There aren’t many of us who wouldn’t want a private swimming pool in their back garden. Unfortunately it’s also no secret that here in the UK we aren’t blessed with the best weather. This factor alone does not stop us from having them built, but does tend to limit our creative flair, with the majority of us settling for a traditional lap pool.
We’ve extended our search globally to bring you our favourite home swimming pools from around the world, each offering its own twist on the wow factor.
If you’re thinking of relocating to sunnier climes, or simply feel brave enough to take the plunge in blighty, consider these top 5 aquatic havens to help aid your inspiration.
5. Shaw House, Vancouver
This single person residence, which is only 8 metres wide, manages to still boast its own pool, and in a rather spectacular way. Located on the roof of this humble sized dwelling, it is the ultimate example of compact, luxurious living.
With a glass floor, the pool becomes viewable to those in the living quarters below making it a quirky alternative to the in-home fish tank, although with the house being so small, it’s debatable as to whether or not you’d have the space for spectators to even come and view your underwater antics.
4. The Tangga House, Singapore
The ‘L’ shaped pool at this home wraps around two sides of the focal centerpiece courtyard making it a real talking point. Overlooked by a colourful roof top garden and viewable from a large landscape window in the basement of the house, it is the clear walls of this pool that offer a feeling of infinity and takes an average pool, considered quite the ‘norm’ in this part of the world, transforming it into piece of architecture that puts it head and shoulders above the rest.
3. 232 West 15th Street, New York
At first glance, this looks like a fairly common indoor pool. However, on second inspection you realise that there is nothing common about it at all.
This swimming pool is located in the living room of this Chelsea townhouse. In one corner of the room and you will find comfy armchairs and a wall-mounted flat screen TV, just as you would in the majority of modern western homes. However, turn around and you will be faced with an 8ft deep, 15x30ft pool, complete with swing. It holds a hefty 30,000 gallons of water and the current owners even enjoy the luxury of taking their pet dog and turtles in for a splash around.
2. Music Star’s Water Playground, Florida
Jupiter Island, Florida is home to a mansion belonging to Grammy award-winning artist, Celine Dion. Not likely to get any privacy when visiting water parks with her family, Dion has solved this problem by having her own oasis built in her back garden. With a lazy river, two water slides and two large pools; there is plenty of fun to be had by all. In between dips, there is also a tree house, sports courts and a huge trampoline making this the family ultimate fun house.
1. Spectacular Boulder City Mansion, Nevada
Forget Las Vegas being an adult’s playground, you can have all the fun you like at this magnificent mansion, located nearby in the Nevada desert. In this entertainer’s paradise, swimmers can relax on the lazy river, have a go on the waterslide and practice their best Tom Daly in the 20ft deep diving pool. There are crystal clear pools, beautiful waterfalls and hidden grottos on this 1.5-acre site. Themed scenery includes a water wheel and a wild-west style saloon. If tired after a day in the sunshine, there is also a hot tub that offers unrivalled views of the mountains from its prime second floor veranda location.