Infinity pools evoke an opulent, other-worldly experience that seems to blur all boundaries between heaven and earth.
Water flows seamlessly over one or more edges, so you feel at one with the sea and the sky as you swim languorous lengths, or float on the water, cocktail in hand.
Is it any wonder that an infinity pool represents the ultimate lap of holiday luxury?
Here’s our rundown of the world’s most beautiful infinity pools, in some of the world’s most unusual settings.
Main image: El Coyol Private Island | Nicaragua
Tainaron Blue | Greece
A secluded hideaway on the southernmost tip of mainland Greece, Tainaron Blue is an exquisite guesthouse in a converted Tower of Mani.
These grand stone towers were originally built as defensive structures, with an incredible vantage point that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and the southern slope of Taygetos Mountain. Here you’ll find just three beautifully ornate rooms, and plenty of staff to attend to your every need.
Take an energising dip in the hydrotherapy infinity pool, or grab a stylish poolside lounger and gaze out towards Mediterranean heaven.
El Caracol | Spain
A true swimmers’ paradise, El Caracol boasts a circular six-metre infinity pool – as well as being surrounded by waterfalls, rushing gorges, and deep, natural pools.
Set in the Spanish mountains and surrounded by sweet-scented pine trees, olive and almond orchards, the house itself is seriously cutting-edge. The striking domed shell structure begs to be photographed, while clever architecture and floor-to-ceiling windows guarantee comfort, luxury, and exceptional views.
Atelier House | Barbados
Barbados is a naturally luxurious, ‘fantasy island’ setting on its own. When you add a stay at Atelier House, it’s a fantasy island holiday you’ll never want to leave.
Uniquely lavish and expertly designed, the house evokes a clean-lined art gallery, with pared-down architecture that allows the platinum coastal views to shine. In fact, Atelier House has been used as a filming and photography location many times.
While a mere five-minute drive will take you to some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see, you could opt to stay put in paradise, and enjoy a rum cocktail in the incredible infinity pool.
Villa CP | Spain
Eco-friendly, and just 25 minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Costa Brava, Villa CP is a lovingly restored Catalan farmhouse that’s ideal for peaceful group breaks.
Transformed by a renowned Barcelona-based architect, you can expect stylish surroundings that are far removed from the traditional Spanish villa. Characterised by vibrant textiles and classic furniture, the house is expertly designed to keep you cool in summer, and warm in winter.
Outside awaits a chlorine-free, plant-filtered fresh water infinity pool, lush Mediterranean gardens, and miles of perfect open space.
Sandat Glamping Tents | Indonesia
Close your eyes and imagine paradise on Earth…and you will most likely imagine Sandat, an Italian-inspired Balinese ‘glamour camp’ set enticingly close to Ubud, the island’s thriving centre.
Bali is often described as the “island of the Gods”, and you’ll understand why here. Beautifully combining cultural elements from East and West, you’ll find eight uniquely-styled, eco-designed glamping havens that are built for pure sensory indulgence.
With a private garden and an infinity pool that overlooks the forest, your journey into the exotic world is complete.
El Coyol Private Island | Nicaragua
Enjoy some of the world’s most spectacular views from El Coyol, a private island just for eight lucky people, exquisitely positioned on the freshwater Lake Nicaragua.
An idyllic wonderland surrounded by butterfly-studded flora and fauna, you’ll forget all about your stressful life back home from the moment you step ashore.
Al-fresco dining is practically mandatory here, so you’ll find two generous terraces and a pool pavilion that boast amazing jungle garden views. By day, watch boats glide past on the river, observe playful monkeys on the nearby islands…or take a lazy afternoon dip in the stunning 12-metre infinity pool.
DDG Retreat | Spain
Located in Sierra Crestellina, one of Andalusia’s protected national parks, you’ll be completely surrounded by the best of coast and country at this four-hectare, family-run woodland estate.
Privately situated 500 metres above the sea on the stunning coast of Spain’s Costa del Sol, you’ll find sun-soaked relaxation ridiculously easy. It’s also seriously indulgent; complimentary touches include a pillow menu, a pre-stocked wine fridge, and a choice of room scents.
Of course, when it comes to infinity pools you can expect nothing less than perfection – in fact, the pool at DDG Retreat has been named as one of the most glamorous in the world.
Minimal Blue | Greece
An architect-designed villa that overlooks the tranquil shores of Greece’s East Attica, Minimal Blue is a far cry from the usual crowded Greek beachside break.
Nestled on a pine-covered slope, you can enjoy breathtaking views over the coast – while inside, every room resembles a work of art. Think exposed marble walls and natural wood, combined with high-end Italian furniture, opulent lighting and huge, sunlight-attracting windows.
(If you’re feeling lazy, there’s even a lift to take you from floor to floor!)
Spend languid afternoons lazing by the large infinity pool, surrounded by soothing, sweet-scented Mediterranean forest.
Well, we can’t believe we haven’t tempted you with this amazing selection…so which is your favourite?
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