From a converted brewery to an underwater concert hall, we round up eight of the world’s hippest swimming pools
1. Ocean Beach, Ibiza (above)
Sitting on the hottest piece of real estate on the island’s west coast, the scenester vibe at this two-year-old beach club is palpable. Especially during its regular sixties style champagne spray parties, complete with cabaret dancers, aerial performances and fountains of pink and white bubbly. The Ecstasy-dosed, champagne-soaked masses here won’t stop partying until they’re rolled out in wheelchairs.
The Clincher: You can book the floating bed at the pool and get appropriately christened Ibiza Angel to give you the coolest massage of your life.
It’s the most fun you’ll have in a spa: There are Finnish saunas, temperature-controlled salt water pools and massages done with fruit. But the highlight is undoubtedly the louche and eerie indoor swimming pool that doubles up as an underwater concert hall, with live DJs and bands playing everything from classical music to EDM on weekends in candle-lit interiors. The whole thing is a thoroughly German affair – both the sauna and changing rooms are mixed, with a no-clothing policy in the former. But take a towel if you, like us, prefer lightly girded loins.
The Clincher: The music is projected inside the water so you don’t miss a beat.
At the end of a five-mile descent down a dirt road and into a shallow rock bowl, a pool, the colour of Amanda Seyfried’s eyes awaits. Inside the pool, you’ll see the bulwarks and outcroppings of what seems like a Martian landscape surrounding the 600-acre hotel. Here, the desert escarpment that juts into the pool, cutting your lap short, is the only kind of intrusion to be had. There is no boundary, no gate – just a single footfall between hotel and desert, between everything and nothing.
The Clincher: You can climb out of the pool and right into a hot air balloon that launches directly out of the Amangiri, for floating around of a different kind.
As the heated outdoor pool bubbles and snowflakes dance around you, it takes a moment to get used to the giant Alps that loom dizzily close, like ludicrously large Black Forest cakes. A dip here could well alter your weltanschauung for life.
The Clincher: Equipped with a massage bed and numerous jets, the pool offers countless ways to squirt pressurized water on yourself to soothe muscles after a hard day out on the slopes.