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4 of the world’s most unique pools

4 of the world’s most unique pools
The rooftop pool at Marina Bay Sands Resorts in Singapore (photo credit:
Christine Hogg

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On hot days, nothing feels nicer than slipping into a refreshing pool. Architecturally, pools are no longer limited to the basic rectangle or oval design of an above or in-ground pool; in addition, pools with overpowering chlorine is a thing of the past. Here's a look at four of the most unique pools throughout the world:

Rooftop pool

Marina Bay Sands Resorts Pool, Singapore

Rooftop pools are popular near and far, but in Singapore, you’ll find the world’s largest. Located on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands Resort, the rooftop pool provides a breathtaking view of Singapore. During the day, swimmers can take a dip or soak up the sun in a lounger, and as the sun winds down, take in the Singaporean sunset, while watching thousands of glittering city lights creep across the skyline.

Infinity pool

Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel, Bali, Indonesia

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Imagine swimming in the heart of the Balinese jungle—not at a watering hole, but submerged in the crystal waters of an infinity pool, suspended above the rainforest’s treetops. The upper of the infinity pool at the Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel in Bali spills into a lower level below, where swimmers can literally hang out over the rainforest. At night, the pool is lit up, and guests of the hotel can even dine on a floating brigade.

Saltwater pool

San Alfonso del Mar Sea Water Pool, Chile

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By the sheer size of it, the San Alfonso del Mar swimming pool is a must for travellers to Chile. At 3,323 ft. long and 11.5 ft. deep, it’s one of the world’s largest pools—and it’s completely filled with seawatermore than 250 million litres! Besides swimming, kayaking is one of the most popular activities to do in this enormous pool.

Aquarium Pool

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

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Some pools are lined, some pools are tiled, and some pools are carved out of ancient lava rock. At the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii, the King’s Pond aquarium pool rests next to the beaches of the North Pacific Ocean. Filled with more than 4,000 tropical fish of 98 different species, including a free-swimming spotted stingray, King’s Pond is a natural aquarium pool filled with both freshwater and ocean water.