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.
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.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.