10 Splash-tacular Pools in Asia

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Written by Apeksha Bhateja

Want to practice your backstroke this summer? Pack up your swimwear because we have a list of the most dramatic, plunge-worthy swimming pools in Asia that you won’t be able to resist.

1. Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

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The infinity pool at Huvafen Fushi beckons a visit. Lit up with over 1,000 fibre optic lights at night, it looks like a sky full of stars. If you’re not up for a dip at night, dine by the pool for a truly romantic experience. A double treat for guests, this hotel also offers the only salt-water floatation pool of its kind in Maldives, steps from the Indian Ocean. www.huvafenfushi.peraquum.com

2. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

 
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If you’re trying to think of a reason to revisit Marina Bay Sands then remind yourself of the Sands SkyPark and the illusion of swimming right at the edge of the world. The huge 150-metre pool is for the exclusive use of guests of the hotel. Perched 200 metres high, a dip in the infinity pool gives you the feeling of floating in the clouds, while enjoying the panoramic view of the city. www.marinabaysands.com


3. The St Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet

 
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This one’s especially for yellow metal lovers, for it really doesn’t get more luxurious than a sparkling, golden pool. Tiled with thousands of real gold plates, the temperate-controlled Gold Energy Pool at The St Regis Lhasa Resort welcomes guests with a black and white sea serpent design, crafted on the wall by a local artist. www.starwoodhotels.com

4. Vana Belle, Koh Samui

 
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Cabanas to lounge in peacefully, a kids’ pool, and a whirlpool—all this with spectacular views of the Gulf of Thailand, and you’ll agree that the freshwater infinity pool at Vana Belle (a Luxury Collection Resort) is perfect in more ways than one. Don’t miss a walk by the pool at night when it is illuminated with red, blue, green, and yellow lights. www.starwoodhotels.com

5. Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka

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Smiling on the edge of Cape Weligama is the crescent-shaped infinity Moon Pool. Besides offering sweeping views of the cool blue ocean on all sides, sitting at the southern tip of Sri Lanka, it is also the perfect spot for watching whales in the distance. At night, the 60-metre pool dramatically reflects stars and the moon on its surface. www.capeweligama.com

6. The Nam Hai, Hoi An Vietnam

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If you have different interests then The Nam Hai by the Leading Hotels of the World with its multi-tiered swimming pools is just the one for you. A heated-pool on the upper level is perfect for families, the middle one for guests over 16 years, while the one by the sea is an Olympic Pool for enthusiastic adults. www.lhw.com

7. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

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You’ll surely feel on top of the world when you take a dip in The Ritz-Carlton’s indoor infinity swimming pool. At 490 metres above sea level—you can’t go higher than this in search of a swimming pool. There are 144 LED screens on the ceiling that play images continuously for the benefit of those practicing their backstroke. And, did we mention the outdoor Jacuzzi? Yes, that’s there too. www.ritzcarlton.com

8. Alila Ubud, Bali

 
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Cocooned in greenery, the 25-metre emerald green swimming pool on the terrace of Alila Ubud appears to be afloat above the Ayung River valley. The stone-tiled sundeck is a peaceful escape to nature, dotted with sun beds with Balinese umbrellas overhead. www.alilahotels.com

9. The Opposite House, Beijing

 
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The 22-metre stainless steel swimming pool at The Opposite House (a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts) is swoon-worthy. This indoor pool is a magical experience as the sprinkle of tinkering lights on the ceiling dance on the pool’s surface. www.preferredhotels.com

10. The Leela Palace, New Delhi

 
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If travelling for a relaxing swim is not on the cards, then The Leela Palace temperature-controlled terrace pool is the choice to consider. From a decorated stone wall with bronze artwork on one end to a green fresco on the other, the pool invites you with its swanky design. However, it is the Delhi skyline that will make you sit back and take notice. www.theleela.com

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