While nature is one of the greatest architects and there are a few amazing natural swimming pools in the world, such as the Devil’s Pool in Africa, there’s no doubt that man also managed to build some incredible pools which simply take our breath away and make us let everything go and search for a plane ticket and a hotel room.
So, dreaming of that perfect relaxing holiday, we went on and searched for the most amazing swimming pools in the world and it wasn’t easy sorting them, because we couldn’t believe some of the pools we stumbled on. So to make everything fair, we decided to make several articles on this, to make sure we don’t miss not even one great pool. And here’s the first part:
San Alfonso del Mar’s 1 km long swimming pool
The San Alfonso del Mar resort is only 60 miles (97 km) away from Chile’s capital Santiago and its main attraction is the huge swimming pool. With a length of 1,000 meters (3,325 ft) and with an area of 20 acres (8 ha), when it opened in 2006 the pool went straight into the Guiness World Record Book as the world’s largest pool. And if these numbers aren’t enough, let us tell that the pool holds 250 million liters (66 million gallons) of water and has a maximum depth of 35 meters (115 ft). And what’s even more fascinating about this pool is the fact that even though it’s not located in an exotic place like the Caribbeans, the company which developed it managed to install an advanced technology that allows the water to have the intense turquoise color specific to tropical seas.
The San Alfonso del Mar official website can be found here and it even has a live webcam of the pool (click here)
Infinity Pools at Jade Mountain Hotel, Santa Lucia
While most of the tourists visiting the St. Lucia island in the Caribbean arrive as part of a cruise, those wanting and affording to spend more time here have an amazing resort, Jade Mountain. Beautifully self-entitled “St. Lucia’s Most Romantic Luxury Resort”, the Jade Mountain is made of 24 luxury sanctuaries (a sort of bungalows), each fitted with an individually designed infinity pool. As you can see from these photos, the views offered by these pools are simply breathtaking and need no further comment.
Of course, all this comes for a price, which is not cheap at all…a room for one night starts from $950 and can go as high as $2,680.
Click here for the hotel’s official website.
The Icebergs, Sydney, Australia
Built in the 1920s, the Bondi Icebergs Club has an oceanfront pool with a magnificent location, right on the cliffs of Bondi Beach in Syndey, Australia. The Olympic sized pool (50 m length and 8 lanes) is used both for recreation and competitions and its main attraction is its location, which allows the high waves to crash directly into the pool. We’d love to go for a swim there one day.
Official website: Bondi Icebergs Club
Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool in Singapore
The Marina Bay Sands resorts was opened in June 2010 and, valued at $8 billion, it is considered the world’s most expensive casino. You can imagine that, when it comes to this much money, the resort has a long list of attractions, but definitely one of the most beautiful is the SkyPark, which includes the world’s longest elevated pool, at 191 meters above the ground. The infinity pool measures 146 meters (478 ft) in length and holds 1,4 million liters (376,000 gallons) of water and it offers incredible views of Singapore for the hotel’s guests, because they’re the only one allowed to use the pool. The rate for one night starts from $950.
Official website: Marina Bay Sands
Nemo 33 pool in Brussels, Belgium
We had the world’s largest pool, the world’s highest pool and now it’s time for the world’s deepest indoor pool, the Nemo 33 swimming pool in Brussels, Belgium, opened in 2004. The pool is 33 meters (108 ft) deep, holds 2.5 million liters of water and has a bunch of man-made underwater caves, all these making it a perfect destination for scuba diving enthusiasts across Europe. Actually, the only pool deeper than this one is the one from San Alfonso del Mar, which we presented earlier in the article.
Official website: Nemo 33
Alila Ubud resort, Bali
Though Bali isn’t exactly the most peaceful and happy place on Earth, it definitely has some of the best resorts in the world and the Alila Ubud is one of them. Located in the Ayung River valley, guests can enjoy some of the most amazing and relaxing views in the world, especially from the resort’s award-winning emerald-green swimming pool. And what’s maybe even more important, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars, like on our previous locations, because one night at the Alila Ubud costs as low as $185.
The official website: Alila Ubud
And here’s where we press “pause” on our swimming pool article, but we promise we’ll come back as soon as possible with the second part, because we’re as anxious as you are. So, what do you think so far? Have you enjoyed these pools? Where do you want to buy your plane ticket to?
I’m Vlad, I’m in my 30, I have traveled a lot in the past 10 years and I share stories with all the experiences I’ve lived. I’m really into writing, so I also talk about stuff that I find interesting and want to see at some point in the future. Also, I’m quite passionate about travel photography and I share my experience as an amateur photographer and videographer. He now writes at Upwind Travel