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Making A Splash

Whether you choose to dip your toe in or like to dive deep these are no ordinary swimming pools, they are some of the most amazing and remarkable man-made and natural creations in the world.

Marina Bay, Singapore
You could almost be floating on top of the world. The huge picturesque infinity pool actually sits 57-stories up atop of the Marina Bay Sands hotel and offers sweeping views over Singapore’s skyline. The 490-foot pool is cantilevered over the hotel’s north tower. Only hotel guests are allowed to swim and sip their cocktails by the palm tree lined pool, but others can purchase a ticket to the observation deck to soak up the view.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Hugely iconic, and one of the most visited places in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa set in the lava fields in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula. For all the air temperature might not be much above freezing at certain times of the year the water is constantly a toasty 37–39 °C (99–102 °F). The water is also mineral rich with a floor predominantly made of silica, which can be scooped up and applied to the skin for a few minutes, and when washed off should leave your skin noticeably softer. It also contains a waterfall, a stream room, and sauna, and a relaxation area.

San Alfonso Del Mar, Chile
As swimming pools go this a biggy – in fact with an area covering 8 hectares, or about 870,000 sq feet this was until 2015 the biggest swimming pool in the world. It's so big it has space for a small armada of paddle boats and sailboats. The crystal-clear pool, is essentially a manmade lagoon, and runs the length of the whole resort in Santiago, and is filled with 66 million gallons of water which is filtered from the Pacific Ocean. The deep end could actually fit an 11-story building in it.

Havasu Falls Pool, USA
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, so if you are lucky enough to swim there you could find that you have the incredible place all to yourself!

Gellert Pool, Hungary
Another thermal pool this effervescent mineral pool was opened in 1918 as part of the Gellert Hotel in Hungary’s capital Budapest, although bathers have sought out the healing waters that fill the spa on and off since the 13th century. The pool water naturally reaches up to 104 °F (40 °C). Eye-catching architecture of the indoor pool includes Art Nouveau mosaics, marble sculptures, and columns under a stained-glass skylight.

Hanging Gardens Pool, Bali
Perched over a spectacular rain forest and the Ayung river the multi-award winning Hanging Gardens Pool stands on two levels and is part of the Balinese resort of the same name in Indonesia and offers gorgeous sunsets views and jungle wildlife such as monkeys.