Forget how cold you are or bored you might be from spending more time indoors and think back to summer days at the pool. While you may have been happy with a backyard swim or a municipal pool, there are swimming pools around the world that take it to the next level. Some of these pools rival even the top man-made marvels. Take a look at some of the coolest pools around the world.
San Alfonso del Mar, a private resort in Algarrobo, Chile, is home to one of the most beautiful pools in the world with breathtaking clear blue waters. Stretching nearly 1 mile and filled with 250 million liters of water, San Alfonso del Mar once held the Guinness record for the largest man-made crystal clear lagoon in the world.
Glenwood Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, is home to the largest hot springs pool in the world. The calming blue water has 15 minerals that are known to re-energize and renew tired muscles.
Italy is known for having some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, but the pool at Hotel Caruso near the Amalfi Coast might give even the most stunning coasts a run for their money. Hotel Caruso is located on the edge of a cliff 1,000 feet above sea level. Dating back to the 11th century, the hotel features an infinity pool at the highest point above the town of Ravello.
The pool at the Hanging Gardens of Bali is located in one of the most beautiful forests in the world: the Balinese jungle. The infinity pool at Hanging Gardens stretches into the jungle with beautiful shrubbery straight below.
The Cambrian Adelboden in Adelboden, Switzerland, gives viewing a whole new meaning. Located near the Alpine region of Switzerland, best known as the Swiss Alps, the Cambrian Adelboden has an outdoor heated pool with views of snow-capped majestic mountains.
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The Giola Lagoon in Greece is one of the coolest natural wonders in the world. The Giola is a natural pool 26 feet below rocky grounds.
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is one of the most mesmerizing places on earth. Composed of 70% ocean water, 30% freshwater and tons of enriching minerals, the giant lagoon is often viewed as a place of restoration and relaxation.
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Australia is known for being home to the most beautiful coral reefs in the world, but the Bondi Iceberg Pool at Bondi Beach might rival even the most gorgeous reefs. Open for over a century, the Bondi Iceberg Pool is an oasis by the sea where waves from Bondi Beach cascade feet away.
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Located in Austin, Texas, in the heart of Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool is one of the crown jewels of the South. Measuring a total of 3 acres, Barton Springs Pool is filled with water supplied from underground springs. The average water temperature is between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, so it feels like it’s summer all the time.
The Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, has three exceptional pools, but nothing tops the Kachchan Pool. The hotel’s only infinity pool was designed so that the edge of the pool blends with the water of Kandalama Lake. Surrounding the pool are some breathtaking views of nature.
Animal lovers will be entranced by the pool at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. Much as its name implies, the resort is located in the heart of the jungle where elephants roam outdoors.
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The Nice Palais de la Mediterranee is a charming hotel full of luxury in Nice, France, with an incredible pool. The pool has a view of the Promenade des Anglais, a public walkway, and waves in the Mediterranean.
There are plenty of underrated Hawaiian destinations that will take your breath away, and the Hibiscus Pool at the Grand Wailea Maui Resort in Maui, Hawaii, is one of them. The 4,850-square-foot pool has a giant Hibiscus flower made from more than 630,000 pieces of Mexican glass mosaic tile at its bottom and contains over 2.2 million individual tiles.
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The Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs, Texas, is a historic swimming hole that was designated a preserve 30 years ago. The city’s famous landmark is located less than a mile away from a 50-foot waterfall that plunges deep into a canyon.
The Hotel Villa Mahal in Antalya, Turkey, has an infinity pool that creates the optical illusion that the blue water is overflowing into the sky. Views from this pool are breathtaking with nothing but the open sky and blue ocean waters surrounding the pool.
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The Rooftop at The Standard in downtown Los Angeles might be a place only West Coasters know about, but its cool factor deserves worldwide recognition. Known as somewhat of a party spot, the hotel features a heated rooftop swimming pool where bottle service is flowing and a live DJ sometimes spins tracks.
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The infinity pool at Alila Ubud in Bali, Indonesia, is surrounded with rainforest views. The emerald-green swimming pool blends flawlessly into nearby nature.
The infinity pool at TWA Hotel has runway views. The hotel is located at John F. Kennedy International Airport — one of the places in New York where you’re likely to spot a celebrity — and swimmers see planes take off and land in the Big Apple.
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The Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal in Los Cabos, Mexico, has a total of five pools, but the luxury hotel’s infinity pools top the list. The glistening pools were designed to create the illusion that their waters are flowing onto the colorful beach and into the horizon of the Pacific Ocean.
Jackson, Wyoming, is best known for being home to some of the most popular ski resorts in America, but its greatest hidden gem is the Amangani resort and the infinity swimming pool. The infinity pool boasts breathtaking views of the Teton and Snake River mountain ranges.
The Edge Infinity Pool at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu is the longest oceanfront infinity pool in North America. Sitting a few feet above sea level, this location provides gorgeous views of pinks, blues, oranges and reds in the neverending sky.
The infinity pool at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado, looks like it’s stuck in time from when Greek gods roamed the earth. Heated to 84 degrees year-round, the infinity pool at this resort has magnificent views of the red rock formations and Pikes Peak mountains that touch the sky.
The floating lake pool at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an architectural wonder that might be one of the coolest in the world. Described as being water on the water, the breathtaking pool is a floating oasis on the lake waters and one of the most beautiful photo spots in all of Italy.
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The Maldives is home to some of the best beaches in the world, which makes it ripe for some beautiful resorts too, including the One&Only Reethi Rah. The resort’s iconic lap pool is an adults-only 98-foot escape that stretches out into the nearby lagoon. The design of the pool creates the illusion that swimmers are floating out into the ocean’s blue waters.
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Perhaps the most lavish body of water in the world, the pool at the Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort in Crete, Greece, is an Olympic-size pool measuring about 10,333 square feet. Large pillars sprout from the water, resembling Greek olympian courts, and pristine, clear waters reflect the bright sky.
The Joule Hotel in Dallas gives the phrase “hanging out by the pool” a whole new meaning. The 8-foot cantilevered pool hangs over the hotel’s edge above downtown Dallas. It’s certainly an unusual setup for a hotel, but it doesn’t even compare to the most unusual hotels in the world.
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