A heatwave is baking parts of the eastern US and south-east Ontario — melting ice cream, driving up air conditioning bills and generally wreaking havoc. If you happen to have a pool in your backyard or building, you’re probably getting more “Hey, what’s up?” text messages than usual.

While a heatwave makes just about any body of water 100 times more appealing, we decided to compile eight of the most impressive pools on the planet. From the Swiss Alps to an island covered in rain forest, these pools will have you cooled down in no time.

The Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland

Cambrian Hotel Switzerland

Hard to beat this view of the Swiss Alps.

Photo: The Cambrian Adelboden

Villa Tucan Tango, Costa Rica

Villa Tucan Tango TripAdvisor

For $294 per night, you can enjoy the amazing infinity pool at one of the villas in Villa Tucan Tango. On a day like today, we’d pay double.

Photo: Trip Advisor

Ubud Hanging Gardens, Indonesia

Ubud Hanging Gardens

The rainforest views that you get from two-level infinity pool in Bali’s Ubud Hanging Gardens resort are worth the trip across the Pacific.

Photo: Ubud Hanging Gardens

One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

Maldives Sarah Ackerman

A palm tree canopy just makes every swim 50 percent more awesome.

Photo: Sarah Ackerman/Flickr

Benitachell, Costa Blanca, Spain


The pool may not be anything special, but that view of the old Spanish village of Benitachell could not be better.

Photo: Natalie Romay/Flickr

Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich
This pool had us baffled More mind-boggling than refreshing, this stunning aquatic installation by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich had us confounded. A continuous piece of acrylic spans the pool, suspending water above it and creating one heck of an illusion.

Photo: Cal Sr/Flickr

Naples, Italy
Napoli Italy There’s something special about this pool that we just can’t grasp. Maybe it’s the rain slick wood surrounding it or the gorgeous exposure of the photo — whatever the case may be, this is a pool we want to get in.

Photo: Dan’ka/Flickr

Blue Palace Resort and Spa, Greece
Blue Palace Greece The Blue Palace Resort and Spa in Crete, Greece features 142 private pools and most are infinity-style. That is all.

Photo: Blue Palace

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