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16 Weird Swimming Pools from Around the World

You’ll definitely want to add these unbelievable pools to your bucket list.

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These pools aren’t your average run-of-the-mill rectangular hotel pools. With jaw-dropping views, unique concepts, and even terrifying experiences, curiosity will definitely get the better of you when it comes to pool time. Here are some of the most unique pools our world has to offer.

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Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

In Grindavik, Iceland, this pool is one of the most famous spots on the island because of its transcendent geothermal features. Heated water is vented naturally from the ground and remains at around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Some say that the water has healing powers for various skin diseases.

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San Alfonso del Mar

San Alfonso del Mar in Chile is the world’s largest man-made swimming pool. The pool spans over 3,000 feet with a deep end that plunges down 115 feet. The pool sits seaside at a resort with an annual maintenance fee of $3.2 million. Here some unusual hotels you’ll want to go out of your way to visit.

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Ubud Hanging Gardens

In Bali, Indonesia, swimmers can overlook the trees from the elevated swimming pool or be immersed below in the terraced gardens. For more places to unwind, here are the 12 most peaceful places on the planet.

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Umaid Bhawan Palace Zodiac Pool

Residing underneath the Umaid Bhawan Palace in India, the Zodiac Pool is surrounded by murals with the 12 zodiac signs painted on the bottom of the pool. The palace was completed in 1943 earning its spot at the largest private residence in the world with 347 rooms. Since then, the palace has been converted to a luxury hotel. Check out these other luxurious hotels and resorts around the world.

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Skypark at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore boasts an infinity pool 55 stories above ground. At the world’s most expensive hotel, the water flows over the edge of the building giving swimmers a jaw-dropping view of the city. See the world’s strangest and most unique hotels.

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Devil’s Pool

At the top of Victoria Falls in Africa, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, this natural formation called Devil’s Pool can safely hold swimmers and give them an amazing view of the natural wonder. A rock wall sits at the edge of the pool preventing the water from pulling swimmers over the side. If swimming that close to the edge gives you a thrill, here are 14 of the world’s most haunted bodies of water.

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Pamukkale Pools

The white calcium and limestone deposits of the Pamukkale Pools in Turkey serve as shelves in the water. The pools are known for their abundance of minerals inclining visitors to believe they have healing powers. To make your own natural concoction, here are 50 natural remedies that really work.

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Huvafen Fushi

This resort in the Maldives is known as “sensory heaven.” The pool mimics the clear night sky and fireflies making this a truly romantic spot. Feeling romantic? See the 18 most romantic resorts in the world.

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Mona Vale Beach Rock Pool

This pool in Australia is stamped inside an ocean. It sits on the tip of the sand near Mona Vale Beach. For more interesting wonders in Australia and around the world, here are 13 beautiful photos of beaches that naturally glow.

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Cave pools

On the slopes of Santorini, Greece, suites are carved into the mountains. The caves come in numerous shapes and sizes with stunning lagoons without ever having to leave your room. As you plan your next trip, check out the 12 best things to do in Greece.

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Arizona Diamondbacks pool

Ever felt like swimming and going to a baseball game at the same time? This pool is located in the right-center outfield of the ballpark and is part of a suite you can rent.

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Gellert Baths

Founded over 100 years ago and located in the Gellert Hotel in Budapest, the Gellert Baths has 10 pools of different sizes and temperatures, all in an Art Nouveau setting. With mosaic floors and stained-glass windows, this is one of Hungary’s most photogenic spots.

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Jade Mountain Resort

On Saint Lucia island in the Caribbean, Jade Mountain is a secluded luxury resort with a pool covered in colorful tiles.

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Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls in Havasupai tribal lands is an all-natural pool near Supai, Arizona within the Grand Canyon. Limited numbers of tourists are allowed to enter and will need a permit from the Havasupai tribe. Don’t miss the most beautiful natural pools in the world.

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The Oberoi Udaivilas Pool

Udaipur, India is the capital of the ancient Mewar kingdom. The Oberoi Udaivilas Resort is a 55-acre palace with expansive gardens and a pool overlooking Lake Pichola. Take a look at these 80 travel photos from around the world.

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Ik Kil Cenote

This is another stunning natural pool in Ik Kil Archeological Park in Mexico. About 96 feet wide and 130 feet deep, the pool has waterfalls and wild jungle plants. It only costs six dollars to swim here! Next, check out the best natural swimming pools in the United States.

Emma Taubenfeld
Emma Taubenfeld is a former assistant editor for Reader’s Digest who writes about digital lifestyle topics such as memes, social media captions, pickup lines and cute pets. When she’s not working, you can find Emma reading corny young adult novels, creating carefully curated playlists and figuring out how to spice up boxed mac and cheese.