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The Infinity Pool

The open-air pool may have been around forever but views of poolside decking and potted palms are being replaced with grander scenes. The best hotels are following the latest trend, offering ‘Infinity Pools’ to those looking for the ultimate, luxury, do-nothing holiday.

An infinity pool is one that produces the visual illusion that it has no edge; its water extends into the horizon, that is, into infinity. The best effect is produced when the pool appears to blend into a larger body of water but it’s also striking with other spectacular backdrops.

From pools that 'sweep your sights to Polynesian lagoons, the Pacific Ocean, the African plains and even the Himalayas’, travel writer Robin Dalmas, lists some of the most exclusive. http://www.bing.com/travel/content/search?q=Infinity+Pools:+Bilila+Lodge+Kempinski&FORM=RQTRAV

Le Méridien Bora Bora is on the southern point of Motu Piti Aau, a six-mile-long island on a coral reef in French Polynesia. Recent renovations added a new infinity pool overlooking Otemanu Mountain and a lagoon containing more than 100 species, including the endangered hawksbill turtle. www.circumvista.com/meridien_bora_bora.html

Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali. When you do breaststroke in the main infinity pool, you’ll look up at a jungle filled with monkeys, butterflies and exotic birds and have the perfect view of a Balinese temple among the trees. www.ubudhanginggardens.com

Wildflower Hall Shimla in the Himalayas, India, resembles a fairy-tale castle nestled in pine and cedar forests at 8,250 feet. It’s the perfect place to relax with a drink and ponder the spectacular mountain views. www.oberoihotels.com/oberoi_wildflowerhall/index.asp

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