Advertising
Advertising

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

the-st-regis-lhasa-resorts-gold-energy-pool-in-tibet-makes-guests-feel-ultra-luxurious-with-its-gold-plated-tiles-lining-the-pool

    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

    JadeMountain-SaintLucia74

      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

      4604096551_5b0b339dac_b

        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

        Advertising

        005651-05-pool-lounging-with-elephant

          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

          big_199

            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

            orav_1366x650_pool05

              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

              001

                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 

                Advertising

                man_floating

                  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

                  Nano-Chan

                    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

                    1623599_579240075493715_2079260025_n

                      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

                      rooms-suites2

                        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

                        Advertising

                        005163-06-red-pool-sea-view

                          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

                          Floating-pool-at-GHT-traveller-19jun13-pr_b_1080x720

                            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

                            4995275687_49cc639f6c_b

                              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

                              Como-Shambhala-Estate-Bali-deckchairs-and-infinity-pool-with-views

                                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

                                Advertising

                                10063197484_f904d83f06_o

                                  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

                                    lido-mar-bazen1

                                      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

                                      6997178799_c691e0b618_o

                                        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

                                        6255070029_6fd4705cc3_b

                                          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

                                          More by this author

                                          Elena Prokopets

                                          Elena is a passionate blogger who shares about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

                                          7 Ways To Learn a New Language Faster (Backed by Science) 22 Amazing Pineapple Health Benefits (With Simple Pineapple Recipes) 15 Cool And Practical Apps For Couples 14 Things No One Tells You About Being in a Long-Distance Relationship 9 Tips to Prepare For Your First Multi Day Hike

                                          Trending in Leisure

                                          1 18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life 2 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day 3 How to Enjoy Life In a Way Most People Don’t 4 25 Best Self Improvement Books to Read No Matter How Old You Are 5 30 Fun Things to Do at Home

                                          Read Next

                                          Advertising
                                          Advertising
                                          Advertising

                                          Last Updated on October 5, 2020

                                          Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                          Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                          Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                                          I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                                          This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                                          What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                                          As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                                          While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                                          The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                                          Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                                          Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                                          The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                                          It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

                                          Advertising

                                          My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                                          You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                                          Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                                          1. Drink Plenty of Water

                                          Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                                          2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                                          The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                                          3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                                          One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                                          4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                                          The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                                          To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                                          5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                                          While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                                          Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

                                          Advertising

                                          You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                                          How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                                          Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                                          This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                                          Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                                          Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                                          The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                                          Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                                          Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                                          One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

                                          Advertising

                                          This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                                          Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                                          Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                                          Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                                          Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                                          How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                                          The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                                          While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                                          Can I Work out While Fasting?

                                          Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                                          The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                                          Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

                                          Advertising

                                          Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                                          First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                                          Is Fasting Safe?

                                          As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                                          I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                                          Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                                          As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                                          I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                                          For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                                          Conclusion

                                          Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                                          If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

                                          More About Intermittent Fasting

                                          Featured photo credit: Toa Heftiba via unsplash.com

                                          Reference

                                          Read Next