World's Most Extraordinary Swimming Pools

By dorotix, August 26th 2009, Comments (177)

Be it for location, design or size, these pools are more than just enclosed bodies of water intended for swimming - as put in a definition. These extraordinary pools give a whole new meaning to swimming. In some cases you would have to be super rich to dip yourself in the luxurious waters, but a few of them are set in amazing sceneries, open to the public, and quite inexpensive.

1. The Icebergs. Sydney. Australia. 

The ocean's waves often break over the side of the Icebergs swimming pool located in the corner of the famed Bondi Beach. This beautiful full-sized 8 lane, 50m swimming pool is open to the public and the  fee is only 5 AUD.

The Icebergs in Sydney. By Gary Hayes

The Icebergs. Sydney. By Carlos Lopez Molina

 

2. The Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle. California, the USA.

Unlike with Icebergs, you would have to be a millionaire to immerse yourself in the waters of the Neptune Pool. The pool, located at Hearst Castle, was originally constructed in 1920s for William Randolph Hearst, an American magnate, and then rebuilt twice.

The Neptune pool. By Hishaam Siddiqi.

The Neptune pool. By rieh

The Roman pool. By Novembering

3. The Joule Hotel. Dallas, the USA.

This twisting swimming pool projects eight feet over the sidewalk, at the edge of the 10th floor of the Joule Hotel in Dallas. The five-star complex, located in the building since 1927, was designed by a famed architect, Adam D. Tihany.

The Joule Hotel in Dallas.

The Joule Hotel pool. By bryan.amann

The Joule Hotel pool. By bryan.amann

 

The Joule Hotel. By bryan.amman

 

4. The Alila Ubud swimming pool. Bali.

The calm, emerald-green swimming pool is floating above the Ayung River valley in Bali's lush foothills. The pool's home is the Alila Udubu resort, Payangan, a traditional Balinese hill village, near Ubud.

Alila Ubud. By seanmcgrath

 

5. Simply a swimming pool. Iceland.

All we know about this swimming pool is that it is located somewhere in Iceland, and to swim in it you have to drive to the farm next door to ask for a key. If you find it, let us know...

Iceland. By iphilipp

Swimming pool. Iceland. By iphilipp

 

6. San Alfonso del Mar. Algarrobo, Chile.

This is the world's largest swimming pool. It is 1,013 m (3,324 ft) long and has an area of 8 ha (19.77 acre), which is equivalent to 6,000 8-meter-long pools. The water is pumped from the Pacific Ocean, then filtered and treated before it is supplied to the pool.

San Alfonso del Mar. By ervega

San Alfosno del Mar. By Thiago Graça Couto

 

7. The Gellert Swimming Pool. Budapest, Hungary.

Gellert Baths and Swimming Pool complex looks more like a cathedral than a pool. The famed Budapest's bath was constructed between 1912 and 1918 and it features chic Art Nouveau style. The temperature of water exceeds 40°C (110°F), so visiting the baths is a perfect way to kill the time on a rainy day.

Gellert Swimming Pool in Budapest. By pinkcigarette

Gellert Swimming Pool in Budapest. By pinkcigarette

 

8. Harbour Plaza Hotel Swimming Pool. Hong Kong, China.

Harbour Grand Hong Kong, an icon of luxury in Hong Kong, is home to an amazing outdoor swimming pool that sits on the 23rd floor of the hotel. The pool, facing the Victoria Harbour, has some truly stunning views of the city's countless skyscrapers.

Harbour Plaza Hotel. By PVCG

 

 

9. The Badeschiff. Berlin, Germany.

Badeschiff or "bathing ship" is the most unusual swimming pool in Berlin. It is an old cargo container converted into a pool on Spree River. During the summer it is an outdoor pool with the beach, bar and DJs. In the winter the whole thing is covered, and a few extra saunas are added.

Berlin's swimming pool. By maurizio.mwg

The Badeschiff. By maurizio.mwg

 

10. The Pimalai Resort swimming pool. Koh Lanta, Thailand.

This amazing swimming pool in Pimalai Resort & Spa on Koh Lanta looks more like some kind of a temple site. In fact, it is a fresh-water, infinity-edge pool, which is set around 50 meters above sea level - so while swimming you can admire the spectacular views of the beach and the sea below.

Pimalai Resort swimming pool. By gkamin

Pimalai Resort. By gkamin

 

That's what you call swimming with a capital S. Just looking at them sends shivers down my spine, so diving to their bottoms must be nothing short of thrilling.

Comments

  1. bruno100 Aug 29, 2009 7:21 AM

    Perivolas Hotel Pool in Santorini maybe ??

