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Luxurious and Crazy- Hanging Swimming Pools

If you are a fan of swimming, and you live in London, you might want to move to Nine Elms, where developers are building high rise apartment buildings, with a twist. Ballymore Group, the developers of the apartment buildings have come up with an innovative new design- a swimming pool that is made entirely of glass, and hangs between the two towers, on the 10th floor.

London Hanging Pool

According to Ballymore Group, this swimming pool is the first of it’s kind- nobody else has dared to build a hanging swimming pool before. The pool will hang, freely, connecting the two apartment buildings. On either side of the pool, there will be a promenade and a walkway (for those who do not wish to swim to the other side!). This promenade will also house a spa and a café.

London Sky Pool

The swimming pool is certainly an engineering marvel- it’s 25 meters long and is made of 20cm thick glass. The craziest part is that the entire thing is structure free- which means that the entire swimming pool will be made of glass alone. A swimmer can just dive right down to the bottom, and get a view of the people and cars on the road below. One thing is clear- this is not a pool for the weak hearted.

So, what do you think, swimming pool fans? Want to live here, so you can also enjoy the hanging pool? You are in luck, because some of the houses are still on sale– for £600,000. It’s probably just simpler to look at pictures of the house on the internet.

Swimming pools on roof top

Roof top swimming pool

Urban areas are getting crowded and space comes at premium. If you are planning to shift to a big city like London, Paris or New York open spaces are either too expensive or not present at all. This has led to the architects planning pools for swimming exercise on roof tops. This is a challenge for architects.

Water is a natural corrosive and also has weight which has to be considered while installing swimming pool on roof tops. Otherwise it could end up in a disaster. State of the art technology is used to make the shell of the pool. This is the most important structure as a pool on roof top requires a strong base as well.

The engineering come to fore in giving more depth with less water volume. Weight is a concern at the top. The advantage of a roof top swimming pool is that the cleaning is less-frequent, and purification is easy. Gravity saves a lot of effort here. Just an outlet pipe is used to drain the water periodically.

The pool is best made in a single shell, so that failure due to leakage is minimized. The installation does cost but is worth it. You would want a pool even when you do not have the luxury of backyard space. I would want to experiment with this new technology in my flat at London. It is worth the cost I think.

Maintaining Private Pool

Private Swimming Pool

I am a pool lover and own a private pool as well. It is fun to lie in the clear blue water. However pool requires routine care to keep it clean and healthy. It is not so cumbersome to keep it clean. You just need to follow certain tricks.

  • Skim surface daily – Do skim the surface water daily. Debris which may be dried leaves or simply dust will take the beauty away from your lovely pool. Skimming daily using nets can help keep the surface clean and you will require to use lesser chlorine. The floating debris once sunk can be really hard to remove.
  • Vacuum once a week – Use pool vacuum once a week to keep the water clear and lessen the use of chemicals. Check the filter every time for better results.
  • Brush the walls weekly – Walls of the pool also need at least weekly cleaning to keep it sparkling. Do not ignore the walls as this is where dust will gather the most, and if kept unchecked fungus or algae will grow which is hard to remove.
  • Clean pool filter every two weeks – The pool filter requires maintenance every two weeks. depending on the type of filter in your pool follow the cleaning procedure.
  • Maintain proper level of water – A pool requires water to keep it alive and too less or too much water can damage the structure. Make sure the water level is optimum. Checking regularly will help.
  • Do pH test of water – The water in the pool should be having a pH of between 7.2 to 7.8. Anything less or more is not healthy.

Just follow these simple tricks and your pool will be clean and a fun place to while away your free time.

Marina Bay Sands Pool

What kind of pool is your dream pool? One with waterfalls, a stunning infinity pool, or one with an amazing beach view? If there’s any pool I dream about visiting someday it’s the Marina Bay Sands Hotel pool. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is located in Singapore, which is pretty well accessible from Australia. The amazing infinity pool is located 57 floors high overlooking the stunning metropolitan city of Singapore. Who loves infinity pools? I know I do. This one looks like it ends though, I can only imagine the feeling one gets when looking over that edge all the way down. Looking down 191 meters at that. One guy was even crazy enough to base jump off the deck.

