Singapore boasts a unique pool of man-made wonders (pun wholly intended, and you’ll see why soon!), but did you know one of them has to do with a—pool? Get your goggles ready. The infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands, which offers breathtaking Singapore skyline views from the 57th floor, recently got listed as one of the world’s wackiest hotel pool designs by MailOnline Travel.
Covered by Becky Pemberton for MailOnline, here’s the full list of jaw-droppingly mesmerising pool designs—from blood-red waters to a geothermal spa that vertigo sufferers won’t like too much, and a lake-sized pool that could fit 20 Olympic-sized pools—for you to dive right in!
LeCrans Hotel & Spa, Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Stripping off into swimwear may not be the most tempting offer when staying high up in the Alps. Thankfully LeCrans Hotel’s pool, nestled in the middle of the snow, is heated to offer the perfect conditions, with views of a stunning landscape. The hotel conveniently has ski-in, ski-out access so you can be back on the slopes in no time.
Hanging Gardens, Bali
Forget elaborate dining rooms and bars, sometimes the most breathtaking thing a hotel can offer is the view. The Hanging Gardens Ubud has strategically placed its pools down the hillside so guests can marvel at the jungle below whilst enjoying maximum relaxation. The sweeping views include sights across the Ayung River gorge to the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple. Hanging Gardens Ubud boasts 38 thatched villas all constructed in contemporary Balinese style. The hidden treasure of Ubud, it is situated far away from the notorious nightlife of Kuta, Bali and faces an ancient Hindu temple.
The Red Pool, The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand
Although it may look off-putting, the red colour in the extraordinary swimming pool of The Library, Koh Samui, is reassuringly not due to the water itself. The vibrant hue is caused by the red tiles which line the pool, which certainly makes it stand out next to the azure surroundings.
The iconic pool has attracted many tourists on the island, and is a prominent feature of the highly-rated hotel.
Infinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Although the influx of infinity pools may have reduced their novelty somewhat, there is no denying that it doesn’t get much better than this pool at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Set high on the 57th floor, this large pool offers some of the best skyline views of the bustling city. While the water in the infinity pool seems to end in a sheer drop, it actually spills into a catchment area where it is pumped back into the main pool. At three times the length of an Olympic pool and 650ft up, it is the largest outdoor pool in the world at that height.
Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
Ladera is the only resort in St. Lucia located on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, overlooking the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. With breath-taking views of the Piton Mountains and Caribbean Sea, the 32-suite Ladera Resort is a popular destination for honeymooners who are seeking romance and privacy. Each love den has a private pool and an ‘open wall’ with stunning views of the surroundings from 1,100ft above the sea. Not only this, but some have double-seated swings so guests can have a cuddle while they enjoy the picturesque landscape.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
High on many bucket lists is the Blue Lagoon, a unique geothermal spa situated near Reykjavik, Iceland. What is incredible about this stunning pool is that it sits on top of the Mid Atlantic Ridge and as you swim through the pool you are actually over two different continents.
Although the pool is open to the public, there is a hotel linked to it, the Blue Lagoon Clinic hotel, situated just a 10 minutes’ walk away.
The Oberoi, India
Fit for a maharaja, the newly coronated ‘best hotel in the world’ is a sprawling palatial resort in Western India. This sumptuous 50-acre Oberoi Udaivilas in Rajasthan beat stiff competition from around the world to be given the accolade in the Travel + Leisure’s reader poll – for the second year running. Overlooking a fairy tale lake the opulent pool allows you to swim around the exterior of the palatial hotel.
Holiday Inn, Shang Hai
The pool at the Holiday Inn hotel, Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao, is a pool with a view – but not one that those who suffer from vertigo will appreciate. It is located on the 24th storey pool in Shanghai, China and has nothing underneath it apart from a pane of toughened glass – and a huge drop. Fortunately for those terrified of the drop, the majority of the pool is inside the building.
Phoenix Seagaia Resort, Japan
As far as artificial beach experiences go, the attraction in the Seagaia Ocean Dome in Miyazaki, Japan, is one of the best. Measuring 984 feet in length, the dome encases a fake flame-spitting volcano, artificial sand, artificial palm trees and the world’s largest retractable roof, which provides a permanently blue sky even on a rainy day. To the excitement of guests the volcano spews fire every hour and waves lap the shore in the pool.
San Alfonso del Mar resort, Chile
At the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile, a quick dip could well turn into a marathon. Swimming a length in this, the world’s largest outdoor pool, would mean stroke after stroke for more than three fifths of a mile – that’s 20 Olympic-size swimming pools. The enormous man-made lagoon is set halfway up the country’s Pacific coast, in the city of Algarrobo, and is filled with 66 million gallons of crystal clear seawater.
The pool opened in December 2006 after nearly five years of construction work and is said to have set developers back £2million. It uses a computer-controlled suction and filtration system to suck water in from the ocean at one end and pump it out at the other, while the sun warms it to 26 degrees – nine degrees higher than the sea. The pool’s incredible dimensions leave the next biggest floundering in its wake, with the Orthlieb in Morocco measuring a mere 1,575ft long.
Sanctuary Swala, Tangarire, Tanzania
If you are looking to be at one with nature, the incredible pool at the Sanctuary Swala in Tanzania lets you unwind next to wild animals doing the same in a pool of their own. Thankfully this comes in the form of their nearby watering hole in a secluded area of Tarangire National Park. Guests will be able to spot elephants and rare kudu antelopes in the midst of their vibrant African landscape.
The Coliseum pool at the Pelican Hill Resort, California
The giant Coliseum pool in California holds the title for the world’s largest circular pool with a diameter stretching 136 feet across. The Roman theme is brought to the surroundings with vaulted arches, corniced columns and an amphitheatre of terraced decks. Guests can unwind on luxurious private cabanas in the Pelican Hill Resort that aims to bring a classical Italy feel to Orange County.
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