The late comedian Mitch Hedberg had a joke about pools. He said, “I saw a commercial for an above-ground pool, it was 30 seconds long. Which makes sense to me, because that’s the maximum amount of time you can depict someone having fun in an above-ground pool.”
If the pools in your life have been, well, underwhelming, then perhaps it’s time that you opened your mind to the wide variety of stunning pools that are out there. Many resorts and hotels around the world have picturesque pools that serve as main attractions to jetsetters the world over.
Some of these pools offer stunning rooftop views of shimmering city skylines, while others allow you to get up close and personal with nature – there’s one pool on this list that practically doubles as a safari experience! Even more, like #8 on the list, there are pools that are expanding the very definition of what a pool is or can be. Have you ever seen a 20-acre pool before?
So, hop out of that above ground pool, dry off, and come take a look at these pools, which are without a doubt some of the most unique in the entire world. Who knows, maybe you’ll get the chance to take a dip in one of them on your next vacation!
1. Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel
Located in Bali, Indonesia, this infinity pool allows you to swim right up the edge of the jungle. How’s that for being immersed in nature?
2. The St. Regis Resort in Lhasa
Located in Tibet, this pool that’s lined with countless gold tiles will give you the closet experience to jumping into a pool filled with coins like Scrooge McDuck.
3. Marina Sands Bay Resort in Singapore
This rooftop infinity pool isn’t for those who suffer from vertigo, but it does offer stunning views of Singapore’s skyline.
4. The Golden Nugget’s Pool
Las Vegas is a town that’s known for many things, including its unique pools. But, the pool at the Golden Nugget is the only one that lets you swim right up to an aquarium.
5. The Pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt
Sometimes it’s not about the pool itself, but rather about what’s going on around the pool. During the summer this Hollywood hotspot throws weekly parties that draw in celebrities and high-profile guest DJs.
6. The Belmond Jimbaran Puri Resort’s Pool
This resort located in Bali, Indonesia, offers a stunning L-shaped infinity pool in that looks like an oasis in a grove of palm trees.
7. The Pool at Valassaru Maldives
In the pools of this luxury resort, which is a boat-ride away from Malé International Airport, one can swim right up to the edge of the open sea.
8. The Seawater Pool at San Alfonso del Mar
It’s possible that some might not even consider this a pool, as its more of a manmade body of water. The pool holds over 60 million gallons of water and takes up about 20 acres.
9. Hearst Castle’s Neptune Pool
Built in the 1920s and 30s, the Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle, along with its indoor partner the Roman Pool, is a testament to opulence and classical architecture.
10. The Cambrian’s Infinity Pool
Take in stunning views of the snow-covered Alps in this stunning infinity pool located in Switzerland.
11. The Skye Hotel’s Rooftop Pool
Take in the stunning skyline of São Paolo, Brazil, from this tranquil pool that sits high up above the din.
12. The Standard Los Angeles’s Rooftop Pool
In the rooftop pool at this downtown Los Angeles landmark, you can take in a movie, the surrounding high-rises, or even sample a refreshing cocktail.
13. The Beachside Pool at Nandana Villas
Located in the Bahamas, this infinity pool runs right up to the edge of the beach, which gives you feeling that you’re swimming in the open ocean.
14. The Pool at the Oberoi Udaivilas
Located in Udaipur, India, this stunning pool is dripping with refinement and located on Lake Pichola.
15. Jumeirah Dhevanafushi’s Star-Lit Pool
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re swimming through the universe, then this Maldives resort’s pool may be the closest you’ll ever get.
16. The Pool at Sanctuary Swala
This pool in Tanzania, which calls the Tarangire National Park its home, is a swimming experience and a safari all rolled into one.
17. The Koh Samui Boutique Beach Hotel’s Library Pool
This pool located in Thailand, which is lined with red, yellow and orange tiles, offers a surprisingly serene experience for those who swim in it.
18. The Pool at the Chongwe River House
If you find yourself in Zambia, be sure to take a dip in this pool, where you can watch elephants stroll past as your float in the water.
19. The Hotel Caruso’s Infinity Pool
Situated high up above the Amalfi Coast in Italy, this infinity pool offers breathtaking views to all those who swim in it.
20. The Pool at the Katikies Hotel
You’ll find no finer pool in Santorini, Greece, than the one at the Katikies Hotel. It abounds with natural, whitewashed touches.
21. Necker Island Resort’s Palm-Covered Pool
Owned by famed billionaire Richard Branson, this resort boasts one of the finest and most relaxing pools in the British Virgin Islands.
22. Qualia Resort’s Pool
Located on Hamilton Island in Australia, the pool at Qualia offers mesmerizing views of the Great Barrier Reef.
23. Boucan by Hotel Cocolat’s Infinity Pool
Take in the natural beauty of the surrounding land in this stunning infinity pool located in St. Lucia.
24. The Spa Pool at LeCrans Hotel
This spa pool, which you can find in Crans Montana, Switzerland, offers a warm environment to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountaintops.
25. The Pool at Mardan Palace Antalya Hotel
This absolutely enormous pool, which you can find in Antalya, Turkey, is as fun to look at as it is to swim in.
26. The Pools at Biras Creek Hotel
Take in the beauty of the open ocean from your own personal infinity pool at this British Virgin Islands hotspot.
27. The Giola Lagoon
If mad-made pools aren’t for you, then perhaps you’ll enjoy this natural wonder, which can be found in the Greek Islands.
28. Alila Uluwatu Resort’s Infinity Pool
Enjoy the open ocean and the natural beauty of Bali, Indonesia, from this stunning infinity pool.
29. The One and Only Resort in Maldives’ Pool
Swimming in this infinity pool that juts out into the ocean is akin to having an out-of-body experience.
30. The Pool at Sarojin Resort
This pool afford those who visit Phang Nga, Thailand, with the maximum amount of relaxation, which is why the cabanas are in the pool itself.
31. The Blue Lagoon
It’s very likely that you’ve seen this geothermal hot spot located in Grindavík, Iceland, before. That’s because it’s one of the most famous “pools” in the entire world.
32. Porto Montenegro’s Pool
Serving as a place for mega-yachts to tie up, this marina has a pool that rises up to that level of luxury.
33. The Pool at Heritance Kandalama Hotel
This Sri Lankan hotel boasts three different pools, one of which is an infinity pool that blends its waters with those of Kandalama Lake.
34. The Verandah Pool at Jumby Bay
Located in Antigua, the infinity pool allows guests at Jumby Bay to enjoy the warm Caribbean sunshine while grabbing a bite to eat from the poolside grill.
35. The FIFTY Ultra Lounge Pool
If you’re looking for an exclusive experience in downtown Miami, then why not visit this pool atop the Viceroy? Just be prepared to dance the night away.
36. The Hotel Villa Mahal Infinity Pool
In the historic town of Lycia, Turkey, you’ll find this 50-foot long infinity pool that has a breathtaking vantage point over Kalkan Bay.
37. The Deepest Pool in the World
Located in Brussels, Nemo 33 features underwater caves and goes down to a depth of 108 feet.
38. Habita Monterrey’s Two Rooftop Pools
Overlooking San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico, the Habita Monterrey has two rooftop pools (one hot and one cold) that are separated by a bar.
39. The London’s Rooftop Pool
At this rooftop pool located in glitzy West Hollywood, you can work up an appetite in the pool and then sate it with Gordon Ramsay’s cuisine.
40. The Rooftop Pool at the James Hotel
Sure, it’s tiny. But so are most things in New York City! And, that doesn’t change the fact that this Manhattan rooftop pool is open to the public for a few hours every weekend.