Seen as the hallmark of quality and luxury, there’s nothing quite like an infinity pool to give a hotel or resort the ‘wow’ factor…
Armathwaite Hall is a luxury Lake District hotel, set in 400 acres of secluded deer park and woodland, bordered by Bassenthwaite Lake and framed by the dramatic Skiddaw mountain and Lake District fells.
The infinity pool is the star attraction of Armathwaite Hall’s spa offering. The 16m indoor infinity edge pool is 1.2m deep and overlooks the Hall’s scenic gardens. Built in 2009, Barr + Wray were appointed to design, manufacture and install the full package of spa attractions. Other facilities at the award-winning spa include an indoor vitality pool, a thermal suite, gymnasium, exercise studio and luxurious outdoor whirlpool.
Edge Leisure worked with spa designers Sparcstudio, to design and construct the central 16m infinity edge swimming pool, which has a depth of 1.2m and features an underwater music system.
In the heart of the Cotswolds lies Dormy House, a privately-owned 17th century farmhouse hotel which has recently emerged from a complete transformation. The final stage of the works was the opening of House Spa in February 2014. The contemporary spa facilities at Dormy House also include a salt-infused steam room, a herbal sauna bath, a rasul room and a large outdoor hydrotherapy pool.
Lime Wood, a luxury country house hotel in England, is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park. The Herb House Spa within the hotel has a unique forest setting.
The 10m x 6m vitality pool has an infinity edge and offers views of the adjacent forest area. Barr + Wray were appointed to design, manufacture and install the new pools and attractions at the spa in 2009. Other facilities include a 16m x 5m indoor lap pool, an outdoor hydrotherapy pool and a sauna.
The swimming pool at Portavadie Marina is the largest outdoor heated infinity pool in Scotland. Heated to 33°c, the 81m2 pool has stunning views of Loch Fyne, Tarbert and Arran.
Built in 2010, Portavadie is a lochside resort, located on the west side of Scotland. Offering luxury accommodation, restaurants, and now a new spa facility, Portavadie has become a sought after leisure destination. The state-of-the-art spa and was opened earlier this year and, as well as the outdoor infinity pool, also includes a 16m indoor pool, a glass-fronted sauna with scenic views, two outdoor hot tubs, treatment rooms and a glass-fronted gym.
St Brides Spa Hotel
The outdoor heated hydro pool at St Brides Spa Hotel offers guests a cosy haven, even on frosty winter days.
When the tide is in, guests experience the optical illusion of the pool edge blending to the sea below. The 7m x 7m saltwater pool is heated to 34°c all year round and overlooks Carmarthen Bay. It features a swan neck fountain, a water recliner and hydrotherapy jets for a gentle massage. The spa also includes a salt infusion room, steam room, herbal rock sauna, ice fountain and an experience shower.
Watergate Bay Hotel
The Watergate Bay Hotel is set on a two-mile stretch of beach in North Cornwall. Built by Bos Leisure in 2012, the 25m indoor pool is heated to 32°c and features a shallow children’s area which has a depth of 0.6m.
Flanked on two sides by glass, the pool is an extension of the Atlantic, only warmer. Bi-folding doors along one length of the pool can be opened on sunny days making it feel just like an outdoor pool. The pool offers family swimming sessions during the day, as well as adult only sessions in the morning and evening.
Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard
The ‘Skypool’ as it is commonly referred to, sits 600ft above ground level on the 52nd floor of the Shard skyscraper, offering swimmers stunning views of St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and Westminster.
Designed by Hong-Kong based interior designer Andre Fu of AFSO, the 11 x 4m infinity pool is adjacent to London’s highest bar, which is located on the same floor. Guests at the hotel, where rooms start at £450 per night, have exclusive use of the pool, which is heated to 24°C, from 6am to 8pm. From 8.30pm each evening, visitors to the bar are permitted to drink in the seating area around the pool, for a minimum spend of £45.