23 July 2019
Pool Inspiration: The World’s Most Incredible Swimming Pools
One of the undisputed highlights of any summer vacation is the luxury swimming pools that greet us in the hotels, villas and resorts we call our temporary homes. But when is a pool more than just a pool? The idyllic pools scattered across the globe are what Instagram was made for and are designed to offer something unique and unforgettable for patrons.
The Infinity Pool (Marina Bay Sands in Singapore) - The tallest (and perhaps most intimidating) infinity pool on earth offers an exceptional view of the stunning metropolis that is Singapore. Located 57 floors above ground on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, the lip of the pool might appear to disappear right off the edge but there is a safety ledge on the other side that’s completely hidden. Still, this truly incredible pool might not be one for those with vertigo!
The Tank (Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas) - Named for the fact that the centrepiece of the pool is a gigantic, three-story water slide that sends riders through an actual shark tank (complete with sharks), the 200,000 gallon tank is also surrounded by a gigantic pool and numerous waterfalls for guests to splash about in.
Tropical Islands (Krausnick, Germany) - The world’s biggest indoor waterpark that was originally designed as a zeppelin hanger, this is certainly a spectacular sight. Not only featuring multiple pools but artificial beaches, palm trees and even a rainforest, this is the closest you’ll get to the Caribbean without leaving Europe.
Gold Energy Pool (St Regis Resort in Lhasa, Tibet) - Now this is something truly special. In order to take a dip you’ll need to splurge on a room at the $300-a-night hotel, but some would argue it’s more than worth the price. The completely gold-tiled pool is filled with warmed, salted water that makes it feel more like the world’s poshest bath than a traditional swimming pool. And that’s before you even mention the stunning Himalayan views.
Ubud Hanging Gardens Pool (Bali) - This split level pool quite literally hangs out over the jungle in the spiritual centre of Bali. The design of the pool leads swimmers to feel as if they are almost floating above the jungle itself. You’ll also enjoy views of the Pura Penataran Dalem Segara Temple and those staying in the resort will also enjoy their own private infinity pools.
The Library (Koh Samui in Thailand) - Situated on the island paradise of Koh Samui, this beach-side pool has become something of a viral sensation in recent years thanks to its deep, blood-red colouring. This is achieved with the mosaic tiles that line the floor, which change colour as the day progresses, shifting from dark red to a sunrise yellow.
Gellért Thermal Bath (Budapest) - Whilst the city of Budapest is famous for its wealth of medicinal springs (not least of which are the Szechenyi Baths, which are the biggest and most popular of all the thermal baths in Budapest), Gellért is arguably the most historically relevant. Housed in the Gellért Hotel, these baths feature 10 pools in a unique Art Nouveau setting with stained glass windows and mosaic tiled floors.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Pool (Tanzania) - There can be few more common bucket-list items than the African safari. But how about not only watching wild animals but swimming with them as well? This resplendent infinity pool is located in the midst of the world-famous Serengeti plains by a watering hole that’s frequented by elephants and zebras.
San Alfonso del Mar (Algarrobo, Chile) - Let’s finish with the largest swimming pool in the world! Using 66 million gallons of water and measuring at around 3,000 feet long, this monumental pool utilises technology that makes sure it is always the same as the ocean, which is located just a few feet away. Of course, bigger doesn’t always mean better, but in this case, it almost certainly does.
Closer to home and with your feet firmly on the ground, if you are looking to create your very own dream pool, everything is possible, so long as you have the aspiration and the space, we have the imagination and the talent to create your luxury indoor or outdoor pool, and offer an infinite choice of luxury finishes, waterfalls and accessories.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool design, construction and refurbishment, so if you need advice on a brand new pool, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice.
Photo: Alex Bertha