incredible pools and water parks around the world

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Grand Hotel Central

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona’s Gothic architecture can be appreciated from the terrace pool at this hotel, which is next door to the Cathedral of Barcelona, close to Palau de la Música Catalana, in the charming neighborhood of Born. This infinity edge pool with panoramic views and a special rooftop bar service offered by the SkyBar is an absolute can’t-miss.

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Beach Park

Aquiraz, Brazil

This Beach Park, voted the best water park in South America by TripAdvisor users, is located in Northeast Brazil, near Fortaleza, Ceará. Last year, this seaside park welcomed its millionth visitor. The Insano water slide, one of its most popular attractions, sends riders sliding at  speeds up to  65 mph [105 km/h].

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Sophia Hotel

Cartagena, Colombia

This hotel, in the historic city center, is installed in a three-story building whose terrace unveils  dazzling scenery. From the 1,000 ft2 [93 m2] pool, guests have a panoramic view of Plaza de la Aduana, the largest plaza in Cartagena. A pool lighting system tops off the spectacle.

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Colca Lodge

Arequipa, Peru

Located at the foot of the largest canyon in the world, in Valle del Colca, this hotel is famous for having four thermal pools on the banks of the Colca River. The hot springs are not the only attraction there: as the region is the natural habitat of the Andean condor, the world’s largest flying bird.

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Club Med Resort

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The facilities of this all-inclusive resort are located 10 minutes by car from Punta Cana International Airport. To reach the beaches and coconut trees on the sand, guests need to walk less than 2,000 feet [600 m] from the resort. The stunning infinity edge pool blends in with the horizon, giving the illusion that it is at one with  the ocean.

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Typhoon Lagoon

Orlando, United States

Going to this Walt Disney World water park is like visiting a legendary tropical paradise: plants, treasures, and replicas of old ships are scattered throughout the park, which has 11 different attractions. The most recent is the Miss Adventure Falls, opened in March, which takes visitors on a raft ride.

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San Alfonso del Mar

Algarrobo, Chile

Less than 2 hours from the capital city of Santiago, you can find  the largest pool in the world. It is over 4,920-foot [1.5 km] long and has  66 million gallons [250 million l] of crystal-clear saltwater collected from the ocean. To give you an idea, it’s equivalent to 6,000 regular, 26-foot [8 m] pools. It’s so big that you can cross from one side to the other on a boat or kayak.