Sometimes the situation just calls for chilling out in a pool that's just floating on top of another, larger pool. Not only do they provide some amazing unobstructed water views, barge pools can also be great spots to meet locals.
For those who want to experience this trend first-hand, there are several of these floating pools across the globe. From a floating pool in the Seine to an ultra-luxe experience at San Alfonso del Mar Seawater Pool in Chile, all of these swimming pool experiences are bucket list worthy. Read on, grab your bathing suit, sunscreen, and start planning.
This barge-turned-heated-pool in Berlin's River Spree offers a place to splash around in the heart of a major European metropolis. It also hosts regular yoga classes and summer parties. In the warm months, locals flock to the popular "beach" bar. As the mercury drops, the pool is transformed into a set of sauna spaces. A footbridge connects the pool area to the riverbank, where you can play beach volleyball, indulge in a cocktails (or three) and some barbecue. Alternatively, just enjoy your downtime on a hammock.
You can find this barge on the scenic River Seine, where it draws locals and visitors looking for a bit of relaxation within the city limits. Piscine Josephine Baker is covered by a glass roof during cooler months, and includes a wading pool for children, various saunas, a Jacuzzi, and a full gym.
The San Alfonso del Mar Seawater Pool in Algarrobo, Chile
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Now, this seawater pool isn’t open to the public—you’re going to have to check into a room at the San Alfonso del Mar resort for access to this sanctuary. This one is a little different than the others on the list; it pulls in seawater from the surrounding ocean for a beach experience complete with heated sand, and waterfalls.