Top 5 Breathtaking Pools From Around The World!

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It was announced this week that the Irish developer Ballymore plans to build an all glass swimming pool in the sky in Nine Elms, London. It will be completely structure free and rest between two apartment buildings. Many have slated the idea saying that there is a reason it has never been done before. We think it’s a great idea and it has inspired us to scour the Internet and bring you our top 5 most breath taking pools from around the world.

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The Cambrian, Switzerland

This infinity pool in the Cambrian hotel is part of their luxury spa. This heated outdoor pool is surrounded by magnificent views of the Swiss Alps and trails off into a nearby stream. The hotel is open throughout the year giving skiers and walkers alike somewhere to relax after a long day up in the mountains.

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Sanctuary Swala, Tanzania

This pool in Sanctuary Swala resort in Tanzania overlooks a water hole in a secluded area of Tarangire National Park. Elephants, antelopes and all sorts of wildlife run free and this is the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of them. The pool is a favourite amongst holidaymakers who need somewhere to cool down and escape from the baking heat.

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Golden Nugget, Las Vegas

The Tank in the Golden Nugget complex in Las Vegas boasts a 3 story waterslide, a shark tank, hot tubs, bar service and 15 private cabanas. You can swim right up to the shark tank and even book a guided tour by a marine biologist who will talk you through all the sea creatures that live within the pool complex. Whether you want to bask out in the desert sun or take shade and relax in the indoor pool, this complex is any water lovers ultimate dream!

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Giola Lagoon, Greece

This natural natural pool is situated near the village of Astris on Thasson in the Greek Islands. It looks and feels like a swimming pool however the natural phenomenon was created by water eroding the nearby rocks to create the pool. The rocks are terraced like and so are easy to walk on and the sun-rays mixed with the colour from the water and rocks give this pool its green tint

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Hanging Gardens Ubud, Bali

This tiered infinity pool at hanging gardens Ubud in Bali is set on top of a cliff and is surrounded by the rainforest. Each room in the hotel has its own private infinity edge pool and they are all joined by a small flowing stream.

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Have you ever thought about owning your own swimming pool or hot tub in your garden or know someone that desperately wants one? Or perhaps you and your friends love to swim and you long to visit somewhere that offers an exotic pool. Or maybe you know someone that deserves a relaxing spa day. Shareagift is one of the easiest ways to collect money online, you can collect money from friends towards an amazing group trip, experience or a group gift like a spa day for that friend who deserves a relaxing break.

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Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs You Must Try This Summer In London!

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As we coast through the summer the pubs get busier and busier with everyone looking for a spot in the sun to enjoy a nice cold beverage. We have put together a list of bars across London that you have to visit with friends this summer. From the top of the Gherkin to an old railway arch in Hackney, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

1 – Moroccan Sky Riad – A Moroccan Skyline Getaway

This bar, which is situated in the top of the Gherkin building, overlooks the London skyline. Although this is a member’s only bar for most of the year, from the last week in July it will be available to the public for 7 weeks. The bar will offer traditional Marrakesh décor and an authentic Moroccan cuisine.

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2 – Midnight Apothecary – Marshmallows, Campfires And Cocktails

Every Saturday throughout the summer a secret rooftop garden opens up above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe. They offer a mixture of cocktails and with a campfire in the centre where you can toast marshmallows and watch the sun set over the river Thames, it’s the perfect end to any summer’s day in London.

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3 – The Toy Shop – Lego Ice Cubes And Revolving BBQ’s

This bright and playfully decorated cocktail bar in Putney offers a wide range of cocktails and food made to be shared with others. The menu has a number of toy and fun themed meals including their signature dish ‘The Toy Shop BBQ’ which is served on a revolving mini BBQ. The cocktails are even stranger with ice cube shaped lego pieces and the house cocktail served in a miniature house with smoking chimney and flashing lights!

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4 – Draughts – For Board Game Enthusiasts

This café/pub is located in Hackney and set in an old railway arch. They have a collection of over 500 playable board games to choose from and offer a range of organic and locally sourced meals and an assortment of drinks from fresh coffee to craft beers.

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5 – The Little Yellow Door – The Ultimate Living Room Experience

This is a lounge bar located in Notting Hill, styled around a living room. Events are held across the weekend with a Friday night ticketed dinner party and a Saturday night house party. They offer a wide range of cocktails including specials served in teacups, milk bottles and a wide range of other living room accessories. Perfect for groups looking for a more cosy and personalised night out.

