From stunning city views to magnificent natural wonders, this list will be quite a delight for your eyes. To make it more interesting, I’ve decided to mention both man-made and natural swimming pools and ponds.
10. Golden Energy Pool – Iridium Spa St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet
The number ten spot goes to the world’s most blingin’ pool. The Golden Energy Pool is a highlight of St. Regis Lhasa, a Tibetan luxurious resort opened in November 2010. The relaxation pool contains saltwater, and measures 2422 square feet. Standing on the Roof of the World, at an altitude of 12,073 feet above sea level, the Iridium Spa is the world’s highest-altitude spa.
9. World’s Deepest Indoor Pool – Nemo33, Belgium
Belgium is home to a large array of decadent temptations, including gourmet chocolate, delicious waffles, fruit beer, but also to the world’s deepest indoor pool.
Designed by Belgian civil engineer and diving expert John Beernaerts, Nemo33 is a recreational and multi-purpose diving instruction center located in Brussels. Being indoors, it welcomes visitors 365 days a year. The main attraction of the multi-level pool is the diving pit that descends to a depth of 113 feet. It contains 660,430 gallons of chlorine-free spring water, all heated by solar panels.
8. World’s Largest Outdoor Pool – San Alfonso del Mar, Chile
Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest outdoor pool, this spectacular man-made lagoon measures 3323 feet in length, covers an area of 19 acres and holds 250,000,000 liters of water, which basically makes this 6,000 swimming pools in one. Probably the most amazing thing about this pool is that it’s all preserved ocean water, which gives it a transparent appearance and lets you pretend you’re swimming in the middle of the most beautiful part of the sea.
7. Bondi Icebergs, Australia
Winter swimming is an incredibly popular sport in Australia. On a typical wintery morning, the average water temperature hovers around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, but is sometimes much lower.
The Bondi Icebergs Swimming Club was founded in 1929 and is the only licensed winter swimming club in the world
When the sea swells, waves regularly crash into the ocean-side pool. How amazing is that? It’s what Australians call “fast water”.
6. Homestead Crater, USA
This beautiful hot-spring pool is hidden within a 55-foot deep crater, located in Midway, Utah. The Homestead Crater is a travertine dome filled halfway with spring water. The hole at the top lets in fresh air and natural light while the interior of the crater maintains roughly a 90-degree temperature at all times.
A 110-foot-long tunnel provides access to the underground pool. Guests can enjoy a therapeutic soak in the mineral-rich waters: they can go swimming, scuba diving, or even attend a paddleboard yoga class.
5. Infinity Edge Pool, Hawaii
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Sheraton Waikiki’s new pool offers spectacular views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. Infinity pools, also known as vanishing edge or negative edge pools, create the illusion of water extending endlessly towards the horizon. The effect works best if the edge of the swimming pool leads away from the main building, toward another body of water.
4. Golden Triangle Resort, Thailand
High above the Mekong River Valley where Burma, Thailand and Laos come together, a breathtaking infinity pool seems to melt into the tropical landscape. You can see both Burma and Laos from the edge of this awesome pool.
The Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa is a luxurious nature retreat, set amidst 160 acres of tropical forest.
3. Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino, Singapore
Infinity pools are everywhere on this list, aren’t they? There’s a good reason for that: they’re absolutely gorgeous. The infinity pool that tops the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is the world’s largest outdoor pool at that height. At 656 feet above Singapore’s Marina Bay, guests swim in a pool that is three times longer than an Olympic pool. The pool is a highlight of the boat-shaped observation deck that crowns the three 55-story towers of the hotel. Believe it or not, the platform of the deck is longer than the Eiffel Tower laid down.
2. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon consists of man-made pools that are filled with 6 million liters of geothermal seawater (renewed every 40 hours) from deep within the Earth. We are talking about seawater that from 6500 feet below the ground! Now that’s fresh.
This amazing island is a geologic “hot zone” with volcanic eruptions, geothermal features, fissure eruptions, glaciers, hot springs and geysers distributed all over the surface. The lagoon is surrounded by moss-covered lava rocks, and the water’s temperature is close to 102°F (39°C) all year long.
1. Natural Infinity Pools of Pamukkale, Turkey
I’ve always said that nature is one of the greatest architects. These spectacular images were captured in Pamukkale, a World Heritage Site located in southwestern Turkey. Pamukkale (meaning “Cotton Fortress” in Turkish) contains some of the oldest hot springs known to man, having been formed at least 14,000 years ago. Pamukkale is about 8,860 feet long, 1,970 feet wide, and 525 feet high.