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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 September 16, 2019

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                          • (1) Research
                                          • (2) Deciding the topic
                                          • (3) Creating the outline
                                          • (4) Drafting the content
                                          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                          • (6) Revision
                                          • (7) etc.

                                          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                          2. Change Your Environment

                                          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                          6. Get a Buddy

                                          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                          Reality check:

                                          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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