When it comes to swimming pools, bigger isn’t always better. For most homeowners, it’s enough to simply have a clean, safe, and relaxing place to enjoy the fine weather and some good times with friends and family.
But for some people, however, the need to impress is just as important as the need to have fun.
Here, then, are 5 of the biggest, baddest pools in the world:
5. The Pool at Pelican Hill Resort
Pelican Hill Resort is a lush getaway located in Orange County, California. It features the world’s largest circular pool. With a diameter of more than 136 feet, the pool and its surrounding decor is meant to resemble the Coliseum in Rome.
4. The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle
Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who was the inspiration for the film “Citizen Kane”, built this enormous Roman-themed pool at his sprawling castle-like estate in the hills of San Simeon, California. Once the playland of such Hollywood luminaries as Charlie Chaplin and Clark Gable, the pool is now the highlight of tours of the castle.
3. Huvafen Fushi Pool
The pool at Huvafen Fushi, a resort in the Maldives, is not only one of the world’s largest, but the first to employ fiber optics to light it up at night. More than 1,000 tiny lights are embedded into the pool’s walls and deck to create a stunning memorable effect.
2. Punta Tragara Pool
While it may not be the world’s largest, the pool at Punta Tragara, in Capri, Italy, may be the most glamorous. Built among the famous Faraglioni rocks, the pool is surrounded by cypress trees and nestled into one of the world’s most exclusive resorts. No wonder it has been the getaway for the likes of Dwight Eisenhower, Sir Winston Churchill and many of the world’s most famous movie stars.
1. San Alfonso del Mar
Located in the exclusive resort of San Alfonso del Mar on an island off the coast of Chile, this pool has the distinction of being the world’s largest. Wth more than 66 million gallons of water, guest can even navigate this pool using small boats.