If truth is to be told, these swimming pools are enough for you to want to jump on the next flight and go to the Swiss Alps and Maldives. Though traveling is still far from safe, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of daydreaming, right? These visually stunning and idyllic swimming pools are upping their game. And remember what they say? If you can’t stop thinking about it, buy it. The same applies to places we dream about visiting. If you can’t stop daydreaming about a place, better list that place down and plan a post-pandemic visit.
There are a few things you have to know about public swimming pools, especially because the world is a bit different right now. While there is still no evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted in a swimming pool, it is still in your best interest to make sure that the pool isn’t too crowded when you visit. The hotel or resort management should put safety protocols in place to ensure that the visitors will strictly adhere to the principles of social distancing.
Another thing you should check before visiting a public pool is the water recycling process it uses. You can call the pool management ahead and ask if they have partnered with the likes of Oregon Pure Water to provide its trademarked Puripool Process that lowers the presence of phosphates, Calcium Hardness, nitrates, waterborne diseases, salts, cyanuric acid, and other contaminants in the water. This process cleanses the water and makes it safe for swimming.
Once you are sure of the safety and cleanliness of the water, you can then start enjoying the process of planning your post-pandemic travels. There are plenty of great swimming pools around the world. But with the limited movement allowed to people, these are the top pools you should visit first.
Capella Ubud, Bali
If you want a retreat from the world (and who doesn’t?), the Capella Ubud in Bali, Indonesia should be on top of your list. Designed by the world-renowned team of Bill Bensley, the Capella Ubud have individual ornate luxury tents that have everything you want—hammered-copper tubs, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, and private salt-water lap pools.
But the main event is the Cistern. With its zigzagged sides and striped interiors, the main pool sits above the resort, mingling with greens with no end in sight. For almost $800 a day, it’s not exactly cheap to stay in Capella Ubud, but who ever said that escaping reality is cheap?
The Cambrian Hotel, Adelboden
If you want a truly unforgettable experience, pack your bags and go to The Cambrian Hotel in Adelboden in Switzerland. The amazing contrast of seeing the snowy Swiss Alps and swimming in the moderate warm 32-degrees Celsius pool water will make this an experience to remember forever. The main pool stretches from the hotel building and into the grounds. Forget the Swiss Alps, the pool alone will make you not want to leave ever.
The Lake Argyle Resort, Australia
On the border that Western Australia shares with Northern Territory sits The Lake Argyle Resort. It has a 115-foot infinity-edge pool that looks over rolling hills, mountains, and the vast lake below. The resort is out of the way, which makes it all the more appealing to those who want to escape the crazy city life.
Laucala Island, Fiji
The 21,500-square-foot lagoon-style pool is already hard to top, but the designers of this hotel decided to be a little extra. They plopped in the middle an 82-foot glass cube that also doubles as a lap pool. You can see the glass cube in all its glory since its right smack in the middle of the lagoon pool. You can either swim in the glass cube or pretend that you’re a mermaid overlooking your minions in the slightly more regular lagoon-style pool.
Perivolas Hotel, Santorini
There is hardly a travel list that Santorini is not included. This is not going to be an exception. The infinity pool at the Perivolas Hotel in Santorini, Greece overlooks the Aegean Sea. The pool sits high on the edge of a cliff, so it’s hard to imagine where it ends and where the sea begins. You can spend hours or even all day looking at the magnificent view. An hour here will feel like the past six months did not happen.
Surely, like many people, you cannot wait to pack up and go. No one will blame you. That’s for sure. The past months have been extra hard on everyone. But you can only move forward from this point. Creating a list of travel destinations seems to be the right thing to do to inspire you.