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Extreme Swimming Pools

Updated on October 4, 2015

If you are just looking for beautiful and inventive swimming pools, you have come to the right place. This article showcases some of the most beautiful swimming pools in the world. There are natural wonders in the world and then there are man-made wonders that offer a tribute to the artistic creativity and engineering genius of mankind. These pools are exceptional in every way and they all share one item in common - they are both functional and beautiful and truly are marvel to behold.

Stay tuned and you will see photos of 9 of the most amazing swimming pools in the world - from the largest in Chile to the longest swimming pool in Taiwan to a swimming pool shaped similar to a guitar to the amazing clear balcony swimming pools atop a skyscraper in Mumbai (my personal favorite although it is a little scary to imagine swimming in that and being able to peer over the skyline) to a swimming pool on the edge on a skyscraper in Dallas.

Of course, our article would not be complete without giving tribute to reclamation and taking care of our environment. If you value our environment and love swimming, you will appreciate the reclaimed swimming pool in Germany. Leave it to the German engineers to reinvent a massive structure into something useful and beautiful.

All this and a fun poll at the end to hear your thoughts about which swimming pool most appeals to you.

Balcony Swimming Pool - Proposed Aquaria Grande Tower Mumbai
Balcony Swimming Pool - Proposed Aquaria Grande Tower Mumbai | Source

Famous Quotes on Swimming

"Swimming pools offer one of the easiest exercise programs on earth."

Easy Exercise


Author's Opinion - Sad State to See Swimming Pools Empty

The beauty of the swimming pool is often heralded by resorts and hotels and yet sadly less than 35% of the population is trained in swimming.

It is sad state to see a swimming pool idol.

The beauty of the swimming is magnified when swimmers are in the pool smiling and enjoying the many physical benefits of the water.


A swimming pool should be appreciated for more than just their beauty. For you see, the swimming pool offers one of the easiest exercise programs on earth.

The water offers a unique environment that our human body loves - less impact upon our joints, easier on our heart and simply more fun for our mind and soul.

Engineering Wonders of the World - Swimming Pools from Around the Globe

While this is not a comprehensive listing, it is a great start on some engineering wonders around the world for swimming pools. We will explore:

  • The largest swimming pool on earth in Chile - Guinness Book Certified
  • The longest swimming pool in Taiwan overlooking Sun Moon Lake
  • A guitar shaped swimming pool*
  • A series of balconies with swimming pools along the edge in Mumbai
  • A protruding swimming pool on a skyscraper in Dallas Texas
  • A reclaimed swimming pool in Germany
  • A luxurious swimming pool in South Africa



*PS If you know the location of this swimming pool - I presume it is in the United States, I would like to add the city and state.


Amazing Swimming Pools from Around the Globe

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A markerHearst Castle San Sieman California -
San Simeon, CA 93452, USA
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Built by William Randolph Hearst and built in the decor of the Romans, this is perhaps the world's most photographed swimming pool.

B markerHayman Island -
Hayman Island, Whitsunday Islands National Park, Queensland, Australia
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The location boasts the largest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere.It is the size of seven Olympian pools.

C markerLalu Taiwan -
Lalu Island, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555
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D markerDallas, TX -
Dallas, TX, USA
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This swimming pool is in a hotel called Hotel Elan and literally extends beyond the boundaries of this skyscraper in Dallas, Texas. A pool on an edge.

E markerChile -
Chile
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This swimming pool is the largest in the world and built right next to the Pacific Ocean in Chile.

F markerMubai -
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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This is the most amazing set of swimming pools. A set of swimming pools on a skyscraper in Mumbai with perfect symmetry.

G markerGermany -
Germany
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This is the site of a swimming pool that has been crafted from recycled materials. It is the only reclaimed swimming in this article.

