Top Pool Floats for the Sumer of 2020 Welcome Poolside, each week we try and find fun creative ways to bring you more for your pool. Way to enjoy it all tear around. Tips on cleaning, maintenance, supplies, and all the fun a pool has to offer. Many of our blog posts contain affiliate links.

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10 Ways to Make Your Summer Pool Party the Envy of the Neighborhood

Summer is finally upon us and the heat is picking up each day. Nothing is more fun than a summer pool party. Below you will find 10 amazing ideas we have found to assist you in your planning. Party stores, Michaels, Marshalls, and places like Target and Walmart will have just about everything you’ll need. If anyone dares to throw you in the water, #4 might soften the blow.

Where’s the pool party at? Oh, that’d be your place. With fruity cocktails, festive floats, and creative pool party ideas for bright, colorful decor, you’ll have the kind of get-together people rave about (and #TBT) for years afterward. Trust.

1. Boho Tablescape

Set a long, low table and bring rugs outsidefor a super-relaxed, family-style meal. The more mud cloth and floor pillows, the better.

2. Set Up An Ice Cream Bar

Frozen desserts are a must. This DIY ice cream bar is the easy way to serve a crowd — plus, it’s just fun.

3. Come Up With a Theme

Give your pool party a dress code and then decorate for the theme accordingly. Some ideas include tropical or all-white for a classic, dressier pool party. Or you could get weird and choose a TV show as a jumping-off point or something oxymoronic, like summer goth and let your guests get creative.

4. Put Out Some Punch

Fruit punch screams summer pool party. Serve it up in a bronze bowl and ladle, and it’ll look even more refreshing.

5. Pool Balloons

Need a cheap and easy decor idea? These pool balloons might just be cuter than flamingo floats.

6. Dress Up Your Bar Cart

Keep the drinks flowing by setting up your bar cart outdoors. To make it extra summery, top it with a variety of palm leaves and tropical flowers.

7. Get Your Pets Involved

These DIY pool-float dog costumes will get all the likes. And you can reuse them for Halloween!

8. Lay Out Some Games

Put out a deck of cards for any guests who’d rather stay on land. You could also put out some less conventional card games, like tarot cards and bring in a fortune teller to entertain guests.

9. Sunscreen Station

A sunscreen station is an ingenious way to entice a large group of guests to re-apply — especially when you’ve got kids running around. Add some hydrating mists, and everyone will love you forever.

10. Add Plush Seating

The more colorful your party is, the better. Set up bright and patterned pillows and blankets on the deck for a poolside-picnic effect and for extra lounging space.

Don’t Forget To Make Sure The Pool Shines

Now that you are set on your theme and are ready to party this summer. Don’t forget to make sure your pool is sparkling clean and ready for added guests. It’s always a good idea to connect with us prior to a pool party and let us know of your plans so we can put a little extra in the look of the pool. Stay safe and enjoy the Summer…

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5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Pool

Warmer weather has us starting our spring cleaning initiatives – both inside and out. See what you need to be thinking about when it comes to your pool.

Scrub off winter dirt

Start by brushing down the side-walls and steps.  Black algae form a protective shield around itself that only vigorous brushing can remove.  After brushing the pool, run the filtration system for several hours and backwash the filter.  Repeat the brush-filter-backwash sequence.  If you have cartridge filters, run the sequence twice with the old filters and then replace the filters to get the season off to a good start.

GATHER UP spring flowers

April showers bring May flowers.”  If you live in Northern California, an array of flowers are blowing everywhere.  Beautiful? – Yes!  Messy? – Definitely!!  Nothing controls this debris and the pollens that go with it like one of our robotic pool cleaners.  It works all day and most of the night to skim all this mess from the surface of the pool before it has a chance to sink.  Promptly removing spring flowers from your pool will keep the pool sparkling clean and bacteria/algae at bay.  By the time it sinks to the bottom for your bottom cleaner to take care of, the damage is already done. Talk about necessary spring cleaning!

