Asia’s Most Spectacular Swimming Pools
With 70% of the world covered in water, swimming pools across the world have got a lot of competition on their hands. One part of the world that’s really got it mastered is South East Asia, with pools that offer everything from beach-side bliss to skyscraper views. Here are some of our favorites.
The Library, KohSamui, Thailand
Don’t worry; you haven’t stumbled onto the makings of a horror film. Instead, the blood red pool at The Library simply gets its startling color from its base of mosaic glass tiles in orange, yellow and – yep, you guessed it –red. Believe it or not, it’s nothing to do with the color of the water, so there’s no risk of emerging from a refreshing dip with a brand new skin tone. At night, underwater lights transform the swimming pool into a dazzling spectacle on the Chaweng seafront. Check it out!
The St. Regis, Lhasa, Tibet
You might associate Tibet with monks, spirituality and the simple pleasures of life but its newest resortdefies expectations and boasts a gold-plated pool. Built at 3657m high, the pool is actually designed to promote a sense of spiritual wellbeing and relaxation. However, if you start to feel a bit too dazzled by the opulence, there’s a meditation garden right outside where you can recover your chi.
Barkhor, Lhasa, Tibet; stregis.com/lhasa
Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali, Indonesia
At the Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali, you’ll find yourself with not one but two exotic pools to selectfrom.Choose the highest pool and spend an afternoon overlooking the beautiful valley, or get yourself right into the thick of things among the gardens in the lower pool. Whichever one you choose, you’ll be sure to have a swimming experience that’s incomparable to any you’ve ever had before.
DesaBuahan, Payangan, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia 80571; ubudhanginggardens.com
Paresa Phuket, Thailand
Perhaps one of the most romantic choices on the list, this infinity pool offers guests an unmissable experience of al fresco dining. Overlooking the Andaman Sea, the pool is punctuated with tiny man-made islands that are privately bookable for your dining pleasure.With the stars shining down and the sooth swish of the nearby ocean, it’s the ultimate twist on a romantic evening for two.
49 Moo 6, Layi-nakalay Road, Kamala Kathu, Phuket, Thailand; paresaresorts.com
SkyParkatThe Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Offering a first class view over Singapore, the Skypark infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands is an impressive 55 stories up. You might be hesitant to jump in because at first glance, the water seamlessly flows over the edge and into the beyond, giving the impression that you will too! Don’t worry; it’s just a trick of the eye and you’ll be safely perched atop the world’s most expensive hotel. What’s more, the pool itselfis longer than the Eiffel Tower laid on its side!
10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956; marinabaysands.com
Ocean Dome, Miyazaki, Japan
Here’s a slightly different one to consider: a man-made beach encased inside a giant dome! Once billed as the world’s largest indoor water park, the Ocean Dome in Miyazaki is a balmy 30°c and is home to the world’s largest retractable roof – complete with a simulated sky and clouds – a fake volcano, artificial sand and the world’s largest wave pool. Sadly, the dome closed in 2007 for renovation and isn’t open again yet but we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait!
So if we’ve tempted you to take a dip in a pool like you’ve never experience before, then don’t hesitate for a moment longer. This season, Expedia have a whole host of great deals to get you to any of the destinations on our list, including flights to Phuket, KohSamui and Singapore.
Guest Author: Josie Sampson