Have you ever noticed that resort pools tend to have unusual shapes? Consider creating a pool with your own distinct shape. Have fun with it: the more atypical, the more retreat-like.
Set your pool above the standard with unique detailing, like colorful tiling or a stone surround (or both). It will be a treat to the eyes every time you walk into your backyard.
If your yard allows, supersize your pool space. It will feel like you have the ocean right outside your windows.
You don’t need to live in Bermuda to have access to your pool year round — if you cover it with a glass ceiling, that is. Pepper the deck space with plants and pool furniture to bring the outside in. You'll greatly appreciate this when you're sitting pool-side with a piña colada in December.
Don’t skimp on the chairs: Go all out with comfy, deluxe pool “beds,” where you can whittle away your day with a great book. No need to wake up at 7a.m. to reserve chairs when they're in your own backyard!
Hotel retreats are all about the view. if you're considering a pool, survey your backyard and decide which area overlooks the best scenery.
Hey, the kids like to be on vacation too! Install a slide for a fun addition for them; choose a chic, stylish one so you can enjoy it as well.
Unusual things are always to be found in faraway places, so why not add an unusual element to your pool? Every evening can be spent cozying up to your tree island and enjoying an incredible sunset.
How often do you pull your lounge chair up to the ocean's edge to cool down while on vaca? Replicate that refreshing feel in your pool with a step large enough for a couple of lounge chairs.
Retreat pools always look inviting, whether it be day or night. The secret is in the lighting; get the lighting right, and you'll be extending your stay-cation late into the evening.
Want a true ocean feel? Nix the barriers and go with an edgeless pool. Shut your eyes, let the water lick your toes, and you'll be transported to the Caribbean!
Consider installing your pool with different layers to get the feel of a more natural body of water. You'll also score added dimension and interest.
Everyone loves a good hot tub soak while away; make it an everyday occasion by adding one to your pool. Whether the day's weather is warm or chilly, there's always a water option to enjoy — and a fire pit, too.
Replicate the sound and feel of the rainforest with a waterfall. They are architecturally enticing, and the calming trickle will remind you of faraway places.
Nothing says vacation like a cabana. By day, the covered space will provide relief from the sun; by night, it's perfect for a cocktail party.