Check your chemistry

As the temperature heats up, algae and bacteria become more active.  The key to winning the fight against algae is to start with properly balanced water.  Start your season by taking a water sample in to your local pool professional and letting them test the full range of levels.  Most home test kits only measure pH and Chlorine concentrations.  This is good enough for maintaining your pool during the season but is inadequate for getting a proper start to the year.  Having all the levels balanced will not only make your pool water feel more comfortable, it will reduce your chemical costs during the season.

Assess your water quality

Check water for high (TDS) Total Dissolved Solids.  In California TDS are so high that it requires changing the pool water every three to five years.  High TDS reduces the effectiveness of chlorine, thereby increasing the cost of keeping your pool sanitized.  A sustainable alternative to changing your pool water is to have it recycled through a mobile reverse-osmosis system.

Tune up your pump

A well-tuned pump motor will save you lots of energy and cash.  Lubricate the motor if it has lubrication ports.  Check all seals and apply new silicone.  This will help keep the rubber parts supple and minimize the chance of air leaks.  Turn on the pump and ensure it primes properly.

Cleaned, controlled, balanced, filtered and tuned-up!  A little work now will save a lot later.  Your pool will be cleaner, cheaper and easier to maintain, and more sustainable. Of course we can do all this for you and we guarantee you spend more time enjoying your pool and less time cleaning when you sign up for our weekly service. ?

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Uniquely Shaped Pools

Ever wonder how many shapes and sizes pools come in? We’ll, in fact, they come in just about any shape and size you can imagine. From bottle-shaped, guitar, footprints, states, food, hearts and animals. If you have the money and the dream and pool can be built to accommodate your dream. Take a peek at these amazing one of kind designs that will make you laugh, act puzzled and take your breath away. We’ve scoured the globe to find the most unique pools in the world. https://www.pinterest.com/purepool/uniquely-shaped-pools/

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Six tips for fall pool maintenance

The weather is cooling, summer is ending and the leaves are falling — into your pool! Fall pool maintenance is key to keeping your pool issue free going into winter.  Here are some changes and services to consider for your pool this fall.

1. General Cleaning.  

Removal all pool toys. Ensure the pool is in good general order. Use your pool vacuum, brush tiles and clean the pool deck.

2. Leaves & Debris.

Fall pool cleaning involves a lot of leaf removal. When leaves accumulate in the pool, algae begins to grow and thrive. Leaves that sink to the bottom of the pool stain the flooring material.

More plant debris in the pool equals more problems, so be sure to clean your skimmer baskets more regularly, preferably every morning.  Also, use a leaf net to skim leaves off the top of the water. If you have a lot of trees around your pool, keeping your pool covered while not in use can save lots of cleaning time.

3. Pool Filter.

If you’ve had a busy, high-bather load summer, it might be a good time to clean your pool filter. With the debris from falling foliage and lower temperatures, a clean filter to start of the fall season is important.

4. Heating Cycle.

It is a good idea to adjust your water’s heating cycle so your pool is comfortable for swimming. Outside temperatures are falling and so to keep costs down, cover your pool at night.  

5. Pool Chemicals.

Lower water and air temperatures mean fewer chemicals needed. Monitor pH and chemical levels as the temperatures cool and adjust as needed.

6. Prepare for the early freeze.

Here in California, we don’t get many “Freezing” days. However, we do get the occasional cold front that can bring temperatures down below or at freezing for a couple of days. Freeze protect your pool: Install freeze protection controls that have a sensor that measures air temperature and runs the pool pump when a minimum temperature is reached. If you don’t want to invest in freeze protection, set up text alerts to notify you when the temperature drops to prompt you to turn on your pool pump. Leave the pump on until the temperature rises again.

No matter where you live, be sure to get on board with fall pool maintenance to ensure your pool is hassle-free going into and coming out of winter. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors, but be sure to keep those leaves out of your pool!

