45 Pools We'd Like to Party at This Summer

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May 17, 2019

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Resort Ready

This quad of black-and-white cabana stripe umbrellas are all but begging for a classic, resort-inspired swim party. We’d invite guests to bring a starlet-style sunhat, oversized sunglasses and their go-to SPF lotion and lip balm. The menu would consist of our favorite summer spread, chips and dip for snacking, and a spiked orange spritz served over ice. Hot tip: Don’t forget to garnish with an orange slice and an environmentally-friendly metal straw.

Asian-Inspired Outdoor Space

It’s easy to imagine hosting a peaceful girls weekend spent by this Balinese-inspired outdoor living room and clear, aqua pool. This elegant space boasts two elegant sitting areas outfitted with matching white sofas and contemporary wicker arm chairs. The best part? Cocktails are always within reach at the dreamy bar that’s located just across the resort-style swimming pool.

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Dip + Desert Views

This sleek, negative-edge lap pool is almost as breathtaking as the unobstructed desert views it offers this spectacular, contemporary home. Crisp lines create a seamless transition between the stone patio and the glassy pool and the calm waters reflect the hazy-pink sunset overhead. All that’s missing from this space are summery cocktails and sweet company.

Summer Under the String Lights

Festive lighting and ample seating make this cozy backyard pool a fantastic spot to entertain. Seating is grouped into zones for conversation, dining and poolside lounging. Ample terraces connect the indoor and outdoor spaces and give the home great views of its retreat-like backyard.

Playful + Posh

This contemporary desert home offers something for everyone. The inviting, infinity edge pool features dreamy aqua water and whimsical floating lanterns to illuminate any nighttime swims. Midcentury chairs sit opposite of a pile of plush floor cushions to create cozy conversation by the modern cement fire pit. A few steps away, a bright aqua sofa provides guests striking views of desert sunsets.

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Sunny Disposition

The lush green lawn and punchy yellow, cabana-stripe umbrellas combine to create a playful, midcentury-inspired outdoor space for summer. We envision hosting a citrus-inspired soiree here, complete with a bar stocked with lemony cocktails, poolside guacamole and street tacos served with fresh lime wedges.

Mediterranean Dip

Poolside prosecco is a must at this expansive Italian estate. The manicured villa boasts polished topiaries in lighted planters and a striking pool with turquoise water reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea.

Sophisticated Sunken Lounge

Talk about being in the lap of luxury, right? We’d like to swim a few laps around this luxurious lounge that’s sunken into this dreamy, mosaic-tile swimming pool. The eye-catching sitting area surrounds a dramatic firepit feature crafted from cement. The roomy lounge is made complete with a wrap-around cushioned bench and cozy, all-weather accent pillows.

Secluded Tropical Paradise

Enclosed in a copse of tropical trees, shrubs and flowers, this sleek lap pool and relaxing seating area are perfect for taking in some rays with friends. When the sun goes down, the expanse of green grass transforms into a soft place for an evening picnic or chic garden party.

Whimsical Water Fountains

Guests of all ages would be wowed by this contemporary pool design. Three whimsical water fountains arch above the deep, turquoise water to create a playful display throughout the day. Neon orange lounge chairs mirror the spirited style of the pool and bring another unexpected element to the outdoor space. What better spot to splash around and celebrate a birthday with your friends and family, right?

Modern Glow

This modern backyard isn’t afraid to dial-up the drama. Striking lines and sleek finishes marry to produce a swanky pool with a hot tub and a modern space for entertaining. The dramatic outdoor space is illuminated by strategic lighting so that guests can enjoy the many splashy amenities well into the night.

Fireside Swim

Sunny summer days slip into sweet summer nights with ease at this sophisticated home. A wall of snowy hydrangea bushes flank a white, outdoor fireplace and poolside lounge for pretty conversation. Just steps from the sleek sitting area, the calm pool waters reflect the ivory blooms and fire dancing above.

Intimate Courtyard

This dazzling, rustic courtyard sets the scene for an intimate Italian dinner party with close friends and family. The secluded space is surrounded by ivy-covered stone walls, symmetrical trees and charming, round boxwood bushes. Traditional taupe lounge chairs line each side of the stunning pool to create a sleek statement.

Sparkling Details

Swimming beneath the stars is always a magical experience. This stunning pool and pool house ensures guests enjoy a star-quality swim regardless of the cloud coverage that evening. Twinkle lights wrap twin trees to illuminate the pool from overhead and the results are nothing short of magic.

