11 Extraordinary and Unusual Swimming Pools You Need to Visit
Love swimming? Then you’ll have to put these 10 incredible pools from around the world on your bucket list.
1. Marina Bay Sands Resort
The Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool in Singapore creates one of the most stunning optical illusions you’ll ever see. At first glance, it looks like swimmers are about to fall off the edge of a waterfall into the stunning Singapore skyline. But no need to fear falling; this rooftop pool is best known for its amazing view.
2. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
A man-made geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon is a huge attraction for tourists and local Icelanders alike (contrary to what the name may imply, swimming is a popular pastime in Iceland). The sky blue water is naturally filled with minerals that soothe the skin and the warm water creates a tranquil environment for all who visit.
3. Seagaia Ocean Dome
Unfortunately, this unbelievable indoor beach at the Sheraton Seagaia Resort in Miyazaki, Japan was closed indefinitely in 2007 for renovations. However, this one’s just too legendary to omit from the list. The Ocean Dome featured an artificial volcano that erupted every 15 minutes as well as a retractable roof to let natural sunlight in. Visitors could even surf on the manmade waves!
4. Crocosaurus Cove
This wild diving experience is located in – where else? – Australia. “The Cage of Death,” as it’s called (no worries, it’s perfectly safe!), allows swimmers to swim with massive 18-foot long saltwater crocodiles behind a thick acrylic tube. It’s an up-close experience like none you’ve ever seen before.
5. Ubud Hanging Gardens
This swimming paradise offers a breath taking outlook over the valleys and jungles of Bali. In this nature-inspired pool, swimmers feel as if they’re floating just above the treetops. You’ll enjoy the peaceful soundtrack of nature as you’re surrounded by suspended candles and served poolside drinks.
6. The Library Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand
Don’t be fooled by this seemingly crimson water. The water in this pool is actually clear, but deep red and orange mosaic tiles on the bottom create the illusion of a maroon oasis just steps from the white sand beach.
7. Icon Brickell Viceroy
You won’t have to worry about the pool being full here! Located in downtown Miami, this is the longest pool in the entire United States. It stretches further than three city blocks and is filled with 300,000 gallons of water. There are actually dining tables set up in the reflection pool so guests can simultaneously have lunch and cool their feet off in the water.
8. Homestead Caldera, a.k.a. “The Crater”
The Crater is a natural hot spring surrounded by a rock dome, and it’s borderline otherworldly. Located about 30 miles outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, The Crater is over 10,000 years in the making. The dome lets in sunlight while the crystal clear water at a constant temperature of 90-96 degrees keeps you warm. You can do more than swim here: visitors can partake in historical tours, snorkeling, scuba diving, and even paddle board yoga.
9. Beer Pool
That isn’t just a clever name – this pool located in Austria’s Starkenberger Brewery Castle is literally filled with hot beer for guests to swim in. The warm beer is rich in calcium and vitamins and is said to be healing for the skin, but it’s not advisable to drink. Guests can order cold, clean beer from the brewery.
10. Hanging Pool at The Joule Hotel
This one is for the daring. The pool in Dallas, TX extends 8 feet out over the side of the hotel – from the tenth floor. Not only can swimmers watch city goers below, but people on the street can look up at the swimmers as well.
11. San Alfonso Del Mar
This wouldn’t be a proper top 10 list without the largest swimming pool in the world. That’s right – this pool located in Algarrobo, Chile, spans 20 acres and holds an astounding 66 million gallons of seawater pumped and filtered from the Pacific Ocean. If you just did a quick take, you would probably think it was part of the ocean itself!