Swimming pools have been synonymous with the summer season. This man made recreational device has not only earned the reputation as an icon of the hot season, but it has also become an object of prestige and interest.
If you find yourself bored with the typical swimming pools that you see in your local resort, then might we suggest taking a dip into these bizarre swimming pools that will simply level up your whole summer experience.
Located in the most exotic places in the world, we give you a countdown of the world’s most unusual pools.
Ocean Dome (Miyazaki, Japan)
The Ocean Dome in Miyazaki, Japan is the perfect alternative to an actual beach. Once billed as the world’s largest indoor water park, it is home to the world’s largest retractable roof (complete with a simulated sky, clouds and all), a fake volcano, artificial sand and the world’s largest wave pool. Ocean Dome attracted 1.25 million visitors in 1995. The dome closed in 2007 for renovation and resort repairs, with no official word of when it will reopen.
Golden Nugget (Las Vegas, Nevada)
The Golden Nugget casino’s pool may take top honors as the scariest of the strange pools; it gives you the feeling of swimming with the sharks, without actually swimming next to them. The pool wraps around a giant tank for marine life that cost nearly $30 million to complete, and includes a three-story waterslide that runs through the middle of the tank. Don’t worry: There’s clear glass between you and the sharks.
Pamukkale Pools (Turkey)
The white terraces inside these pools are enough to take the first-time visitor’s breath away. The bright white calcium and limestone deposits act like shelves buried in the water. Much like the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, the pools are praised for their healing powers because of the abundance of minerals in the water.
San Alfonso Del Mar (Chile)
The largest swimming pool in the world is more than 3000 feet long, with a deep end that descends 115 feet. Sitting seaside at a resort in Chile, the pool required nearly five years to build and cost $1.6 billion. It has an annual maintenance fee of $3.2 million. Containing more than 66 million gallons of water, it dwarfs the second biggest pool in the world (the Orthlieb in Morocco with a mere 9.5 million gallons). The pool keeps a constant flow of fresh seawater into the pool and old water back out to the sea, using a filtration system to desalinate the seawater before it goes into the pool and clean the pool water before it goes back to the ocean.
Aquaria Grande Residential Tower (Mumbai, India)
This up and coming tourist attraction from India made it to this list due to its highly anticipated feature. This residential tower is reportedly converting its balconies into pools.
SkyPark At The Marina Bay Sands
Singapore’s SkyPark at the Marina Bay Sands offers an infinity pool with a first-class view—55 stories up. Perched atop the three towers of the world’s most expensive hotel, the water seamlessly flows over the edge, into a catchment and back into the pool. The pool itself touches all three buildings and is longer than the Eiffel Tower laid on its side.
Sacred Pool (Turkey)
The Pamukkale pools aren’t the only astounding water features in the area. Nearby, the intriguing Sacred Pool is filled with pieces of columns and other ruins of the long-gone Roman city Hierapolis. A natural inflow of calcium-laden water refreshes the pool and maintains the warm, but not hot, temperatures.
Hotel Villa Mahal (Turkey)
Infinity pools are designed to create an optical illusion, and the pool at the Hotel Villa Mahal in Turkey might be the best of all. It makes you think that the water is flowing over the edge and into the sky.
The Cambrian (Switzerland)
Fancy taking a swim in the cold Swiss Alps? Then the pool from the Cambrian is the perfect one for you. Built right at the edge of the mountain, the pool at the Cambrian is heated making it perfect for any go to trips during any season.
Living Room Pool (New York City)
The egregiously luxurious 15 x 30-foot pool, located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, is built into the living room of an apartment. The apartment, owned by Evelyn McMurray Van-Zeller, also has six bedrooms, five fireplaces, five bathrooms, a gym, sauna and a second pool for her turtles. This fantasy world is currently on the market, so the pool and other amenities could be yours for just a shade under $11 million.
Nemo 33 (Brussels, Belgium)
Formerly the world’s deepest pool (until San Alfonso Del Mar stole that title in 2007), Nemo 33 remains the deepest indoor pool at 108 ft. Using highly filtered spring water at 96 degrees Fahrenheit, the pool is home to diving instruction, recreational use and film production. Divers can explore the system of underwater caves, and because Nemo 33 stays a constant warm temperature, they don’t even need wetsuits.
Badeschiff (Berlin, Germany)
Badeschiff in German means “bathing ship,” but this ship is actually a shipping container. The Badeschiff opened in 2004 to give Berlin’s citizens a sanitary swimming environment near the Spree River, which is much too polluted to take a dip in. The Badeschiff stays open until midnight, and when the sun goes down, the operators deploy a cover over the pool to keep swimmers warm.
Hemeroscopium House (Madrid, Spain)
Want a gravity defying experience? Take a dip into the out of this world pool from the Hemeroscopium House in Spain. Its “Gravity Pool” will not only take your breath away but will also give you this unique summer experience.
If you find swimming at the Gravity Pool a bit overwhelming, you can opt to take a swim at another pool locate underneath it.
Holiday Inn Shanghai (Pudong Kangpiao, China)
Located at the 24th floor of the hotel, this swimming pool is over 30 meters long, 6 meters wide and 1.5 meters deep. What makes this pool impressive is not only its breadth and depth but where it is located. If its location is not nerve wrecking enough, think of the fact that this pool is suspended outside the hotel.
How is that for gravity defying?
The Library (Koh Samui, Thailand)
When you first lay your eyes on this resort’s particular pool is that is seems fresh out of a crime scene. Its famous swimming pool is known for its blood colored water. The reason for the red coloration of the pool’s water is because of the red, orange and yellow mosaic tiles that are installed on the bottom of the pool. Its red hue is further enhanced by the red lounge mattresses that are found on the edge of the pool.
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