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    One of the underwater houses at NEMO, left, with a 33m deep pit in the background on right.
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    If you are brave enough, the Cantilever Indoor swimming pool at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao will make your swim twenty four floors above the ground with nothing but a glass bottom underneath an experience unlike any other.
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    <B>Perivolas</B><BR><BR> On the Greek island of Santorini, a cluster of private homes rests along the 300-year-old cliffside ruins of an indigenous community. What were once cave dwellings, stables and wineries are now 17 luxury villas -- and the gem that sits between them is this infinity pool that appears to drop straight into the Aegean below.
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  • Banyan Tree Seychelles

    <B>Banyan Tree Seychelles</B><BR><BR> The best view of the Indian Ocean is arguably from the pool at Banyan Tree Seychelles. The real question for visitors is: <i>which pool?</i> The main pool's cliffside infinity edge, pictured here, certainly impresses, as does its accompanying bar and its fresh-fruit libations. But each villa also comes with its own private pool for added seclusion, and added dilemma, when it comes to choosing where you'd like to be pampered.
    photo courtesy Banyan Tree Hotels
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    At <a href="http://www.jumbybayresort.com/" target="external">Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort</a> on Antigua All of the villas and estate homes here have their own private, individually designed pools and the resort's new Infinity Pool is a sight definitely not to be missed.
    Courtesy: Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
  • The World's Best Hotel Pools

    With different views and contrasting temperatures the two pools at <a href="http://www.designhotels.com/hotel_habita_monterrey" target="external">Habita Monterrey</a> in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico cater to all tastes and weather conditions. The hot pool is heated to 90 degrees, making it ideal for a dip in the winter months. There is also a cold pool which is great for cooling off during the summer when temperatures rise. Situated on either side of the eighth floor roof terrace with 360-degree views over the desert metropolis and Sierra Madre, the pools are divided by a chic concrete bar.
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    The infinity pool at <a href="http://www.designhotels.com/alilaubud" target="external">Alila Ubud</a> in Bali boasts a spectacular location perched on a terrace floating above the lush Ayung River valley. The pool spreads out to form an elongated rectangle until it seems to disappear down the terraced jungle hillside.
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    The rooftop pool at <a href="http://www.designhotels.com/the_standard_downtown_la" target="external">The Standard</a>, is part of one of Los Angeles' most coveted nightlife hotspots. Situated on the rooftop of the 12-story hotel, the pool has panoramic views of the city. The turquoise heated pool stands out sharply against the deep red Astroturf of the surrounding sundeck, where there are also bright red water-bed canopies for up to 10.
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    Just a few steps from the beach, the pool at <a href="http://www.designhotels.com/the_library" target="external">The Library</a> in Koh Samui, Thailand, is vivid red. Made using mosaic Italian glass tiles in red, yellow and orange, the pool is set on the beachfront and is surrounded by a wooden deck with red mattresses and black bean bags. At night the underwater lights transform the swimming pool in to a dazzling spectacle and provide the perfect backdrop to dinner or drinks.
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    <a href="http://www.villadeste.it/en/13/home.aspx" target="external"> Villa d'Este</a> in Italy was built in 1568 as the summer residence of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. It was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1873 and today continues the tradition of opulent relaxation. And what better way to kick back than at the hotel's pool overlooking glorious Lake Como.
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    At the 356-acre <a href="http://www.bocaresort.com/" target="external">Boca Raton Resort</a> in Florida the only challenge facing swimmers is deciding which of the several pools to take a dip in. The Waldorf Astoria Collection property also has a half-mile private beach with cabanas and private butlers.
    Boca Raton Resort and Club
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    Nestled on 40 acres fronting Wailea Beach on Maui, the <a href="http://www.grandwailea.com/" target="external">Grand Wailea</a> is also home to nine pools (including an adult-only pool), seven waterslides, a baby beach and a grotto bar. Basically, there's plenty of ways to splash around in the water for people of all ages. There's even a dive pool offering complimentary intro lessons.
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    The pool at the famous <a href="http://www.fontainebleau.com/" target="external">Fontainebleau</a> Hotel in Miami Beach has been a key part of this landmark for more than 50 years. The 22-acre hotel played host to entertainment legends Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Judy Garland, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Marlene Dietrich, Debbie Reynolds and many others. It has also featured in numerous movies including Goldfinger, Midnight Cowboy, Scarface and even Police Academy 5.
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    The famous <a href="http://www.fullertonhotel.com/" target="external">Fullerton Hotel</a> is an architectural symbol of Singapore, appearing in destination cityscapes and recognized by travelers and ship captains from all over the world. The 27-yard outdoor infinity pool offers spectacular views of Singapore River and the city skyline.
    Fullerton Hotel
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    Along a narrow dirt road, perched between a pristine hillside and the turquoise Caribbean water, sits <a href="http://www.hermitagebay.com/" target="external">Hermitage Bay</a>, an all-inclusive resort and well-kept secret among in-the-know travelers. Made up of 25 individual cottages, the Antigua resort is the embodiment of serenity and seclusion. For proof, look no further than this pool.
    Hermitage Bay
  • Which is the World's Best Watery Paradise?

