Take a dip into our gallery to find the most beautiful swimming pools from around the world; from geothermal baths in Iceland to iconic infinity pools at luxury hotels, to secluded rainforest lagoons away from it all.
Here are our top 10 cool pools worth travelling to and swimming in:
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- Grace Hotel's Infinity Pool in Santorini, Greece
- Bondi Icebergs' Open Air Rock Pool in Sydney, Australia
- San Alfonso del Mar's Seawater Pool in Algarrobo, Chile
- The Cambrian Hotel's Heated Pool in Adelboden, Switzerland
- Blue Lagoon's Geothermal Spa Pool in Grindavik, Iceland
- Ubud Hanging Gardens' Twin-Tiered Pool in Bali, Indonesia
- Grand Hotel Tremezzo's Floating Lake Pool in Lake Como, Italy
- Glass Cube Lap Pool in Laucala Island, Fiji
- One & Only Reethi Rah's Serenity Pool in the Maldives
- Marina Bay Sands' Rooftop Infinity Pool in Singapore
There are already so many reasons to visit Greece, and one of them has to be this incredible pool at Grace Hotel in Santorini. It’s actually the largest infinity pool on the island and comes with uninterrupted views of the Aegean sea and overlooks the volcano in the village of Imerovigli… need I say more?
Address: Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
Phone: +30 2286 021300
No trip to Sydney is complete without swimming in the Bondi Icebergs pool. In fact, it’s said to be the most photographed open-air pool in the city and an iconic landmark for locals and travellers alike. Located at the southern end of Bondi Beach, swimmers can soak up rays or swim and keep fit, just as the Bondi Icebergs Club was created, in 1929.
Address: 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9130 3120
This enormous filtered seawater pool measures 3,323 ft. long and is the ultimate playground for water sports. Snorkel, scuba dive, kayak and even sail a boat to your heart’s content and then take a moment to enjoy the Pacific Ocean views, directly from the pool.
Address: G-98-F 886, Algarrobo, Valparaíso, Chile
Phone: +56 9 8230 9359
I can’t think of anything better than a warm 32°C pool soothing all my aches and pains away from skiing and hiking on the slopes of Switzerland. That’ll be the pool at The Cambrian Hotel then, where the indoor pool connects to the outdoor pool overlooking the snowy mountaintops. Breathe in the crisp air, relax and then do it all over again the next day.
Address: Dorfstrasse 7, 3715 Adelboden, Switzerland
Phone: +41 33 673 83 83
Surrounded by an otherworldly landscape of volcanic rock, this bright-blue lagoon is filled with geothermal seawater that turns this pool into a spa treatment. Not only does it offer a lush mineral-rich soak but, if you’re lucky, it could also mean an evening watching the Northern Lights.
Address: Norðurljósavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Phone: +354 420 8800
You’ll have likely heard about (or seen the pictures of) this dual-layered cascading pool that faces lush rainforest in Ubud. It’s considered one of the most famous swimming pools in Bali and its elliptical shape allows full views of the dense jungle at canopy level — as if you’re floating above the treetops.
Address: Buahan, Payangan, Gianyar Regency, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 811-3800-988
This water-on-water experience is simply WOW — and it comes in the form of this azure floating pool in one of Italy’s most well-known lakes. Guests can take in the magnificent alpine scenery of the Grigne mountains while they float and experience La Dolce Vita, Lake Como style.
Address: Via Antica Regina, 8, 22016 Tremezzina CO, Italy
Phone: +39 0344 42491
At the heart of this private island’s uber-luxury resort is a 2,000 sq. metre pool overlooking a pristine white beach, enveloped by tropical palm trees. Within the main lagoon-style pool is a dramatic-looking long glass cube that is perfect for lap swimming, and of course, that all-important Instagram snap.
Address: Cakaudrove, Vanua Levu, Fiji Islands
Phone: +679 888 0077
Although the Maldives offer the whole of the Indian Ocean to swim in, we still want to take a dip in One & Only Reethi Rah’s Serenity Pool. Calming and tranquil, the pool seems to be in an endless stretch of water, where the pool sits within another pool, within the ocean — talk about pool inception.
Address: Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Malé 08440, Maldives
Phone: +960 664-8800
The rooftop infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is already well-known to all who wish, and have already visited the Lion City. But there’s just something about the 150-metre-long platform hovering 57 floors above our heads that makes us feel like Crazy Rich Asians, and keeps us coming back.
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018956
Phone: +65 6688 8826
Hero and feature image credits: Grace Hotel and Tripadvisor
This article first appeared in Prestige Hong Kong
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