Where Sky and Water Meet - The World's Finest Rooftop Infinity PoolsNovember 23, 2018
Rooftop infinity pools create a beautiful illusion of depth and space, erasing the boundaries between land, air and water. We have curated a list of the world’s finest rooftop pools that provide a transcendent experience, flowing out to glittering cityscapes or beautiful natural vistas.
Marina Bay Sands – Singapore
At a height of 57 storeys and set along a one-hectare rooftop, the pool at Marina Bay Sands holds the twin distinction of being the world’s highest and largest infinity pool. You can enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the city while taking a dip or lounging by the poolside. The SkyPark, as the rooftop area is known, also offers a selection of signature restaurants including Spago, which features a menu by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.
Grand Hotel Central – Barcelona, Spain
Located in the Gothic Quarter at the heart of Barcelona, Grand Hotel Central offers a vibrant mix of early 20th century Spanish architecture and the best in modern design. The pool, bordered on two sides by a beautiful wood-floored deck, looks out over a vibrant historical district dotted with famous landmarks such as the famous Barcelona Cathedral.
Thompson Toronto – Toronto, Canada
Home to one of the best rooftop bars in Toronto, Thompson Toronto offers a stunning 360-degree view of the city’s skyline. Whether you are taking a swim in the pool during the day or lounging by the deck in the evenings, you will find yourself constantly surrounded by dramatic panorama, with the iconic CN Tower rising in front of you.
Fasano – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The rooftop pool at Fasano may only be eight floors high, but that’s more than enough to capture a view of Ipanema Beach, the region of Arpoador and the surrounding landmarks of Morro Dois Irmaos (Two Brothers Hill) and the Corcovado mountain. Needless to say, the view of the Atlantic Ocean is especially beautiful at sunset as the colours of the sky reflect in the water.
The Joule – Dallas, Texas, USA
Perhaps one of the most precarious pools on the list juts out from the 10th floor of The Joule in Dallas. This 8-foot long cantilevered pool offers not only a unique perspective on the city’s Main Street, but a sensation like no other as you swim to the pool’s edge and find yourself seemingly suspended above the roadways.
Hanging Gardens Ubud – Bali, Indonesia
This gorgeous nature resort is set deep within the Ubud Jungle of Bali, though simply calling it a resort doesn’t quite seem to do it justice. The sprawling complex offers luxurious villas that define the term ‘private getaway’, along with wellness facilities that will leave you feeling completely rejuvenated. The main hotel structure is topped off by a two-tiered infinity pool that looks out over the lush greenery of the jungle and even has leaf-shaped mini boats so you can relax on the water and lose yourself in natural bliss.
Perivolas – Santorini, Greece
This pool may not be on the rooftop, strictly speaking, but we doubt that will make a difference when you find yourself gazing out over the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea, with the pool seeming to flow directly into it. The uniquely designed Perivolas Hotel flows around the cliff on which it is built, offering complete seclusion and tranquility. Surrounded by overflowing terraced gardens and a natural stone deck, the pool is a reflection of nature at its finest.
Live Aqua Boutique Hotel – Playa del Carmen, Mexico
This adults-only boutique resort enjoys a fantastic location in the famous Mexican holiday town of Playa del Carmen. Complementing its sleek contemporary design (with splashes of traditional Mexican ornamentation) is the fantastic Feel Sense Spa, with treatments and relaxation sessions that exemplify the concept of barefoot luxury. The hotel’s terrace is a main highlight, featuring a pool that looks out over the beautiful town and the gorgeous coastline.