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Amazing Infinity Pools Around The World

An infinity pool (also named negative edge, zero edge, disappearing edge or vanishing edge pool) is a swimming or reflecting pool which produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to “infinity”. The term also is used to describe (however, incorrectly) perimeter overflow pools (pools that may be on level parcels, wherein the water flows over one or more edges, usually flush with the decking elevation). One type of location in which the effect is particularly impressive is where the infinity edge appears to merge with a larger body of water such as the ocean, with the sky (if the pool is located on the side of a hill or field of green), or with foliage. [30 Pics]

Incredible Infinity Pool in Bali.

Photo credit: Sean McGrath

Infinity edge pools are often seen at exotic resorts, exclusive estates, and in advertisements. The infinity pool design concept is said to have originated in France, where one of the first vanishing edge designs was utilized in the “Stag Fountain” at the Palace of Versailles in the early 1600s.

Infinity pools are often very expensive and require extensive structural, mechanical (hydraulic engineering) and architectural detailing. Since they are almost always built in precarious locations (cliffs, mountain tops, beach front,etc.), sound structural engineering is paramount. The structural engineering must be based upon the geological conditions found on the site. A geotechnical report is commissioned prior to the commencement of the structural engineering. The high costs of these pools is often found in the foundation systems that anchor them to the hillsides.

In reality the edge of the pool terminates at a weir that is 1/16 – 1/4″ lower than the required pool water level. A trough or catch basin is constructed below the weir. The water spills into the catch basin, from where it is then pumped back into the pool.

Alila Pool (HDR) Taken at the Alila Ubud in Bali. Photo credit: Sean McGrath

Shangri-la in Mactan Cebu, Philippines Photo credit: bingbing

The horizon edge looks out over Santa Barbara. Photo credit: Doc Searls

Infinity Pool with Indian Ocean in the background. Photo credit: Sarah_Ackerman

Bora Bora Infinity Beach Pool Photo credit: Duncan Rawlinson

Blue Jaz Infinity Pool Garden City of Samal Island. Photo credit: Reuel Mark Delez

Waking at Los Cabos to see an infinity pool at dawn. Photo credit: lecates

Southern California at Dusk. Photo credit: ToGa Wanderings

Taj Malabar Infinity Pool Photo credit: Brian Snelson

Indonesia Infinity Pool Photo credit: Shura

Lovely Infinity Pool and the only one in the whole Hacienda del Alamo complex, Spain. Photo credit: Supermac1961

Paradise pool in the Maldives Photo credit: Sarah_Ackerman

Infinity pool at Saint John Mykonos in Greece. Photo credit: Upsilon Andromedae

Bali Infinity Pool swimming to the edge of eternity. Photo credit: Shura

Acapulco infinity pool on a steep hillside in the midst of a jungle. Photo credit: CHRISTOPHER MACSURAK

This will be a good week in Zihuatanejo Mexico. Photo credit: Chris Martin

Tahiti disappearing edge infinity pool at sunset with pool bar Photo credit: Duncan Rawlinson

Sky Pool at the Hotel Villa Mahal in Turkey. Photo credit: cloudzilla

Pretty sweet view of the Los Angeles skyline. Photo credit: Eric Chan 

Bali, the good life. Photo credit: Shura

Bali, Munduk Moding Plantation Photo credit: Shura

Swimming pool in the sky on the 57 floor of the Marina Bay Sands Casino in Singapore. Not quite a vanishing edge, but impressive nonetheless. Green

The Sha Wellness Clinic just outside Benidorm in Spain. Photo credit: John O’Nolan

Sunset Panorama Photo credit: Erik Ogan

The One & Only Resort Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Photo credit: Sarah_Ackerman

St. Lucia Pitons infinity pool at Jade Mountain Resort. Photo credit: davitydave

Infinity pool, Taj Malabar Hotel in Cochin, India. Photo credit: Brian Snelson

Infinity pool with a flower and the sea in the “horizon,” beyond the vanishing edge. Photo credit: Carnaval King 08

Sunset in Saint Martin. Photo credit: Erik Ogan

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