The Best Infinity Pools in Asia

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The Best Infinity Pools in Asia
There are many compelling reasons to book a hotel: five-star service, luxe amenities, an unbeatable location. But the one most likely to make your Instagram followers reel with envy is a pool that goes on for days. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 of the most beguiling infinity pools in Asia. C’mon in, the water’s fine!
By Ashlea Halpern, AFAR Contributor
Courtesy of Hanging Gardens of Bali
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    Hanging Gardens of Bali in Payangan, Indonesia
    A half hour north of Ubud in the rain forest, Hanging Gardens of Bali is home to one of Asia’s most photographed swim holes. Twin-tiered pools, enveloped by lush jungle, share a cascading waterfall—a sight so impressive, it has made the pages of Spanish, French, and Indian Vogue.

    Plan your trip: Bali
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    The Anam in Cam Ranh, Vietnam
    This newly opened Indochine resort on Cam Ranh Beach, just 30 minutes from Nha Trang, has three public infinity pools, plus a bundle of private pools attached to oceanfront villas. The Anam’s pièce de résistance is a 6,458-square-foot pool with sun beds floating above its glassy surface.

    Plan your trip: Vietnam
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    Cape Weligama in Weligama, Sri Lanka
    The palm-ringed, crescent-shaped infinity pool at this 12-acre Resplendent Ceylon property curves 197 feet, offering swimmers a 270-degree view of the azure bay of Weligama. A second pool, set further inland, features an integrated lap pool and kid-friendly shallows.

    Plan your trip: Sri Lanka
    Photo by Tom Parker
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    Mandarin Oriental, Sanya in Hainan, China
    China’s tropical Hainan Island is in the midst of a resort boom. Mandarin Oriental’s property has three outdoor pools and 15 duplex villas, each with a private garden, sundeck, gazebo, and shimmering infinity pool. The Coral Bay Deluxe Villa, pictured here, is the largest villa, with a checkered-tile pool stretching boundlessly toward the South China Sea.

    Plan your trip: China
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    Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives
    Most vacationers head to the Maldives with visions of crystalline water dancing in their heads. Shangri-La’s opulent 6,135-square-foot Villa Muthee suite at the Villingili Resort delivers on that fantasy, with a private infinity pool to match. Gazing upon its otherworldly color, you’ll find it hard to know where the pool ends and the majestic Indian Ocean begins.

    Plan your trip: The Maldives
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    Ayana Resort & Spa in Bali, Indonesia
    The 222-acre Ayana Resort & Spa has not one, not two, but 12 dreamy pools nestled among its frangipani and coconut trees. The dazzling river-stone infinity pool, pictured here in all its double-decker glory, includes a shallow overhang for sunbathing. Other pools on the property have waterfalls, waterslides, submerged daybeds, and sweeping views of Jimbaran Bay. Guests who book one of the 78 cliff-top villas can even request a three-course “floating breakfast,” delivered on a rattan raft to your own private plunge pool.

    Plan your trip: Indonesia
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    Luang Prabang View Hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos
    Located 10 minutes outside Old Town, Luang Prabang View Hotel occupies one of the highest roosts in all of Luang Prabang. Its huge, blue-tiled pool delivers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Best of all, you don’t have to be a hotel guest to swim here. Day passes start at $10.

    Plan your trip: Luang Prabang
    Photo by Ashlea Halpern
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    Six Senses Koh Samui in Thailand
    The blood-red infinity pool at The Library hotel on Koh Samui gets a lot of Instagram love, but what those photos don’t show you is its unfortunate location in the middle of congested Chaweng Beach. The million-mile-long infinity pool at Six Senses, by contrast, is far more secluded. A bamboo-flanked walkway leads guests of the eco-resort to a long row of lounge chairs, each with views of the Gulf of Thailand and neighboring Koh Phangan. Bonus perk: Movie Night is once a week, so if you swim up to the edge of the pool and look down, you can watch feature films on a pop-up screen.

    Plan your trip: Thailand
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    The Sanchaya on Bintan Island
    Bintan Island belongs to Indonesia, but most of the guests staying at the Sanchaya arrive by ferry from Singapore. Croquet lawns and pétanque courts are fun diversions, but nothing compares with the colonial-chic resort’s Olympic-sized swimming pool. The 164-foot showpiece is lined with Sukabumi stone tiles, hauled in from the foothills of Mount Gede in West Java. Depending on the time of day, the pool cycles through a rainbow of striking green hues.

    Plan your trip: Singapore
    Courtesy of The Sanchaya
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    Oberoi Wildflower Hall in Shimla, India
    Relaxing in a bubbling infinity whirlpool some 8,250 feet above sea level, with dramatic views of the Greater Himalayas and a dense forest of cedars below: That’s what you’re in for at the 85-room Wildflower Hall in Himachal Pradesh. The hot tub is small; but a heated indoor pool, lit with crystal chandeliers, awaits guests on the other side of the gleaming picture windows.

    Plan your trip: India
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