Swimming is among the most enjoyable activities out there. Kids love it, adults love it, and even the elderly love retiring in a warm place where they can take a dip. While most of us have had the enjoyment of taking a dip in our backyard pool, being able to swim in one of the most spectacular swimming pools in the world would be a dream for most. Here is an awe-inspiring list of the ten largest and and most incredible pools in the world.
1. Pelican Hill, California, United States
The resort at Pelican Hill is the location of the world’s largest circular pool. With a diameter of 41.5 meters, this pool contains more than one million glass mosaic tiles along it’s floor, all of which were placed by hand. The pool was named after the Coliseum in Rome and features vaulted arches and perfectly set columns. The pool lies in the center of luxury private cabanas overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
2. Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Grindavik, Iceland
This pool is known all around the world for it’s beauty and enchantment. The pool is heated naturally by a nearby lava flow, and the pool water is renewed every two days by a nearby geothermal water plant. The water is kept at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit and is rich in minerals like silica and sulphur. These minerals have been said to have astounding healing powers for skin diseases such as psoriasis among others.
3. San Alfonso Del Mar, Chile
Chile is the home of the largest swimming pool in the world. Requiring $1.6 billion to build and an annual $3.2 million to maintain, this pool stretches over an astonishing 3000 feet. No need to worry about depth either, as the pool reaches about 115 feet down. The pool recycles water to and from the sea, filtering fresh seawater into the pool, the pool water back out to the sea.
4. Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, Nevada
This pool is extraordinary for its ability to make its swimmers feel as if they are swimming among sharks. The pool itself is wrapped around an enormous tank of marine life, putting only a sliver of glass between you and the sharks. As if it could get any better, the pool also features a three-story water slide running through the middle of the marine tank.
5. SkyPark at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
There are many jaw-dropping infinity pools out there, but this one has to be one of the coolest. Sitting a remarkable fifty-five stories high, this pool rests at the top of the worlds most expensive hotel and is longer than the Eiffel tower placed on its side. With the water effortlessly flowing over the extremities, this pool gives you a luxury view you are sure to remember.
6. Nemo 33, Brussels, Belgium
This pool was once the deepest in the world, and now holds the title of the deepest indoor pool with a depth of 108 feet. The pool is always warm at about 96 degrees Fahrenheit and consists of highly filtered spring water. This great pool is host to diving instruction, film production, and any diver wanting to tour is intricate underwater caves.
7. Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, South Africa
This pool sits atop the magnificent Victoria Falls in South Africa, and gives you the eerie feeling that you are going to swim off the edge of one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Swimmers can look over the side as thousands of gallons of water from the Zambezi River plummet down into the gorge beneath them. The pool is thankfully completely safe though with a rock wall that prevents any swimmers from being pulled over the edge.
8. Ocean Dome, Miyazaki, Japan
This next pool, known as the Ocean Dome, gives you all the luxury of feeling like you are sitting on the beach while actually being inside. The grounds of the pool feature a simulated sky, a fake volcano, artificial sand, and the world’s largest wave pool. This pool is the lavish substitute for any day at the beach.
9. Holiday Inn, Shanghai, China
If you’re in the mood for an adrenaline rush than this pool is for you. This 98-foot long pool features a breathtaking glass bottom and sits 24 stories high. Swim out to the side and you can look down on the streets of Shanghai beneath your feet. With nearly 400 rooms starting at less than $100 per night, you are sure to be able to get in for a thrill.
10. Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Sitting 7,000 feet high, this pool gives you an incredible mountain view to take in. The heated pool is 115 feet long and sits in the heart of the awe-inspiring Grand Tetons in Wyoming. Any mountain lover is sure to be impressed when they take a relaxing swim in this pool.
This article was written by Matthew Hall. Matthew has traveled the world from places like Thailand to London. Always looking for the next adventure, Matt never sits still. In addition to his travels, he is also a professional writer for Supreme Electric & Solar. To follow Matt on his numerous journeys, check out his Google+.