  2. joo Aug 29, 2009 8:46 PM

    superCOOL thx ;b

  3. Roger Ritchie Sep 3, 2009 10:11 AM

    Splendid photo-feature idea and fine photography too.
    Well Done !

  4. omid Sep 11, 2009 4:08 PM

    ahmadinejad is not my president!

  5. Claressa Sep 26, 2009 6:31 PM

    I love to swim. I want to visit every one of these pools. And Justin ur a creep.

  6. Catherine Sep 29, 2009 10:52 AM

    OH MY GOD! San Alfonso Del Mar. So one whole length of that would constitute an entire hour's workout? Yikes, that's one scarily big pool, when's the next flight!? And the Iceberg pool looks awesome!

  7. melanie Oct 1, 2009 10:08 AM

    omg!it would b so scary to have a swimming pool stiking out of a buliing like that

  8. Rabbitronica Oct 11, 2009 11:12 PM

    Fabulous ones, but where's the Caldea in Andorra? Amazing, amazing place.

  9. ayoub Nov 7, 2009 3:28 PM

    super vacance

  10. ArchiTexas Nov 9, 2009 1:07 PM

    Adam D. Tihany didn't design that pool in Dallas.

  11. Ganesh Nov 11, 2009 7:50 AM

    you have very nice picture about swiming pool. i like to swim and i like to visit these place once in my like. thanks for sharing these great picture


    regard
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  12. bob Nov 11, 2009 10:08 AM

    crary pools

  13. Shockersh Nov 11, 2009 3:01 PM

    love the first 2. wow!

  14. Graham Nov 11, 2009 6:51 PM

    Nice pools

  15. Stevean Nov 12, 2009 11:13 AM

    Cool wonderfu l

  16. JaFARi TAfT Nov 17, 2009 3:35 AM

    You Missed Kits Pool in Vancouver Canada. 132 Yards right on the ocean..absolutely gorgeous!!

    http://www.photoblimp.ca/assets/pool_city.jpg

  17. Crow Nov 17, 2009 11:35 PM

    The joule hotel pool is a rip.
    We have one in melbourne that is hanging out over the edge as well but with a glass bottom and I believe its bigger.

  18. SKGINDALLAS Nov 18, 2009 3:25 PM

    LOVE THE HOTEL POOL! BEEN THERE A COUPLE TIMES! NOT SCARY AT ALL! GLAD ITS ON HERE!

  19. eo Nov 19, 2009 12:25 PM

    "This twisting swimming pool hangs eight feet over the sidewalk"
    typo? It definately looks like more than 8 feet above the sidewalk.

  20. Larry Nov 19, 2009 5:30 PM

    The first one isn't really impressive. Lots of beaches in Australia have ocean baths. A more impressive one would be the bogie hole in Newcastle that was carved out of the rock by convicts so the mayor could swim there.

  21. arc Nov 22, 2009 6:06 PM

    aswome

  22. not saying name Nov 30, 2009 7:31 PM

    cool pools !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Phone blocker Dec 1, 2009 7:58 AM

    It is very interesting for me to read the post. Thank you for it. I like such themes and anything connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.

  24. Kris Dec 4, 2009 5:13 AM

    Great pools! I like it!

  25. itys cool Dec 7, 2009 11:01 AM

    not bad

  26. LEMMY Dec 8, 2009 4:28 PM

    BUDAPEST! COOL!

  27. Gold Coast Hotels Dec 10, 2009 8:15 PM

    The pools are so fantastic! Can i say it's a dream swimming pools.


  28. Steini Dec 13, 2009 4:44 PM

    Hi there, Stumbled to this webpage. About the icelandic pool, im quite certain it is the new Seljavallarlaug (Seljavallar swimming pool). Close to this pool is another one older (built 1924) but as you have to walk some 10-15min to get to that pool the locals built a new one that was only open in the summer time. However there was not much traffic to the new pool as everyone went up to the older one. The old one deserves much more to be on this list than the new one.
    Links:
    http://www.nat.is/travelguideeng/plofin_seljavallalaug.htm
    http://www.grapevine.is/Travel/ReadArticle/Travel-Seljavallalaug-Swimming-Pool
    pic: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1027/3168033662_49f05c7d62.jpg
    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1086/905233874_b8a43100d6.jpg
    For more info about icelandic hot springs and baths check out http://www.hot-springs.org/ (it has had some downtime recently though)

  29. june Dec 14, 2009 11:02 AM

    wish ko lang!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hahahahahahahha

  30. vineet Dec 18, 2009 5:46 AM

    really amazing

  31. katie Dec 18, 2009 3:54 PM

    wow luv those awesome pools! :)

  32. Fred Dec 23, 2009 8:21 AM

    These are simply amazing!

