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Published October 29th 2012
Sometimes a bath tub just won't do
The first I'd heard of infinity pools was when the Marina Bay Sands Casino/Hotel/Entertainment/Shopping/Whew! ... enough already Complex in Singapore opened to the world beating the Hadron Collider in recreating the Big Bang. Infinity pools aka negative edge pool, vanishing edge pool, wet edge pool is the height of opulence when splashing around is concerned.
It is different from the average-Joe pool in that it appears to have no boundaries but seemingly stretches out to the horizon usually blending with another large water body, such as a lake or an ocean, or the endless blue sky. To achieve the latter effect, the infinity pool is often constructed in dizzying heights atop skyscrapers as in the Marina Bay Sands or onto balconies looming overhead.
Do we have any of these extraterrestrial water bodies in Melbourne? Apparently we do. We have a few hotels with infinity pools. So if an overflowing bathtub just won't cut it, you can check these venues out.
The Crowne Promenade located at 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, has an infinity pool at the Deck Leisure Centre giving you incredible views of the exciting Southbank area as you let buoyancy do all the work. You can find more details here if you want to check out this pool.
The Adelphi Hotel, located at 187 Flinders Lane, has a heated salt water pool on the 9th floor peering over the edge of the building to give swimmers fantastic views of the less-fortunate sweltering below in the summer heat. The view from the other side is not half as bad either. Next time you're passing through Flinders Lane, place your palm behind your neck as if to ease a crick, gently turn your head upwards, and you may get a good view of what appear to be mer-people floating above you. If you'd prefer to check it out from atop, here are the details.
Crown Metropole has an amazing pool in the sky located on the 27th floor. It has a waterfall cascading off its edge and is enclosed in an atrium with city views all around. The feel of infinity is brought on by the Yarra quietly flowing by. It's quite an experience and if you want to surprise your partner with an infinity splash, here you go.
Park Hyatt, located in the city centre at 1 Parliament Square, is not far behind with its 25 metre aquamarine infinity pool which is indeed one of its star attractions. The Jacuzzi offers views of the Melbourne city skyline along with all those champagne bubbles tickling you silly. You can have a look here.