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The World’s Most Beautiful Swimming Pools

Swimming is an old tradition all over the world, and it’s considered a mark of luxury in many cultures. In the most elite and exclusive getaways, millions are spent building and maintaining some of the most beautiful pools on the planet. And, there are a few incredible nature-made pools that made the list too. Read on for some eye candy and some bucket-list level destinations.

most beautiful swimming pools

1. Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy

This hotel is poised on the Amalfi coast, at the highest point of Ravello. Ravello is a quaint old town nestled in the Amalfi hillside. The path to the pool is lined with roses and one can sit at the edge of the infinity side and gaze at the Italian countryside, drinking a glass of wine.

2. San Alfonso del Mar Resort, Algarrobo, Chile

If the size of the pool matters to you, you can’t go wrong at the pool at the San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Chile. It’s six times larger than the next largest pool in the world. It uses sea water that’s been processed through a filtration system and costs $2 million a year to maintain it! But, if you want to swim in a pool that feels more like the ocean or a lake, this is the place to be.

3. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives.

This lap pool extends into the lagoon a full 30 meters. It’s meant for adults and has a Jacuzzi with an eternal edge at the end. Also, this pool and resort are surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches and water in the world. The ocean is clear blue and warm and the sand is soft and white.

4. The Pool at Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel in Bali, Indonesia

This resort is set in the jungles of Bali, and the pool is built to overlook a rainforest gorge. The infinity edge gives the sensation of floating high over this lush jungle, and the staff is known to be highly accommodating.

5. Gold Energy Pool at St. Regis in Lhasa, Tibet

A St. Regis Resort in Tibet is an experience in itself. Every experience at this resort screams luxury, and the indoor swimming pool is no different. Each tile is plated in 14K gold and the therapeutic salt water is kept at a constant temperature shown to be ideal for the human body. A walk outside would give you a view of the Himalayan mountains and the realization that you are swimming in a gold pool in one of the most remote and untouched regions of the world. 

6. Crocosaurus Cove Pool, Australia

If you are looking for a more adventurous swimming experience, try the Crococaurus Cove Pool in Australia. Here, you are allowed to be submerged (in a projected cage, of course) into the pool where a real crocosaurus (basically a giant ancient crocodile species) is lurking. While you are totally safe, there is a sense that you have entered the habitat of a dangerous animal.

7. The Red Pool at Library Resort, Chaweng, Thailand

Don’t worry, the water isn’t really red. The illusion is thanks to deep red and orange tiles. The striking visual is contrasted with the vibrant blue of the ocean in the background. And bonus, you can wander to the beach, which is private and only a few steps away from the pool.

8. Ik Kil Cave Pool, Yucatan, Mexico

This is a natural pool, but it’s so remarkable that it made our list anyway. Deep in the heart of the Mexican jungle, this cave formation is a popular destination for adventurous types. The fresh water is cool and refreshing after your hike into the cave. And there are awesome platforms for jumping in! While you might be spooked by the numerous friendly catfish brushing by your feet, it’s all part of the natural experience.

9. Como Shambhala Estate Spa Pool, Bali, Indonesia

Located in Bali, this “estate” is a healthy spa retreat for the ultra-rich. It’s positioned deep in the forest and is a quiet and peaceful experience. The small but serene pool is available with private access to guest rooms, and the staff is ready to serve with healthy food and drinks at any time.

10. Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Denizli Province, Turkey

While these natural pools look like they are carved out of glaciers, it’s actually white travertine pools filled with bright blue water. Without an expensive resort surrounding them, it’s cheap to play in this incredible natural formation. If you are ever visiting the Denizli Province in Turkey, don’t forget to grab your suit and go for a refreshing dip!

Whether you are looking for an adventure or just a place to relax and be pampered, swimming can fit the bill. From Bali to Italy, jump in, the water’s fine!