The World’s Most Epic Infinity Pools

There are swimming pools, and then there are swimming pools. Ones that look out for miles, ones atop mountains, ones that give you the feeling you’re the water queen of the world just looking at them. Y’know the type? A world away from the public baths where you take your weekly swim, these inspire first-class wanderlust.

But, if this story can prove anything, it’s that, heck, some of these pools are actually reasonably priced. Believe it or not, they’re not all just reserved for the 1% (and the bloggers who get comped to write about them). Click through the gallery to see the world’s best infinity pools — from the aspirational to the affordable.
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Photo: Courtesy of Marina Suites.
Affordable: Marina Suites, Gran Canaria
Granted, it's not a boutique hotel in the middle of blissful nowhere, but the Marina Suites aparthotel in the buzzy waterfront town of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, has an infinity pool that's definitely one to write home about. Nestled right on the beautiful coastline, the pool looks out over the glittering Atlantic Ocean.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Sarann.
Aspirational: The Sarann, Koh Samui
Believe it or not, even at a bucket-list destination like Koh Samui, infinity pools don’t always have to cost infinite amounts of money. The Sarann on Chaweng Noi Beach in Thailand boasts a breathtaking oceanfront infinity pool, with rates hovering around $100/night.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Intercontinental.
Affordable: The Intercontinental, Warsaw
Madly affordable and slap-bang in the center of a city with an interesting history, this hotel has rooms that might be pretty run-of-the-mill, but the infinity pool is something else, 43 floors up with a view of the whole city.
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Photo: Courtesy of JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa.
Aspirational: JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
Set to open in March, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa has a whopper of a rooftop infinity pool, with views over St. Mark’s Square.
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Photo: Courtesy of Shangri-La Shard.
Aspirational: Shangri-La at The Shard, London
Getting high in London isn’t that hard. Getting high and wet, however…more difficult. The infinity pool of the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard easily nabs the title of best pool in the city — 52 floors up.
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Photo: Courtesy of The St. Regis Bangkok.
Aspirational: The St. Regis Bangkok
Aside from the butler service, the huge windows in the rooms, the plush furnishings, and the vintage wine selection, it’s the rooftop infinity pool that’s the gem in The St. Regis Bangkok’s crown.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ciragan Palace Kempinski.
Aspirational: Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul
This is not just any infinity pool. This is one that looks out onto a whole different continent. Swim in Europe, wave to Asia.
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Photo: Courtesy of Monastero Santa Rosa.
Aspirational: Monastero Santa Rosa, Almafi Coast, Italy
Atop a cliff on the Amalfi Coast, the infinity pool at boutique hotel Monastero Santa Rosa is absolutely epic (and, even better viewed from a few cliffs up).
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Photo: Courtesy of Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa.
Affordable: Puri Mas Boutique Resort & Spa, Lombok, Indonesia
With its spa, private villas, and glittering oceanfront pool, Puri Mas in Lombok sounds damn expensive, but it's an epic bargain. Book a cozy budget room from $65/night and make the most of the glittering infinity pool, which looks out onto the sea.
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Photo: Courtesy of Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
Aspirational: Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
The world’s largest rooftop pool atop a five-star hotel, with an unbeatable view of the Singapore skyline. Yes, this one is expensive.
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Photo: Courtesy of Alila Villas Uluwatu.
Aspirational: Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
The crème de la crème of Bali's infinity pools, the cliff-top wonder at Alila Villas Uluwatu even has private cabanas, perfect for lounging in and lapping up the goddamn luxury.
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Photo: Courtesy of Grace Hotel.
Aspirational: Grace Hotel, Santorini
Nestled into a cliffside on one of Greece's prettiest islands, Grace Santorini is an exclusive island retreat, with no less than a serious stunner of an infinity pool — one from which swimmers and loungers alike can enjoy uninterrupted views of the glittering blue sea and Greece's famous sunsets. Worthy of a pilgrimage.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kurà.
Affordable: Kurà, Costa Rica
Remote and romantic, Kurà Design Villas is the product of a husband-and-wife duo who set out to create a "perfect, sustainable, and stylish getaway." The result? Just that — with six suites, breathtaking views, hammocks, exposed contemporary showers, and a world-class infinity pool, which looks out over the sea and has underwater music.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kebun Villas & Resort.
Affordable: Kebun Villas & Resort, Lombok, Indonesia
We're pretty sure that if we sat in one of the private infinity pools of Kebun Villas, all of our thoughts and worries would simply melt out of our heads. A true tropical oasis set amongst the lush Lombok landscape, the resort embraces "natural luxury and modest living."
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Photo: Courtesy of Eagles Nest.
Aspirational: Eagles Nest, New Zealand
The private villas of Eagles Nest, a luxury mountaintop estate on New Zealand's North Island, boast not only mesmerizingly beautiful, private, heated infinity pools, but also private chefs, barbecue decks, personal trainers, contemporary decor, and access to the estate's secluded beaches. Alas, they're pretty costly, at over $2,000/night. Perfect for when you've won the lottery.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa.
Affordable: The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket
When you see "resort" and "spa" in the name of a hotel, you instantly assume it's out of your budget. But, Phuket's Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa has rates from $150/night. Not too shabby for a five-star hotel 15 minutes away from central Phuket, with panoramic sea views, first-class service, and not one but three magical infinity pools.
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Photo: Courtesy of Cap Estel.
Aspirational: Cap Estel, Côte d'Azur, France
If the Kardashians were based in Eze, France, we reckon this is where they'd live: a glamorous, gated mansion with a private beach and an oceanfront, saltwater infinity pool.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lefki.
Aspirational: Lefki, Corfu
Tucked between the sleepy villages of Ipsos and Barbati is a pool that's begging to be swum in. Lefki is an eight-person villa with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a pretty much perfect infinity pool that looks out over the glistening sea and the pretty, pink-and-purple foliage. Sunset here is a sight to behold.