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20 of the Most Amazing Swimming Pools in the World

20 of the Most Amazing Swimming Pools in the World

It may not be summer where you are, but how do you feel about diving into one of the world’s 20 sexiest pools? From Arizona to Australia, these are the biggest, baddest, and most amazing swimming pools in the world

1. Gold Energy Pool

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    If you are ready to splurge, head to the exclusive five-star St. Regis resort in Lhasa, Tibet. For $300 per night, you get jaw-dropping Himalayan views, along with access to one and only glittering gold-tiled pool. The water is salted and warmed up to a comforting 28-32 degrees Celsius. A cozy rest area is set nearby with foot massage and catering available. An absolutely exquisite experience for everyone with a thing for bling!

    2. Jade Mountain Resort Pool

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      This incredible pool is located on Saint Lucia island, the hidden pearl of the Caribbean. Jade Mountain is a fancy secluded resort with a private beach, excellent spa treatments, and magnificent views opening from each room. Now, doesn’t it seem like a perfect honeymoon destination to you? Yet a day in paradise costs a tiny fortune of $1,550 per room. But a girl can dream, right?

      3. Havasu Falls Natural Pool

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        If you are looking for a truly authentic swimming experience head to Havasu Falls near Supai, Arizona. A magical place where two worlds come together—the traditional culture of the local Havasupai people and stunning Mother Nature in all her glory. Limited numbers of tourists are allowed to visit and you’ll need to obtain an entry permit from the Havasupai tribe. Thus, most probably you’ll have this incredible place all to yourself!

        4. Chongwe River House Pool

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          Want to have a safari experience while soaking in cool water? Head to Chongwe River House hotel in Zambia, a quirkily designed boutique resort with an incredible deck and pool overlooking the Chongwe River. Hide in the shade of a huge winterthorn tree, sipping your cocktails and watching the wildlife come by for an upscale price of $550 per night in low season (April, May, June and the first part of November).

          5. The Cambrian Hotel Pool

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            Rated as one of the top 20 Swiss wellness hotels and spas, the Cambrian Hotel in Adelboden has a jaw-dropping infinity pool looking over the Alps, open all year round to hotel guests. Prices per double room start from $216 per night.

            6. Infinity Pool at Hotel Caruso

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              This refurbished 11th-century palace in Italy that seems to drift on a “balcony” above the Mediterranean Sea. You get 180-degree perspective views of the mountains and the sea down below from this magnificent ellipse-shaped infinity pool. Ah, and the best thing is, you can always call for the concierge to bring your iPod or a fancy drink.

              7. The San Alfonso del Mar Seawater Pool

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                A luxury resort in Algarrobo, Chile, claiming to have the largest swimming pool in the world! Imagine one kilometer of pristine seawater stretched along the private white-sand beach. If you choose to stay at this hotel, your main concern for the next few days would be “Should I hit the ocean waves or relax at this enormous pool?”

                8. Crocosaurus Cove Pool 

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                  Are you an adrenaline junkie? Than you’ll love to dive into this pool full of crocodiles in Darwin, Australia. There are over 200 species, with the largest saltwater crocs as long as five meters! You can dive in a protected cage 12 times a day from 9.30 a.m. till 5 p.m. for $160 per person or $240 if you take your fearless buddy with you!

                  9. Infinity Pool at One&Only Reethi Rah

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                    Actually, it is a pool within a pool within the ocean at one of the top spa hotels in the Maldives. Renting a private villa with that view, however, will cost you insane $2,250 per night.

                    10. Nemo 33 Pool

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                      The deepest pool in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records can be found in Brussels, Belgium. Specifically designed for divers, it’s open 365 days per year. You can take your first diving lesson for just 61$ euros or if you already have your certificate and need a little bit more practice, pay around 28$ per dive. Afterwards, you can enjoy some delicious Thai food at the local restaurant.

