Top 5 World's Largest Swimming Pools
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Some of the most impressive and fascinating architectural wonders of the world are man-made swimming pools. Beautiful and impressive, designed for peaceful relaxation and playful fun. The majority of the most amazing swimming pools in the world are at hotels and resorts, but a few are at private residences.
That WOW Factor!
With unusual and decadent decorative features and innovatively engineered water features, the top pools of the world are the height of hedonism. Check out the features of the top 5 largest pools in the world!
1. Algarrobo, Chile
- Located at the San Alfonso del Mar resort at Algarrobo, on Chile’s southern coast.
- Over 1,000 meters in length
- Over 100 feet deep.
- Over 66 million gallons of water.
- Designed as a man-made lagoon.
- Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest swimming pool.
- Filled with crystal clear turquoise salt water.
- Large enough to sail boats in.
- Ringed with huts, decks, bars, and the ocean.
2. Singapore, Singapore
- Located on top of a skyscraper complex at the Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore.
- On top of three 55-story high hotel towers.
- 650 feet in the air.
- 475-foot vanishing edge.
- The length of three football fields.
- The largest skyline swimming pool in the world.
- The most expensive of its kind.
- Takes 20 minutes to walk from one end of the deck to the other.
- Additionally features a restaurant, bar, spa, and botanical garden with 250 species of trees and 650 plants.
3. El Campo, Texas
- Located in the fenced-in backyard of a Texan home.
- 750,000 gallons of water.
- 500 foot lazy river.
- 25 person hot tub.
- The world’s largest residential swimming pool.
- Has 6 waterfalls.
- Unique 21 foot slide.
- Features a sunken bar and an outdoor kitchen, a bridge, tropical palm trees, huge boulder waterfall, and a kids area with climbing wall and faux tree swing.
- Over $3 million to build.
4. Toyahvale, Texas
- Located in a Texan state park.
- Holds 3.5 million gallons of water.
- 25 feet deep.
- Covers two acres.
- Spring-fed with a year-round temperature of 78 degrees.
- Deemed the World's Largest Man-made/Natural Combination Swimming Pool.
- Designed to mesh with nature, fish and turtles live in the deepest areas.
- A great place to swim, snorkel, and even SCUBA.
- Created during the Great Depression as a WPA project.
5. Osaka, Japan
- Located in Japan.
- The world’s largest outdoor swimming pool is under construction.
- 40 foot by 2,625 foot pool in the center of the Dotonbori Canal.
- Filled with purified city water.
- Located in the nightlife area of Shinsaibashi.
- To open in 2015.
While it's not the largest, if you're in Australia you're going to want to check out the Marriott Resort and Spa also known as Surfers Paradise. This is a massive pool with fish where you can snorkel without the fear of other ocean creatures - like sharks. This swimming pool is one reason a lot of people have looked into travel and tourism courses available in Australia.
All of these amazing swimming pools are a must-see for travelers and tourists. Do some more research and find many more too. Even if you cannot afford the stay at the resort, be sure to stop by and take a tour of these watery marvels. But if you can swing the resort, you’ll be too cool for school in the pool!
Toni Meadows is a retired Business professor who now blogs about education and it's importance in society. He has visited several colleges in Melbourne and has written his observations on business courses and opinions about each one.