I love hotel swimming pools. Not necessarily the W Hotel style see-and-be-seen type where guests mill about in ankle-deep water half-clothed with cocktail in hand (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but swimming pools that encourage actual swimming.

For fellow pool aficionados, I’ve written before about pools that are worth redeeming points for at US properties.

The Hotel Hubertus in Italy has unveiled a swimming pool that some are saying defies gravity. Perhaps a little bold in the claim, nevertheless the pool admittedly looks pretty cool seemingly perched on stilts (larch tree trunks).

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The latest addition to Hotel Hubertus’ other 5 heated indoor and outdoor pools, the new Sky Pool is an elevated 82 foot long infinity pool positioned 39 feet above the ground with a glass panel at the bottom. Kept at a comfortable 86 degree temperature, the idea is to give swimmers the feeling of floating in the clouds, which is enhanced by the glass front, stunning countryside views, and the dark grey stone bottom that reflects clouds as they pass overhead. The work of Architectural design firm NOA, the new pool

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To me the glass bottom feature sounds similar to the porthole in the pool at the The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton (formerly one of my favorite properties when it was a Westin in the Starwood chain).

The porthole pool at Hilton's The Diplomat (screengrab from Hilton's website)

The porthole pool at Hilton’s The Diplomat (screengrab from Hilton’s website)

I can’t recall any hotels I’ve stayed at that are perched at such a dizzying height, and Hotel Hubertus’ new Sky Pool looks wonderfully unique and inviting.

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If you want to try out the pool and hotel, rates start at 137 EUR (about 147 USD).

Note that all photos of the pools at Hotel Hubertus are from their website.