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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 January 17, 2019

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                          Listen carefully:

                                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                          1. Pray Daily

                                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                          3. Smile Often

                                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                          8. Go Exercise

                                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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