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Don’t forget you can use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect summer day out today!

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15 Cheap, Fun Things To Do Together This Weekend!

Whether you’re spending the weekend with family, meeting up with friends or planning a romantic weekend with your partner, we have compiled a list of 15 cheap, fun things to do with others this weekend.

1- Go on a joint bike ride

Dust those bikes off, throw on your helmet and a pair of shades and ride off together into the sunset.

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2 – Have a romantic dinner

There’s nothing more romantic than a candlelit meal in the garden with the sunset as a backdrop.

3 – Go on a picnic lunch

Picnics are underrated! There’s nothing better than laying in the park on a sunny day with a glass of pimms and tub of strawberries.

4 – Play board games in the garden

Get your competitive head on! Whether you’re buying up the board on Monopoly or guessing the killer in Cluedo they make for a great afternoon.

5 – Have a bonfire

A bonfire can be a great piece of evening entertainment; singing songs together and roasting marshmallows you will feel like your back at scout camp!

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6 – Pick fruit

Go hunting for fruit for your picnic, throughout the summer all sorts of wild berries can be found just waiting to be picked.

7 – Go fishing

Grab your rods and head down to the local lake or seafront and spend the day chilling in the sun and catching fish.

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8 – Go to the beach

Grab your deckchairs and head to the nearest sandy shore to relax and bask in the summer heat.

9 – Plant a garden

Brighten up your gardens with some new plants or decorations. If you don’t have one, hanging baskets and flower boxes are a great alternative.

10 – Clean out the shed

Clear out all that old rubbish and give the shed a good old spruce up.

11 – Watch the sunset together

Lying in the garden with a couple of glasses of wine and the sun-setting overhead, the perfect way to end any summer day.

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12 – Go Swimming

Head down to your nearest out door pool to cool down and catch some rays!

13 – Take some photos

Photos always look better when the sun is shining! Get everyone together for that family portrait you’ve been longing to take or get some good old nature pics.

14 – Have a boot sale

A great way to get rid of unwanted things and make some money at the same time. Have a garden sale and collect money from friends or head to your nearest boot sale and get selling to the public!

15 – Groupfund a day out

Treat a friend or family member to a memorable experience by group saving with friends towards something special. There are hundreds of summer activities and group gifts to save towards from cream teas to hot air balloon rides. Spend some time this weekend thinking of someone close to you who deserves to be treated to a day out and use Shareagift to collect money online with friends to fund an unforgettable experience!

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Wimbledon 2015!

Wimbledon 2015 has kicked off with a bang this week, with crowds flocking to the grounds for the first few days of what is expected to be one of the hottest Wimbledon tournaments to date. Londoner’s filled the grounds yesterday hoping for a chance to see Andy Murray play his first match of the tournament and they weren’t left disappointed! In support of the tennis superstar and the hype around this year’s tournament, here are 10 facts that you didn’t know about Wimbledon 2015!

1 – Players will eat around 15,000 bananas this year.

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2 – This year over 50,000 plants were supplied to fill the grounds.

3 – The waiting list to become a member now has around 1000 people on it, dating back many years.

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4 – 230,000 glasses of Pimms will be served during the tournament.

5 – 142,000 portions of English strawberries will be eaten over the two weeks.

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6 – The prize money collected by both the male and female singles Champions will be £1.88 million.

7 – The Wimbledon stringing team will work on approximately 2,000 rackets and 40 miles of racket strings.

8 – Over the fortnight around 54,000 tennis balls will be used.

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9 – 60 of the 350 umpires this year come from abroad.

10 – This year Wimbledon will be broadcast to over 1 billion people in 200 territories.

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Wimbledon parties, BBQ’s and gatherings are going on across the country and beyond over the next two weeks so what are you waiting for? With Shareagift you can save with others and celebrate Wimbledon together!

We will be showcasing Shareagift‘s top 5 Wimbledon 2015 gift suggestions in an upcoming blog, so check back for group gift ideas, for those who love Wimbledon as much as we do!

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Top 5 Outdoor Sports You Must Try This Summer!

The sun is shining; crowds are flocking to Wimbledon for the opening day of the two week Tennis extravaganza and the met office have announced record-breaking temperatures across the UK this week, summer has officially begun! With Wimbledon and the sunny weather in mind we have compiled a list of outdoor sports you must try this summer!

