8 Epic Pools That Should Be on Your Travel Bucket List
When the tide rises, we love to know that a great and decadent swimming pool awaits us. If travel is about unclogging yourself from the technical world, there's no better place to do so than a dazzlingly translucent body of water. And trust us when we say that these aren't your normal backyard swimming holes.
Swimming pools are the ultimate healing experience; they inspire, calm ,and rejuvenate the human body by providing an instant sense of escape. God help you if you have to get your PADI certification in a public pool! Naturally, more luxurious pools have evolved from wallflower scene-setters to the star attraction in cities across the globe. The 21st-century pool has blossomed to an imaginative work of art that flaunts a "wow" factor—be it a volcanic elevator, concealed grotto, or interactive aquarium.
These epic swim spots around the world—from the world's largest outdoor pool to a majestic geothermal spa in Iceland—will have you saying ahh, and then some. With more tricks and rides, live creatures, and character, their cool factors are sure to inspire more than just a dip—they may just inspire a whole vacation. From geothermal pools in Colorado to infinity pools in Singapore, these venues are perfect for making a big splash. Jump on in, because the water is MORE than fine.
1. Nemo 33 in Brussels, Belgium
Behold: the world's deepest indoor swimming pool; there's plenty of room for cannonballs at this Belgium hot spot. The Nemo 33 in Brussels is a 2,500,000 liter multi-level swimming pool filled with chlorine-free, potable spring water heated to a cozy 86 degrees. That's right: the 2.7 million litres of water is all spring-feed and highly filtered. For the recreational swimmer, the man-made tank also showcases a completely unique design that houses several underwater caves. To get there, you must first take a 108-feet-plunge into a hole to explore these submerged houses. For the inexperienced diver, scuba lessons are offered on-site.
2. Grand Wailea in Maui
Grand Wailea is a swimmer's Disneyland. Sure, the Caribbean may have Atlantis, but Hawaii has the 780-room Grand Wailea and its king-sized water complex, the Canyon Activity Pool. It's comprised of nine pools on six levels, connected by lazy-river currents. With nearly 26,000 square feet of aquatic fun, guests can shoot down four intertwining waterslides, rope swing into the Tarzan pool, swim through waterfalls or chill in one of three Jacuzzis. And that's not even the best part. Grand Wailea has the world's first water elevator; it's completely water-powered and built into a volcano. This epic liquid adventure is sure to give the surf a run for its money.
3. Golden Nugget in Las Vegas
Only in Vegas would you discover a 200,000-gallon, shark-filled aquarium right in the center of a swimming pool. The award winning Golden Nugget pool, The Tank is a $30 million complex complete with a 200,000 gallon shark tank that allows guests the opportunity to swim up-close and personal with more than a dozen different species of shark (including sand tiger, brown, black tip, nurse and zebra varieties) and a wide variety of exotic fish. Brave swimmers can get even closer to the man-eaters by slipping down the Shark Chute, a three-story waterslide that shoots you straight through the tank.
4. Glenwood Hot Springs in Colorado
Guests at this Colorado Rockies lodge can relax in the world's largest hot springs pool, where 3.5 million gallons of nearby Yampah Springs water flow into one of two bubbling mineral pools daily. The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is famous for being the largest in the world at more than two blocks long. Beyond its magnificent size, the waters of the Hot Springs pool have 15 minerals that have long been known for their healing powers since Glenwood Springs was settled in the 1800s. The soothing waters have attracted the likes of Al Capone, Titanic survivor Molly Brown, and President Theodore Roosevelt. You're also more than able to visit in the frostier seasons; the temperature in the smaller therapy pool is a steamy 104 degrees F. Those looking to do some leisurely laps can dive into the larger pool, which measures more than two city blocks and is kept at a balmy 93 degree F.
5. Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah
This resort places you right in the middle of this ancient splendor—a vast geological zoo scattered with spectacular eroded rock formations. Designed to blend into the surrounding desert landscape, this secluded Utah resort embraces its surroundings with a pool carved around an 80-foot-high natural stone escarpment that's more than 165 million years old. Located in a protected valley with sweeping views, the resort offers both adrenaline-fuelled adventure and a peaceful retreat. Ringed by king-sized day beds and sun loungers, Amangiri's pool offers insane scenery of Utah's Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument during the day and swimming under star-filled skies at night. For those craving a remote hideaway, what better way than to tuck yourself within the luminous canyons of the American Southwest?
6. Infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore
If you're a die-hard city gal, imagine yourself floating in the world's largest rooftop Infinity Pool, gazing down on the glittering city-skyline from 57 levels above. At the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore resides the world's largest cantilevered platform. Known as the SkyPark, it stretches longer than the Eiffel tower laid down, with an impressive 12,400 square meters of space. People around the world were amazed upon seeing an elevated swimming pool with vanishing edges. But swimming to the edge won't be quite as risky as it looks. While the water in the infinity pool seems to end in a sheer drop, it actually spills into a catchment area where it is pumped back into the main pool. At three times the length of an Olympic pool and 650ft up, it is the largest outdoor pool in the world at that height. Just imagine taking in a sunset or sunrise from that edge.
7. The pool at Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel in Bali, Indonesia
This is one of Ubud's most epic "drop" views. Deep in the heart of Bali's rich rainforest, the enchanting Hanging Gardens of Bali sets the stage for an unforgettable journey into paradise. Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel & Resort has 38 luxury pool villas, each with a heated private infinity plunge pool set high in the rice terraces overlooking the Ayung river. Their majestic cascading pools are literally suspended over the dense rainforest, and its forested canyon provides a truly ideal environment for both romance and relaxation.
8. The Library Resort in Thailand
What's it like to swim in a pool of blood? This eerie hotel resort might give you an idea. The Library on the famous Koh Samui Beach in Thailand features a vibrant, ruby-colored swimming pool. It has a striking visual similarity to a pool of blood, making the whole thing look like a scene out of the Old Testament. Although it may look off-putting, the red colour in the extraordinary swimming pool is reassuringly not due to the water itself, so there's no risk in turning red after taking a dip. The vibrant hue is caused by the combination of red, yellow, and orange tiles which line the pool, which certainly makes it stand out next to the azure surroundings.