World’s Most Extraordinary Swimming Pools

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.


  1. Well, its a bit late now – I actually was at the icelandic swiming pool in 2011, or rather, I was at what once was a swimming pool, now destroyed from mud slides after the volcanic eruption in 2011 (Eyjafjällajökull, you probably remember that one). Its a fascinating place though, but when I was there, it was a bit grey and muddy 🙂 Its in the south of Iceland, not so far from Skogarfoss and Thorsmórk, as far as i remember

  2. Granted, these pools are amazing, but most of them don’t look like the kind of pools you have fun in. Get in a hot tub if you want to relax, I want to splash around and do cannonballs!

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