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The most emblematic building work at San Alfonso holds the current Guinness World Record as the world's largest crystalline water pool, with an extension of more than one kilometer in length, eight hectares and 250 million liters of water. Hard to imagine? We are talking about nothing less than the equivalent to 6,000 familiar eight meter-long pools.
The pool at The Joule reaches eight feet beyond the hotel's structure and includes a glass window at its end, providing swimmers with the sensation of swimming off the building's edge. The pool, heated to perfection, is a visual treat not only for hotel guests, but also for the passerby below admiring the pool's eye-catching design.
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While perhaps not technically a pool, we think the Blue Lagoon Iceland deserves a spot on our list. Why? Just take a look. "Condé Nast Traveler" voted Blue Lagoon as the best medical spa worldwide. The lagoon is consistently at 98-102°F, and holds six million liters of geothermal seawater, which is renewed every 40 hours. The mist that constantly rises from the lagoon provides a secluded and relaxing experience.
The infinity pool at Grace Santorini has sweeping views of the Aegean Sea and the Caldera. The island is said to have some of the best sunsets around, and guests hanging out poolside at dusk get front row seats. It's also the largest of its kind in Santorini. Enjoy light fare and cocktails on its deck or simply relax on the lounge chairs and soak up the sun.
The infinity pool is a magical provocation. A sense of unlimited as the gaze is drawn to the horizon. At the highest point of Ravello, just past the hotel's handsome portico bar and lovingly preserved 18th century drawing room, the pool is accessed via an alley of roses under a covered pergola, with musical rivulets of water coursing along stone runners on the side. At the alley's end, the top of the world infinity pool is elliptically shaped, in line with the geography of the escarpment.
Since the eleventh century, Castel Monastero has shone amongst the most beautiful hills of the Chianti region of Italy. Three thousand years later, the scenic village still charms. Set among the medieval village of Siena, this four-star Tuscan resort is offers some of the most luxurious accommodations. Surrounded by lush vineyards and rolling hills, the three pools situated throughout the hotel gardens offer scenic views of the countryside while you swim.
Sun on your skin, sand at your feet and time on your hands, what more could you want? At Banyan Tree Seychelles,the unspoiled beaches of the Indian Ocean are a playground, the property is home to some of the most picturesque pools. With spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, one of the world's most beautiful beaches, swaying palm trees and lush tropical forest, the Banyan Tree main pool is an amazing infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Between the main pool and the array of private pools find an oasis for your own paradise.
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Located in the heart of South Beach directly on the ocean, The Delano South beach swimming pool is a stunning pool is a complete reinvention of the standard form, and more akin to a "Water Salon," with its soothing underwater music and separate areas devoted to floating and meditating. Exclusive cabana dining poolside, with a butler, is available to help you fully enjoy the beautiful Florida landscape.
This beautifully designed pool, set flush with the surrounding teak deck and featuring soothing underwater music, is the perfect spot for lounging and enjoying the stunning panoramic views of the city beyond. By day, the lushly landscaped Outdoor Living Room brims with fragrant flowers, blooming vines, enormous trees and comfortable teak and wicker furniture. By night, with hundreds of flickering lanterns placed around the deck and hanging from the boughs of trees, it transforms into a magical and romantic hideaway.
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Consistently award-winning, Mandalay Bay Beach, Las Vegas, is hardly just a fancy hotel with a nice watering hole. Enter the world-famous playground set on eleven acres in Sin City that provides the ultimate destination for aquatic relaxation. With a wave pool, lazy river, three swimming pools, jogging track and 2,700 tons of real sand, you're likely to feel like you're taking a dip in the Caribbean. A $30 million expansion in 2007 brought The Beach more premium seating and the exclusive new Beachside Casino. Should all the playtime make you tired, thankfully,Mandalay has you covered offering 100 rentable cabanas, day beds, bungalows and villas that include personalized service.
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A castle on the sea surrounded by pool? Hard to beat...encircling the luxury villa, with an infinity edge that vanishes over a cliff down towards the crashing waves below, enjoy 11,000sq ft. of positively swimming bliss at the hill-top pool, that is just one of the many amenities at this Mexican retreat.
The Perivolas Infinity Pool, one of the most magnificent settings on earth, has been featured on the cover of the world´s most distinguished travel magazines. Built amphitheatrically, Perivolas' secluded location combines expansive views with the luxury of absolute tranquility. To protect guest's privacy, fragrant fig trees, red-hot geraniums, and brilliant bougainvillea surround the houses.
Aquaventure, is a thrilling 141-acre water park that is complimentary for all guests staying at Atlantis. Featuring over twenty million gallons of water, this non-stop "aqua" adventure offers incredible Atlantean-themed towers with multiple high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and waves, a spectacular kids water-play fort and eleven unique and refreshing pools.