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Infinity Views: 6 Homes with Zero-Edge Pools

Luxury Defined spotlights six luxury homes, each with its own vanishing-edge swimming pool

It’s summertime, and what better way to escape the triple-digit temperatures than in cool, cool waters and the beautiful illusion of an infinity pool? The water flows over a vanishing edge, there to be silently filtered, cleaned, and returned. Ah, the Zen tranquility of it. But that edge, that negative-edge horizon line makes artists of us all, placing us at the center of a new perspective on the world. What better way to contemplate that view—whether it be the sea, mountains, or countryside—from the glassy surface of water melding into a cloudless blue sky? Consider a coastal villa’s infinity pool overlooking the Dubrovnik Riviera, or perhaps a cliffside pool facing Ibiza’s Es Cubells Bay. And if one infinity pool isn’t enough, how about three, each framing a picture-perfect vista of a marine preserve in the Turks and Caicos Islands? The homes featured in this Luxury Defined collection illustrate why an infinity pool is more than a trick of perspective: it’s the ultimate place to while away a lazy summer afternoon.

Es Bosc in Ibiza, Spain

The infinity pool of this cliffside villa in Ibiza appears to merge with the sea below.

This sumptuous Mediterranean villa was designed as a celebration of art, nature, and the senses. Perched on a clifftop with views of the Mediterranean Sea, the property encompasses more than five acres of resplendent grounds sheltered by native pine and juniper. A field of lavender graces the entrance and stretches to a magnificent infinity pool that seems to merge with the sea below. Built into the cliffs, the pool deck’s natural rock formations mirror the craggy inlets of the coastline. Just beyond is Es Cubells Bay and the neighboring island of Formentera. Cabanas grace the pool deck and several stone terraces around the property. Fruit trees and vegetable gardens provide abundant fresh produce. The interiors evoke a Moorish palace, accoutered with carefully sourced antiques and handcrafted finishes of wood and stone. The great room is the centerpiece with its beautiful Mudéjar-style ceiling dome and violet-glass skylight. Other stylish appointments include a library, kitchen, and a main bedroom, one of six suites, with a Jacuzzi, sauna, and a terrace with another spectacular vista of the sea.

Cascade Villa in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Cascade Villa is named for its spectacular infinity pool, one of the finest in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Below the main pool are two smaller pools: a wading pool for children and a pool for adults, complete with a swim-up bar.

Cascade Villa was designed to deliver the ultimate Caribbean lifestyle. The 9,800-square-foot, six-bedroom home by architect R.A. Shaw uses crisp angles and striking white exteriors to complement the endless water vistas from its hillside setting on Blue Mountain in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The pool is spectacular: A narrow strip of water joins Its two distinct geometric forms to access the swim-up bar. The upper pool cascades down the walls of a staircase into wading pools below. Four matching, white, pitched-roof gazebos provide the shade, and there is an outdoor kitchen for alfresco dining. A staircase accesses a third deck with a large sitting area around a firepit. All six bedrooms are luxurious primary suites with outdoor showers and baths, and private terraces with panoramic ocean views. The indoor and outdoor dining spaces comfortably seat up to 12 and are served by a modern chef’s kitchen, coupled with an outdoor grill and wet bar. Steps away are the white sands of Babalua Beach and the turquoise waters of Princess Alexandra National Park marine preserve.

Contemporary Villa on the Dubrovnik Riviera, Croatia

This sleek waterfront villa on the Dubrovnik Riviera has everything for the resort lifestyle, including a negative-edge pool and a private beach.

This contemporary villa on the Dubrovnik Riviera is defined by its sleek modernist design and unobstructed views of the Croatian coastline and the Adriatic Sea. The residence offers three floors of lavish, light-infused living space and resort-like amenities, including a sea-view infinity pool leading down to a private beach. A sun terrace with a dining pavilion furthers the resort-like ambience. The interior spaces are anchored by a double-height great room with a chef’s kitchen, formal dining area, and media lounge with a contemporary fireplace and bespoke chandelier. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to a terrace with a panoramic view of the sea. Above the great room is a galleried walkway leading to the private quarters. There are seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, including a self-contained guest suite with a kitchenette and sitting room.

Mediterranean-Style Villa Above Lake Maggiore in Ticino, Switzerland

This Mediterranean-style villa in the village of Brusino Sopra Minusi has a spectacular infinity pool with a 180-degree vista of Lake Maggiore and the Swiss Alps.

This elegant villa overlooking Lake Maggiore and the Swiss Alps offers luxurious resort living in the village Brione Sopra Minusio. Completed in 2016, the residence blends classic Mediterranean architecture with high-tech features and contemporary amenities. Situated on a hillside plot above Lake Maggiore, the property encompasses 3,789 square feet of light-filled living spaces with five bedrooms and four full bathrooms. An elevator serves all four levels, including two ground-floor garages with parking for six cars. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the main-floor living room open to a covered terrace with a 180-degree vista of the lake. Just beyond is a spectacular lake-view infinity pool enhanced with a waterfall. A gourmet kitchen with alfresco dining terrace, a wine cellar, and two game rooms are further highlights of this exceptional home.

Lake Annecy VIlla in Veyrier du Lac, Haute-Savoie, France

At this elegant villa on France’s Lake Annecy, an infinity pool mirrors the lake with its own shimmering blue hue.

Lake Annecy, in the Haute-Savoie region of eastern France, is the setting for this luxurious modern villa. At the water’s edge is a beautiful infinity pool that mirrors the lake with its own shimmering blue hue. The pool terrace is protected by a wall of glass to further enhance the view. The home is nestled on just over an acre of private, landscaped gardens. The interiors offer 4,730 square feet of fluid, light-filled living space. The reception rooms are ideal for entertaining on a grand or intimate scale. Walls of windows throughout frame the lake and views. Five bedrooms and five bathrooms provide ample accommodations for summer escapes on the lake and winter retreats on the nearby slopes of the Aravis ski resort. Geneva and its international airport are within 40 minutes’ drive.

Casa Cinco Vistas in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

This luxurious villa in Playa Flamingo Cresta Sur in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, has a mosaic-tiled infinity pool with a bird’s-eye view of the Pacific Ocean.

Casa Cinco Vistas is a one-of-a-kind private compound above the exclusive Playa Flamingo Cresta Sur in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The property is named for its five spectacular vistas: the islands of Catalinas, Sombreros, Cupcake, and Brummel, and the Santa Elena Peninsula, which lies 46 miles to the northwest. The mosaic-tiled infinity pool provides a perfect vantage to watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. The home boasts 5,200 square feet of covered living space with views of the marina, the beach, and the ocean. There are six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. All bedrooms have viewing decks to take in sunset or sunrise. A family room, dining room, and fully equipped chef’s kitchen are further highlights. Playa Flamingo, famous for its kayaking, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, and surfing, is minutes away.