8 Places from Around the World with the Best Swimming Pools
Summer is right on our doorsteps here in the Northern Hemisphere, and what better time than now to look around for some of the best swimming pools across the globe. There are resorts, hotels, and more that feature insane swimming pools, much like Las Vegas MGM Resorts. Whether a swimming pool is indoors or outside, it still makes for one fun time. You can sit around the pool with friends and family sipping on a drink of your choice or simply lounge around and sunbathe if you wish. Let’s have a look at some of the coolest swimming pools from around the world.
1. Zambia: Chongwe River House Pool
It’s time for Africa! Zambia is a beautiful country. So, we were eager to add this spectacular pool to our list. This is by far one of the most unique swimming pools because you are quite literally surrounded by wildlife and nature. You can be sipping a cocktail poolside and spot a lion all in the same setting. What’s even more incredible is that it overlooks the majestic Chongwe River. Chongwe River House is uniquely situated and truly makes the most of its carefully placed location. What more could I want? Take a trip to Zambia to experience something like no other, like an elephant casually strolling by the pool.
2. Turkey: Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Now, this is one special place mainly because it was formed by nature and not created by man. So how was Pamukkale formed? A spring with a high content of dissolved calcium bicarbonate cascaded over the edge of the cliff. After this, it cooled and hardened, leaving behind calcium deposits. This then formed the natural pools (you can also build your natural pool) we love and know today. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the sheer luxury of this place. And while it’s not your conventional swimming pool, it offers you so much more. It’s a hot spring where you can swim. What more could you possibly want?
3. Thailand: Six Senses Yao Noi Pool
Thailand is lined with pristine beaches, so many will ask, ‘what’s the point of soaking up the sun at a swimming pool?’ There are the views and then the entire experience. Not only is this resort amazing, but each private villa also boasts its own private infinity pool – an item of luxury that comes with a hefty price tag, and these also come with insane views. Since the resort is perched on top of a hill, when you are lounging in the pool, you get breathtaking views of the bay featuring a mini-mountain here and there.
4. Hungary: Gellert Baths
Again, this might not be a conventional swimming pool, but it is unique. First opened in 1918, Gellert Baths in Budapest is famous for its many thermal baths – 10 in total varying in size and temperature. The Art Nouveau setting is preserved nearly 100 years later, and we couldn’t be happier.
5. Chile: San Alfonso Del Mar Resort Swimming Pool
The world’s second-largest swimming pool is in Chile. It is huge, and by huge, we mean insanely massive. Covering 8 hectares, containing 66 million gallons of water, with a maximum depth of 11.5 feet, this piscina is 3323 feet long, and we’ve never seen anything like it before.
6. Australia: Bondi Icebergs Swimming Pool
Located right next to the ocean, the swimming pool at Bondi Icebergs is filled with water from the sea. The extremely popular pool (frequented by both locals and tourists) is filled to the brim during the summer months, as expected, and is open all year round. Every Thursday, it is closed due to cleaning and opens depending on the tide and refilling. If you ever find yourself in Bondi, head to this swimming pool! Bondi Icebergs has a camera that tracks what’s happening there in real-time, allowing you to check if it is at capacity before you go.
7. Indonesia: Ubud Hanging Garden Luxury Hotel and Spa Pool
Indonesia is one gorgeous place; it’s tropical and exotic, there’s delicious food and the people are extremely friendly. What Indonesia also has is hanging pools. Located in Ubud, Bali, the Hanging Garden Luxury Hotel and Spa Pool are as magnificent as they come. This split-level infinity pool seems like it’s hanging just over the jungle. It’s an incredible view with an equally incredible pool, which is featured in Conde Nast Traveler’s list of the world’s best swimming pools.
8. Switzerland: The Cambrian Hotel Pool
This pool is in one of Switzerland’s top hotels, so what makes it so special? This heated infinity pool gives you incredible views of the Swiss Alps, and we couldn’t be happier. Open all year round, the Cambrian Hotel’s pool is best enjoyed in winter, unbelievably, as the cool air coupled with the warm water as you swim gives you one heck of an experience!