Marina-Bay-Sands-бассейнThis pool is so exclusive only hotel guests are able to access it. It is the world’s longest elevated pool. Besides this spectacular pool there are rooftop restaurants, bars and nightclubs. What more could someone want? The pool is part of the Sands Skypark which is the observation deck on the top of the hotel. Whereas non-guests can’t access the infinity pool, anyone is allowed to go to the Sands Skypark to the restaurants, clubs, and shop, but for a price.

Marina-bay-sands_306318kAfter doing my research on this pool and hotel resort overall I feel like if were to visit Singapore I might not even need to leave my hotel! I mean what could be better than a pool above the world! Will I be traveling to Singapore soon? Probably not, but if I do I know I will save up so I can splurge and stay in this hotel to experience this one of a kind pool!

Hanging Gardens’ Stunning Pools

The Ubud Hanging Garden in Bali, Indonesia, is one of the most beautiful hotels in the world as well. It is home to one of the most beautiful pools in the entire world. It is, in fact, . The villas and the rooms provide the guest with wonderful views of the nearby paddy fields and green mountains. Select villas and rooms even provide people with a view of a traditional temple on the mountain opposite the hotel.

Bali Hanging Garden Swimming Pool

The swimming pool is a multi-level swimming pool that has a free form design that blends with the curves and ridges of the surrounding paddy fields. The infinity pool is lined with solidified volcanic ash. The infinity pool stretches to different levels, and some of the villas have their own private section of the infinity pool. The pool even has a waterfall, with a bench at the bottom level. This will help pool goers can enjoy the waterfall by sitting at the bench at the bottom.

The pool has breathtaking view of the surrounding areas. The infinity pool gives swimmers a feeling of floating over the mountains and the paddy fields. It is not the cheapest option in Bali, but it is certainly one of the most romantic spots in the world.

Dive into the deepest swimming pool

People all around the world are trying to build the world’s most unique swimming pools- and I think I will never stop being grateful of that fact. One of the most daring and stunning swimming pools in the entire world is the one in Hotel Terme Millepini in Montegrotto Terme, in Italy. The pool, named Deep Joy, is the deepest swimming pool on earth, at 130 ft depth. Before the Deep Joy was completed in 2014, Nemo 33 in Belgium, Brussels, was the deepest pool, at 113 ft.

Deepest Diving Pool

Of course, the Deep Joy is not for the faint hearted, or for people just looking to lounge around on their water noodles. The pool has three different platforms built within, so that people can dive or swim in the depth of their choice. There is a tunnel with a viewing platform on the side of the first platform as well- for the unlucky people who cannot swim or just want to experience the depth of the pool without having to swim.

Deep Joy swimming pool

As if the sheer depth of the pool was not attraction enough, the architect, Emanuele Boaretto has acutally installed a number of attractions within the pool-including caves. If you have always been interested in diving, but do not want to do so in an uncontrolled environment, this pool is the best option for you!

Berlin alternatives..

This summer, thanks to a loan I was able to secure through Ferratum.com.au, I took a trip around Europe. Given the warm weather I made it my mission to search out the craziest or most interesting swimming spots I could find.

Badeschiff Berlin an unusual swimming pool

Top on my list was the Badeschiff in Berlin – this upturned hull from one of the river barges you see running along German rivers, has been cleaned out and filled with the most aqua blue water to contrast with the River Spree that it now floats in. Badeschiff literally translates as bathing ship, and this is what you get to do on a hot summers day in the middle of Berlin. Around the pool are levels of decking with deck chairs provided to laze about, and this being hipster Berlin there is of course a bar, DJ and massage services. The feeling of doing laps up and down a pool that sits inside a river is hard to explain, slightly weird but very relaxing as you see the crowds of tourist boats pass you by gawking!

Another credible mention, more for the view than the pool, is the Hotel Cipriani, Venice. Situated awa from the crowds of Venice on its own little island, this is the perfect place to relax at the end of a long day, lazing in the water staring back across the lagoon at the Doges Palace, perfect bliss.

I’ll share some more of my experiences over the next few blogs, including my trip to Iceland!