The arrival of summer is making us — and probably everyone else above the equator — think of pools. Our favorites are the mesmerizing infinity wonders that offer a vista. Beat the heat alongside an amazing view at these relaxing respites that seemingly go on forever.
Leave the kids at home for a swim in this adults-only escape at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Maui resort. Dubbed the Serenity Pool, this infinity-edged saltwater oasis grants you unobstructed scenes of the West Maui mountain range, the Island of Lanai and, of course, the Pacific Ocean. Swim to the music coming out of the underwater speakers and then relax in a Missoni-designed cabana stocked with a refrigerator full of goodies (gelato, champagne, Pellegrino), Missoni towels and more. And if the fruit skewers and frozen pops on offer aren’t enough to satiate your appetite, the swim-up bar conveniently serves cuisine and cocktails. Mai tai, anyone?
Grab a spot overlooking Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island at this Five-Star hotel in one of Hong Kong’s most vibrant areas. The third-floor terrace features three infinity spa pools of varying temperatures, and all of them will make you feel as if you’re floating in the Harbour. Want some private time for a dip? Book the presidential suite and you’ll have access to an infinity pool and Jacuzzi on the 2,500-square-foot terrace.
With two infinity pools located on the edge of a cliff (and heated to a steamy 104 degrees Fahrenheit for cool California nights), this quiet, secluded Big Sur resort makes for a peaceful spot to enjoy a stunning vista of the Pacific Ocean at sundown. And if you don’t want to leave your own quarters at the Four-Star property, book one of the Pacific Suites or the Cliff House — they come with private decks and infinity pools.
You’ll feel like you’re floating on top of the world at this Singapore marvel. Situated along the edge of the Marina Bay Sands’ 57th-floor rooftop entertainment complex, Sands SkyPark, these wondrous waters offer sights of the city that are unmatched. After a swim, feast in the SkyPark restaurants (including modern Asian cuisine at Ku Dé Ta and Franco-Asian fare at Sky on 57) or dive into the luxe Chocolate Bar, where you can try out a strawberry-basil truffle pop, caramelized pineapple served alongside rosemary-infused milk chocolate and much more.
Picturesque landscapes and warm waters await in many corners of the Virgin Islands, but at this luxury resort on St. Thomas, the infinity pool provides one of the most amazing panoramas of the Caribbean Sea and nearby islands. With a few palm trees, the beachside cabanas and white sand as the only things standing in your way, you’ll feel as if you could swim right out into Great Bay.
Photos Courtesy of Timothy Hursley, Marina Bay Sands, InterContinental Hotel Group, Four Seasons and Post Ranch Inn