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4 amazing year-round hotel pools

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For those of you already missing swimsuit season, these incredible pools are a spectacular way to make it feel like summer any time of the year.

Every week is Shark Week at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Their award-winning pool features an enormous shark tank and aquarium with a three-story waterslide running through it. Don’t worry, you won’t actually be swimming with the fishes: The tank is completely enclosed, though it makes for a wild view.

The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Maui has nine pools on six different levels that are connected by a river that carries swimmers along white water rapids and lazy currents. Feeling ambitious? Try out everything those six levels have to offer, including four jungle pools, four water slides, six waterfalls, three Jacuzzis, a Tarzan pool with a rope swing, a sand beach, and the world’s first water elevator to take you back to the top of the pool complex after you’ve slid or swam to the bottom.

Meanwhile, far away near Reykjavik, Iceland, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is described as “a hot tub on the moon.” It’s set inside a lava field where its pale blue water maintains a constant temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, thanks to the geothermal plant nearby. Many visit the lagoon for the silica-rich mud that’s said to work wonders for your skin, but the stunning views of the volcanic rock surrounding the pool make this a little more special than your average spa day.

The San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Chile has the world’s largest swimming pool, which stretches for a kilometer along the Chilean coast west of Santiago. The pool is also the deepest in the world, holding the Guinness World Record with a depth of 115 feet. The pool at San Alfonso Del Mar is so large that you can actually sail a boat in it, though most visitors prefer to travel between the pool’s three floating bars by swimming.

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Jamie Smith is a writer, traveler and lover of cities currently living in Austin, Texas. Follow her on Twitter at @shameonseamus.
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