Some hotel pools are more than a place to take a dip. They are designed to make a dramatic impression and heighten the sensations you experience when you swim. The infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands hotel is a great example.
The Skypark pool atop the Marina Bay Sands hotel, in Singapore, is one of the most magnificent pools on earth. The so called “infinity-pool” perched 200 meter above the ground atop three skyscrapers offers a mind-blowing view of the city’s skyline. These days high altitude pools are popping up on top of skyscrapers from New York to Bali to Sydney. As infinity-pools started becoming increasingly common, designers have had to come up with something new to up the ante. Recently, cantilevered pool tanks with see-through sides and flooring have started to gain international attention.
InterContinental Festival City Hotel, Dubai
At the InterContinental Festival City Hotel in Dubai, a transparent plexiglass section extends beyond the edge of the hotel building, overlooking the Dubai Skyline. The pool has a curved transparent bottom and people on the street are able to lookup and see swimmers overhead. Make sure your are wearing your finest swimwear.
Hilton Hotel, Auckland
The pool at Hilton Hotel in Auckland has a similar design, except it has a solid bottom. The swimming pool is suspended between the two buildings that make up this dramatic hotel. There is also a viewing gallery underneath the pool so hotel guests can check out the action from below.
Joule Hotel, Dallas
The hanging pool on the Joule Hotel in Dallas, Texas, extends eight feet out and over the side of the building at the tenth-floor. The pool has a plexiglass wall at the end overlooking the street, so not only can swimmers look down at the city below but pedestrians can look up at the swimmers.
Adelphi hotel, Melbourne
The rooftop pool at Adelphi hotel in Melbourne, Australia, has a glass bottom and cantilevers over Flinders Lane from 9 storeys up. The 25 metre, heated salt water pool offers a unique view of the streetscape below through the clear Perspex pool floor.