The world's highest swimming pools

Who wants to swim at sea level? Nobody these days, that’s who. It’s far too pedestrian. Why not try swimming whilst your body is as far above the sea as possible, preferably in the lap of luxury? Luckily, there are just such wondrous places for us to enjoy.

Our featured image is courtesy of Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore is topped by the Sands Skypark

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore is topped by the Sands Skypark. Photo  by stephanusreza

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The Infinity Pool is the banana-shaped structure at the top.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The Infinity Pool is the banana-shaped structure at the top. Photo by DChai21

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore at night. Photo by green_kermit

Do not lean against the glass. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

“Do not lean against the glass.” Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Photo by FOTOSHO-TO

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The Skypark at Marina Bay Sands is home to the Infinity Pool, a seemingly-edgeless outdoor pool 650ft above the ground, three times the length of an Olympic one and in a pleasant banana shape.

Looks lovely, but it might be a bit chilly up there on some days.

International Commerce Centre, Kowloon, Hong Kong

International Commerce Centre, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Photo by soeperbaby

The world's highest fitness centre and swimming pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.

The world’s highest fitness centre and swimming pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of www.ritzcarlton.com

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

Since it was completed in March 2011, the Ritz Carlton Hotel at the top of the ICC boasts what it believes to be the highest indoor pool in the world at a whopping 1,600ft up.

To balance out the heights, the ceiling above the pool is apparently a video wall showing coral reef scenes to enthusiasts of the back stroke.

Cantilever Indoor Swimming Pool at Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao, China

Cantilever Indoor Swimming Pool at Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao, China. Photo courtesy: Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao

Cantilever Indoor Swimming Pool at Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao, China

You’ll be swimming over the road 24 floors below. Photo courtesy: Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao

Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao, Shanghai

At 330ft this is much shorter than the other two pools on our list, but this one may be the trickiest for sufferers of vertigo.

Part of the pool has been constructed to jut out of the building, with a glass bottom giving swimmers the chance to tread water above the raging traffic in the streets beneath.

Don’t worry – we’re sure the pane of toughened glass won’t break…

Why don’t you go first, okay?