Unique and Amazing Pools from Around the World
30 May Unique and Amazing Pools from Around the World
Awesome Aqua Amenities
When the weather warms up, finding fun ways to cool down can become a real adventure. For many, this means making a splash in the crystal clear waters of an inground pool. However, not all pools are created equally.
Several resorts around the world are known for their amazing pools, bringing in tourists from all over to swim in the waters of their awesome aqua amenities. Beachside infinity pools, unique water features, spectacular views, or built-in extras make these destinations totally dip-worthy.
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Themed after the lost city of Atlantis, one of the main attractions at this massive resort is the Aquaventure Waterpark. This one-of-a-kind 141-acre waterscape features more than 20 swimming areas and 11 different pools for adults, children, and families. From the Mayan Temple Pool that sits at the foot of a Mayan Temple replica to the Grotto Pool with two cascading waterfalls to the Harborside Pool with view of Nassau Harbour and the Marina at Atlantis, Atlantis is a mecca for poolside aficionados.
Located just off the shore of the city of Nassau, Atlantis Paradise Island is accessible by two bridges that cross the Nassau Harbor. Overnight guests of Atlantis receive complimentary admission the Aquaventure Waterpark including its pools. Day visitors can purchase passes on a limited basis.
Atlantis, Paradise Island
Beverly Hills, Cali.
Steeped in Hollywood history, The Beverly Hilton’s Aqua Star Pool is a major attraction for the 57-year-old hotel. Home to the Annual Golden Globe Awards, the Aqua Star Pool is a top spot to see and be seen in Beverly Hills. With dimensions of 93 by 36 feet, the hotel pool is the largest in Beverly Hills. Heated year-round to a temperature of 82 degrees, the outdoor oasis has played host to numerous fashion shoots and events. A large projection screen along the side of the pool often features retro surfing scenes, further recreating the atmosphere of the golden age of Hollywood.
Fun fact: After her 1999 Golden Globe win, Angelina Jolie jumped into the hotel’s Aqua Star Pool in her awards ceremony gown.
The Beverly Hilton
Las Vegas, Nev.
Located on Fremont Street away from the new Las Vegas strip, Golden Nugget is the largest hotel and casino in downtown Las Vegas, also known as “Old Vegas”. One of the main attractions at Golden Nugget is a $30 million dollar complex called The Tank. Offering a year-round escape from the desert heat, this swimming pool features a 200,000-gallon live shark tank, a three-story waterslide called The Shark Chute that goes directly through the shark tank and empties into the pool, and private cabanas. For a more adult-friendly poolside experience, Golden Nugget’s Hideout boasts a two-level infinity edge pool surrounded by plush cabanas and lounging areas for guests age 16 and older.
Golden Nugget, Las Vegas
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii
It is hard to improve on the tropical paradise that is Hawaii. With so much natural beauty in the landscape, flora and fauna, and mild climate, man-made structures have some serious competition. One resort in Waikiki Beach has successfully blended nature and architecture to offer the best of both worlds.
The Sheraton Waikiki opened a first-of-its-kind “superpool,” an expansive activity area called the Helumoa Playground. Designed by a group of famed local architects, the $8 million playground features two freshwater pools, a 15-foot high by 70-foot long waterslide, two large whirlpools with stunning views of Waikiki Beach, and an interactive fountain area for kids.
In order to give the Helumoa Playground a tranquil, Hawaiian sense of place, the landscape was designed using local plant life such as plumeria trees, coconut palms, white hibiscus, and other indigenous plants. The Sheraton Waikiki also offers Waikiki’s first and only beachfront infinity edge pool. Positioned a few feet above ocean level, the pool creates an optical illusion, seamlessly blending the edge of the pool with the view of the Pacific Ocean.
Several hotels advertise a pool with a view. However, very few can promise a horizon that includes an ancient wonder of the world. Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa in Cairo offers just that.
Nestled between the city and the wilderness, and less than 1 km away from the ancient Sphinx and Giza Pyramids, the pools at Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa boast unparalleled views of the majestic ancient wonders, all while relaxing on built-in sunbeds. Waterfalls and four hydro-jet units providing underwater massage further aid in relaxation in the hotel’s heated swimming pools. Located in the middle of main pool is a bar that serves cocktails and light snacks.
