12 Truly Spectacular Pools From Around the World

Badeschiff in Berlin, Germany

Soak in the city sights of Berlin while floating in a pool set within a cargo ship’s hull. The Badeschiff opened to the public in 2004 and was designed by Susanne Lorenz as part of a city arts competition.

Embassy Gardens in London, England

Why walk across a bridge when you can swim? The 49-foot (15-meter) clear pool that spans the 10th stories of two buildings is located in London’s Nine Elms region. The Sky Pool in Embassy Gardens is the world’s first transparent pool made of acrylic.

Bondi Icebergs Pool in Sydney, Australia

Feel the splash of the ocean waves while swimming in the Bondi Icebergs pool. A gigantic saltwater pool, the Bondi Icebergs was named after the Sydney lifeguards that first started a swim club to keep fit in the winter. The pool is open to the public year-round.

Alila Villas Uluwatu in Pecatu, Indonesia

Swimmers can take in views of the Indian Ocean while in a 150-foot pool on a cliff. The Alila Villas Uluwatu resort opened in 2009 and was designed as a sustainable property with Earth-friendly initiatives like organic gardens, a no-plastic policy, and zero-waste efforts.

San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, Chile

The pool at San Alfonso del Mar is legendary for its massive size, and until 2015, held the world record for “largest man-made lagoon” in the Guinness Book of Records. The saltwater pool covers 20 acres and contains more than 6.6 million gallons (250 million liters) of water. 

The Library Hotel in Koh Samui, Thailand

Get into a blood-red pool with a view of a Thailand beach. The Library Hotel earned accolades for its exquisite use of materials and design when it opened in 2007. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually colored pool, lined with scarlet red Italian tiles, meant to pick up the color of the parasols and loungers behind it.

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