Come on in the Water’s Lovely
This season A Hume are diving into swimwear, the new Barbour Lomond Swim Shorts and Barbour Lomond Tartan Swim Shorts are on sale online, and to celebrate this addition to our collections, we’re taking a look at the world’s most iconic swimming spots: from luxury infinity pools, to unique UK public access pools and wild swimming spots we show you where to dip your toe in the water.
World’s Top Infinity Pools
Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
If you do have to slum it and share your infinity pool then it’s best that it’s filled with beautiful people and we’re quite sure that the Hotel Caruso on the sun-drenched Amalfi coast sees a lot of the beautiful set. The ridiculously glamorous, cinematic splendour of the pool is appended onto an exquisitely restored 11th Century frescoed palace and accessed by way of a highly scented rose garden.
Singita Gremeti Lodges
In 2011 the luxurious Gremeti Lodges (there are five) in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park were announced as the best hotel in the world. The Faru Faru Lodge, has is built on a gently sloping hill and positioned on the renowned migratory route. Guest experience close proximity to the wilderness and you can quite literally watch the animal kingdom pass by from relaxing comfort of the lodges, pale green infinity pool.
The Hanging Gardens, Indonesia
Infinity pools are considered the ultimate luxury swim experience but there’s always the vague fear that your moment of perfect indulgence will be ruined by the presence of another guest. Insure against this by travelling to the Hanging Gardens, Ubud, Indonesia. Each room or suite has it’s own infinity pool – private, just you, yours and the jungle beyond. We’re already packing.
The Best Wild Swimming
The Serpentine, London
This could hardly be said to be a secret spot but there is something inherently liberating about splashing about in such a setting, in the middle of the city. The area for swimmers is partitioned from the rest of the lake by bouys and is known as Landsbury’s Lido. There are changing rooms, so by wild swimming standards it’s actually quite tame but still it’s deserving of a place on your swimming bucket list.
The Serpentine London Public swimming May-Sept. Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH (0207 706 3422)
Linhope Spout, Northumberland
Linhope Spout is 60ft shute of water that tumbles into a natural circular pool of deep, clear water, located in the Breamish Valley, on the edge of the Cheviots. Northumberland National Park has mapped out a route to the famous falls. It’s about 1½ miles in, just long enough to work up a bit of steam that you can blow off jumping from the six foot ledge – go on, we dare you!
The Fairy Pools, Skye
If you’re at all susceptible to the charms of wild swimming this would be the place to start. The fabled series of jade green Fairy Pools sit at the foot of the Black Cullins not far from Glenbrittle. The walk in is gentle and the pools are family friendly and truly magical, formed by the falling water from Allt Coir a’ Mhadaith, Coire na Creiche and Glenbrittle. Walk Highlands have mapped out this easy route and extended it to form a circuit but you could easily just walk in, to the pools and head back.
Unique Public Access Pools
The London Aquatics Centre
Now open to the public following the huge success of the London Olympics 2012, Zaha Hadid’s inspiring wave form venue hosts a huge range of activities for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Come and plough the lanes of champions, or learn to dive in the amazing 25m dive pool – you may catch Tom Daly training.
This iconic salt water lido perched on Plymouth Hoe was built in 1935, a testament to Art Deco design and the optimistic, modernist commitment to health and community of the era. It was given a £3.3 million restoration facelift in 2003. The pool includes fountains, views across Plymouth Sound, a sunbathing terrace, lounger and deckchair hire. Also a very un-British tolerance of poolside picnics and refreshments.
Portobello Swim Centre
A treasure of the Victorian age the splendid old ‘baths’ right on the prom at Portobello are a wonderful place to swim long, leisurely lengths. The light from the original 19th century roof lantern bathes the swimmers in a relaxing watery glow and the Turkish baths are a must. There is a municipal whiff to surroundings but it doesn’t detract too much from the power of the setting.
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