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    To Infinity and Beyond: America’s Most Romantic Infinity Pools
    Nothing says “out of the office” quite like floating in an outdoor pool—face up to the blue sky and without a care in the world. And when that pool is of the infinity variety, you can add “luxury” and “Instagram brag” to the list of benefits, too. Also known as zero edge or vanishing edge pools, infinity pools have one or more sharp edges over which the water spills. These edges are designed to blend into the surroundings and line up with views of either a body of water or with the sky—thereby creating a visual effect that makes it seem like the pool has no boundaries, and extends out to the horizon. (Fun fact: the first vanishing edge-style pool was likely the 15th-century Stag Fountain at the Palace of Versailles.) Because they require expensive architectural skill and are often in prime-view locations, infinity pools have typically been a perk at far-flung resorts and luxury villas. But that’s changing: we’ve tracked down seven alluring U.S. hotels where you and your preferred travel companion can savor the thrill of drifting into the horizon—at prices more reasonable than you might imagi
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    Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Lincolnville, ME
    In Midcoast Maine, between Camden Village and the shores of Lincolnville Beach, this cozy hideaway takes the quintessential New England inn to the next level with 32 plush, upgraded rooms, home-cooked breakfasts, and afternoon treats included in its rates. After exploring the area via boat, bike, or hiking trail, relax at the on-site Poolhouse Spa; it has a cedar-lined sauna and a heated outdoor infinity pool looking out over Penobscot Bay and the ocean’s edge.
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    Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
    Seattle isn’t the first place you’d expect to find an infinity pool. But prepare to be pleasantly surprised: This recently revamped hotel—spread over the first 10 floors of an otherwise residential tower in downtown Seattle—features a 40-foot rooftop garden pool that appears to flow into Elliott Bay. By day, take in views of Bainbridge Island and the Olympic Mountains; by night, look down at the pool floor, where multi-colored lights mimic the sky. Settle into one of the cabanas for sorbet, smoothies, and chilled towels in summer, or, in cooler months, a drink around the fireplace.
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    W Miami
    Formerly operating under the Viceroy brand, this 148-room downtown Miami hotel—in a tower of the Icon Miami urban development complex—officially became a W Hotel in June 2016. Though renovations and changes are afoot, including the addition of W staples like a WET pool deck, the hotel’s centerpiece will surely still be the 300-foot-long infinity pool, which seems to float above the city and Biscayne Bay. The scene is particularly dramatic at night, with the lights of the high-rises twinkling all around you.
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    Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, AZ
    An outstanding spa, a restaurant from a Food Network-featured chef, and panoramic views of Camelback Mountain have helped keep this Scottsdale resort on “best of” lists for years. Another top perk: the expansive infinity-edge pool, ringed by cabanas and overlooking the mountains and lush desert. There is a separate 25-year lap pool outside, too, so guests in the infinity option are able to float serenely.
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    The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, GA
    Five championship golf courses, an upscale spa, and activities on adjacent Lake Oconee—including bass fishing and boating—are big selling points at this elegant country resort. But embracing the outdoors here can also mean hanging by the pool, which recently emerged from a renovation. The heated outdoor infinity pool, which lines up with the lake, now features an expanded deck with more seating and upgraded loungers, from which you can enjoy casual dining from the lakeside restaurant.
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    Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu, HI
    This Waikiki Beach icon has long thrilled families with amenities like freshwater swimming pools and a 15-foot-high slide in its water play area. But it also provides a more tranquil oasis (ages 16 and up) known as Edge of Waikiki, with quiet lounging areas surrounding a fabulous infinity pool. Set just a few feet above a private stretch of beach (accessible at low tide), the pool appears to stretch right into the ocean, as Diamond Head towers above.
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    Rosewood Washington, DC
    Thanks to personalized service and an understated vibe, it’s easy to feel at home at this intimate, 61-room hotel along the historic C&O Canal in townhouse-lined Georgetown. But chances are your home doesn’t have a perk like the Rosewood’s stunning rooftop infinity pool, an indoor-outdoor affair lined with stones and quartz, and surrounded by views of landmarks like the Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument, and the Potomac River. Post-float, relax with nibbles and drinks around the built-in fireplace or in the private lounge area.
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To Infinity and Beyond: America’s Most Romantic Infinity Pools