And of course you can always call us and we would be delighted to come ready your pool for witer.

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Pool covers: A quick way to save energy

If you want to ensure your pool is more sustainable, an easy place to start is with a pool cover.

Pools can use a lot of energy, and according to Energy.gov, the most common way for a pool to lose energy is through evaporation. A pool’s evaporation rate depends on factors including temperature of the pool water, air temperature and humidity level, and wind speed. Using a pool cover can reduce water loss by 30 to 50 percent, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Pools can also lose heat quickly, wasting energy. With a pool cover, pool owners can save as much as 50 to 70 percent in pool heating costs.

Pool covers are usually made from polyethylene, polypropylene or vinyl. Bubble covers are the cheapest option, but vinyl covers last longer. If your pool is an outdoor pool, using a transparent pool cover will provide more solar energy absorption than an opaque cover.

Some pool covers use tracks along the sides of the pool to prevent people, animals or debris from getting into the pool. If you are concerned about safety, there are pool covers that can hold the weight of several people. These safety covers are sometimes required in commercial pools.

Automatic pool covers cover and uncover the pool with a simple push of a button, while semi-automatic pool covers use a motor-driven system to roll and unroll the cover, but require someone to guide the cover. Manual covers work on a reel that helps you manually roll up the pool cover, or you can purchase a manual cover that folds up.

For maximum energy and water savings, use a cover at all times that the pool isn’t in use. When purchasing a pool cover, make sure it comes with a two-year warranty. If you have an outdoor pool, expect to replace it in three to five years because of UV deterioration.

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pHroblem? Best Practices for Balancing pH

In aquatics facilities, pH is the most critical element of water balance. If you’re like most commercial pool operators, you’re probably using a high pH form of chlorine as your primary disinfectant. The two most popular disinfectants used in aquatics facilities are calcium hypochlorite and sodium hypochlorite, and they both can have a pH up to 11 and 13. Since the ideal pool water pH is somewhere in the 7.2 to 7.6 range, this means we must add something to bring that pH down. But does it really matter which chemical you choose? 

As responsible pool operators know, this is another important decision that has safety, cost and water quality implications. Here’s some helpful information on today’s top three pH-lowering chemicals: muriatic acid, carbon dioxide, and sodium bisulfate.

1. Muriatic Acid (HCl)

Muriatic acid, the most commonly used pH reducer, is a relatively expensive liquid acid that has a pH of less than 2 at the 31.45 percent concentration that is typically used in pools. Muriatic acid is extremely corrosive and presents a significant health and safety hazard if exposed to skin or eyes, or if vapors are inhaled. Muriatic acid contributes greatly to TDS (total dissolved solids) levels by the addition of chlorides. For instance, one gallon of muriatic acid added to a 20,000-gallon pool will increase the TDS by 18 ppm. In addition, muriatic acid aggressively strips alkalinity from the water which requires the addition of other chemicals, usually sodium bicarbonate, to maintain water balance.

2. Sodium Bisulfate (NaHSO4)

Sodium bisulfate is the most expensive of the three chemicals but is safer to handle as it is a dry acid, which can come in a granular form or in tablets that can be erosion fed. Sodium bisulfate contributes about 6 ppm of TDS for every pound added to 20,000 gallons of water but it takes about 10.5 pounds to do the same job as one gallon of muriatic acid, which would result in a TDS increase of 63 ppm. The sulfates that are introduced with this acid alone can be corrosive, but in the presence of high calcium levels can precipitate out of solution as calcium sulfate crystals which can be particularly difficult to remove. In addition, sodium bisulfate can lower alkalinity in the water. 

3. Carbon Dioxide (CO2

Carbon dioxide is the least expensive of the three and is a gas that can be delivered in small portable tanks or pumped from a delivery truck into a bulk tank on site. There are limited safety concerns as low concentrations of CO2 are not harmful to humans, but high concentrations can displace oxygen so it is important to store in a well-ventilated area in case of any leaks. CO2 does not contribute to an increase in TDS but it will gradually increase alkalinity.   

pH-Lowering Chemicals: Which is the Winner?

