Infinitely Fantastic


Offering an enchanting visual experience for swimmers and onlookers alike, infinity pools remove the visual barrier between pool, sky and ocean. Done just right, the ocean becomes a private oasis or the water seems to fall off into the horizon.

It’s summer…technically. Around these parts, the word “summer” is less weather-related, and more to do with Carnival. This is Anguilla, after all. Year-round temperatures typically stay above 70⁰F, so we really have “summer” all year long. One fact that isn’t up for debate is that it is hot. With the kids on summer break, and electricity bills as high as the thermometer reading, lounging by the pool seems like a pretty good idea.

Infinity-edge (also called negative-, vanishing-, or zero- edge) pools have one or more sides just below the water level, giving visual impression that the water extends into the horizon. It is this blurring of the lines that attracts people to infinity pools. Where the edge seems to merge with an ocean, or the sky, the effect is even more impressive. Many Anguillian properties lay claim to some of the most breath-taking views of anywhere in the world. There are few better places where infinity pools are better suited.

Sure, they are expensive, and are not the easiest to build properly – the infinity edge needs to be fairly precise to maintain a perfect vanishing look. Moreover, since they are almost always built on hillsides or beachfronts, where the effect is most dramatic, the engineering demands are substantial. Nevertheless, they are popular, so much so that Merriam-Webster, the publishing house, chose to add the term to their dictionary in 2008. If a surreal visual experience is craved, then an infinity pool certainly has to be an option. For many property owners, the benefits completely dwarf the obstacles.

We explore a few of our local favourites in the ensuing pages.

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