1 – Segway Polo

Segway polo is similar to horse polo except that you ride a Segway rather than playing on horseback. The sport has grown in leaps and bounds, mainly because there is no specific fitness level or age restriction required to play, which means it is accessible to all. The sport is also amazing to watch as you can see in the video below and this year Germany are hosting the official Segway Polo world cup in Cologne from the 16th to the 19th of July.

2 – Quidditch

Quidditch is a sport to come out of the Harry Potter universe and was created in 2005, although it is still quite young it is played across the world and is actively growing. The sport consists of two teams running around on broomsticks. There are essentially two ways to score points; the first is by throwing deflated volleyballs through hoops at either end of the playing field. The other is to catch ‘the snitch’ which is a tennis ball in a sock hanging from the shorts of someone dressed in yellow that runs around the area trying to avoid being caught. Confused? So are we! Have a look at this video for a guide to Quidditch in 2 minutes.

3 – Dragon Boat Racing

Originating in China, dragon boats are human powered watercraft, usually decorated by Chinese patterns with a dragonhead at the front of the boat. Racers usually sit side by side, each with a paddle, with the aim of trying to reach the finish line first. The sport is over 2000 years old however it is only in the past 50 years or so that it has taken off around the world. This year the 12th World Nations Championships will be held in Ontario, Canada.

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4 – Underwater Hockey

Underwater Hockey originated in England in 1954 as a means to keep people interested in diving through the winter months. Two teams compete to move a puck across the pool floor into the opposing goals at either end with a device called a pusher. The sport is not particularly spectator friendly seeing as the majority of the sport is played underwater. During championships to encourage more spectators they have screens projecting a live underwater feed of the game. For a more extensive overview of the game take a look at the video.

5 – Roller Derby

Roller Derby is a contact sport, which originated in the United States and is growing in popularity across the world. The sport involves two teams of five members skating in the same direction around a track. In order to score points one person from each team is chosen to be the jammer and they earn points by lapping members of the opposing team whilst their own team members try to block the opposing teams jammer.

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If you were interested in any of these sports but don’t have any teams around you, or you have a new sport that you want to get off the ground then you can use Shareagift to raise money, get a team together and start playing! Alternatively if you’re more of a spectator or know someone that would love to watch one of these sports, Shareagift can help you give the gift of an exciting day out or holiday this summer by saving with others towards tickets, travel and spending money.

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Shareagift’s Gift Of The Week: National Trust Day Out With Cream Tea For Two

Stuck for what to buy your teacher this year? Why not treat them to a day out over the summer to one of the beautiful National Trust locations across the UK. If you buy this day out through Virgin experiences you get a gift pack including a personalised voucher and message card. The voucher can be redeemed for a free admission pass to National Trust venues for 31 days, cream tea for two on your visit, a national trust book, map guide, one parking pass valid for 31 days and a 20% discount voucher for use in National Trust shops.

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Virgin experiences have a huge summer collection to pick from and with Shareagift you can save towards an experience to make someone’s summer extra special this year.

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Shareagift’s Gift Of The Week: The Balcony BBQ Grill

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Let’s admit it, we all love a BBQ on a sunny day and there’s nothing more manly than standing next to a flaming grill flipping some good old burgers and steaks. With Father’s day fast approaching this is the ultimate gift for that Dad who just doesn’t have the garden space but longs for the smoky taste of a burger or two!

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Shareagift’s Top Five Daring, Different And Downright Daft Days Out This Summer!

Many of us will be choosing to stay away from theme parks this summer, (for obvious reasons) so here at Shareagift we have set about finding the new ultimate day out to ensure that your summer will be the best it can be!

After extensive research we have narrowed it down to the top five days out that will dazzle, amaze and cater to even the fussiest of people. Depending on what type of experience you are looking for there will be a day out to cater to everyone’s interests, after all being pushed down a hill in a giant ball isn’t everyone’s idea of fun!

5- Spy Academy, An Educational Day Out!

The Spy Academy is based in Milton Keynes where you will learn how to fire automatic pistols and rifles, conceal surveillance cameras and transmitting bugs and even how to throw an axe! The course starts at £49 but who can put a price on knowing how to spy on your next-door neighbour! www.spy-games.com

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4 – Pamberton’s Chocolate Farm, A Foodie’s Day Out!

