Luxury resorts understand the allure of a gorgeous pool. They understand how a lovely stretch of water with a magnificent view can attract guests searching for a special vacation. The following places feature amazing swimming pools that are some of the most spectacular in the world.
The Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas offers one of the most unique swimming pools in the world. Known as The Tank, this swimming pool features an enclosed three-story water slide that transports riders safely through an enormous shark tank. The 200,000-gallon tank, itself, is home to approximately 300 marine animals, including many menacing-looking sharks and rays. Guests who don’t enjoy water slides can still swim alongside the sharks in a swimming pool that surrounds the tank on the bottom floor. The Tank also features waterfalls for guests to splash around in and 15 private cabanas.
The Perivolas Hotel, located in Santorini, Greece, sits high on a cliff and features an infinity pool with stunning views of the Aegean Sea. The buildings around this elegant swimming pool are designed to blend with the natural setting and are done in the traditional stark white style for which Santorini is famous. From the swimming pool’s deck, looking out onto the sea, it can be hard for a guest to see where the infinity pool ends and the ocean and the turquoise blue sky begins. It is definitely an arresting and calming place to simply relax or to enjoy a lovely swim.
The Six Senses boutique resort in Thailand offers its guests the ultimate in privacy, with each luxurious villa or suite boasting its own stunning infinity pool. Some of the infinity pools are accompanied by private decks where guests can enjoy private spa treatments. Guests can also choose rooms and infinity pools that offer views of the turquoise blue waters of Phang Nga Bay. This lovely Thai resort is located on Yao Noi, a quiet island that is approximately 45 minutes by speed boat from Phuket. The Six Senses is located on a hill, surrounded by trees and just steps away from the white-sand beach below.
Budapest is famous for its many thermal and medicinal springs. In fact, this city’s nickname is “City of Spas.” Arguably, the most famous of these spas is the Gellert Baths, which was founded almost 100 years ago. Located in the gorgeous Gellert Hotel, the Gellert Baths offer 10 pools that are of varying sizes and temperatures in a stunning Art Nouveau setting. The Gellert Baths feature mosaic tile floors and walls and stained glass windows. In fact, this spa is so beautiful that it is said to be the most photographed in all of Hungary.
The luxurious Joule Hotel, which is located in Dallas, Texas, offers a very unique infinity pool for its guests. This infinity pool, which is located on the hotel’s 10th floor, cantilevers 2.5 meters (8 feet) beyond the edge of the hotel and boasts a front wall made of Plexiglass. Because of this unusual design, swimmers feel as if they are going to swim right off the edge of the building. The pool is also an excellent place for guests to get a great view of Dallas. When guests are not having fun in the water, they can relax poolside and enjoy great food and cocktails.
The Ubud Hanging Gardens Luxury Hotel and Spa, which is located in Bali, boasts a spectacular split-level infinity pool that seems to hang out precariously over the jungle. The free-form pool made Conde Nast Traveller’s list of the world’s best swimming pools. In addition, each of the resort’s villas or suites also features its own terrace and private infinity pool. The Ubud Hanging Gardens is set high on top of a gorge, and guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Pura Penataran Dalem Segara Temple as well as the surrounding jungle.
Travelers don’t have to rough it when they go on an African safari, especially if they stay at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge in Tanzania. This luxury lodge is located in the world-famous Serengeti, and one of its premier features is a free-form infinity swimming pool that overlooks a watering hole as well as the Serengeti plains. After a long day out on safari, guests can then enjoy swimming in this infinity pool while watching wild animals, including elephants and zebra, drinking and frolicking in front of them.
Located in Krausnick, Germany, the Tropical Islands Resort is the largest indoor water park in the world. The water park is inside a huge building that was originally built as a zeppelin hangar but the airship it was intended to house was never built. A Malaysian company bought the hangar and turned into the Tropical Islands Resort, complete with a rainforest, beach, artificial sun, palm trees and several pools. The largest pool is the 140 meter (460 foot) “Tropical Sea” with an area of 4,400 square meters (47,000 sq ft) designed to look like the waters of a coral island.
Located in Algarrobo, Chile, the San Alfonso del Mar Resort boasts a stunning swimming pool that has been recognized by Guinness Records as being the largest crystalline pool in the world. It is more than 900 meters (3,000 feet) long and uses approximately 66 million gallons of filtered and treated sea water. This enormous swimming pool is set on the beach in front of the resort and offers guests a very large and calm alternative to wading into the sea. The San Alfonso del Mar uses special technology so that the water in the swimming pool is the same clear turquoise blue as the sea. In addition, the swimming pool is approximately nine degrees warmer in the summer than the nearby ocean. This pool is so large that it offers of a number of water-related activities, such as scuba diving, sailing and kayaking.
This incredible infinity pool is perched high above Singapore on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands luxury hotel. Set literally on the edge of the hotel’s Sky Park, this infinity pool stretches for an amazing 500 feet and boasts stunning views of Singapore’s skyline. The infinity pool is considered to be the largest at this height in the world, and it appears from the pool deck as if it just literally drops off the edge of the hotel. Not surprisingly, this hotel and its amazing swimming pool are popular with travelers visiting Singapore.