What was the coolest pool you have ever seen in person? Was it an interesting shape? A funky color? Did it have an epic waterfall or an infinity edge with views for days? If you are anything like me, cool pools are one of the things that make me happiest when I check into a hotel (well, maybe the second – I do love a good bathtub).
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Of all the cool pools I’ve been in, the one I haven’t seen in person during my travels just yet is a suspended pool. Emphasis on yet! All over the world, there are incredible cool pools built like architectural centerpieces that defy gravity. These suspended glass bottom pools have me daydreaming about my next trip. I’m not quite sure why I’m so obsessed with these cool pools, but I just might be guilty of planning my future travels around visiting some of the glass bottom pools on this list. Not only do they look visually amazing, but the thought of looking at the world below as you lap across the surface sounds absolutely sublime!
This magical pool will span the distance of the two Embassy Gardens’ Legacy Buildings in London, essentially connecting two buildings with a fantastic 25-meter long waterway that will sit 35 meters high above the ground below. Aptly dubbed The Sky Pool, it is considered the world’s first “floating” swimming pool. Unfortunately, it’s not quite ready for a dip, but rumors are that construction may begin as early as this year. Fingers crossed!
Take in views of the Swiss Alps from this spectacular pool at Hotel Hubertus year round. From the spa to views, this place is like Heaven on Earth. Set in a 16404 square-foot park, Hotel Hubertus features several outdoor swimming pools – including this stunning suspended pool with breathtaking views of the Dolomites and the Vedrette di Ries Mountains. Skiiers will appreciate the free shuttle to the Plan de Corones slopes, while Valdaora center is just a 5-minute drive away, and Brunico is a short 20-minutes away.
I don’t know about you, but Dallas, Texas isn’t a destination I would expect to have made this list. I’m wrong about all sorts of things, so it shouldn’t surprise me to learn that The Joule Hotel in Dallas, Texas has a rooftop that juts precariously over the busy walkway below, making swimmers feel as if they are floating high above the street. A gorgeous revitalized 1920s neo-Gothic landmark building set in the heart of Dallas, the Joule Hotel also features a world-class spa, award-winning food and drinks and arguably some of the best service in town.
It doesn’t get much more unique than this suspended pool at the Cavo Tagoo Resort in Mykonos, Greece. A fantastically luxurious 5-star resort, this chic suite has all the beauty, seclusion, and swim time you could want on a vacation. If “a dashing world of temptations where every guest is made to feel special and every moment is preciously treasured for life” sounds good to you, then you may want to put a visit to this resort at the top of your travel bucket list.
So far our list of amazing glass bottom suspended pools have featured mainly luxurious resorts. While the Holiday Inn isn’t a brand that first comes to mind when thinking of hotels with impressive architectural features, you may want to think again about the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong in Shanghai, China. One of the top rated places to stay in Shanghai, it has spacious, elegant rooms with modern interiors….and a glass bottom pool suspended more than 300 feet high.
Once a small fishing village, Wan Chai’s blue bottom patios (fabled to be from an overage of blue paint in the 70s), now attract visitors from around the world to this hip urban cultural center. While looking up at the patios, you may spy this rooftop glass bottom pool that stretches over the edge of the Hotel Indigo. This boutique hotel offers floor-to-ceiling windows in their guest rooms with stunning panoramic views of Wan Chai. During your stay, don’t forget to check out the daily flag-raising ceremony that takes place in Golden Bauhinia Square as well as try the local noodles for lunch.
The Jellyfish House, as it’s known, sits along the coast of Spain with panoramic sea views as well as the Sierra Blanca mountain range. This jaw-dropping 7,000 square foot home is located in Marbella and has a spectacular suspended glass bottom pool. An interior panoramic window gives those in the kitchen a unique view of swimmers. Two sets of stairs intertwine to provide access to the home’s four levels of living areas that include 5 bedrooms, 2 terraces, a kitchen and living room.
This cliffside hotel in Bali is a breathtaking feat of architecture. Aside from the luxurious 5-star villas with private pools, The Edge in Uluwatu also has a main pool that sits out over the 530-foot limestone cliff and makes for a captivating swim. If you aren’t sold yet, personal butlers prepare and serve breakfast in the villas’ private kitchens. Yes, please!
The Adelphi Hotel in Melbourne, Australia is all about luxury and pampering its guests with the most delicious desserts and spa services. A deck and cantilevered pool make for an interesting swim. The pool extends almost six feet out into the air for a view of Flinder’s Lane below. The Adelphi Hotel offers thoughtful amenities like free WiFi, free local phone calls and free in-room snacks and refreshments.
Dubai is known for its incredible architectural structures, and the InterContinental Festival City Hotel doesn’t disappoint. The hotel’s design is modeled after the sailboats that can be seen all over the Dubai harbor. With stunning sunset views and chic decor in every room, guests also get exclusive direct access to plenty of shopping at the Dubai Festival City Mall. The curved plexiglass bottom makes it feel like a freefall from the sky.
Would you be brave enough to swim in any of these?