Tired of your busy municipal swimming pool, do you dream of taking a look elsewhere? This ranking is made for you. Whether historic, unusual or housed in a splendid natural setting, all these pools inspire swimming and relaxation. Of course, you can always do a series of lengths, but the scenery is such that it would be a shame not to take off your swimming goggles to take a look at what's around you! It is therefore time to put your bathing suit in your suitcase and discover these exceptional basins, from Hungary to Germany, via Bali and India. Here is our selection of the most beautiful swimming pools in the world
The Berlin Badeschiff, swimming on the river
Open every summer since 2004, the Badeschiff is certainly the most original swimming pool in Berlin! Located between the warehouses of a former railway station, it is a floating basin built directly on the Spree. Swimmers therefore have the impression of swimming in the river, with the advantage of clean and purified water. After soaking, it is even possible to take advantage of the beach on the docks to enjoy a cocktail
Algarrobo, an exceptional lagoon
In Algarrobo, on Chile's Pacific coast, the San Alfonso del Mar real estate project houses a huge artificial lagoon with crystal clear waters. Its 7.7 hectares and 1 kilometre long surface area allows holidaymakers to practice various water sports such as windsurfing or canoeing, sheltered from the waves, cold and Pacific Ocean currents. All this with the comfort of 23 degree water and thanks to Crystal Lagoons' technology. It maintains this perfectly crystalline water volume with very few chemicals and only 2% energy compared to conventional centralized filtration systems
The swimming pool of the Chittorgarh fort, swimming in the middle of the palaces
Chittorgarh is one of the largest fortresses in Rajasthan, India. Its 5 km long wall encloses an impressive number of palaces and temples, including Padmini Palace, Queen Padmini's summer pavilion. A stone's throw from it is an exceptional natural swimming pool, right in the middle of the old palaces. This water tank dates from the 7th century and offers a splendid view of the surroundings
The Marina Bay Sands swimming pool, an infinite bath
This overflow pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore is located on the suspended roof of the building, precisely on the fifty-seventh floor. 150 metres long, it offers an exceptional view of the city's skyscrapers. Known as the infinity pool, it has become an emblem of Singapore's splendour and many visitors dream of swimming there. For that, you have to spend a night in this luxury hotel!
The Devil's Pool at Victoria Falls, a guaranteed thrill
Between Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Every second, thousands of cubic meters of water fall more than 110 meters in a deafening and impressive crash! On the Zambian side, a kind of pool has formed at the top: it has been renamed "Devil's Pool" because swimming there is so tempting but unsafe. Indeed, bathers take the full force of the current to enjoy a breathtaking view. Ready to try the experiment?
Hearst Castle's swimming pools, a sumptuous setting
Hearst Castle is located in San Simeon, California. Designed by William Randolph Hearst and Julia Morgan, the first woman to graduate from the École des beaux-arts de Paris, it was built between 1919 and 1947. Inside, there are 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms and two swimming pools that do not reflect the splendour and opulence of the area. The outdoor Neptune pool is 32 m long and inspired by ancient architecture with its nereids and marble statues. The indoor swimming pool is surrounded by mosaics, reminiscent of the Roman baths
Montegrotto Terme, deep water diving
In eastern Italy, in the Veneto region, there is the deepest indoor swimming pool in the world. The Terme Millepini hotel, in Montegrotto Terme, houses the basin Y-40, Y for the y-axis and -40 for its depth: the equivalent of a twelve-storey building! Divers come here to train safely, especially in the various artificial cavities in the pool. For those who do not want to get wet, a transparent submerged tunnel makes it possible to appreciate the vertiginous depth of the basin!
Bali, diving in the rice fields
Just 15 minutes from the centre of Ubud, in Bali, Alila Ubud is a luxury hotel, overlooking the Ayung River. If its top-of-the-range services charm travellers, it is its swimming pool that leaves them speechless. In the middle of the rice fields, it seems to be one with nature, this feeling is reinforced by its background of green mosaics that blend into the landscape. This pool is one of the most beautiful corridors to do lengths!
Koh Samui, bath and culture
On the island of Koh Samui, Thailand, bookworms can be dipped in water! The Library offers a wide choice of books to read on the beach of Chaweng, opposite which it is located, or in its swimming pool. It is distinguished by the red mosaic of which it is covered, which contrasts very clearly with the green of the vegetation surrounding it. Would you dare to dive into its scarlet waters?
Budapest, Art Nouveau thermal baths
Budapest has many baths, those of the Gellert Hotel are among the most luxurious. Located south of the Buda district, they opened in 1918 and concentrate a rich Art Nouveau decoration of decadent refinement. The baths are divided into two parts with two thermal baths, a sauna, a hammam and a 10 degree bath. Enjoy a relaxing moment to admire the mosaics and statues spitting hot water!