While most people in Melbourne are happy to settle for a small to medium size swimming pool for their private use, there are others who prefer to splash out – spending a significant sum of money to construct a pool of extravagance.
Here, we take a look at some of the world’s most expensive pools, from private home pools through to lavish creations for hotels and corporations.
Kitchukov Family Pool – Arizona, United States
Considered the most luxurious pool in America, the Kitchukov family pool cost $1 million and took almost 5 years to complete. It boasts a 15 feet water slide, five waterfalls, numerous fountains, 15 person hot tub and lighting effects that are surrounded by lush landscaping. And if that’s not enough, the pool’s Jacuzzi, lighting and temperature can be operated by Screen Logic control, which allows the family to manage these features from any part of the world through the internet.
Nemo 33 – Brussels, Belgium
Nemo 33 is the deepest indoor scuba diving pool in the world, offering a maximum depth of 133 feet. It took over seven years to construct at a cost of $3 million. Nemo 33 contains 2,500,000 litres of highly filtered, non-chlorinated spring waters and maintains a water temperate of 30 degree Celsius at all times. The pool is open to certified divers at a nominal cost and offers diving classes to non divers as well.
Hearst Castle – San Simeon, California
Own by William Randolph Hearst, the American publishing magnate of the 1930’s, Hearst Castle contains two lavish pools that resemble majestic Roman baths. The indoor and outdoor pools were constructed between 1924 and 1936 and feature hand carved statues as well as mosaic and marble tiles. The price tag is reported to be a hefty $10 million.
Seagaia Ocean Dome – Miyazaki, Japan
This was the world’s largest Polynesian-themed indoor pool and cost $2 billion to construct. Featuring an artificial wave pool, waterslide zone and a children’s pool, the ocean dome opened in 1993 and measured 300 meters in length and 100 metres in width. However, it officially closed in 2007 for renovations and re-branding of the resort.
City of Stars – Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
The most extravagant of all is at an Egyptian real estate development called City of Stars. Occupying 21 acres of land, this project features 12 giant lagoons, the largest measuring a staggering 8.8 hectares in size. The pools are filled with treated sea water and took a whopping $5.5 billion to construct.
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