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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oh Those Fabulous Swimming Pools

We've been contemplating where to take our next vacation, so I've been busy looking at sites with some lovely and sometimes large pools. Today I share some upscale luxury swimming pools around the world found during my hunting. These are just a few of our favorites.

The Joule Hotel in Dallas has a fabulous rooftop pool that overhangs at the side of the building. Now that had to require some architectural genius and the evening lighting ads a touch of elegance.

The world’s largest swimming pool and artificial lagoon, according to the Guinness World Records, is located in the resort of San Alfonso del Mar in Chile. This pool actually dwarfs many natural lakes that attract visitors throughout the world. It contains 66 million gallons of water, is eight hectares in size and is equivalent in size to 6,000 standard domestic pools.

Hayman Island is home to the largest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere including the famous Hayman Pool which is seven times the size of an Olympic size swimming pool. Hayman Island is nestled in the spectacular Whitsunday Islands, close to the Great Barrier Reef, off Australia's north Queensland coast. This Whitsundays resort is the most northern island in the Whitsunday Islands group and is renowned for its elegance, service and superior location.

The infamous pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon Ca. You can take tours here but unfortunately, no swimming allowed.

I'd say Ceasars Palace took a cue from Hearst when it designed one of it's many pools, located at Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan overlooks the terraced rice fields that rise from the sacred Ayung River. The resort is a striking design that houses its suites, health club, spa and restaurant in a main building with the villas arranged over the hillside leading down to the river.

One of more than 17,000 islands in Indonesia, Bali is beautiful almost beyond belief – offering hillsides lined with stepped rice paddies, soaring volcanoes, lush forests and beaches lapped by the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. It has close to 20,000 temples and countless palaces, a legacy of the eight ancient kingdoms that once ruled the island. In Bali’s central highlands, rice terraces and cascading water gardens share the jungle with ancient shrines and eye-catching heliconias.

Now this looks like my kind of get away. I can so picture myself in this outdoor spa. The outdoor shower, and that tub for soaking. Total Zen & Relaxation, I think the four seasons usually gets it right. Do you have a favorite pool you'd like to share with me?


Melissa said...

Yes! The pool at the Biltmore in Coral Gables, FL is legendary...it's one of my favorite old hotels too....I always feel like Jean Harlow when I'm having drinks there.

Melissa said...

..."the Biltmore Hotel, a South Florida landmark built in 1926 and home to a 700,000-gallon swimming pool, the largest hotel pool in the country.
The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables has the largest swimming pool in the continental United States.

That pool played an important role in helping the Biltmore through the nation's economic lulls in the late 1920s and early 1930s. People came from all around to aquatic galas with synchronized swimmers, bathing beauties, alligator wrestling and Jackie Ott, the boy wonder who would dive from an 85-foot platform and slip through a circle of fire into the pool.

Before he was Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller was a swimming teacher and broke a world record at the Biltmore pool. Weissmuller was fired for running naked through the hotel one night. His female fans put up such a fuss, the hotel management hired him back.

The man famous for swinging through trees is only one source of entertaining stories at the Biltmore. The hotel had a gangster reputation, too. Mobster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was murdered there while an illicit casino was in full swing. His ghost continues to scare occasional guests on the 13th floor, according to hotel storytellers. (There's a free storytelling session in the hotel lobby every Thursday night. It's a great place to learn the hotel's history and hear ghost stories.)..."

puddin said...

Well, your mom liked our pool in Santa Barbara, not for its beauty, but for family enjoyment.

Good blog!

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Glamoursurf said...

Wow Melissa,

I'm off to check out that Biltmore. What could be more glam than feeling like Jean Harlow!

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