Cool pools: Unusual places in Asia to take a dip
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Cool pools: Unusual places in Asia to take a dip

SEASIDE, sky high, panoramic, scary and with vanishing edges, waves or volcanoes… there’s plenty of reasons these swimming pools made this list. Pack your swimming costume for this pool ride around Asia.

Cantilever Indoor Swimming Pool, Shanghai

If you’ve got enough pluck to brave this indoor pool, you can enjoy the experience of floating 100 metres above the streets of Shanghai. Suspended 24 floors above the ground the glass bottom on this pool is a real eye opener both for pedestrians on the streets below and those swimming in the pool. Those that don’t take the plunge can still enjoy sky high views out across Shanghai from the poolside lounge. The pool is located in the Holiday Inn, Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao.

Ross Jones Memorial Pool, Coogee Beach, Sydney

Sydney’s many ocean pools are one of the many delights of this city. Located south of the bridge, the pristine Ross Jones pool dates back to 1947 and has a unique design with turret-like concrete piers. Part of the aesthetic value of this pool is its location on superb Coogee Beach under the Surf Life Saving Club.


Pic: Rmonty 119 / Robert Montgomery, Creative Commons

Seagaia Ocean Dome, Japan

Ocean Dome in Miyazaki was 300 metres long, 100 metres wide and 500 metres from the sea. It also had a retractable roof that had clouds and a blue sky even on a rainy day, and the temperature inside was always an even 30 degrees. For all that it won the honour of being the world’s largest indoor swimming pool. However sadly the waterpark, part of the Phoenix Seagaia Resort Hotel, closed in 2007. Other features here included a sand beach, artificial volcano and wave generating machine.


Pic: Megapixie (Max Smith), Creative Commons

Chime Long Water Park, Guangzhou, China

This water park has the distinction of being the largest in the world. With internationally designed rides and attractions Chime Long offers plenty of splash for your buck. These have names such as the Master Blaster®, Family BoomerangoTM and AquaPlay Giant RainFortressTM. While it’s huge at 400,000 square metres, expect to enjoy it with enthusiastic but large crowds. On one day alone it once boasted 35,000 guests and in 2011 recorded 1.9 million visitors.



Sands SkyPark Infinity pool, Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel has made yet another Asian best of list thanks to its 150 metre long infinity pool. This is one that might actually make you want to do some laps, although you’ll be hard pressed to tear your eyes from the view and concentrate on your strokes. This is pretty much a swim on top of the world at 57 stories, or 200m, above Singapore’s CBD. If you’re at all afraid of heights keep away from the vanishing edge! And if you were hoping to sneak past the door or pay an entry fee, do note the pool is for hotel guests only.


Pic: Marina Bay Sands.

The Red Pool, Koh Samui

It may look like the setting of a horrific murder scene, but the red colour of the pool at The Library on Samui’s Chaweng Beach is actually thanks to a base of mosaic tiles and the reflection from red mattresses around the edges. So no one has died. This is of course a boutique hotel and there are plenty of other similar funky touches in its design. Located along the Chaweng seafront with its white beaches, the signature red of the pool is indeed a contrast. At night underwater lights are turned on in the pool.