The most colourful pools in the world

“Follow the path less travelled” - it’s a moto we like to live by. It’s easy to follow the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone. And if you don’t fit in, you’re probably doing something right.

We’ve previously reviewed the world’s best pools but now we’ve scoured the globe to find those that had the guts to find aquatic greatness beyond the norm.

Welcome to the world's most colourful swimming pools: 

St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet

 Liquid gold fills the pool at St. Regis Lahasa Resort

Liquid gold fills the pool at St. Regis Lahasa Resort

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort has, quite literally, broken the golden rule of pool design. Not a turquoise tile in sight. Instead, they opted for gold plated inlays that flood the pool with liquid gold. The design was styled to reflect the art and spirit of Tibet, centering the Iridium Spa with views of Potala Palace.  Despite launching in 2011, it’s still an exclusive one of a kind design. Now that’s what you call bling living at its finest.

The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand

 The dramatic red pool at The Library, Koh Samui

The dramatic red pool at The Library, Koh Samui

Tirawan Songsawata, the designer of The Library Koh Samui, was certainly seeing red when she conceptualised this pool. Overlooking the Gulf Of Thailand and lined with blood-red tiles the water is flooded with colour in dramatic effect. A perfect spot in which to sip Bloody Mary’s from the pool bar, The Page. Whilst the hotel itself is designed to be cool, minimalist and understated, the pool is anything but – and that’s an understatement!

Roman Pool at Hearst Castle, California

 Hearst Castle's sapphire blue pool

Hearst Castle's sapphire blue pool

It’s not a million miles from traditional turquoise, but the deep blues of the Roman Pool at Hearst Castle are anything but ordinary . Modelled on the Roman Baths of c. 211-17AD, and built between 1927 and 1934, the Hearst Castle pool is meticulously detailed, with 1 square inch blue and gold mosaic tiles from floor to ceiling. Although not in operation for bathing, this elegant and historic pool is well worth a visit. Do add the castle’s stunning outdoor Neptune Pool to your agenda too; iconic in its own right but brought back to fame by Lady Gaga, as it was controversially refilled during a Californian drought, to form the back drop to her GUY music video.

Murano Marrakech

 The red pool of the red city at Murano Marrakech

The red pool of the red city at Murano Marrakech

The second red-pool to feature in this list, and though the concept of a red pool divides opinion, we’re backing the bravery to be bold by the Murano Marakech, and their non-conformist sanguine pool. Set in the upmarket ‘la Palmeraie’ district of Morocco’s fascinating capital, the Murano’s pool brings a whole new meaning to the ‘Red City’.

Rosewood, Beijing

 The Rosewood, Beijing's rejuvanating green pool

The Rosewood, Beijing's rejuvanating green pool

Green reminds us of nature and the positive qualities of balance, growth and harmony. Bathing in the Rosewood Beijing’s delicate green pool offers renewing and regenerating energies for a calming and refreshing dip. 

 - By Bethany Silcox

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