An infinity edge pool refers to a pool whose edge disappears from view and gives a waterfall effect that makes for a stunning aesthetic. Whilst this may not sound too scary, when the edge of the pool is situated 50 stories up on a rooftop overlooking the city, the results can be quite startling. The following 10 rooftop hotel pools are designed to impress, and only the very brave can muster the courage to swim out to the edge and peer over the side at the streets below.
1. Harbour Plaza Hotel, Hong KongPhoto: harbour-plaza.com
This infinity pool offers captivating views of the Hong Kong harbour, and guests can swim right up the edge to gaze down at the boats floating on the water far below. One side of the pool is made entirely out of glass to give swimmers the feeling as though they are suspended above the bay.
2. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
This stunning infinity edge pool sits 57 stories high and is one of the largest rooftop pools in the world. The pool spans the entire length of the hotel and is longer than the Eiffel Tower would be if it were laid on its side.
3. The Joule, USAPhoto: thejouledallas.com
The Joule may not be huge but it certainly is impressive. This rooftop pool gives swimmers the sensation they are floating above the streets of Dallas and juts out from the top of the hotel like a human aquarium. Brave swimmers can peer down over the glass and get a bird’s-eye view of downtown Dallas.
4. Alila Uluwatu, Bali
This cliff-top infinity pool may look scary, but it is set in absolute paradise and guests can gaze out over the ocean from the comfort of their sun lounger before taking a dip in the pool to cool off before a cocktail. The hotel also features a cabana that looks as though it’s about to be swept off the edge of the cliff, but it’s just another place to relax and take in the magnificent horizon.
5. W Hong KongPhoto: w-hongkong.com
The pool at the W Hong Kong hotel sits a staggering 76 floors up and regularly hosts glittering pool parties for the brave guests who make the climb up to the roof. Offering sweeping views of the Hong Kong harbour, the W hotel also provides guests with an infinity edge hot tub enclosed in glass just in case you are worried about falling off the edge.
6. Golden Nugget, Las VegasPhoto: goldennugget.com
Looking for something a little different? You are sure to find it in Vegas, and the Golden Nugget Casino provides the ultimate in scary rooftop entertainment. After you have grown tired of watching the sharks swim just a few inches past your face, climb into the 3-storey waterslide that takes a detour through the shark’s tank.
7. The Library, ThailandPhoto: thelibrary.co.th
At first glance, you may feel like you’re witnessing a murder scene, but that’s just the crimson red shade of the awesome infinity pool at The Library. Located on the island of Koh Samui, the pool also features underwater lights that make it a dramatic feature of the Chaweng seafront.
8. Paresa Phuket, ThailandPhoto: paresaresorts.com
This gorgeous pool drops straight into the Andaman Sea, and swimmers have the impression that they can swim straight out into the ocean. This rooftop wonder also features floating dining tables and sun loungers for 2 offering an incredibly romantic dining experience that has to be seen to be believed.
9. The Vine, PortugalPhoto: hotelthevine.com
This is an incredible heated rooftop pool surrounded by mountains overlooking a stunning bay that will impress even the most experienced traveller. The Vine also offers a Jacuzzi and solarium, and guests can rent a private cabana for some massage therapy or just for a quiet place to enjoy a cocktail or two.
10. The Palms, Las Vegas
The scariest thing about this rooftop pool may be its price-tag, as you will need to rent the entire penthouse suite in order to gain access. If money is no object, then you can enjoy views of the Las Vegas Strip from your very own private rooftop pool, and the hotel provides the best service that huge amounts of money can buy.
If you’re feeling a little anxious about taking a dip amongst the clouds, a few cocktails should calm your nerves and prepare you for the experience of a lifetime. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in one of these exotic locations, you won’t want to miss out on the feeling of swimming hundreds of feet up in one of these exclusive rooftop pools.