>>>Where to have the swim of your life

Where to have the swim of your life

Artificial or natural pools, fresh or salt water, in a river, in the sea or in the middle of the rainforest. You'll never forget taking the plunge here.

ven if your eyes sting, if you swim in these places keep them wide open, as this will be the best dip of your life. Today we bring you the ten best places in the world to float and enjoy. Immerse yourself in paradise and enjoy the landscape.

Swimmer in Giola lagoon
1. Giola lagoon (Thassos, Greece)

This natural pool on the island of Thassos is separated from the ocean by a rocky wall. When the tide is in, the pool is flooded and when it’s out it leaves a calm, crystal clear pool from where you can look out over the Aegean Sea.

Swimmer on the platform at Samulá cenote
2. Cenote Samula (Valladolid, Mexico)

On the Yucatan peninsula is a hidden underground cavern that has an amazing secret natural pool. The platform that has been built over it allows you to get to the middle and then swim, dive or even dive head first into the deepest part.



Young swimmer in one of the Lençóis Maranhenses lagoons
3. Lençóis Maranhenses (Maranhão, Brazil)

Between the sheets (‘lençóis’ in Portuguese) of sand in the Maranhão desert, from June to September, rainwater accumulates to form freshwater lagoons. This sea of dunes and lagoons stretches 70 kilometres along the coast and 50 kilometres inland.

Moniz volcanic formations
4. Moniz volcanic formations (Madeira, Portugal)

A wall of solidified lava separates the ocean from this natural pool of crystal clear water. An artificial structure of walkways gives access to the pool and a crèche frees parents up to do their own thing.

Pool at the Bondi Beach Iceberg Club
5. Bondi Icebergs Club (Sydney, Australia)

Since 1929 this “extension” of the Indian Ocean at Bondi Beach means you can get the lengths in without bumping into the surfers catching the breakers on the beach. The club also has saunas and a restaurant with great views.

Red pool at The Library hotel on Koh Samui
6. Red Pool at The Library hotel (Thailand)

On the Thai island of Koh Samui The Library hotel has a colourful fresh water pool on the beachfront with views over the sea. The red pool tiles combine with the parasols and contrast with the blue of the ocean, which you can practically touch from the pool.


Bathing in the Devil's Pool
Photo: StanislavBeloglazov / Shutterstock.com
7. Devil's Pool (Zambia and Zimbabwe)

If you suffer from vertigo, don’t even go near it. This natural pool lies between Zambia and Zimbabwe, standing 100 metres high on top of Victoria Falls. You can only get in when the river is low, between October and December.

Pool at the One&Only Reethi Rah hotel
8. Lap Pool at the One&Only Reethi Rah resort (Maldives)

With a carved stone bed at one end and a built-in jacuzzi, it’s the most photographed (adults only) pool out of the three at this resort. That’s not surprising given it starts on the beach and extends 30 metres into the Indian Ocean.

To Sua Ocean Trench, in Samoa
9. To Sua Ocean Trench (Upolu, Samoa)

Thirty metres beneath the thick rainforest vegetation on the island of Upolu, a natural pool with turquoise water amazes everyone who sees it. To get down to it you have to climb down a steep wooden ladder, but the views and the swimming are well worth the dizzy descent.

Two swimmers in the Swala Sanctuary pool
10. Infinity pool at Swala Sanctuary (Arusha, Tanzania)

This luxury camp is in the heart of Tarangire National Park, surrounded by baobabs and living alongside the animals that roam the grasslands. From the infinity pool you can watch elephants, giraffes and other animals on their annual migration.

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