really comes alive in the evening. Residents can chill out at the poolside in the glamorous Shades lounge – with music from resident DJ Enigma8 provided at the weekend – as well as enjoy food inspired by cuisines from the Mediterranean to the Far East.
In a word: Glamorous
Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Singapore
At 200 metres high and 150 metres wide, the Marina Bay Sands Skypark is the world’s largest infinity pool of its height range. The pool, designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, offers a dynamic view of the Singapore city skyline from its position atop three towers (and 57 storeys up). If the height doesn't put you off, there is also an opportunity to visit the observation deck, which is almost in the clouds. The pool provides a tranquil escape from the metropolis, with over 650 plants and 250 trees surrounding it.
In a word: Vertiginous
One&Only Reethi Rah, The Maldives
Situated 75 minutes by yacht from The Maldives' capital, Malé, the One&Only Reethi Rah infinity lap pool sits within 6km of private beach and extends out to nearly 100 feet into a secluded lagoon. Resort guests can lie back and take in their surroundings from the pool’s bubble bed, enjoying views of the endless sandy beaches and turquoise bays of the North Malé atoll. Visitors can choose to stay in a beach- or water-villa on stilts – all complete with views of the Indian Ocean.
In a word: Tropical
The Sheraton Waikiki, Hawaii
The Sheraton Waikiki hotel in Hawaii provides a hotel pool with a difference. A man-made infinity pool situated a mere foot above the ocean level it merges seamlessly with the sea, creating the illusion of one spectacular body of water. Members of the resort can enjoy captivating views of Diamond Head and Waikiki beach, where during low-tide guests can sunbathe along the world-renowned stretch of beach, and swim in the gentle waves. With fresh fruit and ice cocktails, it is the perfect place to cool off from the Hawaiian sun.
In a word: Illusionary
Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali, Indonesia
The spilt-level infinity pool at Bali’s Ubud Hanging gardens topped Condé Nast Traveller’s list of the “best swimming pools in the world” for a reason: where else can swimmers, on breaking the surface of the pool, listen to the chatter of monkeys and birds? The pool is lined with Batu Chandi stone and features a vast geometric wall of solidified volcanic ash, and its undulating curves echo the terraced rice paddies of Bali. Suspended high above the surrounding jungle, it is hard not to feel like you are swimming above the treetops.
In a word: Immersive