As the year comes to a close, we’d like to wind down from the usual, and verge into the unusual. This week’s ITS Blog aims to have some fun by taking a gander at some of the Most Unusual Pools in the World. Let’s jump right in!
Pool in a Ballpark: Arizona Diamondbacks
This 8,500 gallon pool is located in the right-center outfield and is part of a suite you can rent. It was the first of its kind when it opened in 1998 and has since inspired several imitators. Legend has it that the designers were looking at preliminary models of the park’s design when one of them joked about building a pool in the outfield.
Pool on a Volcano: Blue Lagoon Spa, Grindavik, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa in Iceland is probably the most famous of its kind. The water is heated by nearby underground lava and actually renewed 4 times a week by a geothermal water filtering plant. The water is naturally heated at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, rich with minerals and some claim it has healing powers.
Pool on the Horizon: Hotel Villa Mahal, Turkey
In Turkey, the infinity pool at the Hotel Villa Mahal truly captures the illusion of the water blending with the horizon at the edge of the world. Infinity pools, aka negative edge pools, are a unique engineering challenge for any pool builder. In this case, perfection has been obtained.
Pool Suspended in Air: Joule Hotel, Dallas Texas
The rooftop pool at the Hotel Joule in downtown Dallas, TX takes the concept of an infinity pool to new heights. This cantilevered pool on the 10th floor of the historic downtown hotel allows swimmers to swim up to the glass and look down on Main Street below.
Pool in a Living Room: Manhattan, NYC
An indoor pool is one thing, an indoor pool in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan is something completely different and far more luxurious. This pool is part of an $11 million dollar apartment that also features a pool for the owner’s pet turtles – oh, and it is currently on the market. Save up those pennies!
Pool in the Clouds: Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
Way up on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is the world’s highest infinity pool. It looks out over the Downtown Core. When opened in 2009 it was considered to be the world’s most expensive standalone hotel – built for a whopping $8 billion bucks.
Pool on a Boat: Any Ocean
Sure all cruise ships have pools, but now even smaller yachts are installing on-board pools. The yacht DB9 shown above sleeps 12 and features an open air cinema and a grand piano in the main salon. Two hot tubs along with an outdoor swimming pool make her an obvious choice for your next vacation. It’s for rent from Elite Yacht!
Pool in a River: Badeschiff, Berlin, Germany
Badeschiff, or “bathing ship” is a public pool in Berlin. It is literally a floating shipping container transformed into a public swimming pool on the river Spree. The price of the real estate was right, so the city built a pool – in the river!
Pool Between two Buildings
These condo towers in Singapore are bridged by a swimming pool at the top of 38 story tall building. The building also features extensive green living features and two garden bridges below the pool.
Pool in the Jungle: Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali, Indonesia
The Hanging Gardens of Bali is a luxury resort deep in the jungles of Bali. The resort has recently won the distinguished honor of “World’s Best Swimming Pool” from the Luxury Hotel Awards. It is actually two pools: an infinity pool that looks out over the jungle several stories up and a pool that puts you in the heart of the gardens with exotic foliage.
Unusual pools in unusual locations, ten great examples of pool builders thinking outside the box – outside of a 20’x40′ box in the backyard, that is. Swimming pools don’t have be normal – any ‘box’ can be filled with water, no matter where it’s located!
This is my last blog for the year, enjoy the holidays and I’ll be back again in 2018!
InTheSwim Staff Blogger