MagazineFeb 13, 2015
The Coolest Pools In The World
We kicked of our The Coolest series with some amazing libraries from around the world.
This series is all about a different kind of relaxation, namely, swimming pools.
There are some real beauties in this list and they make me long for Spring.
My favorite is the Serengeti one, as it's not just about the pool for me, but also the surroundings in which it is set.
Which is your favorite?
The Altira, MacauSituated in the heart of Taipa, Altira Macau is an oasis of sophistication offering spectacular panoramic views of the Macau Peninsula. Source: Altira Macau
The Fasano, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilLocated on Avenida Vieira Souto in the heart of Ipanema beach, Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro combines the glamour and sophistication of Rio’s most coveted address with the Fasano commitment to excellence. In his first hotel architecture project, Philippe Starck chose to reflect the heyday of the Bossa Nova era in the 50’s and 60‘s, when Ipanema blossomed into the city’s most charming neighborhood. The unique view comprises the Morro Dois Irmãos, the Arpoador and Corcovado in one sweeping landscape. Source: Fasano Rio de Janeiro
The Sarojin, ThailandThe 25m x 25m square swimming pool with infinity edge, jacuzzi, and three draped pool island pavilions are sure to make you feel as relaxed as you ever were.Source: The Sarojin Thailand
The Kings Pond Hualalai, HawaiiIn the northernmost crescent of the Resort sits King’s Pond, a 1.8-million gallon “aquarium" carved out of the natural lava rock. With over 3,000 tropical fish from more than 75 species swimming freely (including a spotted eagle ray) this is certainly the most colorful pool anywhere. Source: The king's Pond Four Seasons Hotel Hualalai
Badeschiff, Berlin, GermanyThe pool on a river has a length of 32.5m and a width of 8.2m and provides a stunning panorama of Spree. Source: Arena Badeschiff
Hanging Gardens Ubud Resort, IndonesiaThis infinity pool might have the most amazing views ever. Source: Hangin Gardens Ubud
San Alfonso del Mar, ChileThis is the world's largest pool. It is has a length of 1013 metres, contains 250 million litres of treated seawater and cost an estimated $1.5 billion to build. Source: San Alfonso Del Mar
The Molitor Hotel, Paris, FranceAs its monumental emblems, Molitor's two pools, measuring 46 and 33 meters, structure its architecture and the flow of people within the venue. The winter pool, concealed beneath its huge glass roof and surrounded by its mythical booths, is an invitation to sport, while the summer pool, surrounded by beaches, is an ode to the joys of drifting into oblivion. At Molitor>, you are in Paris and yet you are so far away. Source: The Molitor
Gold Energy Pool, TibetThis is the world's largest pool. It is has a length of 1013 metres, contains 250 million litres of treated seawater and cost an estimated $1.5 billion to build. Source: Starwood Hotels
The Nam Hai, VietnamThe Nam Hai’s palm fringed swimming pools spread over three levels makes an equally memorable first impression, but feel even more unforgettable to those who dive in. For families, our Upper Pool is comfortably heated year round. One level below, our lap pool is open to all guests over 16 years of age and down by the sea, our Olympic Pool offers a quiet haven for adult R&RSource: The Nam Hai
The Laucala, FijiLaucala’s 2.000-square-metre lagoon-style swimming pool, amid coconut palms and tropical flowers is simply stunning.Source: The Laucala
Amangiri Spa, UtahThis amazing pool was built around the existing surroundings, which gives it's users some stunning views.Source: Aman Resorts
Huvafen Fushi, MaledivesThe infinity pool, with its glamorous fibre optic lights, as your feet skim the warm water.Source: The Huvafen Fushi
Viceroy Hotel, Miami, FloridaThis is the only pool on this list I've swam in and I can tell you it is amazing. And so are the views.Source: The Viceroy Miami
Joule Hotel, Dallas, TexasThe glass-fronted pool cantilevers eight feet beyond the hotel's structure, providing swimmers with the sensation of swimming off the building's edge.Source: Joule Hotel Dallas
The Red Pool, ThailandThe Red Pool, with its mosaic tiles of orange, yellow and deep red, presents a dazzling spectacle of brilliant color and sophisticated style.The Red Pool is just a few steps away from the white sandy beach of Chaweng that awaits you.Source: The Library
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti , TanzaniaRelax in this stunning pool while the wildlife of Africa stroll by mere yards away. This is my kind of pool.Source: Four Seasons
The Oberoi Udaivilas , IndiaThe Oberoi Udaivilas has a pool which wraps around the buildings and rooms like a moat around a castle. Thew views it gives while swimming aren't bad either.Source: Oberoi Hotels
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel, SingaporeStretching an impressive 150 metres across Sands Skypark, the stunning outdoor Infinity Pool designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie is the world's largest at this height and offers the best city-skyline view of of a 5-star hotel in Singapore.Source: Marina Bay Sands Hotel
The Hayman Island Resort, AustraliaThis beautiful pool on the Great Barrier Reef is like and island on an island.Source: One & Only Hayman Island Resort
Portabello Estate, Orange County, CaliforniaThis pool takes swimming to a whole other level, literally, as the pools are set across different levels within the beach front complex.Source: Portobello Estate
Villa Honegg, SwitzerlandYou are invited to relax, rejuvenate and revitalize in the modern spa facilities which feature an indoor pool heated to 26°C and outdoor infinity-edge pool and whirlpool area with breath taking panoramic views heated to 34°C.Source: Villa Honegg
The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, Abu DhabiCould this be the height of decadence? Soaking in the huge freeform swimming pool while desert wildlife grazes in the shade below. It's like a real life oasis.Source: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort
Reethi Rah Resort, Maldives'Reethi Rah' means beautiful island and they hit the nail on the head with that name. If you can't relax here in one of the many pools, with amazing views of the bright blue ocean, you probably can't relax any where.Source: One & Only Reethi Rah
Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi, ItalyThe vanished-edge infinity pool of the Monastero Santa Rosa is the most dramatic and precipitous of the entire Amalfi Coast. Seamlessly architecturally sculpted into the rock-base cliff of Monte San Pancrazio at the lowest level of Santa Rosa’s sloping cascade of gardens, the elliptically shaped fresh water infinity pool blends into the sea, disappearing between the horizon and sky. Giving you endless views of the Mediterranean.Source: Monastero Santa Rosa