Most Photographed Swimming Pool - Hearst Castle California

The world’s most photographed / most famous pool This is the pool of Hearst Castle in California. The impressive outdoor pool of Hearst castle is built like a roman temple. William Randolph Hearst resided here in the early 1900s.
The world’s most photographed / most famous pool This is the pool of Hearst Castle in California. The impressive outdoor pool of Hearst castle is built like a roman temple. William Randolph Hearst resided here in the early 1900s. | Source

Hayman Island Largest Swimming Pool in the Southern Hemisphere

Hayman Island is home to the largest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere including the famous Hayman Pool which is seven times Olympic size swimming pool.
Hayman Island is home to the largest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere including the famous Hayman Pool which is seven times Olympic size swimming pool. | Source

Lalu Taiwan Over Looking Sun Moon Lake

22 – The Lalu, Taiwan Nested on the shores of Sun Moon Lake, this heated pool is the longest swimming pool in Taiwan (60 meters long). It is one heck of a lap pool for those of you who like swimming as an exercise. Come the month of February, the sur
22 – The Lalu, Taiwan Nested on the shores of Sun Moon Lake, this heated pool is the longest swimming pool in Taiwan (60 meters long). It is one heck of a lap pool for those of you who like swimming as an exercise. Come the month of February, the sur | Source

Dallas TX - Swimming Pool on the Edge

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Hotel Elan in Dallas Texas Rooftop Swimming Pool October 3rd, 2008 No comments I have seen some cool and unique hotel pools, but the Rooftop Swimming Pool at the Hotel Elan in Dallas Texas is so cool that I thought it needed to be shared.
Hotel Elan in Dallas Texas Rooftop Swimming Pool October 3rd, 2008 No comments I have seen some cool and unique hotel pools, but the Rooftop Swimming Pool at the Hotel Elan in Dallas Texas is so cool that I thought it needed to be shared. | Source

Biggest Swimming Pool in the World - Chile

Largest swimming pool in the world - Chile
Largest swimming pool in the world - Chile | Source

Largest Swimming Pool in the World - Chile Again with a Birds Eye View

Largest Swimming Pool in the World - Chile with a Birds Eye View along the Pacific Ocean
Largest Swimming Pool in the World - Chile with a Birds Eye View along the Pacific Ocean | Source

Chile's Swimming Pool Statistics

  • 115 fee deep
  • 1000 yards long
  • 20 acres (yes, that is correct not a typo!)
  • 250,000 cubit meters of water

World's Largest Swimming Pool

Award Winning Certificate - Guinness Book of World Records
Award Winning Certificate - Guinness Book of World Records

Benefits of Crystal Technology to Large Swimming Pools

  • 100 times less chemical use
  • 10 times less water used
  • Drastic reduction in C02 emissions
  • Lower construction costs
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Kinder to our environment


"It works by using special sensors in the pool that monitor pH levels and inject chemicals automatically to maintain the required balance.

“Normal pools use large quantities of chlorine to keep them clean, we don’t do that,” said Eduardo Klein."



Read more: Bellenews.com

Crystal Lagoons Technology - New Technology for Large Scale Swimming Pools

Imagine an unlimited sized lagoon with pristine turquoise blue waters? The impossible is now possible with new technology developed by Crystal Lagoons.

This technology was first developed by Fernando Fischmann, a biochemist from Chile, and used successfully to build the Guinness Book of World Record's largest swimming pool. The vision clean water and warm water designed specifically for swimming outdoors and crafted next to the coast. Mother Nature's lagoon made better, cleaner and warmer.

Mr. Fischmann's patented technology now brings large bodies of water to the coastal edge designed specifically for the comfort of the swimmer.

Fischmann's technology serves to collect ocean water and transform it and maintain it in a pristine turquoise color. If the color doesn't invite you to swim, the other advantage is its warmth - almost 79 degrees.

Prior to Fischmann's technology the amount of waste and chemicals needed for large scale lagoons for swimming was deemed impossible. This technology was donated to Babson College, Wellesley, Massachuetes in the United States and also was engaged for the construction of the ..... in Dubai.

Cargo Barge Ship Turned Into Swimming Pool - Germany

My father as German and one of the best engineers in the world so I am very biased about German ingenuity and engineering talent. So it comes as no surprise to me that in Berlin, Germany there is an old barge or industrial ship dedicated to cargo that has been re-engineered, re-design or as the eco-friendly terms herald has been re-purposed into a swimming pool.

Reshaping and re-purposing a ship into a swimming pool I would hope would become a more common occurrence around the world. This to me is an award winning idea that is deserving of note and replication.

Bathing Ship Pool

Badeschiff is an old barge or cargo container that has been converted into a public swimming pool in Berlin, Germany. [link]

Reclaimed Battleship Turned Into Public Swimming Pool in Germany

   Badeschiff is an old barge or cargo container that has been converted into a public swimming pool in Berlin, Germany.
Badeschiff is an old barge or cargo container that has been converted into a public swimming pool in Berlin, Germany.

