Although they all have one thing in common—they contain enough water to submerge oneself—swimming pools can vary vastly in how they present themselves and the emotions they evoke in the user. From generating pure, blissful relaxation to creating the upmost fear, the pools that topped our list have it all. We searched deep, wide (and, in some cases extremely high) to bring you the best of the best of the world’s most amazing swimming pools.
1. San Alfonso Del Mar, Chile
At 3,323 feet long, 115 feet deep at its maximum depth, and filled with 66 million gallons of water, the pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile is easily the world’s largest swimming pool. The creator of this enormous pool, Fernando Fischmann, claims it is six times larger than the Casablanca pool, the Orthlieb. Some people even have to use boats to get from one end to the other. Water is pumped in straight from the Pacific Ocean, filtered and pumped back into the ocean, meaning very little chlorine or even electricity is required to keep it sparkling clean. The San Alfonso Del Mar pool is certainly a long-distance swimmer’s paradise.
2. Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, Spain
Known as Cascadas Suspendidas, the pool at Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena in Spain is a tri-level therapy circuit. The three pools overlook the cliffs of Na Xemana, so whether you are swimming in the pools of heated seawater or taking advantage of the relaxing jets, the view is amazing. Each of the pools is connected by a waterfall, adding to their unique beauty.
3. Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel in Bali, Indonesia
Cathay Pacific’s first-class suites are among the most spacious in the air. As soon as you step inside the aircraft, plush carpet leads passengers to their personal suite, furnished with a soft and luxurious leather chair opposite a footstool, which doubles as a seat for partners who want to sit together. Although, the chair itself is so wide you can actually fit 2 people in it.
The wide chair smoothly transforms into a fully flat bed that has a luxurious thick mattress for sleeping comfort, and newly designed bedding made with high-quality fabric adds to the sense of comfort and luxury. The included LCD controller makes it easy to recline your seat, adjust your back support, and even adjust your suite lighting.
4. Floating Lake Pool at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy
Grand Hotel Tremezzo is host to the world famous Floating Lake Pool. The pool is self-contained, but from inside the pool it appears that the swimming water is part of the lake. This is a family-friendly pool with lots of activities for children and a spectacular, view of the lake from inside the swimming pool.
5. Hotel Chocolat, St. Lucia
Hotel Chocolat is best known for its Britain-based chocolate company, so it only makes sense the resort would be all about the sweet treat. Being that cocao and chocolate is incorporated into most of what this resort has to offer, it’s no surprise the quartz-lined infinity swimming pool appears to be filled with liquid fudge. The pool overlooks cocoa plantations and Piton Mountains. Cocoa-infused cocktails and snacks are served poolside. Being able to gaze at the amazing view alone is enough reason for guests to visit the pool.
6. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Perched atop the 57th floor resort complex in Singapore, this 492-foot swimming pool is the world’s highest and largest infinity pool. Although it may seem like swimmers can fall off the edge, it is, of course, very safe. From the pool, swimmers get a spectacular view of the Singapore financial district. Access to the pool is restricted to resort guests, however people who are not staying at the hotel can purchase tickets to view Singapore from the observation deck.
7. Sanctuary Swala, Tanzania
The eco-friendly infinity pool at Sanctuary Swala allows guests to watch the animals visit their own waterhole from above. The pool overlooks the spot closest to the resort where big cats and elephants go to drink or bathe. Going for a swim is a great way to relax after a long day of viewing the game at the sanctuary.
8. Crocosaurus Cove Pool, Australia
If you are fascinated by large reptiles, crocodiles in particular, you’ll enjoy Crocosaurus Cove. Adults and teens over 15 get into the body of water with a huge crocodile; the humans are surrounded by a 1.5 inch thick acrylic enclosure, of course. Children and adults that are more cautious can swim in a separate pool alongside the juvenile crocodile tank. The theme park opened in 2008 on unused land and houses crocodiles ranging from 3 months to 80 years old. The park has many other attractions and even allows guests to feed young crocodiles.
9. Lecrans Hotel and Spa Pool, Crans Montana, Switzerland
Located in Switzerland, this is one of the world’s premier outdoor winter pools. The pool is heated so it can be used year-round by guests who travel to the region for skiing, as well as by their family members who would rather swim for exercise than hit the slopes. Swimmers enjoy a spectacular view of the snowy Alps, something not usually taken in from a pool.
10. Badeschiff, Germany
The pool is arguably the most unique pool in Europe. Badeschiff literally translates to “bathing ship” and that’s just what this pool is. Located in Berlin, the Badeschiff is a refurbished cargo ship turned into a floating swimming pool and positioned inside the River Spree. Because the River is too polluted for swimming, the pool provides a safe, clean place for Berlin residents and tourists to cool off or get some exercise.