                      11. The Oberoi Udaivilas Pool

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                        Get the true Maharajah experience at Udaipur, India, the glorious white capital of the ancient Mewar kingdom. The Oberoi Udaivilas resort is a 55-acre palace with huge gardens and this incredible pool with a magnificent view of Lake Pichola. A night at this Oriental fairy tale starts at $525.

                        12. The Red Pool at Library Resort

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                          Is red the new blue for pools? At Koh Samui in Thailand, you can swim in this incredible warm pool, tiled with orange, yellow and deep red, creating a glittering spectacle of vibrant color and unusual style. Bonus: a private white-sand beach is just a few steps away. Be ready to pay around $320 per night if you are giddy to splash here.

                          13. Floating Lake Pool at Grand Hotel Tremezzo

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                            Splash in the pristine waters of Lake Como in Italy and then warm up in this amazing floating pool looking over at the Bellagio mountains. If you book a night at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, you also gain access to another spectacular indoor infinity pool with five jacuzzi and relaxing spa procedures. Price tag starts to run from 522$ per night.

                            14. Pamukkale Thermal Pools

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                              Mother Nature keeps us amazed the most. These turquoise natural pools are made of travertine, sparkling-white sedimentary rocks deposited by water from the hot springs. The Pamukkale sight is huge with over a hundred of shallow warm pools of all sizes and shapes. This wonder is located at the same-named city in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. It can be reached by train, car, and bus, or you can take an organized tour. Entrance fee is just $13 per person.

                              15. Como Shambhala Estate Spa Pool

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                                Hidden among the lush forests and emerald rice terraces in Ubud, Bali, this pool seems like an oasis of serenity and relaxation. Como Shambhala Estate is a perfect retreat to restore your mojo and gain more life balance. Along with soaking for hours in this stunning pool with private access from your room, you can enjoy daily yoga classes and meditations; spa and special buffets, serving healthy snacks during the day. Rooms run from $600 per night.

                                16. Bondi Iceberg Public Pool

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                                  Within a mere 15-minute drive from Sydney, Australia, sits the Bondi Baths. This historic 50-meter public saltwater pool has been around for over a century, attracting visitors from all over the world. The best news is, you can get the million-dollar pool view for just $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for kids. Open daily from 6.30 a.m. till 7.30 p.m. on weekdays and 6.30 p.m. on weekends.

                                  17.  Ik Kil Cave Pool

                                    Another mind-blowing natural pool located at Ik Kil Archeological Park, just 3 km from Chichén Itzá and Pisté in Mexico. A perfectly round well-type cenote 96 feet wide and about 130 feet deep, with waterfalls, aquamarine water and wild jungle vegetation snaking everywhere. It costs just $6 to swim here! 

                                    18. Purobeach Pool

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                                      Exquisite beach club at the Kotor-based marina in Porto, Montenegro is the place to relax by day and have the wildest raves by night. The club features a suspended 64-metre infinity pool, two bars, a spa, restaurant and a few boutiques.

                                      19. Harbour Plaza Hotel Pool

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                                        The best views of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour open up from this deluxe rooftop pool located on the 23rd floor at Harbour Plaza Hotel. Only guests have access to this magnificent pool, so be ready to pay around $200 per night for your stay.

                                        20. Giola Natural Pool

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                                          Greece’s hidden gem, Giola is a crystal-clear natural pool located near the village of Astris on the southern side of Thassos Island. It’s a bit hard to reach as you’ll need to walk about 2 km from the main road. But doesn’t diving from 8-meter-high cliffs to these perfect turquoise water seem worth it?

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                                          Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                          There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                          One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                          In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                          Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                          1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                          Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                          Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                          Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                          Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                          2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                          This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                          Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                          The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                          Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                          Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                          3. Jumping Jacks

                                          Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                          Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                          4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                          Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                          Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                          5. Balancing Table Pose

                                          This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                          Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                            6. Leg Squats

                                            Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                            Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                            The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                            7. Push Ups

                                            You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                            An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                            Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                            This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                            8. Bicycle Crunches

                                            There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                            Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                            9. Lunges

                                            Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                            Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                            This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                            10. Bicep Curls

                                            You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                            Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                            Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                            Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                            Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                            These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                            You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                            Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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