So far, it would seem like CO2 is a clear winner; however, it can require manual additions of another acid, usually muriatic, to lower the alkalinity. These manual additions bring along the safety concerns of handling acid as well as the risk of damaging coping or plaster if spilled or added incorrectly. If sodium bisulfate is used for the manual additions, then it should be properly mixed into a slurry prior to adding it to the pool. Manual acid additions must be done frequently and in small amounts in order to maintain alkalinity without lowering pH too much – this can be a challenging and inconvenient endeavor.  

The Dual-Process Approach

Employing a system that utilizes CO2  along with one of the other acid systems may be the solution that maximizes the benefits and minimizes the downsides of both systems.  This type of system can be set up using a crossover switch to switch from one system to another.  

For example, the switch can be set to feed acid until the alkalinity reaches 80 and then flipped over to CO2 until it climbs back up to 120, and back and forth. This system can also be set so that both CO2 and acid feed at the same time so that alkalinity remains relatively constant.  

Alkalinity tends to rise more slowly on CO2 than it lowers on acid so you end up spending more time on the cheaper chemical.  This also prevents the need for additional alkalinity adjusting chemicals such as sodium bicarbonate. Not only does this method result in the most consistent pH and alkalinity levels but also results in the smallest increase in TDS over time.   

Easier pH Balancing With Lower Chlorine Consumption

Getting the correct pH balance can be as much of an art as it is a science, but choosing the right pool treatment system for your facility can help. The best solution requires first lowering chlorine levels and then taking a dual-process approach using CO2 along with another acid system. But, no matter which solution you use, safely lowering your chlorine consumption will help keep your water more balanced overall and reduce the need for additional pH-lowering chemicals.

In order to lower your chlorine consumption while keeping your pool safe and healthy, you can use a secondary or supplemental sanitation system such as an Advanced Oxidation (AOP) pool treatment system in conjunction with chlorine. The AOP pool system will eliminate disinfection by-products while destroying organic and inorganic pollutants in the water, including chlorine-resistant parasites such as Cryptosporidium. This will allow you to significantly lower your chemical consumption while improving air and water quality and making your pool easier to balance.

Maintaining the proper pH balance can be a difficult job for aquatics facility operators, but it is an important one. By minimizing overall chemical consumption and taking a dynamic, multi-process approach to pH remediation, you can achieve the best water quality possible and avoid many of the problems that arise from imbalanced water.

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THE BENEFITS OF SWIMMING: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

If you’re feeling inspired by Olympic swimmers, you should think about taking a dip yourself. Swimming is brilliant for both physical and mental health, with the list including weight loss, stress-relief and reduced risk of heart disease.

While we can’t promise you’ll be as fast as Michael Phelps, incorporating swimming into your exercise regime will help you feel healthier and happier, inside and out.

Physical health benefits of swimming

Regular exercise is crucial for staying in shape. Whether you train in the gym or play as part of a sports team, exercise is brilliant for mind and body – but swimming seems to have the full portfolio.

Muscles

If you’re looking for a full-body workout, swimming engages muscles all the way from your head to your toes. Regular laps will help you burn fat, tone muscle and increase your overall strength. If done correctly, you can work up to 48 muscles at once.

Breaststroke or backstroke, freestyle or butterfly – each one of these strokes engages the major muscle groups, including your core, shoulders, and legs. However, the different actions do put greater emphasis on certain muscles so if there’s one part of your body you want to strengthen, practice the most effective stroke:

· Freestyle works your arm muscles, mainly your biceps and triceps

· Breaststroke puts emphasis on the glutes and quadriceps in your legs, as well as your pectoral chest muscles

· Backstroke engages the latissimus dorsi muscles in your lower back and arms

· Butterfly tones and strengthens your upper back and neck muscles

Watch this video to find out more about each of the four key swimming strokes and see Olympic athletes demonstrate the moves at an elite level.

