Traveling can be hard sometimes. I mean wearing your backpack all the time, visiting thousands of sights, walking through streets the whole day, taking trains and planes and buses non-stop – all that stuff can be exhausting. Therefore, every now and then, you just need to give yourself a break. In your ho(s)tel bed… getting a massage… or while taking a nice long dive into a fancy swimming pool. Should you choose the latter, here are some of our recommendations for some of the world’s most awe-inspiring pools.

1) The Sheraton Hotel Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawai’i

The Sheraton Hotel at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, is a luxury Hotel with an infinity pool and some breat-taking views over the ocean and nearby Diamond Head. Unlike most other hotels, you don’t need to be a guest staying here, you may just walk in, get a drink and enjoy the sunset at this amazing pool!

2) The Badeschiff, Berlin, Germany

This floating pool in Berlin’s river Spree, including a beach and an open air bar, has quickly developed into a landmark of cool and creative Berlin. In summer, it offers massages, sports and yoga classes as well as concerts and various parties. In winter, it gets a roof and two saunas, so you can still enjoy the amazing view while being warm and cozy. Entry in summer 5 EUR / in winter 12 EUR.

3) The Icebergs, Sydney, Australia

Just next to the famous Bondi Beach you can find the Icebergs swimming pool, where the waves often breaks over the sides of the pool. It was founded in 1929 by a bunch of passionate local lifesavers who wanted to maintain their fitness also during winter months. Getting in will cost you only 5 AUD.

4) The Joule Hotel, Dallas, USA

People suffering from fear of heights shouldn’t bathe in this pool, located at the 10th floor of this hotel, right above the main road. If you are brave and adventurous enough (and can sport the cash), become a guest at this luxurious hotel, with an incredibly pool designed by famous architect Adam D. Tihany.

5) San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo, Chile

This is the world’s largest swimming pool with an extension of more than one kilometer in length, 8ha and 250 million litres of water. But this is not the only attraction in this tourist complex: the intense turquoise colour of the water has been reached because of an advanced technology pumping the water from the Pacific Ocean, filtering it and then supplying it to the pool.

6) Devil swimming pool, Victoria Falls, Africa

This so called Devil’s pool is located within the Victoria Falls dropping down 128m. The Falls are located at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. As the water is relatively calm you can swim here, but only during the months from September to December.

Feeling a sudden urge to take a swim but have no clue where to go? Have a look here or here to discover more extraordinary swimming pools.

This post was written by Franziska Gutsche.