  33. archy Dec 23, 2009 9:59 PM

    they are not exactly a swimming pool, but the thermal baths at Vals, Switzerland, designed by Peter Zumthor are amazing.

  34. dr sweety Jan 2, 2010 9:45 PM

    loved the pools, simply superb especially bali!!!!!!!

  35. bwes1718 avatar bwes1718 Jan 8, 2010 8:33 PM

    i wich i was in those kind of pools those pools are so awesome its longer than a sky scraper

  36. Rick Jan 27, 2010 4:31 AM

    Awesome pics .. The Alila Ubud is a very relaxing site amid the forested foothills of Bali and an absolute respite from the main town areas.


  37. Jessica Feb 19, 2010 4:49 AM

    Cool Post. I love Swimming pools to. Every day, I go into my favorite pool supplies store to look for some new products for my pool.

  38. Michelle Feb 27, 2010 10:43 AM

    Love it
    Want to swim in it
    Which one - all of them

  39. Ashley Mar 7, 2010 6:28 PM

    I've seen to the ones at Hearst Castle, they were both beautiful.

  40. huja Mar 9, 2010 10:06 PM

    Swam in the Hotel Alila Ubud pool in Bali. Nice hotel.

  41. Emo Ninja Apr 23, 2010 10:31 AM

    I like to swim :-(

  42. cookie eater Apr 23, 2010 10:33 AM

    :-) :-( :-}

  43. Chris Cipriano May 19, 2010 2:54 AM

    Really amazing collection...



    BTW, I am myself a Swimming Pools architect in New Jersey and won international award last year...

  44. Aman Meelu Jun 23, 2010 6:00 AM

    Absolutely ammasing :-)

  45. Beth Jun 26, 2010 10:55 PM

    The The Joule Hotel pool looks amazing.



  46. Anon Jun 30, 2010 10:48 AM

    Uhh..what's so extraordinary about the pool in iceland? It's just a plain old pool....

  47. TBURRD Jun 30, 2010 12:57 PM

    Barton Springs Pool in Austin, TX should be added. Just an extraordinary pool fed by natural springs in the center of a city. A true oasis.

  48. Ben Jul 14, 2010 5:27 PM

    The pools at Porto Moniz on Madeira deserve a mention!

  49. sushant Jul 15, 2010 3:50 AM

    Budapest amazin........ one......

  50. fplusb Jul 17, 2010 6:45 PM

    I love that Dallas Hotel Pool...but the other one´s are awesome, too!

  51. terina Jul 19, 2010 5:05 AM

    stunning photos. you must add the Singapore's Marina Bay Sands to your list! it's also quite amazing!

  52. Pool lover :D Jul 20, 2010 6:56 AM

    these are so stunning. i wonder if i can make a pool like that...

  53. prasanth.c Jul 21, 2010 2:44 AM

    Wooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww

    Really awesomeeeeeee !!!

  54. jin Jul 21, 2010 4:35 AM

    wow~~

  55. Michael Jackson Jul 23, 2010 1:49 AM

    These kick ass!

  56. Sucreriie Aug 2, 2010 2:14 AM

    yay for stumbleupon.com!

  57. Mike Aug 2, 2010 5:51 PM

    The The Pimalai Resort sounds amazing!

  58. James Aug 3, 2010 3:50 AM

    There are several pools like the one at Bondi beach down the Sydney coast. But be aware of sharks: http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/cronulla-shark-found-in-pool/2008/07/11/1215...

  59. Tim Aug 3, 2010 11:00 AM

    The Resort at Isla Palenque is developing infinity pools for their Villa Estates and hotels. One of their bloggers just wrote about the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.

  60. jhanna Aug 6, 2010 3:45 AM

    ,,I want to go there too..........................

  61. Pete Aug 9, 2010 12:09 AM

    They look like amazing pools, but are they all for swimming?

  62. meilisa Aug 10, 2010 2:38 AM

    you should add the world's largest outdoor swimming pool at 55 storey in singapore!

  63. katie Aug 11, 2010 7:51 PM

    I've visited Hearst Castle in California and it was really amazing. The Neptune Pool isn't as hard to get into as the author says though. (No offense.) My friends uncle tended the Hearst gardens and was aloud to go swimming in it for free. I could have jumped in too but i would have ended my $35 tour of the castle and the water was 42 degrees that day. ;p It is on my bucket list to swim there one day though.

