Village tours to Vespa rides, food markets to fishing trips; actively experiencing the best of every destination is essential - but taking a second to switch off is important, too. Whether you prefer lounging poolside with a cocktail or diving straight in, we've curated a collection of the world's best infinity swimming pools that promise to deliver infinite relaxation, and beyond.
Amongst the vast, rocky wilderness of Ruaha National Park, this luxurious lodge brings you closer to Tanzania's wondrous wildlife. While the building's structure effortlessly blends with the surroundings, inspiring safari activities include game-drives in open-sided vehicles and bush walks with expert guides, but there's a wealth of ways to unwind here, too. While the spa and library provide peaceful retreats after a day of big cat encounters, the dramatic infinity pool is perhaps the most picturesque place to cool off. Feel your muscles relax as you admire unspoilt landscapes and wandering animals while serenely submerged, as the sun sets over the savannah.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar
One of the highest luxury resorts in the world, this rugged and remote jewel in the Hajar Mountains is something special. Exuding elevated luxury throughout, every room and villa boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the canyon, while dining at Diana's Point - where the late Princess of Wales visited in 1986 - is one of Oman's most sought-after culinary experiences. Also carefully perched on a cliff edge, the resort's jaw-dropping swimming pool oozes tranquillity. Whether you swim amid the temperature-controlled waters or serenely soak in the soothing Jacuzzis, you're guaranteed to step out feeling utterly relaxed, yet incredibly invigorated.
Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection
Thanks to its dreamy location high in the Imerovigli hillside with the soothing backdrop of the Aegean Sea, this boutique bolthole effortlessly exudes romance and serenity. Individually designed guestrooms sumptuously style blue accents and mellow furnishings with driftwood details, while an air of tranquillity softly meanders throughout the hotel. Step outside and a 22-metre-long infinity pool awaits, seemingly endless as it slowly fades into the calm sea beyond. Framed by multi-coloured cliffs that rise above the caldera, spend days effortlessly floating and soaking up the view, with Champagne in hand courtesy of the poolside bar.
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Stylish, sleek and thoroughly spectacular, this sprawling island has become one of the Maldives' most iconic resorts. This exclusive escape houses some of the world's largest luxury villas - some feature private landscaped gardens along the beachfront, while others seemingly float above the glistening, turquoise lagoon. With no fewer than twelve, sleepy white-sand beaches, relaxation isn't hard to come by either, but the resort's adults-only lap pool is the definition of tranquillity. Stretching 30 metres, this immersively designed, infinity-edge pool contains a bubbling Jacuzzi and an elegantly carved stone lounge bed, bringing you closer to where the sky meets the sea.
Belmond Hotel Caruso
A former 11th century palace set 1,000ft above sea level, this awe-inspiring abode is difficult to beat. Amongst the endless list of things to do in the Amalfi Coast, this historic hideaway provides the idyllic setting for rest and recuperation. Interiors are brimming with antiques, historic paintings and timeless artwork, while outside you'll find lemon groves, lush vineyards and hanging gardens that plunge down towards the sea - and between it all, the endless blue of the hotel's infinity swimming pool. Framed by the cliffs while perfectly reflecting the sky, this calm, clear and spacious pool is far, far away from the stress and strain of the everyday.
Overlooking the Lombok Strait, Amankila has carefully combined luxury living with authentic Balinese traditions. The 34 freestanding suites boast privacy, space and thoughtful homely details in abundance, while experiences including daily Balinese Afternoon Tea and traditional spa treatments remind you of the country's overwhelming dedication to wellness. Then there's the tempting, three-tiered infinity pool, which effortlessly takes centre stage. Tumbling down the hillside - mirroring Bali's cascading rice paddies - towards the volcanic, black-sand beach below, lounging beside this awe-inspiring architectural feat promises the most luxurious of lazy days - don't forget your cocktail and a book from the mahogany-filled library!