Secluded Garden Swim

Secluded swimming pool in a secret garden? Yes, please. This deep blue beauty is surrounded by a vibrant mix of pink and purple blooms, natural texture and lush foliage on all sides. This stunning swimming hole should be reserved for afternoons with your closest confidantes and classiest adult beverages.

Dreamy Deep End

An expansive estate requires an expansive spot to swim, right? This divine swimming pool measures at 20-feet by 50-feet, making it a full 10 feet longer than standard. In other words, this stunner offers you plenty of space to bring out your most Instagrammable inflatables and over-the-top pool props. Um yes, please!

Desert Oasis

No, you’re not dreaming. This desert pool is just as stunning, sparkling and show-stopping as you think it is. The bright blue water is surrounded by modern furnishings like crisp white pool chairs and lime green lounge chairs for sunning. Cacti embellish the surrounding patio, blending the outdoor space seamlessly into its rugged desert surroundings.

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Mirrored Lines

This modern home wows with an outdoor kitchen, covered patio and a poolside dining area. The pool is constructed with sleek lines that mirror the sleek architecture of the home and the streamlined design of the cedar-planked patio roof overhead. We envision this outdoor space as a relaxing spot to catch up with neighbors over some ice-cold beer and fresh-grilled barbecue.

Splashy Modern Design

This ultra-modern outdoor pool, patio and hot tub design is basically what all bachelorette party dreams are made of, right? The gorgeous, glassy pool features a razor-sharp edge that feeds into an intimate hot tub. Cement pavers and river stones frame the contemporary garden and sleek outdoor dining space making the move from pool to pool house a breeze.

Soaking in the Views

We’d like to grow gills and fins and live in this infinity-edge pool for the rest of our lives, thank you very much. The drool-worthy design offers unobstructed views of the tropical foliage, breathtaking ocean and cotton candy sunsets. Moroccan-inspired lanterns illuminate the pool perimeter to create an inviting and festive ambiance for out-of-town guests and homeowners alike.

Contemporary Contrast

This pool is as versatile as it is stunning. The sleek, contemporary design is surrounded by a bluestone patio that contrasts against the rustic barn that acts as an entertaining space. The varied elements work beautifully with each other to yield a space that feels equally fitting for intimate and casual bonfires as it does for swanky, modern swim parties.

Backyard Beauty

Colorful yet classic, this pool and patio boast an inviting quality reminiscent of charming movie homes. Pops of teal and blue are used to outfit the outdoor dining table and punchy orange lounge. The vibrant blues coordinate with the calm pool water to create a casual and inviting entertaining space.

Splash of Southwestern Flair

This set up calls for cuatro spicy margaritas, sí? Colorful tiles bring southwestern flair to the steps leading up to the pool, while the sundecks feature submerged red lounge chairs shaded by crisp, black-and-white umbrellas.

It's Easy Being Green

Backyard games, anyone? Draped in string lights, this expansive poolside lawn lends itself nicely to cornhole, croquet or simple poolside lounging day or night.

Hip Hosting

This contemporary outdoor design was created to bring people together. The glassy, aqua pool serves as the central focus of the space and cozy areas for dining and lounging are scattered throughout the yard. A covered pool house provides guests a posh reprieve from the afternoon sun and offers an easy prep area for meals (read: cocktails).

Sunset Swims

Guests swim to the edge of this striking, infinity-style pool to soak in the unmatched panoramic landscape views and sip cocktails at sunset. A natural stone patio leads the way and a matching stone pergola creates an intimate space for conversation.

Swim-Up Bedroom

It’s hard to imagine a better way to start one’s day than by rolling out of bed, opening the bedroom door and promptly diving headfirst into a sparkling swimming pool. This striking home marries modern lines with lush, tropical foliage to create a fresh oasis idea for romantic trysts for two or trendy parties for your whole crew.

Sprawling Mountain Views

This mountain home features a sleek, minimalist-style patio and pool design that’s begging to be used for a modern festival party. The pool and pavers use clean lines and unfussy landscaping to highlight the vast mountain and sunset views on the horizon.

Classic Americana Barn

Okay, have you ever laid eyes on a more appropriate locale for a Fourth of July party? This charming, barn-style country estate sports patriotic signage and a classic swimming pool, perfect for a mid-summer swim. Manicured hedges line one side of the pool for privacy, while smart Kelly-green umbrellas line the other to provide escape from the sun. Just add a hot grill and some cold beer and we’re good to go, friends.

