I’ve loved the idea of infinity pools ever since I swam in one in Thailand. Not only do they make for an impressive backdrop on your morning swim, but there’s just something soothing about being immersed in smooth-surfaced water that appears to stretch out all the way to the horizon. A newly-opened infinity pool in the north of Italy has stolen my heart for bucketlist destinations at the moment, however. (Note: it’s not for the faint of heart!)
This is the new pool at the Hotel Hubertus in South Tyrol, Italy.
It’s an infinity pool…to the extreme. If you’re looking for a pool with a view, you can do no better than these majestic, sweeping scenes of the Dolomites. This mountain range makes up part of the Alps and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique limestone formations. You’ll be treated to sweeping panoramas of farms, villages, and more, all nestled there in the heart of alpine heaven.
But beyond the views out from the surface level of the pool, you can also take in the views through the glass end of the pool—and through a window in the bottom of the pool. That’s right: when you’re floating around at the end of the pool, you can look down 40 feet to see the ground far below you.
The thought behind the pool’s design is that it will make you feel like you’re suspended there between the earth and the sky, and totally at harmony with your surroundings. The pool, which protrudes from the side of the hotel, is even supported by tree trunks that match the local vegetation. But even if the views don’t resonate with you and you’re just there to get your exercise in for the day, there are much worse places where you could be, right?
What’s more, this hotel actually focuses on guests’ health and wellbeing, so you’re sure to have a relaxing vacation. Beyond the pool, you’ll find a spa center and plenty of vacation packages that will really get you out and exploring the surrounding areas in the best ways.
Why South Tyrol, though? Well, in the winter, you’ve got incredible skiing and snowsports opportunities. In the summer, you’ve got equally amazing hiking opportunities. And there are plenty of other activities in the area, including golfing, horse riding, and biking. You’re near the cities of Bruneck and Brixen, but still in a relatively rural area that will really let you get a feel for the local culture. There are even castles and historic churches dotted around the Pustertal Valley that you can explore with the hotel as a base!
Furthermore, if you’re keen on staying in the four-star Hotel Hubertus but are a bit of an acrophobic, don’t worry: the hotel is home to six other pools, both heated and unheated, so you’re sure to find something to fit your desires. Relax in any one of the pools after a long day of outdoors activities and you’re sure to return home refreshed and rejuvenated.