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Best five pools of the globe

 | May 4, 2013

We take our pick of five of the world’s unforgettable plunges.

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Hotel swimming pools have seen an interesting shift lately as properties wage a war for return clients. No longer are hotel pools mere rectangular spaces of water. Design takes on a whole new meaning as hotels takes on a no-holds-barred attitude. Stunning landscapes become accessories to the new pool attitude, while daringness brings pools to a hotel new level – pitting creativity against architecture.

Here are some hotel pools which provide more than just a splash of fun:

Hotel Villa Hoenegg, Switzerland

Why limit yourself to the mountain views from your room when you can enjoy the same outdoors? At this historical hotel, guests lounging at the outdoor infinity pool and whirlpool are treated to stunning views of the surrounding lake and mountains. The outdoor pool is always heated to 34°C, so even during the colder months, you can still lounge in comfort. The hotel also has an indoor pool that features a counter-current system and underwater music.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

There are infinity pools, then there is the Sands SkyPark. Guests swim at a vertiguous height of 200 metres in an infinity pool that makes you think you’re going over the edge and dropping 55 storeys below. With an amazing view of Singapore’s skyline, the Sands SkyPark offers the best vantage point for any guest to absorb the island’s beauty. The pool is perched on top of all three of the iconic towers, is three times the length of an Olympic pool and holds the record for being the largest outdoor pool in the world at that height. It’s even longer than the Eiffel Tower laid on its side.

Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao, China

This could be the scariest pool in the world, or the best. Whichever way you look at it, the hotel’s cantilever indoor swimming pool will also provide you a unique experience. Guests swim suspended at a height of 70 metres with nothing below them except a pane of toughened glass! It almost feels like swimming on air. For those a little bit afraid of the optical drop, don’t worry. A large chunk of the 30-metre pool is actually indoors, with pleasant bath areas and lounge cabanas.

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, France

Carved into the rock in 1914, this iconic pool is very much a place for memorable hangouts and celebrity sightings. Among the famous names that have taken a plunge here include Johnny Depp and Bruce Willis, who probably couln’t resist the ocean salted pool water heated on cooler days with amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea. On a secluded cement terrace, a pool attendant is at your disposal for swimming lessons or whip up your cocktail of choice.

The Library, Thailand

Fans of the macabre and bizarre will love the hotel’s blood-red pool, which gives you unique bragging rights once home. Thanks to a combination of red, yellow and orange mosaic tiles that make up the pool’s floor, guests swim in waters that give them the illusion of the red hue. Selected as one of the world’s most spectacular hotel swimming pools by both Tripadvisor and CNN, the red pool is further surrounded by a wooden deck with red mattresses and black over-sized bean bags for a luxurious laidback lounge.


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