Making a splash...
Forget the local swimming pool – there’s much more to the common pool than the rectangle of water we use in our daily lives. Internationally, it’s a chance to show off creativity, natural surrounds or – in most cases – the decadence of the hotel in which it’s located.
Whether your aquatic preference is to watch the sunset over a crystal-clear infinity pool, or to dive into a rooftop pool with a city skyline in the background, there are a wealth of one-of-a-kind pools that water babies will adore.
With this in mind, the Flexicover team has spent some time in quiet reflection and has come up with five fantastic locations where you'll want to take the plunge...
Kempinski Hotel, Ishtar Dead Sea, Jordan
The Dead Sea is a destination that needs to be experienced to be believed. The buoyant, salty waters which keep swimmers afloat no matter how much they try to dive down isn’t a phenomenon that’s easily replicated – and it’s all the more impressive when viewed from the infinity pool of the Kempinski Hotel. This luxury five-star makes full use of its enviable location with a large, tree-lined pool that blends into the famed, medicinal lake. For a moment to remember, grab a Babylon-inspired cocktail and watch the sun set over the calm horizon.
Laugardalslaug, Reykjavik, Iceland
One of the most wondrous things about Iceland – apart from the Northern Lights, midnight sun, active volcanoes, otherworldly geysers and (deep breath) whitewashed vistas – is its hot springs. Go for a hike in the country and they’re bubbling around you, or stay in the capital city of Reykjavik and they’re heating the country’s largest pool complex of Laugardalslaug. Featuring an Olympic-sized swimming pool for laps, secondary pools, seven hot tubs (with floating chess boards) and a salt water tub, the temperatures are kept comfortable geothermally, making them perfect for a dip even during the frosty Icelandic winter. Swimming pools are a main source of social activity for locals, so it’s always busy despite its 6.30am to 10pm opening hours.
Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
When it comes to world-class pools, the SkyPark’s infinity pool is arguably the most iconic. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the rooftop pool – placed 55 storeys high - looks over the Singapore city skyline with the illusion of water right to a sheer drop. Impressively, it stretches a luxurious 150 metres across (that’s three times the length of an Olympic-sized swimming pool), topping the three towers of Marina Bay Sands, the most expensive hotel in the world at £4 billion. Sadly it’s only open to guests who’ve paid for the £350-a-night rooms, but it’s worth the unforgettable experience in return.
Arena Badeschiff, Berlin, Germany
As a country, Germany makes the most of its aquatic areas, and no better proof than Arena Badeschiff, a man-made beach complete with a bar, DJ area and 105ft swimming pool that extends into the River Spree. Formerly a harboured barge, the floating pool began as an art project in 2004 but has since become a mainstream Berlin activity. By day between May and September, it’s a faux family beach serving food and drink to swimmers and sun seekers by the deckchairs; by night it becomes a riverside social hub with live music, parties and outdoor movie screenings. We’d expect nothing less from Europe’s capital of cool.
The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand
Aqua blue is the colour of choice for most pools – it mimics nature’s cool, refreshing tones, but The Library don’t play by no rules. Their Red Pool, on the coast of the dreamy island of Koh Samui, is exactly as titled: using mosaic tiles of red, orange and yellow, it sets off the Gulf of Thailand with a shock of red, making for a dramatic vista. From far away, it may look as if swimmers are bathing in bright red blood, like something out of Game of Thrones, but the water is crystal clear, and the experience, extraordinary.
Whether you intend to relax by the pool or do something else entirely on your holidays it’s good to know that Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.