Private pools

Dive in: Cool pads with private pools

In Holiday Homes, Water by Ronnie

The world is divided into two sets of people: those who own a pool and those who wish they did. We all dream of having our own private piscina, don’t we?

It doesn’t even matter whether you can swim; query anyone on what they’d do if their numbers came up on the lottery and the reply will be almost identical: “Quit my job. Buy a big house. With a pool.”

You’re as unlikely to scoop the lottery this week as you ever were (that’s a one-in-14 million chance, if you’re wondering). But if you’d like to whittle down your shortlist of mansions-with-pools – “Just in case” –  here’s the ultimate directory to consult.

From Costa Rica to Florida, we’ve assembled a plethora of pools with panache.

1. Casa Nova Estate, Sitges – Spain

This large hillside infinity pool, backed by undulating green slopes of pine, is truly something to behold.

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Private pool Sitges Spain

2. Alexandra Ranch, Sisterdale – Texas

At over $1,000 a night, you’d need J.R. Ewing money to lodge in this Texas ranch, but its gorgeous pool, complete with diving board, makes it worth every red cent.

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Alexandra Ranch, Sisterdale - Texas

3. Villa De Suenos, Austin – Texas

An infinity pool with breathtaking views is one thing; one with its own swim-up bar and hot tub is quite another. Dive right in.

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Private pool in Texas

4. Experience Palace, Zakynthos – Greece

The smooth aqua blue waters of this private pool on the island of Zante contrast sharply with the dark pull of the ocean that lies beyond its decking. Wow factor? Maximum wow.

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Zante - Greece

5. Flying Toucan’s, Dominical – Costa Rica

The picture says it all, right? A perfect spot to sit back, gaze out over the Pacific and enjoy the good life. “Jealous” doesn’t come close.

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Private pool in Costa Rica

6. Villa San Lucas – Dominican Republic

Whether relaxing on a lounger in the shade of the thatched roof, or swimming under the stars, you’ll be in heaven sliding beneath these cool waters.

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Villa San Lucas - Dominican Republic

7. Five Falls Estate, Philadelphia – USA

A tropical indoor pool, complete with swim-up bar, jacuzzi and massive theatre screen, makes this spot infinitely better than your local baths. Pool party? Bring it on.

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Five Falls Estate - USA

8. Villa Sofia – Dominican Republic

This palatial villa’s crystal-clear pools (one shallow, one deep) let you literally perform a lap of luxury.

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Villa Sofia - Dominican RepublicVista Oceana - Costa Rica

9. Vists Oceana – Costa Rica

You’ll feel at one with nature in this dramatic infinity-edged pool in the Costa Rican tropics; the vegetation surrounding the pad is home to toucans, monkeys and lizards!

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Florida poolside villa

10. Reunion Resort, Florida – USA

Freshen up with a morning swim before strolling over to the golf course beyond the decking; the 8th hole is just a minute’s walk away.

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11. Villa Bijoux Bleu, St Thomas – Virgin Islands

Ever wanted your own waterfall? This tropical lagoon pool in the US Virgin Islands, complete with LED night lights and wet bar, grants your wish. There’s even a hammock fastened to a couple of coconut palms.

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Virgin Islands villa with private pool

12. Suenos Pacificos, Dominical – Costa Rica

Boasting a panoramic Pacific view from its smooth, ‘vanishing’ edge, this kidney-shaped pool on Costa Rica’s southern coast is the ideal place to watch the sunset.

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Costa Rica villa

13. Casa Theodore, Cabo San Lucas – Mexico

This heated infinity pool in Cabo San Lucas is beautifully warm. Grab a cold beer, slide into your swimwear and prepare for a dip you’ll never forget.

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Mexican poolside villa

14. Hout Bay Villa, Cape Town – South Africa

With several patios virtually touching the water, it’s never been easier to switch from sunbathing to swimming and back again. This ultra-chic contemporary pad in Cape Town has it all, including a jacuzzi and steam room.

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Cape Town villa, South Africa

15. Point Loma, San Diego – USA

Not only is this gorgeous pool in San Diego solar heated, but it’s surrounded by tropical trees, offering all the seclusion you could desire. When you’re ready to reintegrate into society, downtown San Diego is just 20 minutes away. With this exquisite pool beckoning to you though, you’ll be reluctant to stray too far.

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San Diego villa and pool


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