Lazing around in a swimming pool has taken a whole new meaning if you examine some of the priciest swimming pools in the world today. The most expensive swimming pools in the world also happen to be the most spectacular ones as well. These stunning swimming pools, which are veritable works of art, can be found in the private residences of the rich and the famous, as well as in high end resorts around the world.
Usage of luxury materials like rare mosaics, gold embellished tiles and cutting edge technology is what raises the price tag of these pools. What is more surprising is the fact that many of the expensive pools in the world are open to public.
Listed Below Are The Top Of The Line Expensive Swimming Pools In The World
City of Stars, Sharm El Sheikh – $ 5.5 Billion
This still under construction pool in Egypt tops the list of the most expensive pools in the world with a mind boggling price tag of five and half billion dollars. The City of Stars which measures an impressive 21 acres in area is being constructed by Crystal Lagoons. This mega pool is going to be filled with treated sea water once its construction is completed. This pool is so massive that people can even sail a boat in it.
San Alfonso Del Mar, Algarrobo, Chile – $2 Billion
San Alfonso Del Mar, an uber luxe private resort, located approximately 100 kilometers west of the capital city of Santiago in Chile, has the unique distinction of owning the world’s largest and most expensive swimming pool. This behemoth which is slightly over one kilometer in length, and covers a whopping 8 hectares, has a maximum depth of 115 feet.
Constructed by ace Chilean developer Fernando Fischmann and his company the Crystal Lagoons, the swimming pool in San Alfonso Del Mar was inaugurated in 2007, and won the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest pool in the world in 2008. This awe inspiring swimming pool is filled with 250,000,000 liters of filtered and treated salt water from the Pacific Ocean. USD 4 million is spent annually for maintaining this beautiful pool.
Seagaia Ocean Dome, Miyazaki, Japan – $ 2 Billion
The Seagaia Ocean Dome is the world’s largest Polynesia themed indoor pool. Owned by the Sheraton group of hotels, the Seagaia Ocean Dome is situated in Miyazaki prefecture in Japan. This gigantic indoor pool which has found permanent mention in the Guinness Book of World Records is three hundred meters in length and one hundred meters in width. An artificial wave pool, waterslide area, children’s pool area and an artificial volcano are some of the outstanding features of this pool.
Lev Leviev Residence, London, United Kingdom – Over $ 10 Million
Lev Leviev, an Israeli businessman owns one of the world’s most expensive private swimming pools. The exact cost of this swimming pool located in Lev Leviev Residence in North London, is unknown. However, what is known is the fact that a small fortune was spent to construct this exquisite pool. This extravagant indoor subterranean swimming pool located at the Lev Leviev Residence has gold covered mosaic tiles and features a superb spa and sauna, to relax in. A retractable cover helps to convert this opulent swimming pool into a stunning ballroom, at the touch of a button.
Hearst Castle, USA – $ 10 Million
The Hearst Castle in California, USA, owned by William Randolph Hearst, is home to two luxurious pools i.e. the outdoor Neptune pool and the indoor Roman pool. Construction of these two pools in the Hearst castle was carried out between 1924 and 1936. The two pools which resemble lavish Roman baths were constructed at a combined cost of USD 10 million. Priceless marble and mosaic tiles were used in the construction of the Neptune and Roman pools at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. Numerous statues created by Italian master craftsmen line both these pools.
Nemo 33, Brussels, Belgium – $ 3 Million
This is the deepest scuba diving, indoor pool in the world. Located in Brussels, Belgium, the Nemo 33 has a maximum depth of 113 feet. This pool is filled with 2.787878 million liters of highly filtered, non chlorinated spring water and maintains a constant water temperature of 30 degrees centigrade. The Nemo 33 which took seven years to construct, has numerous underwater tunnels and rooms to explore. If you are a certified diver you can dive in the world’s deepest indoor pool by paying a nominal fee. The pool also offers diving classes to non divers.
Kitchukov Family Pool, Arizona – $1 Million
This ultra luxurious private pool was built by the Kitchukov family in Arizona at a whopping cost of USD 1 million. The Travel Channel has called the Kitchukov family pool the ‘poshest private pool’ in the whole of the United States of America. Red Rock Contractors, a construction company in Arizona, took 5 months to build this beautiful pool. The Kitchukov family pool, which is surrounded by exquisitely landscaped gardens, has lavish features like fifteen foot waterslide, a stunning waterfall grotto and numerous fountains. The ScreenLogic control allows the family members to manage the pool’s Jacuzzi, lighting and temperature from any part of the world via the internet.
Sarojin Resort, Phuket, Thailand – $ 1 Million
This is one of the most luxurious and probably the most expensive hotel pools in the world. The Sarojin Resort is a multi-million dollar resort located in the Phuket resort area in Thailand. The Sarojin Resort which opened its doors to the public in December 2004 had to undergo major renovation work after the devastating tsunami of 2005. The marvelous infinity pool at the Sarojin resort which measures 269 square feet offers stupendous views of the Indian Ocean. This uber luxurious pool features floating pavilions where you can opt for a relaxing and invigorating massage by trained masseurs. Guests are encouraged to relax at the beautifully landscaped gardens which surround this pool.
Gellert Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary – 3.6 Million Austro- Hungarian Krones or $ 6,38,897
This is one of the oldest and most famous bathhouses in the whole world. The Gellert Thermal Baths which is still functional was built sometime between 1912 and 1918. The effervescent water of the indoor pools in the Gellert Thermal baths contains calcium, magnesium and hydro carbonates. The pools at the Gellert Thermal Baths are adorned with exquisite works of art and beautiful statues. The Gellert Thermal Baths which measures over 7,500 square feet in area also has an outdoor wave pool, a Roman bath and even a children’s pool.
Umaid Bhavan Palace, India – $2, 25,000
The ‘Zodiac’ pool located at the Umaid Bhavan Palace (part royal residence, part uber luxe resort) in India is one of the top 10 most expensive swimming pools in the world. This subterranean, temperature controlled indoor pool is located in the heart of the Umaid Bhavan Palace. The bottom of the circular Art Deco style ‘Zodiac’ pool is filled with breathtakingly beautiful mosaic tiles depicting the twelve signs of the zodiac. The walls and the ceilings of the room in which the ‘Zodiac’ pool is located are adorned with thousands of tiles made of pure gold.