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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?

                                          Featured photo credit: Sarah Ackerman via flickr.com

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                                          18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                          18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                          The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                                          1. Understand Yourself Better

                                          Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                                          Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                                          2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                                          I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                                          Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                                          3. Become Aware of What Matters

                                          As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                                          You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                                          4. Boost Creativity

                                          The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                                          When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                                          You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                                          5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                                          A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                                          Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                                          6. Process Life Experiences

                                          When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                                          Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                                          7. Stress Relief

                                          In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                                          Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                                          8. Provide Direction

                                          Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                                          One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                                          9. Solve Problems

                                          Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                                          Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                                          When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                                          10. Find Relief From Fighting

                                          Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                                          Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                                          11. Find Meaning in Life

                                          Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                                          12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                                          Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                                          13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                                          When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                                          14. Let the Past Go

                                          I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                                          15. Allow Freedom

                                          Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                                          16. Enhance Your Career

                                          Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                                          Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                                          17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                                          All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                                          18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                                          No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                                          We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                                          Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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