While grave real estate prospects may drown our hopes of a personal swimming pool, a handful of architects and designers have made these sunken dreams float again. These are 20 pools we’d love to dive into, right now. It’s time for a dip.
1. Bali’s seven-star presents you an infinity pool swathed in thick jungle, elevated high in the canopy. One of the best swimming pools in the world, claimed. Image via Hanging Gardens of Bali.
2. On Italy’s Amalfi coast, this freshwater infinity pool protrudes from (pictured below) — afloat among cliff faces, clouds of bougainvillea and citrus, and the blue Tyrrhenian sea. It sits at the base of Monastero’s sloping gardens, a terraced landscape which invites guests to meander from bars and private cabanas, through lavender and agapanthus plantings, and into the waters of its vanishing-edge pool. Image via Monastero Santa Rosa.
3. Brave the walking trails of Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro to find the reflection pool of Parque Lage (pictured below). Once an industrialist’s mansion, Parque Lage has inherited the palazzo romano persona; becoming a public palace where visitors can swim between Imperial palms and facades of Italian marble. Image via .
4. These four courtyard houses in Switzerland are composed of decorative concrete with limestone, stacked in a modular fashion where the clear-cut geometry of this infinity pool fits perfectly. A property of strict quadrilaterals, which still falls outside the box. Image via .
5. This monochrome barn house in New Zealand offers the ultimate brain massage: few (if any) neighbours and an open-air pool cooled by the sea breeze. Step out into an infinity pool that overlooks lush hills rolling towards the sea. Image via .
6. Embedded in Austria’s Ötztal Alps, features three outdoor spas and heated pools. Gentle underwater music ripples through the sole basin, spring water filters into one pool and river eddies stir another to life. Float away during a session of, when the darkness of the mountains is broken by stars… Image via .
7. Perfumed by ocean spray and pounded by surf, Sydney’s famous Bondi Icebergs has welcomed swimmers for 100 years — especially in winter. To be granted the historic full club membership, swimmers must swim 3 out of 4 Sundays every winter month for five years to prove their true grit. Inside, others eat to their heart’s content at the Dining Room & Bar. Image via
8. Float above the Luberon Valley in Provence, breathing in country air. We’re all familiar with the health benefits of swimming: it alleviates stress, improves coordination and posture, and exercises healthy lungs. Especially when you’re doing it somewhere so picturesque. Image via.
9. The sun-beaten desert city of Palm Springs, California, hides many poolside oases. The climate’s suspended in perpetual summertime, the sun shines almost every week of the year, and those Coachella stages are only half an hour away. We might still be in the pool though — it is perfect weather, after all. Image via
10. Dive into health and wellbeing at . Guests at this Balinese resort can swim in chemical-free springwater pools, or ease themselves into outdoor hydrotherapy at the Vitality Pool. And there’s another blessing: The Source, an ancient spring of holy water which stems from the neighbouring Ayung river and into Como Shambhala’s evergreen gardens. Must be something in the water. Image via .
11. Hidden in the hills of Côtes de Provence, this pool overlooks France’s famed rosé vineyards. In the style of Provence’s rustic architecture, the pool is modelled in local stonemasonry, where natural limestone meets modern design. Let’s raise a bottle of their pink-hued wine, and see the world through rose-tinted glasses. Image via .
12. Swim beneath the Northern Lights at Ion’s Luxury Adventure Hotel, Iceland. While the temperatures may drop well below zero in winter, this sauna will keep you toasty warm while the auroras soar overhead. Image via The Coolist.
13. A private, undisturbed fibreglass pool surrounded by rustic stonemasonry, lounge chairs, and that early afternoon haze of summertime — these crystal-clear waters are calling your name. Image via fredagsinspirasjon.
14. In the Sunset Over Water Pool Villa at the Maldives’ , the bathroom comprises of a sunken glass-bottom bathtub (fixed on ocean life below) and an infinity pool within arm’s reach. And the name doesn’t lie. Admire the drama of a changing sky to Maldivian sunset colours, from blue to pink and orange to dark blue, to the black of a deep, blissful sleep. Image via Anantara Kihavah Villas.
15. Behind the infinity pool of in Barcelona is Skybar, where cocktails slide from under a trellis dressed in a creeping vine. While cobblestoned streets below teem with nightlife, this infinity pool serves up a mean panoramic view of this cosmopolitan Spanish city. And two mojitos, por favor. Image via Grant Hotel Central.
16. The stand-alone Pool Villas of turn towards the Gulf of Thailand and islands beyond. Each includes an outdoor daybed, sun lounges and a private infinity pool to return to, after you’re coated in white sand from Mae Name Beach, or dried from swimming under Hin Lat Waterfall. Image via Four Seasons.
17. In Beverly Hills, California, an infinity pool cleaves its way through a property containing over 100 oak trees, dipping underneath one of the biggest. It reflects some of the garden’s finest features. Image via .
18. In the of interior stylist Greg Natale, geometric accents and vintage glamour extend outdoors, where residents can slide from lounge to water in a heartbeat. Very Gatsby (without the sordid swimming pool scene). Image via .
19. From afar, is visible only by the water of its pool, which acts as insulation and protection from solar radiation for the home. A roof that moonlights as a pool integrates the building into the landscape, situated in the rugged rock faces of Tinos Island in Greece. The future is now, and we’re diving into it. Image via Kois Architecture.
And whether you’re in the throes of summer or merely dreaming of it, these pools will always be here to buoy us on dreams of tropical bliss. Image via .