9 of the World’s Most Beautiful and Unique Pools

published Jul 26, 2016
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I recently moved from Houston to New York, so my access to actual swimming pools is a lot more restricted than it used to be. I have dealt with this by spending a disproportionally large amount of time looking at pools on the internet. Which is probably not great for me, but good for you, because over the past year or so I have amassed an enormous collection of pictures of beautiful pools, some of which are so mind-blowingly cool and unique that I couldn’t help including them in this collection of the world’s most beautiful and unique pools.

Above: The pool-within-a-pool at the Laucala Island resort, in Fiji (via Conde Nast Traveler).

(Image credit: Home Adore)
(Image credit: Home Adore)
(Image credit: Home Adore)

The marble-sided pool at the Sala Ayutthaya Hotel, in Thailand, has a beautiful, almost otherworldly feel.

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A gorgeous limestone quarry turned swimming pool, on a family estate in Massachusetts.

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This dramatic cantilevered pool is the centerpiece of an uber-modern golf course home in Portugal. The house itself is u-shaped and wraps around the pool, because with a pool like this, why would you ever want to look at anything else?

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This swimming pool is surrounded by a sculpture garden, but the pool itself is a sculpture all on its own.

(Image credit: Alavya)
(Image credit: Alavya)

The stripes of tile on the pool’s bottom make this pool, at the Alavya hotel in Turkey, extra refreshing.

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This elegant lap pool combines swimming and swinging for the best of both worlds.

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The pool at the Siam hotel in Bangkok looks extra cool and refreshing, thanks to the dark tiled bottom (with jaunty white stripes).

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This is possibly the most unique pool of all… and it’s a DIY! All you need is a little bit of space, a really big tarp, and 70 bales of hay. (Via 1001 Gardens.)