Infinity pools are traditionally associated with views that look out across pristine stretches of beach, making them the perfect place soak up the sunshine on a far-flung summer holiday. While some of the world’s most renowned infinity pools can be found in the likes of Singapore and Bali, there are also some unmissable pools that truly come into their own during the winter months.
Infinity pool villas and hotels in Austria, Switzerland and other traditional winter holiday destinations are coming to the forefront (rightly so!), so in today’s post we’ve gathered some of the best hotels with infinity pools for winter retreats. Below you’ll find everything from ski resorts to wellness hotels but they all have one thing in common – a first class infinity pool.
Das Goldberg, Austria
Das Goldberg is located right on the slopes of the Scholassalm Ski Area, perched above Bad Hofgastein, you’re in the perfect position to enjoy the wonderful skiing the area has to offer. There’s also a dedicated storage room for skiing equipment and guests can purchase ski passes directly from the hotel, giving you everything you need to enjoy your break on the slopes.
The wellness centre is another popular feature, which features a huge outdoor infinity pool that offers a gorgeous panorama of the mountains. The pool is heated year round, so you can take a dip whatever the weather.
Hotel Hubertus (Valdaora), Italy
With not one but six pools on offer, you’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice whether you visit the Hotel Hubertus in summer or winter. Come in the warmer months and you can enjoy a leisurely swim before sunbathing on one of the sun-soaked terraces, come in the winter and you’ll discover a wonderland of the snow-capped Vedrette di Ries mountains that you can take in from the jaw-dropping infinity sky pool that juts out across the valley below.
Willy Bogner Chalet (Priesteregg), Austria
Once a retreat for the priests of Salzburg, the Willy Bogner Chalet can be found in Preisteregg; the village is nestled at 1,100m in beautiful alpine surroundings and the chalet itself looks out to stunning panoramic views of the Leoganger Steinberge.
The private 56 square metre infinity pool is heated to a cosy 34 degrees during the winter months and makes you feel as if you are floating blissfully above the valley. The chalet also has a multimedia room with cinema-style sound, a roaring open fireplace and an outside decking area with a steaming hot tub.
Hotel Belvedere (South Tyrol), Italy
Good food and even better views await guests at the Hotel Belvedere in Jensien. With guest rooms including spacious balconies, many give stunning views of the towering mountains that lay around the hotel.
The infinity pool features both indoor and outdoor sections, so it’s perfect for swimming all year round. Outside you appear to swim right out to the horizon and the view of the faraway misty mountain tops is sure to be one of the standout moments of your visit.
Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland
Hotel Villa Honegg sits on the side of Mount Burgenstock at an altitude of 914 metres, high above the town of Ennetburgen in the heart of Switzerland.
Opt for a suite overlooking the valley of Engelberg or the Lake Lucerne, both flanked majestically with towering white peaked mountains, then cosy up with fur coats on the sun terrace or with a hot chocolate in the sumptuous fireside lounge. The spa is a free service for guests and offers both an indoor and outdoor pool. The outdoor pool is heated to 34 degrees and offers unmissable panoramic views: if you can see through the steam, that is.
STOCK Resort Finkenberg (Zillertal), Austria
STOCK Resort’s philosophy is all about creating a calm, welcoming environment for those who stay with them. As they say in their own words: ‘Friendliness and charm, attentive presence and gallant generosity are the most important characteristics of our staff here. Together with us, your host family, we create such a caring ambience for people searching for something special.’
As well as the huge spa, outdoor whirlpool and nearby skiing, there’s also a beautiful 25m infinity pool for guests to enjoy. With absolutely beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, the landscape will take your breath away whether you’re visiting in the height of summer or the middle of winter.
Wellness Hotel Bergkirstall (Oberstaufen), Germany
The four star Wellness Hotel Bergkirstall in the beautiful Bavarian Alps is a welcome retreat for those looking to detox both body and mind, and unwind in this stunning location; wherever you turn you’ll be surrounded by views of snow-capped mountains or lush green hillside.
As well as the year-round heated infinity pool, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits on offer as well, including skiing, golf or even the latest fitness trend: Nordic walking.
The Cambrian Adelboden Hotel & Spa, Switzerland
The Cambrian’s magical outdoor infinity pool overlooks the stunning Swiss Alps, which are equally impressive whether you visit during summer of the snowy winter season and the indoor pool features a fibre optic ceiling the create the illusion of starlight. Guests have the opportunity to explore over 200 miles of hikes and walks in the surrounding area or, if hiking doesn’t appeal, boat rides around Switzerland’s many famous lakes can be arranged through the Cambrian.
Swissotel Zurich, Switzerland
Part of one of the most luxurious hotel chains in the world, Zurich’s Swissotel is perfectly situated close to the centre of the city, managing to provide a quiet, relaxed atmosphere but still be near to the excitement and culture that Zurich has to offer.
The hotel’s infinity pool can be found on the 32nd floor of the hotel, making it the highest swimming pool in Zurich. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun set over the city and the panoramic views also offer guests an unmissable view of the Swiss Alps.