11 of the world’s most EXTRAVAGANT pools



NEW YORK – If the chilly winter weather is getting you down, there’s nothing like a little summer dreaming to brighten up the dark damp days.

Gazing at this collection of the world’s most extraordinary pools, put together by Home Life, may help to warm you up and give some inspiration to start planning summer holidays abroad.

Bondi’s Icebergs pool is the only Australian location to appear in the list, while Chile’s San Alfonso Del Mar is the largest pool in the world capable of holding 250 million litres of water.

The luxurious lengthy pool located atop the Marine Bay Sands in Singapore is in the heart of the CBD and looks over the city skyline, while the pool at Phoenix Seagaia Resort in Japan is a makeshift beach with artificial waves and sand.

At the Holiday Inn in Shanghai the more daring divers can plunge into a glass-bottomed pool that overhangs the 24th floor of the resort, and in Greece The Perivolas Resort brags a private swimming pool carved into the rock face of the island.

From India and Jordan to Thailand and Bali, these gems – some secluded and some not so secret – are dotted across resorts and holiday locations across the globe.

Sydney makes its mark with the iconic Bondi Icebergs pool that has been a landmark for over 100 years

Sydney makes its mark with the iconic Bondi Icebergs pool that has been a landmark for over 100 years

San Alfonso Del Mar, located on the coast of Chile, is the world's largest pool and holds 250 million litres of water

This luxurious aquatic experience at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore sits right in the heart of the bustling CBD with stunning views of the cityscape from the 57th floor

The pool at Phoenix Seagaia Resort, Japan features artificial waves and sand, a sky painted on the walls and the air temperature is kept at a summery 30 degrees. The roof can also close up so that visitors are not affected by outdoor weather

Not for the faint of heart, this glass bottom pool overhangs the 24th floor of the Holiday Inn located in the middle of Shanghai


The Perivolas resort in Greece is carved onto the rock face of this incredible island. The dreamy Perivolas Suite includes a private caved swimming pool which stretches out to the grand terrace and the magnificent panoramic sea view

It's more than just a quick dip in the pool at the The Oberoi in India, it is an experience like no other where you are able to swim while admiring the majestic Rajasthani Mewari moated palace

The Hanging Garden is far away from the notorious nightlife of Kuta, Bali. It is the hidden treasure of Ubud and faces an ancient Hindu temple while being surrounded by lush greenery

This extraordinary red pool is located on the eastern Thailand island of Koh Samui. It can be found at boutique hotel The Library and the vibrant colour comes from red tiles which line the pool

At the luxe Six Senses Spa in Jordan guests can swim under the natural hot spring cascading down the mountains that are right in in the middle of the desert

Surrounded by the Swiss Alps the pool at The Cambrian gives you a sense of peace and tranquility, and a welcome warm relief from the cold outside


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Saher Afshan

Saher Afshan is a Pakistani Journalist and web producer of PakistanTribe.com. She has a good experience of working in Pakistan's mainstream print and broadcasting media. Saher writes on current, social and Islamabad's affair for both PakistanTribe English and Urdu.

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