Pools in the Sky: A World Tour

Dubai, Melbourne, Zambia, and Bali are among the places with the most impressive cantilevered or otherwise exceptionally suspended water-based workout/hangout venues.

If the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao's swimming pool is to be believed, people aren't content with lounging on inflatable creatures in their backyard pool anymore. They want a truly unique -- and dizzying -- experience.

We spotted the 24-story high indoor pool on Geekologie , but the hotel isn't alone in this gravity-defying trend. These "hanging" pools allow swimmers to soak in the world around them, and they're particularly handy for architects that want to provide swim-friendly amenities for clients short on space -- especially in big cities. Take a dip in the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao's swimming pool past the break , and see other amazing, floating pools that require an adventurous spirit.


Sky-high, glass-bottomed pool

The Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao's indoor swimming pool is perched atop the 24-story building. While that itself is not so unusual for a big city natatorium, the part of the pool that protrudes from the building and suspends swimmers in mid-air, is. Singapore firm Chan Sau Yan Associates constructed the glass-bottomed pool, which allows swimmers and pedestrians to gaze at each other. The view is incredible -- if you don't have a fear of heights.


Residential, cantilevered pool

This Spanish residence is made entirely of precast beams -- it's cantilevered lap pool that rests on top of the house, included. The elongated swimming pool was inspired by a Hemeroscopium, which defies physical limits. As the designers explain it:

"For the Greek, Hemeroscopium is the place where the sun sets. An allusion to a place that exists only in our mind, in our senses, that is ever-changing and mutable, but is nonetheless real. It is delimited by the references of the horizon, by the physical limits, defined by light, and it happens in time."

Watch the YouTube video below to see how the residential wonder was erected.


Floating balcony pool

Mumbai's twin residential towers, dubbed the Aquaria Grande, isn't building its balconies so people can feel the wind through their hair on a warm summer night. The 37-story building will feature the outdoor patios so residents can practice their backstroke. The planned complex is currently undergoing construction, which includes these amazing, three-sided balcony pools.

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Curvy, transparent pool

The InterContinental Dubai Festival City is home to a curvy, transparent pool that extends beyond the edge of the hotel, overlooking Dubai's skyline -- full of incredible, contemporary architecture. If you want to feel like a vacationing Spider-Man, this is definitely where you should book a room.


Rooftop, saltwater pool

Melbourne's Adelphi hotel provides guests with a 9-story, 25-meter, heated, saltwater pool that allows swimmers to peer down at the street through the clear Perspex floor. It juts over Flinders Lane in the Australian city's central business district. To get another view of the rooftop pool, watch the video below (appears around 1:04).


Suspended, urban pool

The Hilton Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand has a pool that is dramatically suspended between two buildings. The heated, outdoor lap pool features an underwater viewing point for adventurous swimmers and spectators. It's a lovely, aqua oasis in the midst of the city's concrete jungle.


Hanging infinity pool

These stunning Indonesian infinity pools are located at the Ubud Hanging Gardens resort in Bali. The large-scale, multilevel, curvaceous pools mirror the surrounding hills, making it a peaceful, tropical retreat. Guests even have a scenic view of the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple. There are 38 private pools in total, each one accessed via an aerial ropeway. It sounds a little frightening, but the panoramic, nature-filled view seems totally worth it.


Breezy, cantilevered pool

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