These incredible infinity pools, heavenly oceanside pools and luxurious lap pools around the world have unmatched allure. Take a dip
A well-designed swimming pool is the liquid centerpiece of your home and can turn your backyard into a decadent escape. Whether you prefer to lounge poolside, dip your toes before diving in or cannonball your way to the center with panache, the images below are sure to have you dreaming of chlorinated, saltwater or natural water pools. Let's suspend reality for a few minutes and imagine that we're looking out into the gorgeous waters of the pools below.
Spectacular Pools 1: Dan Forer, Photographer, original photo on Houzz
This pool is the azure jewel of a villa that overlooks neighboring islands in the Caribbean. Although the cabanas draped in yellow fabric and the lounges look inviting, I'd probably spend all of my time in the water looking out into the horizon at sunset. No music, no reading material, no phones — just water all around.
Spectacular Pools 2: Da Vida Pools, LLC, Andre Del Re & Lisa North, CBP, original photo on Houzz
Aptly called "The Matador," this crimson-tile lap pool and its retaining wall completely contrast with the surrounding landscape. The pool adds visual interest beyond its striking hue. From this angle it looks like one step over the ledge would take someone straight into an abyss of trees and branches.
Spectacular Pools 3: Ike Kligerman Barkley, original photo on Houzz
The undulating curves of the chairs are repeated in the arc of the infinity pool, which begs the question: Which came first, the pool or the deck chairs?
Spectacular Pools 4: Lewis Aquatech, original photo on Houzz
This pool comes alive at night with underwater LED lights. The landscape lighting is pretty amazing as well; the tree in the background looks ablaze.
Spectacular Pools 5: Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc., original photo on Houzz
I consider this image to represent my holy trifecta of water at home: a dipping spa, an infinity pool and an ocean right at my fingertips. Whoever lives here must have the most amazing tan.
Spectacular Pools 6: Travertine Warehouse, original photo on Houzz
This image shows the holy trifecta of pools for kids: A waterfall, a slide and a diving board give the young and the young at heart plenty to do on a hot summer day.