The ultimate in luxury living at three tower blocks overseas with sky pools

Luxury apartments overseas are being built with the latest must-have feature for buyers - sky pools that extend over the edge of the buildings, hundreds of metres above the ground.

The outdoor swimming pools allow residents to venture just a few yards outside of - and above - their front door and take a dip surrounded by extensive city views.

We have picked three examples overseas, in tower blocks in Houston in America, Dubai and in Sri Lanka.

This sky pool at The Palm360 links two-towers on the iconic Palm Jumeriah in Dubai

Julian Pittman, of Jackson & Ryan Architects - told MailOnline Property that there is a cachet of living at a property with a sky pool. 

His firm is behind the design of a tower block in Houston, in the US, which has a pool that juts out three metres over the edge of the building.  

He said:  'It is the talk of the town and everyone recognizes it.'

He added that his son described the experience of the pool as being like 'swimming through the air'.

Mr Pittman went on to say that people often believe the biggest challenge of such a design is ensuring that the glass doesn't break and allow people to fall.

But reassuringly, he said this isn't an issue, adding: 'It was a great project to work on and I feel very proud to have worked on something so unique.'  

This sky pool joins a 50-storey tower of apartments for sale - called Sapphire Residences tower - with an adjacent tower that's a hotel. 

The parallel towers are on the beachfront in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.

There are 132 homes for sale each have between two and five bedrooms, including six penthouses at the top of the tower. 

They are due to be completed in 2021. Residents have access to a range of amenities on site, including a cinema, library, squash court and a gym.

However, residents have to share the sky pool with hotel guests.  

The development launched in November, with prices starting from £1.1million, and the average flat measuring 5,000 sq ft, more than twice the size the size of a tennis court. 

The parallel towers in Sri Lanka include a hotel and Sapphire Residences

All of the flats are pre-wired so that they can accommodate home automation systems that cover lights, air conditioning and curtains. 

What property costs do purchasers need to be aware of?

There is a national building tax of approximately four per cent. The service charge is typically around 12 pence per sq ft.

The ultimate in luxury living: This bridge includes a sky pool and links the two towers

Sapphires Residences is due currently being built and is to be completed in 2021

The luxury interiors are spacious, with floor to ceiling windows to make the most of the views

This sky pool hangs over the edge of Market Square Tower in downtown Houston, Texas, in America. 

Market Square Tower is a 40-storey building with a swimming pool at the top that has a section projecting eight feet beyond the face of the building. 

It has been designed by architects Jackson & Ryan, which explains in its marketing literature: 'Brave swimmers can look down the sidewalk 40 floors below.'

The 463 homes in the tower are only for rent, and not for sale.

Market Square Tower is a 40-storey building with a sky pool at the top that has a glass bottom

The building has various amenities, including a concierge service, basketball court, fitness centre, poker suite and car park. 

Pets - including cats and dogs - are allowed, with a pet-sitting service offered.

This sky pool hangs over the edge of Market Square Tower in downtown Houston, Texas

The building is in Houston, Texas, where is it well-known for its infinity pool

A curved panel of transparent acrylic forms the south wall and bottom of the cantilevered component of the 75’ long lap pool

This sky pool is on the Palm360, a two-tower development on the iconic Palm Jumeriah in Dubai. 

Once completed, the 155 metre pool will connect the two towers and be almost 170 metres high.

The Palm360 will have 331 flats for sale, including 16 penthouses with their own private infinity pool, gym and cinema. The penthouses have 360 views.

Prices have yet to be announced on the properties, which are due for completion in 2021.

 Latest development on The Palm: The 155 metre pool at the Palm360 will connect two towers

The development is Raffles branded and includes the Raffles Palm Dubai Hotel, which means residents will have access to its services, including a concierge, private transport and in-residence dining. 

The Palm Jumeriah crescent is on the doorstep, which includes a 11km running track with views of the sea, and The Pointe waterfront attraction with 70 restaurants and shops. 

Pop star Enrique Iglesias is performing at The Pointe this week. 

What property costs do purchasers need to be aware of?

Penthouses with 360 views: The Palm360 is on the iconic Palm Jumeriah in Dubai 

The Palm360 will have 331 flats for sale, including 16 penthouses with their own private infinity pool, gym and cinema

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  • FTSE LIVE: Thomas Cook may sell off airline arm; Superdry blames warm weather for falling sales

    FTSE LIVE: Thomas Cook may sell off airline arm; Superdry blames warm weather for falling sales

    airline business amid concerns over the company's future.  </p><p>Superdry has blamed 'unseasonably warm weather' for a dip in third quarter sales, with revenues at its stores sliding 8.5 per cent in the last three months. </p><p>The Bank of England is widely expected to keep interest rates where they are in the latest decision due later today. </p><p>Thomas Cook may wave goodbye to its airline arm amid mounting losses at the firm</p><p>Good morning. The Footsie didn't move much at the open today. It slipped a few points but is now broadly flat at&nbsp;7,167.03.&nbsp;</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday &amp; Metro Media Group</p>

    1 February 07, 2019

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