16 Weird Swimming Pools from Around the World
You’ll definitely want to add these unbelievable pools to your bucket list.
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These pools aren’t your average run-of-the-mill rectangular hotel pools. With jaw-dropping views, unique concepts, and even terrifying experiences, curiosity will definitely get the better of you when it comes to pool time. Here are some of the most unique pools our world has to offer. Aside from just swimming pools, don’t miss these other truly bizarre tourist destinations.
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
In Grindavik, Iceland, this pool is one of the most famous spots on the island because of its transcendent geothermal features. Heated water is vented naturally from the ground and remains at around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Some say that the water has healing powers for various skin diseases. For more stunning sights, here are 20 jaw-dropping photos of Iceland.
San Alfonso del Mar
San Alfonso del Mar in Chile is the world’s largest man-made swimming pool. The pool spans over 3,000 feet with a deep end that plunges down 115 feet. The pool sits seaside at a resort with an annual maintenance fee of $3.2 million. Here some unusual hotels you’ll want to go out of your way to visit.
Ubud Hanging Gardens
In Bali, Indonesia, swimmers can overlook the trees from the elevated swimming pool or be immersed below in the terraced gardens. For more places to unwind, here are the 12 most peaceful places on the planet.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Zodiac Pool
Residing underneath the Umaid Bhawan Palace in India, the Zodiac Pool is surrounded by murals with the 12 zodiac signs painted on the bottom of the pool. The palace was completed in 1943 earning its spot at the largest private residence in the world with 347 rooms. Since then, the palace has been converted to a luxury hotel. Check out these other luxurious hotels and resorts around the world.
Skypark at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore boasts an infinity pool 55 stories above ground. At the world’s most expensive hotel, the water flows over the edge of the building giving swimmers a jaw-dropping view of the city. See the world’s strangest and most unique hotels.
At the top of Victoria Falls in Africa, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, this natural formation called Devil’s Pool can safely hold swimmers and give them an amazing view of the natural wonder. A rock wall sits at the edge of the pool preventing the water from pulling swimmers over the side. If swimming that close to the edge gives you a thrill, here are 14 of the world’s most haunted bodies of water.
The white calcium and limestone deposits of the Pamukkale Pools in Turkey serve as shelves in the water. The pools are known for their abundance of minerals inclining visitors to believe they have healing powers. To make your own natural concoction, here are 50 natural remedies that really work.
This resort in the Maldives is known as “sensory heaven.” The pool mimics the clear night sky and fireflies making this a truly romantic spot. Feeling romantic? See the 18 most romantic resorts in the world.
Mona Vale Beach Rock Pool
This pool in Australia is stamped inside an ocean. It sits on the tip of the sand near Mona Vale Beach. For more interesting wonders in Australia and around the world, here are 13 beautiful photos of beaches that naturally glow.
Arizona Diamondbacks pool
Ever felt like swimming and going to a baseball game at the same time? This pool is located in the right-center outfield of the ballpark and is part of a suite you can rent. Here’s how 25 Major League Baseball teams got their names.
Founded over 100 years ago and located in the Gellert Hotel in Budapest, the Gellert Baths has 10 pools of different sizes and temperatures, all in an Art Nouveau setting. With mosaic floors and stained-glass windows, this is one of Hungary’s most photogenic spots. Here are the most popular travel destinations in Eastern Europe to spark your wanderlust.
Havasu Falls in Havasupai tribal lands is an all-natural pool near Supai, Arizona within the Grand Canyon. Limited numbers of tourists are allowed to enter and will need a permit from the Havasupai tribe. Don’t miss the most beautiful natural pools in the world.
The Oberoi Udaivilas Pool
Udaipur, India is the capital of the ancient Mewar kingdom. The Oberoi Udaivilas Resort is a 55-acre palace with expansive gardens and a pool overlooking Lake Pichola. Take a look at these 80 travel photos from around the world.
Ik Kil Cenote
This is another stunning natural pool in Ik Kil Archeological Park in Mexico. About 96 feet wide and 130 feet deep, the pool has waterfalls and wild jungle plants. It only costs six dollars to swim here! Next, check out the best natural swimming pools in the United States.