Pool envy

December 20, 2016

It’s getting to that time of year when those of us without backyard pools get a major case of pool envy.

We dream of how much better life would be with a private pool: There’d be no need to worry about getting a park at the beach, burning your feet on the scorching sand or battling it out with the kids at the local swimming pool, where sometimes you’re even forced into the indignity of wearing a swimming cap.

Whether you are pool-less, looking for future home inspiration or just dream of swimming in some of the world’s most incredible settings, read on and prepare for serious pool envy.

Residential pool envy

Let’s start with the more realistic residential ones, shall we. Well – if you can even call these stunners “realistic”…

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Source: SAOTA

Imagine living in this South African home with an infinity pool that overlooks both ocean and mountain.

Best residential swimming pools
Source: Huffington Post

There is a saying that a man who is tired of London is tired of life, and surely the same goes for this pool. If you start getting bored, simply move to another level or swim underneath the waterfall for a gentle head massage.

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Source: House Beautiful

If you’re after a picture perfect pool with lush garden surrounds, cute deck chairs and an aesthetically pleasing cabana, this one in Florida would be hard to beat.

Or if you’ve been considering building a mancave, how about a pool cave like this instead?

Best residential swimming pools
Source: Decoist

If you’re after a pool so good you’d never have to go on holidays again, this one might be for you. If it weren’t for the roof, you’d almost believe this was an actual lagoon.

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Source: Decoist

This tranquil Balinese setting is surely the ultimate life goal.

Best residential swimming pools
Source: Decoist

As is this dreamy indoor setting.

Best residential swimming pools
Source: Decoist

Resort pool envy

If you’d prefer to save the amazing pools for your holidays or want to get some home inspiration from the world’s best, here are a few that may tickle your fancy.

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Source: Conde Nast Traveller

Surely the only thing better than swimming in the Maldives is swimming in a pool inside a pool, inside the ocean in the Maldives, like this one at One and Only Reti Rah. It is the babushka of pools.

If you prefer a tranquil pool surrounded by greenery, nature and rolling mountains, take a look at these.

Best swimming pools
Source: Conde Nast Traveller
Best swimming pools
Source: Conde Nast Traveller
best swimming pools
Source: Conde Nast Traveller

Do you dream of going on an African safari but don’t deal well with the heat? Let the animals come to you! Relax poolside and watch elephants stroll by at Chongwe River Pool House in Zambia.

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Source: Conde Nast Traveller

Less elephants, more fairy lights… a different kind of safari lodge pool at Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa.

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Source: Conde Nast Traveller

This infinity pool in Santorini is so perfect it almost hurts.

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Source: Conde Nast Traveller

Luxury hotel Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India, has been voted the best in the world on several occasions. Surely then its pool also has to be one of the best in the world. While maybe not realistic as backyard pool inspiration, it can’t hurt to have dreams, right?

Best swimming pools
Source: Conde Nast Traveller

 

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