Have you always dreamed of transforming your backyard into your very own personal oasis? Then a resort-style pool is perfect for you! These luxurious pools can transport you from your daily grind to a tropical getaway, minus the flight. 

We have gathered up a list of elements you can incorporate into your pool’s design in order to make this dream a reality.

 

9 essential features of a resort-style pool

 

1. Use exotic plants in your landscaping

A great way to set the scene for your resort-style pool is to plant some unique and exotic plants in your backyard. Many luxury hotels use foliage to elevate and decorate their pool areas, so this is a tip we borrowed from them. Think palm trees, ferns, succulents, etc.

 

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2. Include a water feature

Water features can be added to both new and existing pools, which makes them one of the easiest ways to create a resort-style pool. Simply listening to the sound of falling water will instantly transport you far away. With so many styles to choose from, you can certainly find a water feature that works for you.

 

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3. Incorporate natural building materials

Many luxurious pools are constructed out of natural materials so that they seamlessly blend into the surrounding landscape. Rock is the most popular option as it can be easily used to create a more natural pool edge, a hidden grotto, a waterfall, and more. Installing faux rocks can help you create this look if you are on a budget.

 

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4. Build a Baja shelf or a beach entry

One of the most popular pool elements in recent years is the Baja shelf, also known as a tanning ledge. These shallow areas are perfect for lounging or playing with young children and they add a sense of luxury to your pool. 

 

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Another favourite design feature is the beach entry. To create a beach entry, you will need to have one side of your pool gently slope in from the surrounding pool area. To create this artificial “beach” pool builders use stone, glass, ceramic tiles or decorative concrete instead of sand. This luxurious entryway will transform your pool into a tropical lagoon!

 

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5. Purchase luxurious pool furniture

Luxurious furnishings are always a staple of five-star resorts, and their pool areas are no exception. The ideal pieces are both stylish and comfortable as you still want to be able to relax. Find unique statement pieces or choose something more minimalist, the options are endless! 

 

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6. Maximize your view with an infinity edge

For those blessed with incredible views from their property, take advantage and include an infinity edge into your resort-style pool’s design. The vanishing edge will add a heightened sense of luxury to your pool and bathers will get to enjoy the spectacular views. 

 

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7. Invest in outdoor lighting

Create the right tropical ambience for your pool area with a custom-designed lighting scheme. For a more whimsical retreat, hang up some string lights. To keep the party going after dark, install some colourful LED lights inside your pool. You can even get really fancy by installing a fibre-optic lighting system that changes colour, that way you can put on a dynamic light show for your guests.

 

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8. Add some fire

To incorporate some softer lighting to your pool area, add some fire features. You could include:

  • A wall of fire
  • A firepit
  • An outdoor fireplace
  • Tiki torches

The addition of fire will make your backyard feel cosier after dark and provide plenty of ambience for late-night swims. 

 

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9. Don’t forget to provide some shade

Any decent resort pool provides shade for its guests. The same goes for any decent resort-style backyard pool. Shade sails or cantilever umbrellas are great options for adding shade without sacrificing style but if neither of those work for you, there are plenty more to choose from. 

 

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A resort-style pool will cost you more than a standard pool but think of it this way, you may never need to go on vacation again!