Dive into the world’s best pools

The world’s best pools come with bling, views, cocktails, tranquillity and wildlife, writes Eli Orzessek.

Bondi Icebergs, Sydney

Sitting at the southern end of Sydney’s Bondi Beach, the Bondi Icebergs Club is an iconic international landmark. Established in 1929, members swim races in the ocean pool every Sunday throughout winter and the venue has been used for fashion parades, photo shoots, TV shows and commercials. Once you’ve had a swim, you can also enjoy a great meal at one of Sydney’s best restaurants — the Icebergs Dining Room. Ocean pools are a bit of an institution in Australia — in Sydney, you’ll find others at Curl Curl, Manly and Bronte Beach.



Hayman Island by InterContinental, Queensland

Previously known as One&Only Hayman Island, this luxury Great Barrier Reef resort will reopen in 2019 as the Hayman Island by InterContinental, following a significant refurbishment after Cyclone Debbie. The pool wing is huge, hexagonal and instantly recognisable — it’s about the equivalent size of seven Olympic pools. Rooms around the pool have swim-up access — and there’s nothing like taking a dip at dawn off your own private deck.

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