Mumbai Swimming Pool

Mumbai balcony edged swimming pools - extreme swimming pools
Mumbai balcony edged swimming pools - extreme swimming pools | Source

Guitar Shaped Swimming Pool

Guitar Shaped Swimming Pool - extreme swimming pool
Guitar Shaped Swimming Pool - extreme swimming pool | Source

You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.
Edwin Louis Cole

South Africa Luxury Swimming Pool and Spa

Luxury Spa House and Swimming Pool in Cape Town, South Africa by Metropolis Design
Luxury Spa House and Swimming Pool in Cape Town, South Africa by Metropolis Design | Source

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Ultra Modern Swimming Pool with An Edge

amazing swimming pool with a glass edge
amazing swimming pool with a glass edge | Source

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.
Pericles

Exceptional Experience for Your Body Mind and Soul

Swimming pools are more than architectural wonders, they offer experiences that your body remembers and your spirit enjoys recalling.

Changing lives starts with new experiences and new appreciations. The purpose of this article is more than just visual, it is a plea for recognizing just as these structures are exceptional, all swimming pools offer an exceptional experience for your mind and soul.

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      Wow, love all these pictures of amazing swimming pools. I love the ones that you can reach off the balcony in Mumbai--so practical and innovative. Rated up.

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      The balcony swimming pools are my favorite.

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      Kelly A Burnett 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Anginwu,

      I just found out on Linkedin that the Mumbai structure has not yet been built - that is the one I had too had my eye on. I believe IF it is built the other buildings in the world such as the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty are going to be jealous. That structure is simply amazing.

      I am not too certain I would be comfortable swimming there - I am not a fan of heights up close and personal like that but oh, would I love a chance to take a dip and say I swam there!

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      Kelly A Burnett 4 years ago from United States

      Hi Phillydreamer,

      I agree completely! That is an amazing structure. Of course, all swimming pools are wonderful just as any short burst of exercise are always helpful.

      My husband complains when I go for a short time at the health club but I figure that is much better than missing a day. I am working at exercising daily - wish me luck!

      Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoyed your poetry and your insights into Dali. I learned allot from you.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      I have always thought the pools at Hearst Castle needed people to swim in them. If they ever open them I would surly volunteer.

      Really need to get into the pool this week. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Kelly A Burnett 3 years ago from United States

      Tirelesstraveler,

      Fascinating point. I will have to take a look at the Hearst Castle's pools. I will be right alongside you if they open up the pools for a swim. I do love the NFL fitness initiative for children encouraging 60 minutes each day - what a fantastic motto for our children. Kudos to the NFL management team for initiating this and sharing valuable airtime to promote this change in our youth. Now we just need the swimming pools with people being active, not lounging, being active in the pool. The water is a wonderful environment for all age groups and remains a frontier that has yet to be explored.

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      Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Really cool and interesting hub. Voted Up and Interesting.

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      Samantha 2 years ago

      Guitar pool is in Anola, Manitoba, Canada

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      Samantha,

      Great information! Thank you very much for sharing.That guitar pool is amazing! So glad our friends in Canada have that. A musical tribute plus a splash of fun!

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      StormsHalted 2 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      That was really a good collection enjoyed reading.

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      alikhan3,

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I adore swimming and dream of these extreme swimming pools - the reality is more than I can possibly dream.

      Just heard a great quote about imagination - you will never be done if you have imagination - Walt Disney but of course!

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      Brittany 13 months ago

      I believe the guitar shapped pool is in Wytheville, VA. On Google earth should be located not far away from Interstate 81 exit 70

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      Cathy Collier 10 months ago

      There is a guitar pool like that in Corpus Christi , Texas. You can see it on google earth. House is on Ocean Dr At Del Mar.

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      Kelly A Burnett 8 months ago from United States

      Brittany,

      You are amazing - you even know the location! Wowza! You go girl! Thank you for contributing! I love swimming pools and there are so many extreme ones that capture my heart but amaze my mind.

      Thank you very much for sharing.

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      Kelly A Burnett 8 months ago from United States

      Hi Cathy Collier,

      I wonder if there exists two guitar pools? Could it be possible? We had one reader name Brittany claim the guitar one was in Virginia, now Texas and I would have guessed Nashville. Silly me!

      Thank you very much for stopping by and contributing! I greatly appreciate it.

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