World’s Strangest Hotel Pools


YOU can swim in them all!

David Rentsch

President, Cruise Holidays

Tired of the same-old aquamarine water? Imagine swimming in water that’s blood-red, or gold. From Las Vegas to Austria, from Manhattan’s bustling Lower East Side to tranquil Tibet, these locations hold some of the world’s strangest hotel pools. Forget about swim-up bars and elegant infinity pools. Today’s coolest hotel pools flaunt jaw-dropping, quirky amenities like sharks on the other side of a glass wall or the image of Andy Warhol’s face on the floor below. 

Infinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Perched on the 57th floor of one of tis three towers, the SkyPark hosts a 150-meter infinity-edge pool that creates the appearance of floating off into the clouds while swimming. Rimming the other side of the pool are palm trees and chaise lounges. And Singapore’s skyline never looked so stunning from there.

Laucala Island Resort, Laucala, Fiji

The 80-foot-long glass cube that serves as the resort’s pool is as chic as the 3,500-acre, private island itself. Come nightfall, Tiki torches create a serene Polynesian vibe. If you want to do laps or spread out, no worries, as there is also a lagoon-style pool surrounding the cube. For more private soaks, simply retire to your villa, which features a private infinity pool.

The Red Pool, The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand

What looks like blood in the aptly named Red Pool at The Library is an optical illusion, thanks to a mosaic of orange, yellow and deep-red tiles glinting under a blazing sun. Crave a good book after a swim? Look no further than the adjacent all-white library, The Lib, and sink into a red mattress or black beanbag-chair on the pool’s wooden deck.

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Sixty LES (Lower East Side), New York City

Proof that Andy Warhol lives on is no further than this boutique styl hotle in Manhattan, where the ego-driven artist’s face (through black-and-white film stills) is pictured on the bottom of the rooftop pool. Comfy orange chaises surrounding the pool add to the design.