12 Most Amazing Pools in the World

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It used to be that all you had to attract people to your hotel was build a pool.  As tourists evolved, the pool was considered a must.  Thus the indoor pool became a standard of luxury.

Today, both of those types of pools are anything but impressive.  It is this reason that many hotels are spending thousands, if not millions, on their pools in hopes of attracting customers.  In recent years the stakes have gone up dramatically, so now designers are getting even more creative than before to combine architectural elements that couldn’t have been dreamed of just a decade or two ago.

Infinity pools, where the water doesn’t appear to be held together by anything but a razor thin edge, are the new standard in decadence and design, but something new is always coming around the corner next. If you know of an amazing pool that should have made this list, please let us know in the comments section down below.

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1 – Crown Towers Hotel in Taipa Island Macau

Crown Towers Hotel in Taipa Island Macau

This is a cool infinity pool that looks out over a breathtaking skyline from several stories up. This is definitely a great place to enjoy the sunset in Taipa Island.

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2 – Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Leave it to the hotel designer in Dubai to create a pool of this magnitude.  It’s just too bad you probably have to own a helicopter to be able to comfortably afford to swim here.

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3 – Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Golden Nugget Las Vegas

While the pool might not seem too cool at first glance, notice the salt-water aquarium complete with sharks that is flush with the pool.  There is also a clear tube slide that goes through the aquarium and into the pool.

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4 – Blue Lagoon Geothermal Resort in Grindavík, Iceland

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Resort in Grindavík, Iceland

Ok, technically this isn’t a pool in the typical sense of a hotel pool. But, it is a warm body of water that you have to pay a pretty penny to get into. Therefore it falls into the category of a luxury hotel pool.

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5 – Begawan Giri Hotel in Ubud, Bali

Begawan Giri Hotel in Ubud, Bali

This small villa style hotels pool might not be big, but it has a million-dollar view.  Combine that with the fact that at any given time you will probably be the only person in the pool and you get one luxurious little swim.

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6 – Mandarin Oriental in New York

Mandarin Oriental in New York

At the Mandarin Oriental hotel, you can enjoy the famous New York skyline while lounging in the pool any time of the year.

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7 – San Alfonso del Mar in Chile

San Alfonso del Mar in Chile

The pool at the San Alfonso del Mar is a mini ocean in and of its self.  This pool is easily large enough to enjoy water sport activities like paddling and sailing, and it’s by far the largest freshwater pool in the world.

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8 – Four Seasons in Costa Rica

Four Seasons in Costa Rica

There is no better way to appreciate the coast of Costa Rica than from this infinity pool at the Four Seasons Hotel.

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9 – Six Senses Hideaway in Zighy Bay, Oman

Six Senses Hideaway in Zighy Bay

This small infinity pool might not look like much at first, but when you take into account that the pool comes with your own private section of beach, cabana, pool, and more; it gets pretty luxurious.

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10 – Perivolas Luxury Hotel in Santorini

Perivolas Luxury Hotel in Santorini

The infinity pool at the Perivolas Luxury Hotel may be one of the most famous hotel pools.  It has one of the best views from any hotel pool and has been featured on a large number of travel magazine covers.

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11 – Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas

Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas

The sheer size of the pool at the Atlantis Resort is enough to get it on the list.  But the pool features a number a slides, waterfalls, grottoes, and more.

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12 – Hotel Villa Mahal in Turkey

Hotel Villa Mahal

The infinity pool at the Villa Mahal made our list because it is a simple infinity style pool that does what infinity pools were made to do; give you the illusion of a pool that drops into the sky.

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All photos are copyrighted to their respective hotels.
Burj Al Arab By: iskandar
Four Seasons By: Shalo/Paolo
Hotel Villa Mahal By:  Couldzilla

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Older comments on 12 Most Amazing Pools in the World

Ken Kieswetter
19 June 2009

I think I need a vacation to one of these places.

Anonymous
16 April 2009

Cute pools

Anonymous
02 April 2009

It`s fantastic

Ian Rose
23 February 2009

I’m not much of a swimming pool fan, but some of the infinity pools are pretty nice. Can’t imagine what a night at one of these costs though.

janester
10 November 2009

This is an awesome list, Daved. They all look soooooo good! :) I think there should be at least one Maldives pool to go on here though… such as the superb Huvafen Fushi.

Michelle Scott
07 January 2010

I would love to spend some time at any of these places. It relaxed me just looking at the pictures.

Craze_b0i
12 January 2010

This is deservedly the BNA article of the year by a mile. The images are simply incredible. They all look so fantastic.

tom01243
08 February 2010

oh my god these pools are amaizing i what one i would love to have the one with the water trickiling over the edge i feal realy relaxed now i have looked at them shame i dont have a garden coulse otherwise i think i would get one i dont think the wife would be to happy though nether mind i would be good though many thanks tom

chris.adler
06 March 2010

i’ve been to 11 and 12 :)

Margaret Eveleigh
03 August 2010

What about the pool at Marina Bay Sands Resort in SIngapore. Infinity pool on the b’zillionth floor of the hotel.

vietnamtours
10 September 2010

you will say they are nothing if you have been to Halong bay Vietnam

Mallory Woodrow
09 November 2010

AWESOME! This is the best list I’ve seen so far. However, I really want to visit the infinity pool on the rooftop of some hotel in Spain: http://www.swimtownpools.com/10-awesome-pools-a/248.htm . I’m a sucker for a view.

Sharon Morris
21 March 2011

Very amazing pools! I really love pools! Very unique yet classy pools. Hope be in one of those soon.

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