swimming poolSwimming pools can come in a variety of sizes, shapes, designs, and features. Many of the 10.4 million residential pools in the United States have traditional similarities, while some people like to set their backyard pools apart by constructing them in unique ways, or adding things like decks and landscaping to surround them. The coolest swimming pools in the world have some over the top feature or motif to set them apart from other luxury pools.

If you’ve ever dreamed about what life is like for the truly elite though, there might not be anything more telling than some of the ridiculously extravagant and beautiful custom designed pools around the world. With help from travel.cnn.com, here are three of the coolest swimming pools in the world today.

These are just 3 of the Coolest Swimming Pools in the World


1.) Alila Uluwatu: The Alila Villas, located in Bali, Indonesia, is itself one of the finest resorts in the world and it’s no surprise one of their landmark features is the 50-meter infinity pool on the nearby cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. The way the infinity pool disappears into the skyline makes it seem as if you will fall right into the ocean water if you swim to close to the edge. It also has a unique wooden cabana on the side where you can sit and contemplate life.


2.) The Library: There’s something about rich people and swimming pools next to bodies of water. Found in Koh Samui, Thailand The Library hotel sits on the shore of the Chaweng seafront. You might be afraid to take a plunge at first when you see the bright red water inside the pool, but don’t worry — it’s not the remnants of a bloody battle, just the unique way they built the pool. Orange, yellow, and blood red glass mosaic tiles form the foundation and bright red mattresses on the surrounding furniture highlight the effects. The unnatural coloring is a bit jarring at first, but when the underwater lights come on at night it’s truly a remarkable sight to behold.


3.) Hearst Castle: Chances are it took pool builders a lot longer then the average eight to 12 weeks it normally does to install the masterpiece at the former newspaper mogul’s California castle. There are actually two Roman-inspired pools at the house William Randolph Hearst once lived in. Think pillars, statues, and marble. Swimming may be the third most popular activity in the U.S. enjoyed by 37% of children and 15% of adults at least six times a year, but not in this landmark. Tourists are allowed to take tours around the property, but there’s a strict no swimming policy.

Take a look at these and some of the other remarkable architectural achievements people have created in the form of swimming pools. You might even be able to take some ideas and incorporate them into your personal pool, although probably at a much smaller scale of course.

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