Whether you love taking a swim in the spring or summer, or you’re always looking for tropical locations to vacation, the thought of a large and beautiful swimming pool is likely pretty attractive to you. After all, resorts and quality hotels know the value of a great-looking pool, since that’s one of the things that help people decide where they will stay on vacation.
While a pool that is clean and spacious is pretty appealing to most people who want to take a good swim, some people take things a step further when it comes to a swimming pool design. There are some pools that are made to look like beaches or waterfalls, and other swimming pools that feature some fascinating modern design elements. There are even pools that have colored lights so that relaxing in the water is an even more fascinating experience. Of course, pools with water that changes temperature are pretty appealing as well. If you’re seriously thinking about getting a swimming pool in your backyard, or if you already have a pool and want to upgrade it, these eye-catching pools are sure to give you some design inspiration. Here are 12 of the most breathtaking pools from all over the world.
12 Marina Bay Sands Resort Infinity Pool
This pool is designed to look like the water never ends. It overlooks the city of Singapore, and is the perfect swimming pool for thrill-seekers who want to take in all the magic of the city. The resort has been called the “most spectacular hotel in Singapore” and has even been endorsed by stars like David Beckham, which is a pretty convincing selling point if you’re a fan of the soccer star. The pool is also lined with palm trees and plenty of comfortable places to relax, soak in the sun or catch up on your favorite book in between swims.
11 Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel Luxury Pool
This pool is constructed in infinity-style, and the water surrounds the lush trees and plants that are native to Bali. There are a number of mini cabanas near the pool so you’ll have plenty of time to unwind while you admire the clear blue water. There are a number of suites and villas you can lodge in during your stay, and many of the rooms have a riverside view, which will further motivate you to go take a swim. There’s also a luxury spa with services that will make your stay even more relaxing, and you can choose from the high-quality menu items if you want to enjoy a meal by the pool.
10 St. Regis Gold Energy Pool
This pool at the St. Regis hotel in Lhasa, Tibet is fascinating because of its gold color. The water is always between 28 and 32 degrees C, so you’ll feel completely comfortable in the water. While you’re in the pool area, you can also get a foot massage, and indulge in the specialty food and drinks that help make the pool experience especially unique. If you just want to take some time to take in the beauty of the pool, you can relax in the mini cabanas in the area. The pool also contains salt water, which is said to have restorative health properties.
9 Chongwe River House Pool
The Chongwe River House pool is located in Zambia, Africa. The wicker furniture lining the pool makes it comfortable for you to take in the wildlife that visit the pool, since it’s not uncommon to see an elephant in the area as you’re swimming or sun-bathing. While you’re staying at the Chongwe resort, you’ll likely want to go on a safari, where you can see all the spectacular animals that are native to Africa. You’ll also stay in a four-bedroom house, which includes furniture that has all been carved from the same winter-horn tree. In between spending time at the pool, you can also take a boating or canoeing trip with a guide.
8 Golden Nugget Pool
This pool is located in Las Vegas. While there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas, you’ll definitely want to take a swim in the Golden Nugget pool, so you can swim with the sharks—in a good way. The pool features a tank that includes tropical fish and small sharks, and there’s an infinity feature on the sides of the pool. There’s also a water-slide attached to the pool that is three stories high, which makes time in the pool even more fun. There are also 15 private cabanas around the pool that provide the ideal places for you to watch the fish swim while you enjoy your cocktail and get ready to get into the pool again.
7 The Cambrian Pool
The Cambrian is located in Switzerland, and the beautiful snow-capped mountains around the pool make it a wonderful place to swim during the winter. The ice blue water and the crisp weather are sure to make for an invigorating outdoor experience. In addition to the breathtaking swimming pool, there’s also a spa at the Cambrian, where you can get a number of relaxing and therapeutic treatments. The Cambrian is one of the world’s best wellness spas, so you’re sure to leave the facilities feeling brand new. Aside from the stunning outdoor pool, there’s also a heated indoor pool if you prefer to swim in warmer water.
6 The Standard Rooftop Pool
Sure, Los Angeles is the place to meet celebrities, but it’s also a great location for taking a swim in a luxury pool. If you want to go to the rooftop and soak up the sun while you soak in the pool, The Standard is the place for you. There are plenty of seats for you to take in the view (and a few selfies) at this vacation spot. You can even watch a movie projected on the wall in front of you. After you’re done swimming in the heated pool, you can spend some time on the dance floor while listening to the DJ, or enjoy a gourmet meal by the outdoor fireplace.
5 Sanctuary Swala Pool
This pool is located at Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. It is situated near a watering hole where antelopes and elephants visit often. A trip to Sanctuary Swala could be an especially memorable one for you if you love animals and have always wanted to visit Africa. You’ll get to see animals eating, playing and sleeping in their natural habitats, and enjoy luxury accommodations that will still connect you to nature. In addition to safaris, you can enjoy a picnic by the pool or on the resort grounds, and you can participate in the beekeeping project, where you’ll learn just how important these small insects are to the environment.
4 Nandana Villas Pool
The next time you’re planning a trip to the Bahamas, don’t leave without taking a dip in the Nandana Villas pool. The palm trees and clear blue water immediately make you feel like you’re at a tropical resort, and the wide, white steps leading in the pool give the area an especially fascinating and exotic look. The Nandana also features other bodies of water, so you can go fishing and even go on a shark diving adventure. There’s lots of other things to do at the resort in between swimming, so you can go on a sunset cruise, go horseback riding or take a cooking class while you’re there.
3 The Library Pool
The Library Pool is a beautiful body of water in Koh Samui, Thailand. The water boasts shades of deep orange and red, due to the mosaic tiles at the base of the pool. There are also red umbrellas lining the pool, along with chairs so you can sit in the shade while you marvel at the pool’s colorful water. You can also take in the view of the beach from the pool, which may inspire to take a dip in both bodies of water while you’re on vacation. Of course, you can also visit the actual library and the photo gallery on the property while you’re there.
2 Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle
This beautiful pool is located in San Simeon, California. The pool features Greek designs that show up underneath the water, and there’s even a coliseum on the side of the pool so you can be shielded from the sun while taking in the splendor of the pool. The elaborate statues surrounding the pool make it an especially elegant place to take a swim. The pool was built between 1924 and 1936, which just goes to show how sturdy and high-quality the construction materials are. This ornamental pool is the perfect place to take pictures, so you may want to make this a vacation stop the next time you’re in California.
1 San Alfonso Del Mar Pool
This is the largest pool in the world, and is 0.62 miles long and spans 20 acres. The pool also holds 66 millions gallons of water, so there’s plenty of room for you and your friends and family to swim until your heart’s content. The pool is filled with seawater, so you’ll feel just like you’re in the ocean. The next time you’re in Algarrobo, Chile, you won’t want to leave without taking a swim or two in the pool. There’s a large pavilion by the pool that features modern architecture to shield you from the sun, provide places for you to kick back, and simply marvel at how beautiful the pool is.