10 of the best swimming pools in the world

10 of the best swimming pools in the world

by Kairen Lim 09 Feb 2020

Everyone loves a good selfie in a hotel pool, as we've all seen them posted all over instagram and facebook. Well to fuel your travel inspiration, here are ten of the most awe-inspiring swimming pools around the world. 


Stadio Olimpico Del Nuoto, Rome, Italy

Built during the Mussolini era, the Stadio Olimpico Del Nuoto is deemed as one of the seven wonders of the swimming pool world because of its unique architectural beauty – it was built as a venue for the aquatic modern pentathlon events during the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. A visit to the pool evokes feelings of the ancient Roman Empire, with artwork that evokes an age gone by.


Cleopatra’s Pool, Hierapolis, Turkey

With a name like that, you would probably imagine Cleopatra’s pool to be highly ornate and filled with milk, but the sacred pool at Hierapolis is a far cry from this ostentatious image. With ancient Roman ruins strewn across the bed of the pool and a constant flow of hot spring water, the pool is warm, relaxing and very comfortable to swim in.


Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, South Africa

The Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls might seem like a picturesque and unassuming place for relaxation. But in reality, this natural pool is one of the world’s scariest, perched on top of a huge waterfall. Swimming on a cliff that leads to a 128 metre plunge down – now that’s what we call “living on the edge”! Thankfully, there is a formidable rock wall that prevents the water from sweeping swimmers down the edge.



Tropical Island Resort, Krausnick, Germany

We just couldn’t leave out the largest indoor pool in the world from this list. The island resort in the south of Berlin is so huge that they have enough height to fly hot air balloons inside. The temperature in the dome is kept at a steady 26 degrees Celsius, which is a paradise compared to the chilly outside temperatures of Krausnick. And if that is not enough to get you to pack your beach wear already, there are also spas, waterfalls, whirlpools, water slides and countless deck chairs for you to enjoy the sun and the sand.


Nemo 33, Brussels, Belgium

Nemo 33 is one the deepest swimming pools in the world, reaching depths of 40 metres. The complex, built in 2004, is used as a simulator for diving in the open water with a few man-made underwater caves for divers to swim through. It also boasts a Thai restaurant where diners are greeted with an underwater view of the divers.


The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand

The library is not your average boutique beach resort. In stark contrast to the azure blue of the Chaweng Beach, the Library’s pool is decorated with red, orange and yellow mosaic tiles, making the water appear a blood-red colour. It was selected as one of the most spectacular hotel pools by TripAdvisor and CNN.


Crocosauruse Cove, Darwin, Australia

Attention to all adrenaline junkies, if you haven’t tried the ‘Cage of Death’ in Crocosaurus Cove, you haven’t lived life. Not for the faint-hearted, as you get to share the pool with none other than its host, a five-metre long crocodile. The cage can hold one or two people and don’t worry as it is absolutely safe.



Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey

It is hard to believe Mother Nature constructed such a scenic and surreal work of art in the form of a pool with warm temperatures and health benefits. The thermal pools have long been the number one place to visit in Pamukkale and should definitely be on your list if you’re considering a trip to Turkey.


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

No list of swimming pool wonders would be complete without the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, right here in Singapore. The last word in swimming pool luxury, favoured by celebrities such as David Beckham, many Singapore residents spring for a weekend staycation at Marina Bay Sands, just for the opportunity to swim in the pool.


San Alfonso Del Mar, Chile

The scale of this swimming pool is a marvel to be reckoned with and a testimony to man’s amazing feats of engineering. The private Chilean resort pumps in water from the Pacific Ocean before filtering and treating it. Everything about the San Alfonso Del Mar is staggering from the area it covers – 20 acres – to the 250 million litres of water it contains. If you ever have the chance to visit Chile, be sure to visit this mother of all swimming pools.












Picture credit: Lars Plougmann, licensed under Creative Commons