If the UK’s first pool opens in the sky, would you take a dip in these tall lidos?

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As Britain enjoyed its hottest day of the year last week, a handful of intrepid swimmers were spotted taking a dip in the UK’s first Sky Pool.

Suspended between two high-rise housing blocks at 115 ft 35 meters in height), the 25-foot pool – made of acrylic imported from Colorado – is a spectacular addition to Nine Elms’ new South London cityscape.

But it’s certainly not the only pool in the world with a nerve-wracking view. From Texas to Singapore, through Italy and Dubai, sky pools are all the rage. The papa is a 57-storey infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.

People can be seen swimming in the recently opened Sky Pool in London.  The 25m pool - made of acrylic imported from Colorado - is a spectacular addition to Nine Elms' new South London cityscape

People can be seen swimming in the recently opened Sky Pool in London. The 25m pool – made of acrylic imported from Colorado – is a spectacular addition to Nine Elms’ new South London cityscape

At 150 meters in length, it is the world’s longest elevated swimming pool and offers guests unparalleled views of the city from 335 metres.

But if you really want to get spooked, try the glass-bottomed song on the roof of the Market Square Tower, an upscale apartment building in Houston, Texas.

A clear-bottomed section overhangs the edge of the building and residents can experience the eerie feeling of treading water above the city. At 500 ft (152 meters), it is claimed to be the tallest glass bottom pool in the world.

Almost as dizzying is the pool on the 29th floor of Hotel Indigo in Hong Kong. Swimmers who want a unique view of the city streets will go to an end section that is completely transparent.

Dubai wouldn’t be Dubai if it didn’t jump on the latest tourist novelty, so it’s no surprise that among the various infinity pools, one stands out – literally.

The rooftop pool at the InterContinental Festival City Hotel has a glass end section that overhangs the boardwalk seven stories below.

Among the six pools installed at Hotel Hubertus in the heart of the Dolomites, a mountain range that is part of the Italian Alps, is a pool on stilts above the access road. It offers breathtaking panoramas of snow-capped mountains above and verdant forests below. Swimmers don’t have to worry about the winter chill as the water is kept constant at 33c (91f) all year round.

There are other examples pictured here – but they all have the same caveat: don’t dive in unless you’re afraid of heights.

Bali

A monster hangover

The Edge Luxury Village Resort, Uluwatu

At 500 ft (152 meters) above the Indian Ocean, this pool is available to swim in if you can afford to rent one of the eight lavish villas. Stretching six meters over the edge of the cliff, it may claim to be the ultimate infinity pool, but it’s certainly not for the faint of heart.

At 500 ft (152 meters) above the Indian Ocean, this pool is available to swim in if you can afford to rent one of the eight lavish villas

At 500 ft (152 meters) above the Indian Ocean, this pool is available to swim in if you can afford to rent one of the eight lavish villas

Hong-Kong

The glasses of the mind

Hotel Indigo, Wan Chaic

You’ll feel on top of the world when you dive 29 floors up in this boutique hotel.

The glass-bottom cantilevered infinity pool was created by architectural firm Aedas, who designed it like a pearl in a dragon’s mouth wrapped around the building, as an elegant tribute to Hong Kong’s history.

You'll feel on top of the world when you dive 29 floors up in this boutique hotel

The glass-bottom cantilevered infinity pool was created by architectural firm Aedas

You’ll feel on top of the world when you dive 29 floors up in this boutique hotel. The glass-bottom cantilevered infinity pool was created by architectural firm Aedas

Dubai

Enjoy those Arabian heights

InterContinental Festival City Hotel, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is known for its extravagance, as evidenced by this extraordinary pool hanging off the side of the hotel. To take your mind off the fact that you’re soaring 100 feet (30 meters) in the air, take in views of the city’s ultra-modern architecture and luxury shops as you take a dip.

Dubai is known for its extravagance, as evidenced by this extraordinary pool hanging off the side of the hotel

Dubai is known for its extravagance, as evidenced by this extraordinary pool hanging off the side of the hotel

Vancouver

Canada high

One Pacific, Vancouver

The developer behind this tower in Vancouver wanted to make a statement and they succeeded with a curved pool that juts out of the building at 61 meters.

Swimmers will be reassured to know that the 6 inch thick acrylic floor is made to support the weight of 1,650 cars.

The developer behind this Vancouver tower wanted to make a statement and they succeeded with a curved pool that juts out of the building at a height of 200 feet.

The developer behind this Vancouver tower wanted to make a statement and they succeeded with a curved pool that juts out of the building at a height of 200 feet.

Italy

A big window on the world

Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus, South Tyrol

What could be more relaxing than a dip in a pool after a long day of hiking?

This striking structure overlooks the Dolomites Mountains and hangs 12 meters above the ground, with a glass window that gives swimmers the feeling of swimming through the sky.

The impressive 25-metre pool is part of a new extension at the resort for skiers and hikers.

This striking structure overlooks the Dolomites Mountains and hangs 12 meters above the ground

This striking structure overlooks the Dolomites Mountains and hangs 12 meters above the ground

Houston

Walk high in Texas

Market Square Tower, Houston, Texas

It doesn’t matter if you float in the water, you will feel like you are floating in the air here. The developer claims it is the tallest glass bottom pool in the world at 500 ft (152 meters) and it is making waves on Instagram.

Only residents of the block of flats are allowed to swim, so if you want to try it, move in. But gosh, wouldn’t it be worth it.

The developer claims it's the tallest glass bottom pool in the world at 500 ft (152 meters) and it's making waves on Instagram

The developer claims it’s the tallest glass bottom pool in the world at 500 ft (152 meters) and it’s making waves on Instagram

Hawaii

Grab your water wings…

Anaha, Honolulu

As if having the world’s best beaches wasn’t enough, Hawaii now has one of the best swimming spots in the sky.

Anaha, meaning ‘reflection of light’, was designed with the play of light on water in mind.

The glass-bottomed pool is a dizzying 23-meter sky, jutting out 4.5 meters from the side of the residential building, giving swimmers a panoramic view of the island.

Be careful not to swallow water if you start to yawn.

Anaha, meaning 'reflection of light', was designed with the play of light on water in mind

Anaha, meaning ‘reflection of light’, was designed with the play of light on water in mind

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