With the heat and humidity of a Houston summer right around the corner, it’s once again time to start thinking about how to stay comfortable through the hottest of the summer months. Obviously, one of the best ways to enjoy the summer is in the pool and creating one of your own Cypress Custom Pools that is a true oasis can be the key to not only surviving, but enjoying, the summer months.
As you dream about and plan for your backyard retreat, check out these 10 breathtaking pools from around the world. With their innovative designs, grand scale and stunning surroundings, it’s hard to not find inspiration in these extraordinary pools.
1. San Alfonso del Mar Resort, Algarrobo, Chile
The largest pool in the world is found at the San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Chile. The pool, built in 2006, covers an area of 20 acres and is filled with a mind-blowing 66 million gallons of water. Water for the pool is pumped from the Pacific Ocean, filtered and treated, which gives it the crystal-clear look of tropical waters. The gargantuan pool looks out over the Pacific Ocean, is surrounded by beautiful sand beaches, offers boating and water sports and has a depth of 11.5 feet in some areas. It is worth visiting to see the sheer size of this engineering feat.
2. Mardan Palace, Antalya, Turkey
Mardan Palace is a luxury hotel in Antalya, Turkey. While the rooms are luxurious and the beaches are beautiful, Mardan Palace’s 5,000-acre pool is what makes this resort unique. The largest pool in the Mediterranean, it’s at the center of the property and surrounded by four aquariums with nearly 3,000 fish. The aquariums seemingly within the pool really make this property standout and make this one of the most unique and stunning pools in the world.
3. Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
Perched above the resort town of Ravello is the Belmond Hotel Caruso, a longtime favorite celebrity getaway. The hotel is located in what was once an 11th century palace and sits atop cliffs more than 1,000 feet above the Amalfi Coast. At the edge of the property is a jaw-dropping infinity pool that overlooks both the town of Ravello and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is hard to imagine a more picturesque spot for a swim.
4. Marina Bay Sands Skypark Infinity Pool, Singapore
Located 57 stories up, the Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool is an engineering marvel, as it appears to be precariously balanced across the resorts’ three towers. The world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, it gives visitors beautiful views of Singapore, a spot to relax and sunbathe and access to a world-class restaurant. The pool is accessible to hotel guests, but non-guests can also purchase tickets to the Skypark. If you are in Singapore, this is a must-visit attraction.
5. Bondi Icebergs Club, Sydney, Australia
The Bondi Icebergs Club is a Winter Swimming Club located on the Bondi Beach just outside of Sydney. The club opened in 1929 with the goal of ensuring that local lifeguards stayed fit during the off season. The club has two pools, an area for food and drinks and a sauna. The pools are filled with seawater, and as you swim in the lap pool you might experience waves splashing you in the face. The club is open to members and guests, and anyone can visit for a small fee. After you visit, make sure you walk the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk to fully appreciate the area’s cliffs and beaches.
6. Alpin Panorama Hotel
Huberus, South Tyrol, Italy
The Alpin Panorama Hotel
7. Amangiri Resort, Canyon Point, Utah
Located in Canyon Point in southern Utah, Amangiri is a secluded resort that strives to promote beauty, harmony, balance and health. The resort offers a stunning pool, spa services, fine dining and fitness classes. It also provides guests with access to hiking and climbing and is next to the largest Native American reservation in the United States. This pool provides contrasts unlike any other, truly serving as an oasis in the desert.
8. One and Only Resort Reethi Rah, Maldives
The One and Only Reethi Rah is an all-villa resort in the Maldives. Located about 400 miles southwest of Sri Lanka, it’s nestled on an island in North Male Atoll. While there are 40 pools on the island, the resort has three main pools, the crown jewel being the serenity pool. The serenity pool is a lap pool that stretches almost 100 feet out into the lagoon. The pool features an internal jacuzzi, a carved stone bed and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. It is aptly named, as it is hard to imagine a setting more serene.
9. Hanging Gardens of Bali, Bali
Tucked away in the heart of the jungle is the secluded Hanging Gardens of Bali. The villa resort is in the Ayung River Valley north of Ubid. It is a secluded hideaway with a two-tiered infinity pool as its centerpiece. The pool overlooks a lush rainforest and gives guests the sensation of being suspended in the tree tops. The unique design and dense jungle surrounding the resort make this an unparalleled infinity pool experience.
10. The Sarojin – Khao Lak, Thailand
The Sarojin – Khao Lak Resort is a boutique beach resort in Phang Nga, Thailand, about an hour’s drive from Phuket. The resort provides access to miles of private beach and is surrounded by lush national parks. The Sarojin’s main pool, which they call “soul-southing” and painstakingly created “to reflect and create an oasis of pure relaxation,” is in the heart of tropical gardens. The striking aquamarine infinity pool is a perfect square with a jacuzzi area and floating pavilions. It does, from all angles, exude a sense of peace and relaxation.
It’s hard to not be inspired by the beauty and creativity of these amazing and breathtaking pools. While it might not be possible to replicate the surroundings and grandeur of these pools, there are still many pieces that can shape your own backyard oasis. Enjoy perusing these beautiful spots and hopefully finding the inspiration for your own breathtaking pool.