Dreaming of a tropical vacation? Ocean waters may be calling your name but before you hit the surf, consider some alternatives. The world’s most renowned pools are giving seaside resorts a run for their money. We’ve rounded up three must-see pools across the globe to inspire your next trip. Not going anywhere soon? Use these examples as inspiration to recreate a world-class feel in your backyard and tide you over until your next vacation.
Marina Bay Sands
The name of this Singapore resort may evoke images of an average waterfront escape but, as the world’s most expensive hotel, the Marina Bay Sands is far from the common retreat. Atop the resort’s immense towers – 650 feet above the ground – the boat-shaped SkyPark provides guests with a sky-high swimming experience. This striking infinity pool stretches an impressive 150 meters across Sands SkyPark and offers guests the best skyline of any 5-star hotel in Singapore.
Home Tip: Perhaps bringing the Singapore skyline to your home isn’t a reality, but you can make your pool pop by giving your backyard the look and feel of a 5-star hotel with posh outdoor furnishings.
San Alfonso del Mar
The artificial beaches at the San Alfonso del Mar have visitors fooled. The resort, located in Algarrobo, Chile, sits adjacent to the Pacific Ocean and boasts waterfront appeal. But it’s not the ocean that calls thousands of annual visitors to the famous locale; the hotel is home to the world’s largest saltwater lagoon in the world. The massive pool, with its temperate waters and tame waves, is the main attraction. Complete with soft white sands that stretch for miles along the faux coastline, its no surprise resort guests often mistake the hotel pool for the beach. This creation by Crystal Lagoons is larger than 20 Olympic-sized pools and feels like a real beach. It pumps water directly in from the sea using a computer-controlled suction and filtration system.
Home Tip: Don’t have 20 acres or access to 66 million gallons of ocean water? No problem. If you own a pool, you can recreate the feel of the ocean with the right pool supplies. For example, a salt chlorine generator removes the chlorine pool smell and leaves you with softer, smoother waters to enjoy.
The Gellert Baths
Known as the “City of Baths,” travelers from around the world head to Budapest for its Turkish baths, some dating back to 16th and 17th centuries. Budapest remains the only capital city in the world that is rich in thermal springs with healing qualities, and the city provides guests with ample options for a relaxing soak. But if you’re looking for sheer elegance, The Hotel Gellert gives guests the full experience with its famous Gellert Thermal Baths.
Home Tip: The resort’s classic art nouveau style adds to the luxury experience. To create the look in your backyard, upgrade your outdoor surroundings with equally chic old-world elements like an ornate water fountain that’s both calming and aesthetically pleasing.
The next time you’re in Chile, Hungary or Singapore, check out these ‘bucket list’ swimming pools. Until then, enjoy a smaller version of the same thing, in your own backyard.
InTheSwim Staff Blogger