Posted on July 16, 2018 by Janet Steinberg
Cool Pools: From Here to Infinity

 

Cool it!  As summer’s thermostat reaches OMG numbers, it’s time to hang out by the pool.  Forget ye ole swimming hole and head for the most beautiful pool ever…the infinity pool. 

'What in the world', you may ask, 'is an infinity pool?'  Infinity has been defined as a quality of having no limits or end, something that makes the line between man and Mother Nature’s handiwork seem fuzzy.  The vanishing edge swimming pool…water with no boundary…the infinity pool…seamlessly merges the pool’s water into another body of water.     

 

INFINITY POOL IN ARUBA MERGES WATER INTO WATER


In a classic 1953 movie, Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr’s famous ocean-side kiss scene took you “From Here to Eternity”.  Hop aboard the magic carpet of travel and let me swoop you off from here to infinity’.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY:  Formerly known as Constantinople, this city even had a gold record song written about its name change.  "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" is a 1953 novelty song written on the 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans.   The lyrics humorously refer to the official 1930 renaming of the city of Constantinople to Istanbul. If you are wondering why they changed the name, the song explains it in these words: “Why they changed it I can't say…People just liked it better that way…Why did Constantinople get the works?...That's nobody's business but the Turks.”

Istanbul is the only city in the world that straddles two continents (Europe and Asia) and is embraced by two seas (Aegean and Black) and the connecting Bosporus Strait. The regal Ciragan Palace Hotel, situated on the European shores of the Bosphorus and overlooking the ancient city of Istanbul, allows one to fantasize about the luxury and glamour of living in a genuine Ottoman Palace.

 

CIRAGAN PALACE ISTANBUL

 

With its splendid style, superb location, fascinating view, and resort ambiance, the hotel gives its guests an unforgettable stay in an enchanting, mystical city where East meets West, Europe meets Asia, and the past meets the present.  The Ciragan Palace Hotel’s infinity swimming pool, heated year-round, appears to overflow into the Bosphorus. 

 

 

CIRAGAN PALACE INFINITY POOL 

LUCIA, WEST INDIES: A silly riddle might challenge your brain with the question:  What’s black and white and green all over?  The answer is quite simply St. Lucia (pronounced St. Loo-sha)...the stunningly beautiful Windward Island with both black volcanic and white sand beaches, back-dropped by lush green mountains.

In the town of Soufriere, a 1.5 hour drive from St. Lucia's capital city of Castries, is the simmering Soufriere Sulphur Springs Volcano. Although there has not been any volcanic activity occurring here for 400,000 years, the resultant cavity from the collapsed dome of molten lava has formed the world’s only drive-through volcano.  The volcano’s moonscape-like pit, with 24 steaming vents bubbling up smelly sulphuric smoke, was quite a contrast to what was to follow.  Minutes away from Sulphur Springs, is Ladera Resort, an intimate tropical gem that is world acclaimed, yet relatively unknown. 

 

 

ST LUCIA’S LADERA RESORT

 

Taking full advantage of its spectacular natural surroundings, each of Ladera’s villas has only three walls.  The absence of the fourth wall brings an astounding view of the conical twin peaks of the Pitons, and the rugged coastline below, right into your villa.  And what better place to enjoy the view than from an old-fashioned swing hanging above your own private plunge pool?

 

 

LADERA’S 3-WALLED VILLAS HAVE PRIVATE INFINITY PLUNGE POOLS

 

BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA: California's Big Sur coast, where mountains plunge dramatically into the Pacific, is one of the most dramatic meetings of land and sea in the world.  (FYI: The undulating mountainside coastal drive northbound is less of a cliffhanger than the rail-less oceanside trip southbound).  For a luxurious hideaway in this relatively undeveloped and pristine area nothing holds a candle to the Post Ranch Inn. 

 

 

SERENE AND SECLUDED POST RANCH INN


Each oceanview cottage of this rustic, ranch-style luxury hotel is curved around old trees and strung along the rocky-ridged California cliff. The mountainside treehouses are built on stilts.  If you desire divine isolation, this eco-friendly romantic hideaway is for you.  There are no televisions or alarm clocks in the guest rooms and children are not allowed at the resort.

 

 

HEATED  INFINITY POOL AT  POST RANCH INN

 

BERMUDA: The islands of Bermuda, under a “pink cloud of oleanders”, are an exquisitely delicate watercolor framed by a shimmering turquoise ocean.  Homes painted in pastel colors, and topped with white lime-washed roofs, line the flawless spun-sugar beaches of these breathtakingly beautiful islands. Actually, this 21-square mile area, which we collectively call the island of Bermuda, is a chain of approximately 138 small islands, connected by causeways and bridges.   Contrary to common errors, Bermuda is in the Atlantic Ocean (not the Caribbean), some 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina.  The serene and spectacular Reefs Resort tucked along the island’s celebrated South Shore in Southampton Parish is a classic retreat where boutique sophistication meet coastal style.

 

 

FROM OCEANSIDE TO POOLSIDE. HO HUM... ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE

 

The Reefs’ salmon-pink cottages stretch out along a pink-flecked sand beach surrounded by palm trees and jutting rocks framed by lush foilage.  Poolside guest rooms overlook an infinity-edge swimming pool and turquoise Atlantic waters. Since each guest room faces west, at no extra charge, you will be treated to a magnificant light show as sunset surrenders to moonrise. 

 

 

INFINITY POOL AT THE REEFS RESORT BERMUDA

 

FUNCHAL, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL: The sub-tropical island of Madeira is part of the Portuguese archipelago that hugs the North Atlantic Ocean 400 miles west of North Africa.  This flower-filled island of volcanic origin is a magical meld of Europe and the tropics. With the waters of the Gulf Stream lapping at its shores, Madeira is blessed with a near perfect year-round climate of comfortable summers and mild winters.  The island’s lush, irregularly cut mountains scrape across the sky, while the bays, the beaches, and the cliffs meet the deep blue crystalline sea. The beauty of nature is harmoniously contrasted with the cosmopolitan throb of Funchal, the capital.  Reid’s Palace, Funchal’s Grande Dame, opened in 1891, and has been restored to its original grandeur.  

 

 

REID’S PALACE, FUNCHAL’S GRANDE DAME

 

From one of their three luxurious swimming pools you will enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Two of the three pools contain seawater, one of which is heated. The third pool is heated with freshwater.  From a sea level platform you can jump straight into the azure Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

HEATED INFINITY POOL AT REID’S PALACE

 

Since approximately 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, say hello to summer in an infinity pool.  Remember, wherever you travel…whenever you travel…it’s always summer somewhere. Come on in, the water’s fine!

 


JANET STEINBERG is an award-winning Travel Writer, and International Travel Consultant with THE TRAVEL AUTHORITY in Mariemont, Ohio.  She is the winner of 46 national Travel Writing Awards.          

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY JANET STEINBERG

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