Summer hasn’t officially started, but the warm weather sure has. For those already longing for a cool place to relax as the weather heats up, here are some of the most incredible and mind-blowing pools on the planet.
The World’s Largest Pool
There are a lot of hotels and resorts known for their pools, but only Chile’s San Alfonso del Mar holds the title of World’s Largest Swimming Pool. The impressive waterway, constructed by Crystal Lagoons, measures .63 miles long, covers over 20 acres of land, holds 66 million gallons of seawater and reaches a maximum depth of 115 feet. With an estimated yearly budget of $4 million worth of maintenance, it’s likely the resort will continue holding their title for a long while.
Those with a fear of heights will probably want to avoid the pool at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel. That’s because the impressive Skypark pool isn’t just the tallest in the world –it also takes advantage of its 55-storey view by removing the barricades from the sides of the infinity pool, giving you an unbeatable view of the city as you swim.
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Look up just about any travel guide’s list of most impressive swimming pools and you’ll see the Hanging Gardens’ pool –and with good reason. This two-level infinity pool, by architect Popo Danes, is suspended high over the jungles of Bali. The free-form, curved design invoke images of terraced rice paddies, while the Batu Chandi stone provide a feeling of luxury as the swimmer feels as though they are literally swimming in the treetops.
The lower level features a recessed deck that offers almost complete privacy and the pool has a built-in bench beside the beam supporting the upper deck so bathers can enjoy feeling the splashes dripping down from above.
Las Vegas is known for offering impressive experiences, but the Golden Nugget Casino is the only one that offers a clear waterslide that travels right through a shark tank. When you don’t feel like slipping and sliding, the entire pool surrounds the tank and there’s both a covered and outdoor area so those who can’t handle the Vegas sun can still enjoy a relaxing dip by the shark tank.
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These days, plenty of upscale hotels offer an infinity pool, but St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain sets itself apart by ensuring that each suite has its own pool ranging from 400 to 900 square feet in size. Each room’s pool is different in both the glass tile color scheme and the overall pool shape. Since the hotel itself was built with these accommodations in mind, ensuring the view from the water is the best one you’ll get from any given room. The pools are also fitted with fiber optics so they can be lit at night in a variety of colors.
A Pool in the Alps
What better way to relax after a grueling day skiing the alps than by settling down into a heating infinity pool that overlooks the snowcapped peaks of some of the most famous mountains in the world? The pool at the Cambrian in Adelboden, Switzerland might just have one of the best winter-time views of any outdoor swimming facility on earth.
Suspended at the top of Na Xamena are the Cascadas Suspendidas pools of the Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena. These beautiful white seawater pools are all connected by cascading waterfalls and fitted with air jets to provide you a hydro-massage with a view you won’t forget anytime soon.
The Pool In the Sky
A wholly restored 11th century palace set on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, the Belmond Hotel Caruso is filled with impressive luxuries. The pool is constructed on the highest possible point above the town of Ravello, swimmers have an unparalleled view of the cliffs, the sea and the small hill-side town below.
Sun, Sand and Swimming
Cabo San Lucas is famous for its pristine beaches, but since the ocean still fails to incorporate bars in it, it’s always nice to have a pool where you can enjoy a margarita and a swim at the same time. The Capella resort allows you to enjoy a drink, a dip and a view as you relax at the in-pool bar of an infinity pool built right beside the beach.
Las Lagunas & Perdido Springs
The Springs Resort and Spa of Costa Rica is so-named because it was constructed next to a natural hot springs, but the hotel developers didn’t limit guests to what nature created. While some of the eighteen pools at the resort are natural, many are manmade, and some even contain waterslides or bar areas. Despite their artificial modifications though, all of the pool tend to look totally natural, blending in with their natural settings to create a magical waterpark that appears to be totally organic.
The Red Pool
We’re all used to blue, white and black pools, but there’s no real reason for pools to be limited to these common colors. Even so, the red, orange and yellow tiles that turn the pool of Thailand’s The Library into a blood-red vision is a shocking sight to most. But the color choice makes sense when you consider that red is traditionally considered a happy, lucky color in the country.
The Living Room Swimming Pool
Plenty of us want a house with a pool, but few people actually want a house with a pool in the living room –or at least few of us have ever even considered the possibility. In 1995, Evelyn McMurray Van-Zeller inherited a New York property from her brother only to discover it had a 30-foot pool in the living room. After residing in the home for a while with her yorkie and turtles (who all seemed to loved the pool), Evelyn put the home back on sale for a cool $11 million in 2011. It appears to have sold because it’s not listed any longer, so if you want a townhome with a pool in the living room, you’ll have to wait until this one’s available again or find a place that will let you do this modification legally (this one was completed back in the 70s and has been grandfathered in).
Cipriano Landscape Design & Custom Swimming Pools was commissioned by a client in Bedford, New York to create a pool that looks exactly like a 1700s-era Stradivarius violin. With the use of glass tiles, LED lighting, koi ponds, fiber optic lights and more, the company succeeded immensely. In fact, the the 250 fiber-optic star-lights and 5760 strands of fiber optic light can be set to match with music, creating an underwater symphony like none other.
The Neptune Pool
Perhaps the most famous home in all of California, if not the US, Hearst Castle has two incredible pools certain to wow any visitors. Outside, the 1936 Neptune Pool features an array of classical Roman and Greek sculptures, fountains, a building façade from a real ancient temple, and an oil-burning heating system. The impressive pool stretches 104 feet and measures 10 foot deep at the far end.
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The Roman Pool
Hearst’s indoor pool features 1” gilded and glass tiles arranged in striking mosaic patterns inspired by the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. The pool is surrounded by eight Roman statues and brings to mind the classic bathhouses of Rome. While the room incorporates built-in diving platforms, they were said to be rarely used at the castle since few of Hearst’s guests were strong swimmers.
Image Via Charlie Essers [Flickr]
Even if you don’t have a pool and don’t expect to get one any time soon, hopefully looking these pictures of beautiful bathing spaces can help you feel a few degrees cooler as the summer heats up over the next few months.