While on vacation, one of the biggest attractions to a particular hotel can be the swimming pool(s) they offer their guests. To indulge yourself in a luxurious swimming pool is part of a relaxing vacation, and if you love taking a dip in unique pools that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world, we have found some of the most unusual pools around the world. They’re not only unique, but they’re often referred to as daring or even dangerous. If you’ve got nerves of steel, then you just may enjoy the rush you get when swimming in these pools, so if you’re ready, here 10 of the most daring and dangerous swimming pools in the world you probably didn’t know existed:
Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
At 57 stories above the city, this is the longest rooftop infinity swimming pool, and is described as measuring an impressive 150m long. When you swim in this pool, you will be gazing out over the expansive city of Singapore, and if you think the daytime view is spectacular, you can’t imagine a night time swim. This is a heart-stopping experience for many, and if you don’t know what that’s like, all you’d have to do is swim up to the edge of this pool and you would understand. You get the feeling the pool melds right into the skyline and you could swim off into it. If you are a daring kind of person, this might be the kind of swim that will get you invigorated for more daring swimming pool experiences.
Hierve el Agua, Mexico
It may not look like more than just a swimming hole in the ground, but this beautiful natural swimming pool is one of the biggest attractions to the area. This natural infinity swimming pool gives you beautiful views of mountain ranges and other views, as you swim. The waters will amaze you, and guarantee that you have never seen anything like them; golden yellows and greens hues and although the name, Hierve el Agua, translates into English as “boiling waters,” however, that is not really the case. Although the water isn’t freezing cold, it is definitely not warm either. But if you can handle the bit of a rocky road trip to the pool, you will be amazed at lies in front of you when you arrive.
InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai
There are a few pools that test the architectural abilities of some of the greatest in the world, and here’s one that will have you holding your breath as you swim, hoping they did their job right! At the top of the InterContinental Dubai Festival City Hotel, a high-end hotel chain, the long swimming pool ends with an overhanging portion that dangles above the city. The glass bottom and glass wall will let you feel as if you are floating high above the skyline as you take in the views from high above the high rises. This is one of those swimming pools that will either help you get over your fear of heights, or make them worse. Could you handle it?
Belmond Hotel Caruso, Italy
Built high up on the hillside above the Tyrrhenian Sea, this incredible hotel and spa has luxuries one could only dream of and so much to do and see in the area. Just off the Amalfi Coast, you see gardens full of olive trees and fragrant gardens all around, and the most breathtaking view just might be the incredible infinity pool that boasts sapphire blue waters and looks as if it just drops right off into the sea. If you swim to the edge, you might feel as if you could just swim straight from the pool into the coastal waters. It’s not only one of the most spectacular pools with the breathtaking views, but the design of the pool might have you questioning your bravery – will you dare to take a dip in this pool? Or play it safe and simply lounge by the poolside?
Hotel Indigo, Hong Kong
Have you ever swam above a skyline? At the Hotel Indigo in Honk Kong, China, you can experience just that if you book a trip to this beautiful hotel. The hotel offers guests a wild experience, who if they have the heart, can swim in their glass-bottomed pool that feels like it is dangling high above the city. The pool is on the 29th floor of the hotel and hangs over the edge of the hotel so as you swim, you feel as if you are floating above the city. This isn’t a pool for the faint of heart. It could truly be an acrophobia’s worse nightmare.
Hanging Gardens of Bali, Bali
The Hanging Gardens Hotel sits in the center of “the magical islands of Gods” near Payangan, a village that is just north of Ubud. Among the jungle views, you will find one of the most amazing swimming pools and one that has found itself in many magazines and other media outlets due to being one of the most recognizable swimming pools in the world. You’ll see the that the pool is two-tiered and the design of the pool is such that it hangs over the rainforest which gives swimmers the sensation they are swimming above the trees. If you aren’t afraid of heights, I would say this would be a truly remarkable experience. And a once in a lifetime experience, too.
Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah
Located in the Heber Valley, this resort has a lot to offer for those who love to dive. This beautiful resort has two typical swimming pools on the property, but it you want something a little more daring, you can also enjoy the other form of swimming, which is in their geothermal hot spring, created over 10,000 years ago when melting snow sunk deep below the earth and bubbled upward due to the heat of the interior of the earth’s core. You swim, or dive below the earth’s surface in this 4-foot-wide spring hole that has a depth of 65 feet. So enjoy a daring swim, snorkel or dive in this breathtaking swimming hole when you visit the Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah.
Chongwe River House Hotel, Zambia
The pool may be small, but the views are enormous, and they mean, enormous. When you take a dip in this pool at the Chongwe River House Hotel in Zambia, don’t be surprised if you see elephants and other native wildlife wonder up close while you swim. The animals are all in their natural environment and it only adds to experience of swimming in this amazing pool while on your safari adventure. Don’t forget to have your camera ready because you never know what you might see while taking a casual swim.
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Resort, Maldives
Located in the Maldives, the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Resort is a luxurious getaway where you can go if you want to get pampered from the moment you arrive with all the luxuries you’d expect at a resort of this caliber. Thirty-eight villas sprawl out over the property with 22 on land, and 16 on the water. With all the activities the resort has to offer, one of the most relaxing for the guests is to take a dip in the awesome swimming pool that boasts beautiful green Sukabumi tiles from Indonesia that blend naturally with the water views around you. The pool sits right up on the beautiful Indian ocean and looks as if it drops right into the ocean waters. Swimming in this pool is nothing less than spectacular and an experience to remember.
Nemo 33 Pool, Brussels, Belgium
If you aren’t afraid of the deep, this pool might be one you’d like to challenge yourself to swim in. Located in Brussels, Belgium, this is the deepest, non-chlorinated swimming pool measuring 113 ft. deep. The pool was designed by an expert diver of over 40 years, John Beernaerts, who is also a civil engineer. He made it a safe environment for everyone, including kids as young as 12 years of age. Below the depths, you’ll find simulated caves for diving, and other interesting things to do. The warm temperatures allow divers to dive comfortably without a wet suit and due to the size of the pool, it can hold 50 divers at one time. Get ready to hold your breath and take a deep swim at the Nemo 33 pool, if you’ve got the nerve.