7 of the world's most spectacular swimming pools

Dive straight in to some seriously stunning swimming destinations.

In the spirit of long, relaxing holidays spent poolside with a cocktail in hand, we've compiled a list of the world's most astounding swimming pools.

Located across the globe, these paradise pools combine ingenius design with gorgeous landscapes, providing the ultimate vacation spots.

From the highest in the world, to the most remote - and even one that claims to have given Cleopatra her beauty - take a journey to some seriously stunning pools.

1. The highest

In order to build the world’s highest swimming pool, a team of international investors forked out $8 billion dollars on the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Perched 650 feet above the horizon, bathers can splash about with the gods while looking down upon Singapore’s financial district.

Stretching across three of the hotel’s towers, the view is exhilarating - but this swimming pool certainly does not cater to those who suffer vertigo!

2. The most extravagant

Sitting at the base of the Indian subcontinent, the Umaid Bhavan Palace was billed as the world’s largest private home upon completion in 1943.

Sparing not a single rupee, its owner raised both a few eyebrows and the value of his estate when he began tiling the swimming pool - in 24-carat gold!

Surrounded by more than 26 acres of impossibly manicured gardens (home to several generations of albino peacocks), there are quite simply not enough adjectives in the world to adequately describe this swimming pool.

Once graced exclusively by royalty, today the pool is the preserve of the palace’s guests after being transformed into India’s leading luxury hotel, named the best in the world by TripAdvisor in 2016.

3. The most secluded

At the foot of Mount Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland’s oldest swimming pool is carved into the mountain-side of a narrow valley capped in snow.

Without question one of the most naturally stunning swimming destinations across the globe, to take a plunge you’ll need to time your visit perfectly.

Seljavallalaug is frozen over year-round, and for only a handful of days each year, the pool gathers just enough warm water right at the height of summer.

It's breathtaking and dramatic, but near-impossible to access as you’ll need to hike several kilometres down a cliff face. Given that daylight is not overly generous in Iceland, make sure you set out before sunrise.

Oh, and one last piece of advice: consult a seismologist before packing your pickaxe and bikini. Frequent volcanic eruptions ensure you won’t make it back up the mountain via the route you arrived!

4. The most obscure

Located in The Library - Thailand’s très exclusive, beachfront contemporary art hotel - this pool attracts the top-end of the world’s self-proclaimed tastemakers, all of whom are brought to their knees by the unmatched lavishness of cutting-edge design.

It may look menacing, but this crimson swimming pool - set against the dreamy expanse of Koh Samui Chaweng Beach - is in fact a rather clever feat of optical trickery.

Using only the most translucent of purified water, an ingenious system of red, orange and yellow tiles are angled to refract sunlight to achieve the overall effect.

5. The edgiest

If you're staying at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City, you'll definitely want to look up!

You'll see swimmers waving down at you as they float overhead from the pool, which is suspended from the hotel's fourth floor.

Then you'll want to head up to the pool to experience it for yourself!

Calling upon a team of the world’s leading engineers to devise the exact requirements for this curvilinear swimming pool, the hotel’s masterminds definitely achieved an architectural coup.

6. The most seductive

If you ask a local in Pamukkale, Turkey, you’ll be told that the "champagne waters" of this swimming hole will give you the beauty of Cleopatra. It may sound a little farfetched, but there is actually more logic than you might expect.

The Hierapolis Antique Baths were purportedly created as a love offering from Marc Antony to Cleopatra in 28BC.

Several centuries later, an earthquake upset the surrounding Temples of Apollo, and toppled the buildings' marble columns into the pool, where they still lie to this day.

For thousands of years, tourists have flocked to this swimming pool to stew in the "champagne waters" - named after the tiny bubbles produced by underground geothermal activity.

The water is rich with minerals that have been reported to alleviate all manners of skin ailments, circulation problems and arthritis.

It's open to the general public for a small donation to the preservation initiatives of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

7. The most chic

Back in 1929, only the top-end of Paris’ high society would bathe in Piscine Molitor.

There is more than one celebrity connection to this swimming pool, including Coco Chanel, Edith Piaf and Johnny Weissmuller, the Tarzan actor and five-time Olympic gold-medalist swimmer, who was apparently La Piscine Molitor’s first lifeguard.

After falling into disrepair after the Second World War, Piscine Molitor re-opened a few years ago following extensive renovations of its art deco heritage.

Now part of Hotel Molitor Paris - MGallery by Sofitel, it hosts many collection previews for French Fashion Week.

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