Joints

Unlike high-impact pursuits such as running and jogging, where the shock of impact can cause issues later on, swimming allows you to exercise without putting a strain on your joints. With the water supporting the weight of your body, the risk of joint problems developing is reduced – and is the reason why swimming is recommended for people suffering from injuries and bone conditions such as arthritis.

Major organs

Heart, lungs, brain – almost all the major organs reap the health benefits of swimming. When you propel yourself through the water, your heart rate increases, pumping more blood around your body. Not only is this good for burning fat, but it also reduces the risk of heart disease. Swimmers usually develop greater lung capacity, as your body adapts to taking longer, deeper breaths to allow you to travel underwater.

Mental health benefits of swimming

Exercise has an incredibly powerful effect on your mental health and swimming is no different. When you’re working out, your brain releases feel-good endorphins, which make you feel positive and upbeat. If your daily routine includes exercise, you’ll find you generally sleep better, too.

Exercise has been closely linked with improving mental health, helping those suffering from stress, depression, anxiety or other conditions. The soothing color and texture of water have been celebrated for years as having a calming effect on our mental wellbeing. In fact, biologist Wallace J Nichols spent years researching the phenomenon of the so-called “blue mind”.

Swimming requires you to regulate your breathing, usually taking deeper breaths less frequently. As a result, swimming can ease the anxious uptake of shallow breaths and help to lull your mind into a gentle rhythm.

Health benefits of open water swimming

Taking the plunge in open water brings all the benefits listed above – and several more. The cold shock wakes you up, that’s for sure, and brings your body temperature down, too. In reaction to this, your body sets all the cogs in motion to start warming up. Your heart rate will increase, along with your blood flow and metabolism, which puts you in fat-burning mode.

Feeling the chill isn’t the only difference with open water swimming – you also have the current to contend with. Much like going uphill on a bicycle, the current provides greater resistance for your body, making you work harder to move forward. The key here is consistent, steady strokes, rather than going flat out and exhausting yourself. You’ll find it does wonders for your endurance.

How to get involved

In addition to the health benefits, swimming also opens the door to a world of social opportunities. Whether you’d like to stay in the pool or head out in the big blue, find out how to get involved in your local swimming scene.

Indoor swimming

Join a gym that has swimming facilities or head to the public pool. Enquire about group sessions if you’d like to enjoy a more sociable experience. Once you’re comfortable with your technique, put your name down for a charity swim or similar event to test your abilities in a relaxed setting.

Take a dip to remember in one of the historic Olympic pools, many of which are open for public use. You could do lengths in the Olympic venue in Sydney or practice your strokes at the London Aquatic Centre. Or how about plunging into a Parisian pool that was the first-ever ‘Olympic-sized’ swimming pool?

Open water swimming

You’ll find open water swimming clubs near most rivers and coastal areas. Here ins the Bay Area you can find a variety of swimming clubs (Go Here) If you want to support a cause, Swim Across America helps raise money for researching cancer.

Open water swimmers travel around the world, exploring some of the most idyllic coves, beaches and lakes on the planet. It’s easy to see how it can become a passion. Take a look at the Wild Swim Map to find the perfect spot for your next open water adventure.

Whether you’re a strong swimmer or building your confidence, a little local research will help you find a setting that fits. Pack your swimmers – or your wetsuit – and start reaping the physical and mental health benefits of swimming today.

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The World’s 10 Strangest Pools

These aren’t your backyard swimming holes. The strangest pools in the world will take you for a swim by the terraced gardens of Bali, in blood-red water in Turkey or in a 3000-foot monstrosity built on the Chilean coast.

