Summer is officially here and, for many, that means its swimming pool and/or beach season. Here are some of the funkiest, must-see swimming pools in the region that make it even more fun to soak up the sun.
Galaxy Hotel, Macau
When was it launched? May 2011
Why is it special? The Galaxy hotel, which is part of a large integrated complex with two other hotels, has one of the world’s largest rooftop wave pools. It measures 4,000 sqm and is surrounded by 2,000 sqm of man-made beach, complete with cabanas, palm trees and simulated waves and sea to create a seaside ambience in the middle of China’s answer to Las Vegas.
Extra features: In addition to swimming, guests have the option of surfing the 1.5-metre-high simulated waves. Guests can also enjoy the five other swimming pools nearby or the gardens and pavilion for Japanese tea ceremonies.
W Singapore Sentosa Cove
When was it launched? September 2012
Why is it special? Measuring 1,338 sqm, this outdoor pool features underwater music and an expansive backdrop of the South China Sea (to find out which other pools around the world feature underwater music, click here).
Extra features: Guests are entitled to complimentary private cabanas, an iPad, iPod and mist fans. Furthermore, the swim-up bar is adorned with glowing seats and serves custom cocktails and creative bites.
When was it launched? July 2012
Why is it special? The indoor heated pool is literally a glass box; encased within glass walls the pool is an exhibitionists dream come true. Internal LED lights add an extra glow while you swim.
Extra features: Since this pool is part of the Optime Spa, guests have the option of a little pampering before or after their swim.
Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
When was it launched? March 2011
Why is it special? Located on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC), this indoor infinity pool wears the ‘highest pool in the world’ crown, boasting vertigo-inducing views of the city. Additionally, the ceiling has an LED TV that can be programmed to play different videos, including one of Hong Kong’s skies captured by the rooftop camera (for more information about the hotel, click here).
Extra features: This swimming pool is part of the hotel’s ESPA spa offering guests relaxing therapies.
For a list of more exciting swimming pools, click here.