World Traveller November 2019




Bondi Icebergs

Pool or sea? The dilemma has never

been more delicious than at Sydney’s

iconic Bondi Beach, where the sandy

southern reaches meet an Olympicsized,

man-made swimming pool

(and a smaller kids’ one) known as

‘the Icebergs’. The swimming club it’s

named after was founded 90 years ago

so that Bondi’s lifeguards could train

year-round, and there’s nothing more

exhilarating than being smacked in the

face by salty surf while powering across

its wind-rippled infinity pool. Don’t miss

the sauna, included in your ticket price.


The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

At the foot of Skye’s brooding Cuillin

mountains, the river fizzes into a

string of crystal-clear ponds. Clamber

down from the trail onto broad, flat

rocks so you can shed your gear and

dive into the limpid water of the first

pool. It’s freezing so bring a wetsuit

outside of summer. Emboldened by

that icy adrenaline? Dive down to swim

under the submerged stone arch that

connects two of the pools. They’re

an easy half-hour hike along gently

ascending hillside from the nearest car

park (Glumagan Na Sithichean).


Shangri-La Hotel at the

Shard, London

Swimming above London’s

helicopters — in the Shard’s 52 nd -

storey ‘Skypool’ — is a once-ina-lifetime

encounter. It’s also a

once-in-a-lifetime spend for a swim,

as the pool is open only to hotel

guests. Note to fitness swimmers:

it’s diddy, at just 11m long. Note

to parents: kids are only allowed

between 9am and 11am and 3pm

and 5pm. Note to daydreamers:

there are sofas and free coffee, so

make a morning of it.


Four Seasons Serengeti

A dust-dry plain sprouting baobab

trees, clouds scudding across a

burnt yellow sky, and

herds of elephants, buffaloes and

zebras at feeding time. A baby

elephant clambers into the water to

cool off just metres from the lip of

the infinity pool where you’re doing

the same. From sunrise to sunset,

this glimmering water gives you a

front-row seat for the Tanzanian

watering hole’s daily dramas (keep

your eyes peeled for trotting

warthogs), as well as miles of empty

savannah ahead. You’ll see the

most diverse wildlife during the dry

season (July-October). 29

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