Intercontinental Hotel
Where: Hong Kong

The Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong has lavish amenities and the skyline to back it up. And the cherry on top is a set of three pools that sit atop its third-floor spa deck, overlooking Victoria Harbor. With the three pools set to different temperatures—cold, warm and hot—visitors can choose the water that’s just right as they enjoy the closeup view of the Hong Kong skyline.
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
Where: Grindavik, Iceland

Blue Lagoon is one of the most famous spots on an island known for its gorgeous and mystical geothermal features. The pool is fed by superheated water vented from the ground near a lava flow, and the lagoon is renewed every two days by a nearby geothermal plant through a combination of natural and artificial filtering. Water is heated naturally beneath the earth’s surface and takes in minerals on its way to the lagoon. The water, which stays at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, is rich in minerals like silica and sulphur, and some people claim it has healing powers for skin diseases like psoriasis.
San Alfonso Del Mar
Where: Chile

The largest swimming pool in the world is more than 3000 feet long, with a deep end that descends 115 feet. Sitting seaside at a resort in Chile, the pool required nearly five years to build and cost $1.6 billion. It has an annual maintenance fee of $3.2 million. Containing more than 66 million gallons of water, it dwarfs the second biggest pool in the world (the Orthlieb in Morocco with a mere 9.5 million gallons). The pool keeps a constant flow of fresh seawater into the pool and old water back out to the sea, using a filtration system to desalinate the seawater before it goes into the pool and clean the pool water before it goes back to the ocean.
Golden Nugget
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

The Golden Nugget casino’s pool may take top honors as the scariest of the strange pools; it gives you the feeling of swimming with the sharks, without actually swimming next to them. The pool wraps around a giant tank for marine life that cost nearly $30 million to complete, and includes a three-story waterslide that runs through the middle of the tank. Don’t worry: There’s clear glass between you and the sharks.
Rangali Island
Where: Maldives

Jutting out into the Indian Ocean from a tiny island in the Maldives, this luxurious pool belonging to the Conrad Maldives Resort and Spa is in the class known an “infinity pools,” which are designed to dissolve the edges of the pool and make you feel like you’re floating atop the ocean itself.
Ubud Hanging Gardens
Where: Bali, Indonesia

At the Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali, swimmers get two exotic choices: Overlook the valley from the swimming pool on high, or get into the thick of things in the lower pool among the terraced gardens. Either way, it’s clear that you’re going to have a swimming experience unlike any other you’ve had before.
Where: India

When the Umaid Bhawan Palace of Northern India was finished in 1943, it was the largest private residence in the world with 347 rooms in all. Later, part of the palace was commissioned into a lavish hotel where guests can live like royalty. For those guests, the palace offers access to the underground Zodiac Pool. The pool, housed deep beneath the palace itself, is covered in gold tiles with the twelve signs of the Zodiac painted on the pool bottom, giving an eerie vibe to an otherwise serene experience.
SkyPark At The Marina Bay Sands
Where: Singapore

Singapore’s SkyPark at the Marina Bay Sands offers an infinity pool with a first-class view—55 stories up. Perched atop the three towers of the world’s most expensive hotel, the water seamlessly flows over the edge, into a catchment and back into the pool. The pool itself touches all three buildings and is longer than the Eiffel Tower laid on its side.
Nemo 33
Where: Brussels, Belgium

Formerly the world’s deepest pool (until San Alfonso Del Mar stole that title in 2007), Nemo 33 remains the deepest indoor pool at 108 ft. Using highly filtered spring water at 96 degrees Fahrenheit, the pool is home to diving instruction, recreational use and film production. Divers can explore the system of underwater caves, and because Nemo 33 stays a constant warm temperature, they don’t even need wetsuits.
Devil’s Pool
Where: Victoria Falls, Southern Africa