Imagine Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, surrounded by hills and in the middle of Wales, well that’s exactly what you will experience when you visit Pamberton’s Chocolate Farm! Within this complex you will find a large chocolate fountain, a chocolate museum and even a chocolate cinema! There are chocolate demonstrations and tastings running throughout the day and if that isn’t enough there’s a chocolate café, shop and delicatessen! http://www.douk.com/things-to-do/south-wales/pembertons-chocolate-farm/

3 – Zorbing, A Thrill Seekers Day Out!

Zorbing activities are popping up all across the country, for those who are not yet familiar with the term it is the act of jumping into a giant ball and rolling down a hill. Doesn’t sound like much fun? Take a look at the bellow video and we sure you will think again! www.zorbing.co.uk

2 – Floatation Experience, A Chilled Day Out!

Looking to unwind and relax this summer? Then the floatation experience is for you! This experience involves floating in either a room or a tank and is supposedly the ultimate way to unwind and distress this summer. Floatation therapy relaxation days are available all over the UK and are usually a lot more affordable than a trip to the all day spa! http://www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk/floatation-experience

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1 – The Puzzling Place, Something Different!

This was our favourite pick at Shareagift as it is unlike anything we have looked at before! The Puzzling Place is a large museum filled with different illusion rooms, included in these is an eyelusions exhibition, a hologram gallery and even an anti gravity room! Defiantly well worth a look if you are near the Lake District this summer. www.puzzlingplace.co.uk

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So there you have it, our pick of the top five days out not to be missed this summer! If you are planning a day out this summer for friends or family then don’t forget Shareagift can help you to raise that extra money you need to ensure that your summer day out will be the best it can be!

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(This Summer’s) Top 5 Music Festivals

As we coast into the summer we approach the music festival season, which seems to grow bigger year on year. As much as we would love to spend a weekend in the sun drinking and eating rubbish and listening to our favourite artists, for many of us the price tag that many of the large festival tickets carry these days is just too much to fork out on.

Well no need to fear! Here at Shareagift we believe that everyone should be able to experience a music festival this summer, no matter how much spare cash you have in your wallet! By scanning through some of the webs biggest ticket sites such as Seetickets, Ticketmaster and Gigantic we have complied a list of the ultimate top five money saving festivals of this summer.

5 – Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC)

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At number five this Dance Festival in Milton Keynes is the most expensive on our list with day tickets starting at £60. However it has an impressive line up with the likes of Sub Focus, Pendulum and Tiesto all appearing this year! Well worth the money if you can stretch to it! www.electricbeachfestival.co.uk

4 – British Summertime Festival

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Next on our list is the British Summertime festival in Hyde Park. What we really like about this festival is the fact that it is spread over a number of different weekends, so you can pick and choose your tickets depending on the acts you want to see. This is a lot better than paying top dollar for a festival where you are only bothered about catching a few of your favourite acts. Day tickets start from as little as £55! www.bst-hydepark.com

3 – Wilkestock

At number three is Wilkestock in Hertfordshire, this is an annual charity music festival that has been growing year on year. This years line up has not yet been announced however in the past they have played host to such acts as Bastille and Ms Dynamite! Day tickets can be bought for £50 so keep an eye on this site as the line up is soon to be announced and we are sure it will be a cracker! www.wilkestock.com

2 – Electric Beach Festival

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One of the most reasonable festivals we found is the Electric Beach festival in Newquay. This is in the same location as the Boardmasters festival however it is significantly cheaper! Although the acts here are a lot less mainstream and well known it still has the appeal of surfing, beach parties and the fact that you can get your hands on some proper Cornish ice cream! Weekend tickets start at £35! www.electricbeachfestival.co.uk

1 – Fetswich

Finally for those who don’t want to fork out any money at all on ticket prices we have found a free festival in Manchester called Fetswich. This free event spans across a weekend at the end of July and features the best tribute acts from across Europe! This one if defiantly worth a look if you are up in that area of the country and don’t mind not seeing the real thing, after all you can always close your eyes and pretend! www.festwich.com

So there you have it! You can no longer say you missed out this year because of the ticket price, so get saving! Don’t forget here at Shareagift we can help with all your festival planning from raising money for a friends ticket, collecting money together for the car share or saving for that amazing tent that you were jealous of last year. Together we can make this summer the best one yet!

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