Party-Ready Pool Inspiration

Outdoor entertaining is a cinch when you have a space that's made for soirees. Find inspiration in this bounty of luxurious pool styles and designs.

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October 10, 2019

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Cottage Allure

Primed for a party, this brick-surrounded pool is the epitome of New England charm. The main home and pool house mix rustic stonework, shiplap siding and a wood shingle roof to set the scene. A row of hedges and picket gate lead into the inviting pool, which features a hot tub, relaxing lounge chairs and a bar area for dining.

Waterside Vista

Guests will already be in awe of this stunning lakeside view, even before they take in the amazing outdoor amenities. Perched on the edge of the property to maximize the scenery is a cozy seating area centered around a roaring fire pit. Under the stacked stone and wood beam pavilion is a complete living domain with multiple dining tables and another fire pit gathering spot.

Full of Ambience

Like stepping out into a dreamy resort, this luxurious home is ready to throw the ultimate bash. A lazy river wraps around the outdoors, which combines a variety of pools and hots tubs, as well as a mix of different seating groups. Lighting plays a big role in the design so that parties can last long into the evenings.

For All Ages

Gather the whole family for a day in the sun. Multiple levels of fun start at the top with a pair of dining tables to eat al fresco. Kids, young and old, will love sliding down into the pool, and the hot tub provides the opportunity to enjoy the sweeping mountain vistas even when there's a chill in the air. Flower beds full of swaying grasses and small shrubs soften the hardscaping.

On the Grid

The composition of squared-off corners delivers a modern, clean aesthetic to this outdoor space. Assorted seating areas, including a sunken one in the pool, a raised lounging space above the waterfall and underwater loungers on the sun shelf, provide everyone a place to be and enjoy company. Concrete pavers flow throughout the grass and even float on the water to create a seamless pathway.

Maritime Views

With stunning scenes of the ocean, this poolside retreat is prepped for a shindig. Netural armchairs and sofas make for comfortable seating with a large coffee table to set food and drinks. Beside the pool, oversized lounge chairs sit under a large umbrella for a shady getaway.

Touch of Tuscany

Old World charm exudes from this Texas villa. Double porches extend the entertaining area and give everyone a place to sit out of the sun. Serve up food and drinks on the bar, which has a wet and dry side. Burnt orange furniture and accessories add warm color throughout the space.

Poolside Contempo

Sleek and modern, this warm-weather hub has everything you need for a get-together. The clean-line pavilion has an outdoor kitchen, full cocktail bar and cozy seating around the fireplace. Iridescent blue tiles back a beautiful water feature and surround the streamlined pool.

Let the Festivities Begin

Farmhouse meets contemporary at this chic poolside oasis. The luxurious pool house is a complete entity unto itself with retractable doors that open up the full kitchen, dining and living room to the outside.

Rustic Modern

Send out the invite for a fete by the pool. Sit with your friends in a row of lounge chairs, each with its own side table and umbrella. As the day passes, head on over to the deep-seated sectional to curl up by the fire and sip cocktails.

Lavish in Greenery

The hillside of this cottage home is lush with gorgeous plantings, shrubs and flowers, and stairs lead down to a pool area ready for a barbecue. A classic white pergola adds shade over the sunken outdoor kitchen, where a low brick wall opens up for an unexpected fire feature.

Blending the Indoors and Out

Designed to carry a seamless flow between the inside and outside, this home is made for entertaining. Entire walls retract so that the house is one with the pool. The black-and-white color scheme creates a continuity between both areas that makes for a striking environment.

Not So Barren

This desert escape is made for day and night gatherings with a firepit and glowing orbs in the pool to illuminate the space after the sun goes down. A black pebble border adds definition around the pool, while low-water landscaping and cacti bring in life and greenery.


Hello Bali

Taking inspiration from Balinese design, this timber-and-stone pavilion is a welcome retreat from the sun. This covered patio is designed as an outdoor living space, while on the other end of pool, a matching pavilion is created for dining.

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Time to Throw a Soiree

This backyard was designed for hanging out with your friends and family. The built-in stone bench circles around a fire-and-water-inspired fire pit. Beside the outdoor kitchen is a bar area for enjoying the grill master's creations, and the pool pulls from its natural surroundings with large boulders that create a stunning waterfall.