Top Swimming Pools

When the weather is warm, diving into one of the world’s top swimming pools will make your holiday complete. Here we list some of the best swimming pools across the planet.

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

Situated on the bank of Lake Pichola, the resort covers more than 50 acres, with architecture of a royal palace and including courtyards, fountains and gardens. One of the pools is for the sole private use of one apartment, but other heated, outdoor pools allow swimmers to admire amazing the amazing sights of Udaipur.

San Alfonso del Mar Resort, Algarrobo, Chile

100 km from the capital Santiago, this resort has the largest swimming pool in the world. At 1 km (0.62 miles) long and 35m (115 ft) deep, it is also the deepest pool in the world. This pool is so large that it is open not just to swimmers, but for those who want to go kayaking and sailing as well.

Villa d’Este, Lake Como, Italy

Villa d’Este is an opulent hotel overlooking glorious Lake Como. Villa d’Este’s floating pool is perfect for getting the best views and being as close to the lake as possible, without actually swimming in it. Condé Nast Traveller and Forbes Traveller both declared this one of the best hotels in the world for its impeccable décor and extraordinary hospitality.

The King’s Pond, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii

This ocean pool, measuring 200 metres in length and ranging falling to a depth of 1.5 metres holds 1.8 million gallons, and is carved out of natural lava rock. Swim with manta rays and more than 3,000 tropical fish in this fresh- and ocean-water pool. Protected from the waves and home to sea life including honu (turtle), this is a great way to experience the ocean with the feel of a pool.

Aquarium Pool at the Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, USA

The aquarium pool at the Golden Nugget hotel is maintained by an in-house life sciences department and is where you can swim side by side with fish and sharks. ‘The Tank’ has an enclosed three-story water slide that allows guests to swim with the sharks. The Tank is home to 300 animals, including six species of sharks, rays, and bony fishes.

Chongwe River House Pool, Zambia

Enjoy a safari experience while soaking in the swimming pool at Chongwe River House Hotel in Zambia. The pool and deck at this boutique resort gives views over the Chongwe River as you hide in the shade of a huge winterthorn tree, sip your cocktail and watch the wildlife wander past.

The Cambrian Hotel Pool, Adelboden, Switzerland

Considered one of the best hotels and spas in Switzerland, the Cambrian Hotel in n has a fantastic infinity pool that looks out over the Alps, and is open all year round to hotel guests.

Infinity Pool at Hotel Caruso, Amalfi coast, Italy

Another infinity pool we’ve added to this list can be found at the eleventh-century palace, Hotel Caruso, in Italy. The pool appears to sit above the Mediterranean Sea, providing views of the mountains and the sea below.

The Red Pool at Library Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand

Here you can swim in an incredible warm pool, tiled with orange, yellow and deep red, creating a vibrant range of red/bronze colour for the water. A bonus is that the pool has a private white-sand beach is just a few steps away.

Floating Lake Pool at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy

Another pool by Lake Como, this amazing floating pool looks out over the Bellagio mountains. If you book in as a guest at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, you also gain access to a second indoor infinity pool with five jacuzzi and relaxing spa procedures.

Bondi Iceberg Public Pool, Sydney, Australia

Just 15-minutes drive from Sydney, Bondi Baths is an historic 50-metre public salt-water pool. There has been a pool on this site for more than 100 years. The swimming pool attracts visitors from all over the world who take in the view after paying a nominal entrance fee.

Harbour Plaza Hotel Pool, Hong Kong

The rooftop pool on the twenty-third floor of the deluxe Harbour Plaza Hotel has the best views of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour. This incredible pool is only made accessible to guests, so you will have to book yourself a room.

232 West 15th Street, New York

And finally, you can only use this swimming pool if you have a spare US$11 million, which has been the asking price on this historic town house in Manhattan, New York for many years. The house has a 5.5 metre pool, 2.5 metres deep inside the house, on the ground floor. This full-size heated salt-water pool takes over the entire living room and turtles used to swim in the pool.