Swim Trunks + Tree Trunks

Looking for an easy, decorative way to light up your pool party? Wrap the tree trunks in leftover Christmas lights!

Cozy Country Estate

This stunning space is all about escaping the everyday hustle and grind. A relaxed, out-in-the-country vibe informs this sleek beauty which includes recessed plantings along one side of the pool and an earth-toned paver walkway on the other. We envision a few friends here, sharing a few bottles and swapping stories while dipping their toes in the deep end for the weekend.

Netflix & Chill by the Pool

Outdoor entertaining comes easily in this ultra-sleek backyard — probably because it was designed to do just that. The contemporary home allows guests to walk from the lush lawn to the matte black outdoor kitchen and slip into the cool, zero-edge pool with ease. A pair of flat-screen TVs flank the outdoor kitchen to provide the homeowners with streaming while they’re swimming. Pool noodles and Netflix, anyone?

Primed for Parties

We can’t decide which is more stunning: the custom garden trellis, the pastel blue hydrangea bushes or the glassy lap pool. The stunning elements come together in this transitional garden to create the ultimate venue to host a spring bridal brunch or a summer baby shower.

Head-Turning Tile Accents

A small girls’ night in would be well spent here. It’s not about the size of your pool, per se, but about what you do with what you’ve got. This petite pool shows how it’s done with a striking tile accent wall that features a dazzling star motif and three dainty water fountains.

Luxe Lazy River

How does one elevate an already opulent and extravagant swimming pool and patio? They add a long, winding and luxurious lazy river to said swimming pool, toss in some oversized (and overpriced) pool floats and line the edge with bowls of fire. That’s how.

Sleek Statement

Less is more in this sleek outdoor space. The long, rectangular pool pairs seamlessly with a square hot tub and is crowned by a single, brick fireplace at the deep end. We envision hosting a post-grad pool party in the chic pool house or inviting the whole neighborhood over for a splashy summer dinner party.

More is Moroccan

Go ahead and request vacation time because this black-and-white checker beauty is in Marrakech, Morocco. The space features four crisp lounge chairs, lush foliage and an inviting turquoise pool. Just add oversized floppy hats and bead-embellished kaftans and we’re dubbing this the ultimate girls’ getaway in the sun.

Colorful Caribbean Escape

Thanks to its sleek stone deck and contemporary swimming pool, this tropical backyard enjoys unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea. We imagine hosting a tropical dinner party here complete with grilled fish, citrus salad and a fresh fruit spread. The pair of white Adirondack chairs in the pool offers prime seating for guests to enjoy fiery sunsets with a frozen cocktail.

Traditional Elegance

If you were searching for the perfect location to host a luxe, summer lawn party where all guests wear their best white clothes, this pool is here to deliver. Big time. The traditional white pool house serves as a stately focal point for the yard, while navy tiles line the pool to create a dreamy, dramatic appearance. Bring out the bubbly and pass around the fancy hors d’oeuvres.

Quaint Cottage Soiree

Mother’s Day brunch is best spent by the pool. More specifically? This pool. The secluded swimming pool is wrapped in privacy by a handsome stone wall and is crowned by a charming, fairytale-like shed at one end. Texture-rich shrubs line the wall and bring a whimsical, country-home look to the outdoor area.

Kid-Friendly

This organically-shaped, family-friendly splash pad is accented by a stepping stone-style patio, perfect for cooling hot little feet at your next birthday extravaganza. But the best part? An outdoor kitchen, fridge and seating area provide all the party essentials you need to keep guests from tracking water in and out of the house.

Dramatic Deco Design

This pool sports a polished, geometric perimeter reminiscent of the glamorous Gatsby era. The blue-as-can-be swimming pool is the sparkling gem of the luxurious backyard, with fountains arching up from the center and a hot tub at one end. Now all you need is a flowing tower of champagne.

Swim-Up Screen

Upgrade your summer evening shindigs with a giant poolside movie screen. After all, water-centric movies like Jaws or Titanic are best viewed on a pool float, cold drink in hand.

BUILD IT: How to Make an Easy DIY Outdoor Movie Screen

Waterfall Walkway

This country home boasts beautiful, wide open spaces and features a stunning swimming pool, unique, waterfall walkway, and lounge area perfect for a relaxed warm-weather gathering.

Infinite Views

Swoon, swoon, swoon. What we would give to invite friends over to split a bottle of wine and sit on the edge of the world with us here. The infinity pool provides a serene spot to take in the expansive valley and ocean views as the sun sets on the horizon.

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