    It's also very suprising to me that the Joule Hotel pool is in Dallas TX. I live near Dallas and have never see that pool. :/

  64. Idea Aug 11, 2010 11:39 PM

    #3 looks cool, but the first kid who takes a painball gun to it is gonna make those people regret owning it.

  65. NYCmade Aug 16, 2010 5:44 PM

    All these Pools are amazing.

  66. Vishal Aug 21, 2010 10:23 AM

    I wish i would swim in one of the pools......

  67. bobby Aug 21, 2010 4:46 PM

    These pools are great! And they don't kill your grass!

    what do you call a guy will no arms and no legs in a pool?

  68. Mara Aug 22, 2010 11:48 PM

    Skypark Singapore, WoW

  69. vinod Aug 26, 2010 10:57 AM

    these pools are worlds most amazing n awesom,,,, but 1 in SIN 55th floor is missed,

  70. Curupira Aug 27, 2010 2:18 PM

    ...and a lot of people with no water to drink...

  71. Mallory Sep 7, 2010 12:39 PM

    Awesome pictures.



    Mallory

  72. akash Sep 8, 2010 12:31 PM

    wow so beutiful

  73. Myleen Sep 17, 2010 11:10 PM

    I did a fashion show on top of the Joule Hotel (dallas, tx) swimming pool =)

  74. kloe Oct 1, 2010 1:47 PM

    really cool pool in the Joule Hotel in Dallas!


  75. zuhaib oceanographer Oct 6, 2010 7:35 AM

    wow what a good collection wonderful

  76. osama bin laden Nov 4, 2010 3:10 PM

    its osama. guess where i am.

  77. Pete Nov 7, 2010 6:40 AM

    The Icelandic pool is special because of the incredible natural scenery. All the pools in Iceland are very different from conventional pools in Europe because they are warm and feel great in the cooler months. It is also VERY cheap to go swimming here.

  78. cris Nov 7, 2010 12:38 PM

    no they are not cheap, not by any standards

  79. D. Nov 7, 2010 4:31 PM

    The Icelandic pool in that picture has meen boarded up and closed, I think because of no funding to keep it open.

  80. zsigger Nov 7, 2010 5:30 PM

    read Stein's comments and links. This is the new seljavallalaug you have the picture of. The attraction was the old Seljavallalaug. You have to walk 15 minutes into the valley to see it.

  81. jamm Nov 7, 2010 9:45 PM

    As mentioned by Steini and zsigger this is the Seljavallalaug, the second one (see also: http://is.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mynd:Isl_Seljavallalaug_nyrri.JPG).

    Pictures of the first one can be seen here: http://is.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seljavallalaug and http://www.nat.is/travelguide/ahugav_st_seljavallalaug.htm

    What might be of someone interest is that those pools are located so very very close to the recently famous Eyjafjallajökull.
    http://www.mbl.is/mm/frettir/innlent/2010/07/23/seljavallalaug_hefur_breyst_i_sa...

  82. jamm Nov 7, 2010 9:50 PM

    ..... and yes as D. said both have been closed for few years. So they were closed before the eruption.

  83. Bjarki Nov 8, 2010 9:43 PM

    It cost´s around 2 dollars to swim in most Icelandic swimming pool´s.

  84. Bjarki Nov 8, 2010 9:49 PM

    No i´m sorry 3 dollars.

  85. Halli Nov 9, 2010 1:28 AM

    the one in Iceland, nr. 5 ...is called Seljavallalaug ...under a group of mountains called Eyjafjöll in southern Iceland

  86. Kiddi Nov 9, 2010 8:03 AM

    Halli is right.

    The picture above are probably wrong. I think they ment this one:

    Seljavallalaug 2010
    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1086/905233874_b8a43100d6.jpg

    Seljavallalaug 1950's
    http://files.myopera.com/Gugga/albums/363656/Seljavallalaug.jpg

  87. icelander Nov 10, 2010 10:23 PM

    number 5 is best

  88. raina Nov 14, 2010 4:34 AM

    # 7 is aewsome

  89. BARDIA Nov 14, 2010 12:10 PM

    that was facinating

  90. jack Nov 14, 2010 12:11 PM

    #3 is best

  91. Vinod Sawant Dec 18, 2010 5:54 PM

    amazing.......no other words

  92. Deep Dec 27, 2010 5:40 AM

    # 8 is Best

  93. recurringincome Dec 29, 2010 4:07 AM

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  94. fajas colombianas Dec 29, 2010 6:41 PM

    The Icelandic pool is special because of the incredible natural scenery. All the pools in Iceland are very different from conventional pools in Europe because they are warm and feel great in the cooler months. It is also VERY cheap to go swimming here

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