Atop Victoria Falls in southern Africa, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, is one of the scariest pools in the world. In the natural formation called Devil’s Pool, swimmers can look over the falls in relative safety as thousands of gallons of water from the Zambezi River plunge 128 meters into the gorge. At the edge of the pool there is a rock wall that prevents the river from pulling swimmers over the edge. But jumping in is still a harrowing experience for first-time visitors, who can’t see the protective wall from the shore.
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America’s most amazing hotel pools

(CNN) — Sharks, hot springs, mountain vistas, water elevators — all without having to leave the range of room service delivery.When temperatures are brick-oven high and humidity levels surge past “swamp-like,” there’s nothing like a quick swim to cool you off while you travel — be it a business trip or vacation.Throw in monster views, insane settings, and ingenious design, and the pool becomes more than just a watering hole. It’s the ultimate place to chill — a destination unto itself.These amazing hotel pools in the USA are the coolest part of any trip:

Amangani (Jackson, Wyoming)

Talk about a pool with a view.Courtesy AmanOn the edge of a 2,130-meter butte in Jackson Hole, Amangani‘s 35-meter outdoor pool gives unrivaled vistas of the Grand Tetons and Snake River below.It’s heated year-round and linked to a 10-square-meter whirlpool, so you can soak surrounded by snow-capped mountains even in the dead of winter.Amangani, 1535 North East Butte Road, Jackson, Wyoming, 83001 USA; +1 307 734 7333

Amangiri (Canyon Point, Utah)

An idyllic desert retreat.Courtesy AmangiriDesigned to blend into the surrounding desert landscape, this secluded Utah resort embraces its surroundings with a pool carved around a 24-meter high natural stone escarpment that’s more than 165 million years old.Ringed by king-sized daybeds and sun loungers, the pool offers insane views of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument during the day and swimming under star-filled skies at night.Amangiri, 1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, Utah, 84741-0285, USA ; +1 435 675 3999

Enchantment Resort (Sedona, Arizona)

A breathtaking pool in the midst of the Canyon.Enchantment ResortEye-popping is the only way to describe the 360-degree Red Rock vistas that surround Enchantment‘s aqua blue watering hole.Recently revamped, the pool and patio were doubled in size and elevated three meters (for better sightseeing), and designed to blend into the natural surroundings.Enchantment Resort, 525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, Arizona, 86336, USA; +1 888 250 1699

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (Big Island, Hawaii)

Guests can swim in an aquarium carved out of natural lava rock.Courtesy Don Riddle/Four Seasons Resort HualalaiSet on Hawaii’s Big Island, this Kona-Kohala Coast resort has seven pools. Among these is King’s Pond, a 1.8-million gallon “aquarium” sculpted out of 200-year-old natural lava rock.Guests can snorkel and swim with more than 75 species of tropical fish, as natural springs and ocean water fill the pond through subterranean channels.Four Seasons Resort, 72-100 Ka’upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, USA; +1 808 325 8000

Glenwood Hot Springs (Glenwood Springs, Colorado)

Glenwood has played host to a hot springs spa since 1888.Courtesy Darren EdwardsGuests at this Colorado Rockies lodge relaxe in the world’s largest hot springs pool, where 3.5 million gallons of nearby Yampah Springs water flow into one of two bubbling mineral pools daily.The temperature in the smaller therapy pool is a steamy 40 C (104 F). Those looking to do some leisurely laps can dive into the larger pool, which measures more than two city blocks and is kept at a balmy 34 C (93 F).Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, 415 East 6th Street Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, USA; +1 877 947 3331

Golden Nugget (Las Vegas)

Sliding into the jaws of a good time.Courtesy Golden NuggetOnly in Vegas would you find a 200,000-gallon, shark-filled aquarium in the middle of a swimming pool.But that’s what you get at the Golden Nugget’s $30 million water complex, where you can swim seemingly side-by-side with a dozen sharks (including sand tiger, brown, blacktip, nurse and zebra varieties).Brave swimmers can get even closer to the predators by slipping down the Shark Chute, a three-story waterslide that shoots you straight through the tank.Golden Nugget Hotel, 129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA; +1 800 634 3454

