Swimming pools are always fun in the sun for everyone, but not all of them are created equal. Some are so elaborate and austentatious that we just had to compile this list. If you’ve ever wondered how the fanciest, most elaborate swimming pools in the world look like, here they are!

”I usually go to the swimming pool if I want to swim.” - Song Hye-kyo

The Gellért Thermal

These interesting spas are natural
The spa alone is worth the trip. Source: Gallert

In the famous Hotel Gellért in Buda there is a system of baths known as the Gellért Thermal. Sometimes simply called the Gellért baths, this complex was built in 1912 with an Art Nouveau style. It is simply one of the most most elaborate swimming pools in the world! Many flock to the baths because they are said to have restorative properties. Rumor has it that the water has healing powers! Scientists attribute these rumors to the fact that the Gellért baths contain:

  • Calcium
  • Hydrocarbonate
  • Alkalis
  • Magnesium
  • Chloride
  • Sulfate
  • Fluoride

Kitchukov Family Pool

This fully automated pool comes equipped with everything
This fully decked out pool has everything. Source: Buildedrock

Truly a state of the art technological feat, the Kitchukov Family Pool is the most expensive pool in America. It is estimated to be ten times larger than the average pool. At just a million dollars, the pool took five months to complete and boasts a wide array of features that are truly one of a kind. As the most expensive residential pool in the U.S.A., the Kitchukov Pool boasts:

  • Waterfalls
  • Fountains
  • A 15 ft. slide
  • Full bar
  • 15 seat hot tub
  • Adjustable temperature
  • Remote controlled lighting system

Lev Leviev Estate

One of the finest pools in the world.
One of the largest backyard pools in the world. Source: Pinniclelist

On the most expensive private home ever built in the United Kingdom, there is an Israeli billionaire by the name of Lev Leviev. In 2008, he commissioned a massive pool to be built on his estate at a value of 68 million dollars, or 35 million pounds. It is one of the most expensive swimming pools in the world! The Lev Leviev pool is equipped with a rather elaborate retractable cover that transforms the pool into a classy ballroom. Oh, and it also boasts a spa and sauna, of course.

Seagaia Ocean Dome Miyazaki

An gigantic indoor swimming pool and beach
Come for the beach, stay for the man made volcano. Source: Wikipedia

Like something out of a science fiction movie you’re only read about, the Seagaia Ocean Dome is a completely man made indoor beach. The sand is artificial, the indoor sky is always bright and blue, the temperature consistently remains a balmy 86 degrees fahrenheit, and yes, the artificial volcano actually spits fire. It has the world’s largest retractable roof, which opens in four locations, and earned a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for such. Admission for tourists is quite reasonable, priced at ¥2600 ($21) for adults and ¥1600 ($13) for kids. As expected, it’s also one of the most expensive swimming pools in the world.

San Alfonso Del Mar

Though it has been shut down, what a sight it still is
An artificial lake right on the beach. Source: Huffington Post

This private beach resort had the most expensive swimming pool in the world back in 2006. Since then it has been dethroned, but the structure still remains a wonder of the vacationing world. The San Alfonso Del Mar is 3,323 feet long and 11 feet deep at its deepest point. Although the pool is no longer open to swimmers, there are still boats and scuba divers.

City of Stars in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Yes, you're looking at an entire artificial coastline
An ocean created by people. Source: Guinness

At a whopping 5.5 billion cost to build, this is the most expensive swimming pool in the world. Completely manmade but resembling a shoreline, the Crystal Lagoon mega-pool is something out of a fantasy novel. It is also the largest swimming pool in the world.

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