Inside the hotel spa is an indoor pool and three creatively designed Jacuzzis. Positioned above the Jacuzzis is a screen that displays projected images and other art installations for a uniquely relaxing escape.
Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa
New York City
The 75-foot lap pool at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York might seem ordinary, but what makes it extraordinary is the view it provides. Located on the 36th floor of the hotel, the pool features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Hudson River and Central Park. There is something incredible about the idea of taking a break from a workout and looking out at skyscrapers as far as the eye can see.
The swank indoor pool also has lounge areas, towel service, and private men’s and women’s changing areas each with dry saunas. The pool is linked to the hotel’s state-of-the art fitness center.
Mandarin Oriental New York
San Simeon, Cali.
Nestled in the hills of San Simeon along the Central Coast of California, Hearst Castle is a living history museum and California State Park. Purchased as 40,000 acres of ranchland by George Hearst in 1865, the property originally served as a family campground. Inherited by his son, media magnate William Randolf Hearst in 1919, the ranch had expanded to more than 250,000 acres. No longer interested in camping on the land, Hearst hired architect Julia Morgan that same year to design Hearst Castle, which was completed in 1947.
Construction for the Neptune Pool, the first of two at Hearst Castle, spanned from 1924 to 1936. Decorated with marble statues, fountains, an ancient temple facade, and four 17-century Italian bas-reliefs upon the sides of the colonnades, the pool represents both Ancient Roman Revival and Greek Revival styles. The Neptune pool is 104 feet long and 58 feet wide (95 feet wide at the alcove), and uses an oil burning heating system to heat the 345,000 gallons of pool water.
The pools at Hearst Castle are not available for public swimming. However, guided tours of the property are offered daily, and afterward visitors are given a chance to roam the property and lounge at the pools. Special events held by the nonprofit cooperating association Friends of Hearst Castle will occasionally offer guests swim privileges.
San Simeon, Cali.
Three years after construction started on the outdoor Neptune Pool, building began on the indoor Roman Pool and surrounding room. Completed in 1934, the Roman Pool is styled similarly to an ancient Roman bath, such as the Baths of Caracalla in Rome c. 211-17 CE.
The Roman Pool is decorated from floor to ceiling with 1″ square mosaic glass tiles called smalti that are either colored (mainly blue or orange) or clear with fused gold inside. The mosaic tiled patterns were inspired by those found in the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy. Surrounded by eight marble statues of ancient Greek and Roman gods, goddesses, and heroes, a visit to the Roman Pool at Hearst Castle can feel like stepping 1,800 years into the past.
Located seaside in Algarrobo, Chile, San Alfonso del Mar Resort features the first navigable man-made lagoon. Covering 20 acres, the lagoon pool is more than half a mile long with a maximum depth of 115 feet (35 meters), and contains 66,000,000 gallons of water that is pumped, filtered, and treated from the Pacific Ocean. This man-made lagoon is also the largest lagoon in the world and holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest pool on Earth.
Surrounded by white sand beaches with the Pacific Ocean on the horizon, the crystalline lagoon offers guests a safe environment to practice a variety of recreational and water sporting activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, scuba, and snorkeling. Sunbathers and pool loungers will also appreciate the absence of waves and ocean currents, allowing them to float freely and without worry.
San Alfonso del Mar
High atop the Marina Bay Sands Hotel on the 57th floor is the Sands SkyPark, offering panoramic views of Singapore’s skyline. Home to restaurants, gardens, and the world’s largest public cantilever that houses an observation deck, the most impressive aspect of the SkyPark is the Infinity Pool.
At nearly 500 feet long (150 meters), the pool resembles a river in the sky. With a depth of less than 4 feet, most guests can stand in the waters and enjoy the view from 656 feet.
The Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool is only available to Marina Bay Sands Hotel guests. However, the observation deck is open to members of the public who purchase a visitor ticket which includes the option of free tours of the garden and infinity pool.
Marina Bay Sands Singapore
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