Pakistan’s city settlement of Mohenjo-Daro is home to the first swimming pool on Earth, which was built more than 5000 years ago.

These days, swimming pools serve as everything from competitive sports grounds to relaxing leisure sites. But one thing remains the same: there is still nothing better to beat the heat than diving into the cool water of a pool.

Take a look at this list of our top five favorite swimming pools around the world. Think epic infinity pools with sweeping sea views! Here we pick some truly eye-popping pools to inspire the design for your own pool at home…

Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali, Indonesia

This multi-level infinity pool belongs to Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel in Indonesia. It is situated in the steep rice fields of Ubud and has amazing curves that are believed to represent the beautiful shapes of the surrounding hills. The resort was built using wooden pillars and the amazing swimming pool is one of the main attractions at the hotel.

Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls, Zambia

For adventure lovers, this pool is a perfect choice. It is a natural rock pool directly on the edge of Victoria Falls. Make sure you visit during the dry season because this is when the pool is shallow enough for people to swim safely and enjoy a view of the waterfall right next door.

Capella Pedregal Resort, Mexico

Enjoy an amazing sea view while relaxing at this heated infinity pool. The resort where this pool is located is surrounded by rocky hills and is accessible only through a tunnel. There is also a saltwater pool next to the main pool.

Kandalama Hotel – Dambulla, Sri Lanka

This resort overlooks the Kandalama lake and the Sigiriya Rock. The pool itself catches the rays of the evening sun making it an ideal spot for a late afternoon swim.

Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali, Indonesia

Banyan Tree Ungasan is the largest pool-villa resort in Bali. The main swimming pool at the resort is an L-shaped, 300 square meter pool facing the Indian Ocean.

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