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Forget about swim-up bars and elegant infinity pools. Today’s coolest hotel pools flaunt jaw-dropping, quirky amenities like sharks on the other side of a glass wall or the image of Andy Warhol’s face on the floor below. Forget about those old kidney shapes, too. These days a pool may be saucer-shaped, or a glass cube. Tired of the same-old aquamarine water. Imagine swimming in water that’s blood-red, or gold. From Las Vegas to Austria, from Manhattan’s bustling Lower East Side to tranquil Tibet, here are some of the world’s weirdest hotel pools. Where else but Sin City would a hotel devise such an adrenaline-seeking theme to its poolside atmosphere. Tucked into the Golden Nugget property is The Tank, where sharks swim in a glass-enclosed structure and humans coast down a 30-foot waterslide that’s – thankfully – separated from the fish.  Infinity Pool, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Perched on the 57th floor of one of its three towers, the SkyPark hosts a 150-meter infinity-edge pool that creates the appearance of floating off into the clouds while swimming. Rimming the other side of the pool are palm trees and chaise lounges. Bonus: Singapore’s skyline never looked so stunning.  The Red Pool, The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand What looks like blood in the aptly named Red Pool at The Library is an optical illusion, thanks to a mosaic of orange, yellow and deep-red tiles glinting under a blazing sun. Crave a good book after a swim. Look no further than the adjacent all-white library, The Lib, and sink into a red mattress or black beanbag-chair on the pool’s wooden deck.  The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet The stunning view of the Himalayas from your room isn’t the only artful aspect of this nearly 5-year-old luxury hotel. Take a dip in the gold pool, located inside the 11,700-square-foot spa’s Iridium Room. Because each tile in the pool is gold, it literally glows. The black-and-white sea serpent hovering above makes it an even more magical experience.  Laucala Island Resort, Laucala, Fiji The 80-foot-long glass cube that serves as the resort’s pool is as chic as the 3,500-acre, private-island hotel itself. Come nightfall, Tiki torches create a serene Polynesian vibe. If you want to do laps or spread out, no worries, as there is also a lagoon-style pool surrounding the cube. For more private soaks, simply retire to your villa, which features a private infinity pool.  Sixty LES (Lower. Source: www.foxnews.com
WESTON, Conn -- Your backyard is the place to go crazy and take chances, because summer only lasts four months. So says Denise Davies and Kerri Rosenthal, owner and creative director respectively of D2 Interieurs, a Weston-based design firm. Their advice. Say goodbye to teak chairs, chaise lounges, hurricane candle centerpieces and navy cushions. Instead, integrate function, style, color and patterns in ways that personalize and reflect your lifestyle with modern fiberglass ball chairs, brightly-colored poufs, patterned pillows, and lollipop topiaries. "We suggest never buying a matching set -- of anything," stressed Davies. "You should treat the outside the same as you treat the inside of the house, mixing special pieces that you love and creating dimension by combining materials, colors, textures and pattern. The two Weston residents say they never go with trend colors. "All the bones of the space are neutral -- just like our interiors," added Rosenthal. "This way nature surrounding your space becomes your artwork. Spend your money on good neutral pieces with clean lines, and then have fun with your accessories and accent pieces, i. e. side tables, poufs, umbrella’s, and planters. The two also suggest making sure there is a color flow from the inside to the outside so when you open your doors, the two merge and become one living space. And for those with families, make sure to include an automatic pool cover, a forgiving coffee table, and lots of woods, fabrics, cements and cement composites. Source: weston.dailyvoice.com
DOVER, Barbados — Sandals Barbados, the company's latest addition to its portfolio and its first on this island, is a compact, 280-room resort set on eight-and-a-half acres on the south coast. I liked the size, small enough to quickly get the lay of the land, thanks to great signage, and the five different buildings housing 14 room categories from entry level to butler swim-up suites. Tucked away were gardens, a koi pond, a stretch of beach, a shady patio at the Cafe de Paris, light-filled indoor restaurants and ample underwater stools at the swim-up bar. However, activity at an empty site next door was a clue that Sandals, having opened on Jan. 20, already has expansion plans on the drawing board. General Manager Josef Zellner told me that while details still need to be ironed out, Sandals Barbados could double in room count on the 14-acre adjacent site, with construction slated for mid-2016. Add to that more food and beverage venues on top of the resort's current 11 restaurants, seven bars and lounges and the Doggies Hot Dog Stand. "It will have a Sandals signature pool and will carry out the theme of fire and ice that's here now," Zellner said. Low flames glow in the fire pits in the shallow reflecting pool off the lobby and at various other spots around the property, a nice touch that Sandals has put in place at other resorts. Sandals Barbados is a multimillion-dollar transformation of the former Couples Barbados. I had stayed there before when it was an Almond property (prior to Couples), and the transformation extends from the garden-lined entrance to the beach, where a rock jetty is going in to help build up an offshore reef. In fact, I didn't recognize the place. The 31 butler suites, attended by a crackerjack team of 13, and the 131 Club Sandals rooms all feature an outdoor tub on the patio and a freestanding teacup-shaped tub in the bathroom. WiFi is fast, free and propertywide. Where a parking lot once stood is Bombay Club, the first Indian restaurant in the Sandals' lineup of culinary offerings. The dinner-only venue with floor-to- ceiling windows and chandeliers of colored bottles filled with light is elegant. The centerpiece is a domed ceiling on which a world map is painted. Zellner pointed out that the only island labeled on the map is Barbados, and. Source: www.travelweekly.com
Rimming the other side of the pool are palm trees and chaise lounges. Bonus: Singapore's good book after a swim? Look no further than the adjacent all-white library, The Lib, and sink into a red mattress or black beanbag-chair on the pool's wooden
Say goodbye to teak chairs, chaise lounges, hurricane candle centerpieces and navy cushions. And for those with families, make sure to include an automatic pool cover, a forgiving coffee table, and lots of woods, fabrics, cements and cement composites.
Sandals Barbados offers several pools, 11 food and beverage venues and plenty of lounge chairs. Photo Credit: Gay Nagle Myers. --. --. --. --. --. DOVER, Barbados — Sandals Barbados, the company's latest addition to its portfolio and its first on this
All of the chaise lounges are free — and once you occupy one, a friendly staff member will come around to drop off a towel and place your belongings in a handy little box that goes under your chair. There's also fun in-pool lounge seating along the
Cramped, tandem chairs and saran-wrapped sandwiches were the status quo. Significant There's a two-level butterfly habitat in the new Terminal 3 filled with thousands of fluttering creatures, a Balinese-style rooftop pool, and five distinct gardens
Just last weekend, Kelly was again enjoying the English countryside with her man, beside what looked like a plush swimming pool. Wearing her brown locks pulled in to a messy bun, the 35-year-old TV personality shunned make-up to pose for a selfie with ...
Room prices run from $89 to $389. The English Tudor-style bed-and-breakfast inn in Napa was built in 1929. The pool area features lounge chairs and umbrellas amid a garden, shade trees and an arbor covered with wisteria. The inn has just 10 rooms priced ...
Perched on a mesh lounge chair in a shaded spot near the DJ stand, Brad said he and his friends have been coming to this pool nearly every weekend for the past six summers. Of all the harmless tête-à-têtes he’s had over the years, Brad estimates that ...