    Hotels go out of their way to make sure their pools are elaborate escapes from everyday life. But the <a href="http://www.thewaterclubhotel.com/" target="external">Water Club</a> at Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa takes things one step further. Each Sunday when the sun begins to set, crowds gather at SUNBAR a poolside bar sold as an "outdoor nightlife destination, for sultry nights with a vibe inspired by the social hotspots in Miami's South Beach." This ain't your grandfather's pool.
    Courtesy Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
  • Bevery Hills Hotel

    <B>Beverly Hills Hotel</B><BR><BR> Lined with palms and exclusive, status-flaunting cabanas, the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel is known as much for the Hollywood deals that go down on its deck as it is for its sheer beauty. It's the place to see and be seen, with an exclusivity meter set to shield famous sunbathers from the paparazzi.
    photo courtesy Bevery Hills Hotel
  • Biltmore Hotel

    <B>The Biltmore Hotel</B><BR><BR> Holding 700,000 gallons of water, the Biltmore is the largest hotel pool in the country, and often features Busby Berkeley-style water shows and high dive competitions. But tucked out of view into the palm trees that surround the pool are a slew of upscale cabanas -- private sunbathing areas with rain showers and dedicated butlers -- that can be reserved by the day or night.
    photo courtesy Biltmore Hotel
  • Blancaneaux Lodge

    <B>Blancaneaux Lodge</B><BR><BR> Fancis Ford Coppola owns this multivilla resort in the Belize mountains and named the most upscale pad after himself. Four villas at Blancaneaux include private plunge pools for a steamy dip in the middle of the rain forest. And Privassion Creek runs right through the property, cascading into a waterfall at one point, forming a natural granite swimming pool.
    photo courtesy Blancaneaux Lodge
  • Fasano Rio de Janiero

    <B>Fasano Hotel</B><BR><BR> Towering above Rio de Janiero's Ipanema beach is the rooftop infinity pool on the upscale Fasano Hotel. This is where the beautiful people go to be seen at night when the pool lights up against the sexy, panoramic cityscape. Guests have been known to applaud as the sun sets over the palm trees.
    photo courtesy Fasano Hotels
  • La Casa Que Canta

    <B>La Casa Que Canta</B><BR><BR> This freshwater infinity pool overlooks Mexico's Zihuatanejo Bay and seems to overflow directly into it. Skirting the pool's edge is a perimeter-long built-in seat, perfect for enjoying the panoramic views. The hotel also includes 10 private pool suites and a number of freshwater and saltwater swimming areas.
    photo courtesy La Casa Que Canta
  • JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

    <B>JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa</B><BR><BR> There's a pool for every mood at this Cancun resort. For lounging: two free-form, infinity pools overlooking the Caribbean. For diving: a 20-foot-deep, PADI-certified diving pool. (JW Marriott is the only Latin American resort to have one.) And for cavorting: an adults-only pool with swim-up bar. This is, after all, Cancun.
    photo courtesy JW Marriott Cancun
  • Le Palais de la Méditerranée

    <B>Le Palais de la Méditerranée</B><BR><BR> This grand white art deco facade, created in the 1930s, is what separates this majestic pool from its court along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. The hotel reopened in 2004 after a massive restoration project that included the pool area and the grand facade.
    photo courtesy Le Palais de la Méditerranée
  • Palazzo Sasso

    <B>Palazzo Sasso</B><BR><BR> Perched on Italy's Amalfi Coast, the Palazzo Sasso's best water view is perhaps not from the decks of its breathtaking pool but from underneath it. Swim a few feet below the surface, and you'll find underwater windows boasting a midcliff vista of the Mediterranean.
    photo courtesy Palazzo Sasso
  • Las Ventanas al Paraiso

    <B>Las Ventanas al Paraiso</B><BR><BR> A bouquet of infinity pools spill into one another throughout this sprawling, luxury resort overlooking the Sea of Cortez off Mexico's Baja coast. Also of note is the service: Butlers reportedly bring drinks, chilled towels and wireless TVs right to your chaise, so you won't have to miss the big game while enjoying paradise.
    photo courtesy Las Ventanas al Paraiso
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    Costa Careyes | Mexico
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    Castel Monastero | Tuscany
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    San Alfonso del Mar | Chile
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    Blue Lagoon Iceland
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