Grand Wailea (Maui, Hawaii)

There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Grand Wailea’s pool.Courtesy Grand WaileaGrand Wailea is an epic liquid adventure.With some 2,400-square-meters of aquatic fun, guests can float along a river of nine interconnected pools (complete with whitewater rapids and lazy currents), shoot down four waterslides, rope swing into the Tarzan pool, swim through waterfalls or chill in one of three jacuzzis.And that’s not even the best part. Grand Wailea has the world’s first water elevator; it’s built into a volcano.Grand Wailea, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, HI 96753; +1 808 875 1234

The Grove Park Inn (Ashveille, North Carolina)

Grove Park’s therapeutic water pools and spa facilities make it a must-visit spot.Courtesy Omni Grove Park InnGrove Park Inn is a legendary resort with a spa that takes inspiration from its stunning mountain setting with an underground grotto of 10 mineral-based, chlorine-free pools framed by cavernous rock walls, arches, and tunnels.Guests can enjoy thundering waterfalls, hot-and-cold plunge pools and a mineral and lap pool, complete with 6,500 fiber-optic stars embedded in the ceiling above and underwater music below.The Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28804; +1 800 438 5800

The Joule (Dallas)

The neo-Gothic Joule has one of the world’s most striking infinity pools.Courtesy Eric LaignelPushing design to its literal edge, this 1927 historic hotel has one ultramodern feature: a window-walled rooftop infinity pool that sticks out almost 2.5 meters from the building’s exterior.Non-acrophobic can swim to the deep end and take in the views of downtown Dallas, 10 stories below.The Joule Dallas, 1530 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 752201; +1 214 748 1300

Keswick Hall at Monticello (Charlottesville, Virginia)

Keswick Hall Resort and Hotel is located just outside Charlottesville in Virginia.Courtesy Andrew Shurtleff/Keswick HallEditor’s note: As of mid-May 2018, the Keswick is closed for repairs and is scheduled to reopen in 2019 according to its website.On a private 600-acre estate in Virginia wine country, Keswick‘s 25-meter infinity Horizon Pool impresses with a mesmerizing reflection of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountain foothills.Heated year-round and with piped-in underwater music, this pool is for adults only.Keswick Hall, 701 Club Drive, Keswick, Virginia 22947; +1 434 977 4171Related contentLaps of luxury:

Sheraton Waikiki (Honolulu)

Palm trees — tick. Sun loungers — tick. Infinity pool — tick. Bliss.Courtesy Sheraton WaikikiPractically flush with the Pacific, the Sheraton Waikiki‘s infinity pool blends seamlessly with the ocean, creating the illusion of one spectacular body of water.Additional perks include cold water mists, oshibori (moist towels), MP3s with Hawaiian music and unparalleled views of Waikiki Beach.2255 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815; +1 808 922 4422

W Miami (Miami)

The perfect spot for a swim.Courtesy W MiamiThere’s plenty of room for cannonballs at this Miami hot spot.Overlooking Biscayne Bay, a waterway connects a 90-meter infinity pool (Florida’s longest), an 80-person hot tub (the world’s largest) and a wading pool. Add it all up and you’ve got a gorgeous 15th-floor water complex that’s the size of a football field.W Miami, 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139; +1 305 938 3000

The Sagamore, Bolton Landing (New York)

Admire the Adirondack Mountains as you swim under the sun.Courtesy Ocean PropertiesSet on a 70-acre island in upstate New York, the Sagamore‘s 95,000-gallon infinity pool and large adults-only warming pool command panoramic views of Lake George and Adirondack.With 150-plus chaises, the 930-square-meter terraced deck has ample elbow room for poolside lounging.110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, New York 12814; +1 518 644 9400Stephanie Orma is a San Francisco-based travel and design writer.Editor’s note: This article was previously published in 2013. It was reformatted, updated and republished in July 2017 and again in May 2018.

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