Make The Most Out Of Your Luxury Pool This Christmas 30th November 2015
Just because the weather has turned cold, it doesn’t mean you should neglect your luxury swimming pool till the summer returns. That’s why we’ve put together some great suggestions on how to enjoy your indoor pool during the festive season.
- Host a Christmas pool party
Pool parties don’t just have to be a summer pastime, so why not show off another part of your house at your festive soiree with a poolside Christmas party?
Your swimming pool will look stunning with the water sparkling against twinkling fairy lights on the windows and walls, and you can really bring this space to life with a large tree, festive swags and mistletoes hanging in doorframes.
Guests might not want to swap their party dresses for pool attire until later on in the evening, but at least they have a choice if they want to take a splash in your heated pool after a few drinks!
- Go for a Christmas Day swim
Christmas Day is all about indulging in chocolates, roast dinners, cake and alcohol, but you can feel slightly less guilty about all those extra calories if you go for an early morning swim first.
Doing front crawl for half an hour can burn 250-300 calories, which means you’ve used up enough calories to reward yourself with a guilt-free mince pie.
Of course, if you swim for longer or more energetically, you’ll burn a greater number of calories, so you can enjoy your Christmas Day without worrying about piling on the pounds.
- Start your New Year’s resolutions
After Christmas, most of us attempt to commit to our New Year’s resolutions. And for many people, this includes becoming fitter, losing weight or trying to be more healthy. Well, you can get your resolutions off to a great start by making the most of your pool.
If you get into the habit of going for an hour’s swim every day, you can burn 500-600 calories before you’ve even had breakfast!
Which Luxury Pool Shape Suits Your Needs? 30th November 2015
When looking for something unique in luxury pool design, choosing our artistic, beautiful ceramic pool tiles is only one step of the design process. In order for our design to flow into the aesthetics you desire for your indoor or outdoor swimming pool, one of the first choices you’ll make is a shape or style.
Infinity pools – also known as vanishing edge pools, this type of pool is fantastic for homes overlooking spectacular scenery such as oceans, forests or mountains. They give the effect that the pool is simply flowing over out of the property, but actually the water is collected into a hidden trough and recycled back into the pool.
Classic lap pools – if your main reason for wanting a pool is the actual swimming, then a classic pool may be your best choice. Simple rectangle designs can be embellished with an adjoining Jacuzzi or socialising space without impacting on your ability to swim uninterrupted.
Freeform pools – Freeform pools give you the chance to be artistic and fit your pool to the space you have. The free-flowing curves give a great blank canvas to work on and our designers thrive in creating custom designs for this kind of pool.
Grecian and Roman pools – classic and beautiful, these pools really make a statement about the property they inhabit. Start with a simple rectangle and then add in curved sections for stairs and Grecian columns in each of the corners. Its tradition and history give a great place to start imagining your custom design.
Top Pieces Of Stylish Indoor Pool Furniture 27th November 2015
Whether your luxury swimming pool is indoors or outdoors, make sure you invest wisely in your surrounding pool furniture so you can truly relax and unwind when you take a dip in the water.
Here is our round-up of the most stylish pieces for your luxury home.
– Easy Chaiselong/Pouf by Softline – Philip Bro
If your house is full of muted tones and curved lines, this is the pool lounger for you. The soft, comfortable chaise long is ideal for lying on and reading a book, but you can also take it apart for use as a pouf, seat or tray table. It is therefore ideal for whiling away the hours by the pool with family or friends.
– Spa by Dedon
For a home with Asian influences, choose the Spa bed by Dedon. This double bed curves at the head and feet for a really comfortable, relaxing rest and its clean lines and minimal fuss fits in nicely with furniture of a similarly Asian design.
Decorate the rest of the poolroom with large leafy green plants for a really natural, Zen look.
– Conca Lounger by MBM
This curved lounger, made out of MicroTex, is a really unique piece. While it boasts a minimalistic style and would look perfect in modern dwellings, it is still incredibly comfortable, with its contours and adjustable reclining positions at just the right places for you to lie down comfortably.
It is also extremely durable and resistant to chlorine, as well as UV rays should you want to take it outside during the summertime.
3 Questions To Consider Before Investing In A Luxury Pool 26th November 2015
The best luxury swimming pools can act as the centrepiece of a high-end home, increasing the value of your property and providing a great source of entertainment for family and friends.
However, designing and building the right pool for your house requires thorough research and planning to ensure you get the right results. Therefore, these are just some of the factors you may wish to consider beforehand:
- Inside or outside?
Each type of pool has its own pros and cons. Indoor pools are typically easier to maintain, as you won’t have to worry about vegetation, animals or other external debris falling in. They also aren’t weather dependent, so you can enjoy a swim whenever you want.
Outdoor pools are typically better for entertainment purposes; people are more likely to want a pool party when the sun is beaming and a barbecue is on offer.
- What design features should I have?
A bespoke design with intricate water features and murals doesn’t come cheap, but the final outcome will certainly impress guests and potential property buyers.
To set your pool apart from the rest, why not consider a highly decorative mosaic? These beautifully designed pieces are an eye-catching way to bring an added layer of sophistication to your luxury pool.
- Who can build my pool?
Luxury pools with detailed features require a skilled team of designers and manufacturers working together to produce the final result.
Finding this unique combination of talents can be difficult, so make sure to research a company’s reputation, qualifications, experience and previous work to ensure you choose the right firm.
Top 3 Hotel Pools In The World 22nd November 2015
Dipping into the hotel pool is something most people look forward to when going on a relaxing holiday. So, we’ve put together a list of the world’s best luxury swimming pools to help you choose where next to go on your deluxe getaway.
1) Tanzania’s Four Seasons Safari Lodge
Going on a safari holiday is an ambition for many people, and to be able to stay in a luxury lodge in the heart of the Serengeti National Park complete with its own pool is a dream come true.
This is exactly what the Four Seasons Safari Lodge in Tanzania offers, enabling you to take in the beautiful wild surroundings as you enjoy a soak in the water during the hot midday sun. You will also be able to see plenty of wildlife from the poolside as it overlooks its very own watering hole, often visited by elephants, giraffes and lions.
2) Shanghai’s Holiday Inn
This is certainly an option for those who aren’t scared of heights, as the hotel pool at Shanghai’s Holiday Inn is situated on the 24th storey and has a clear-bottom floor so swimmers can see all the way to the ground below. The 30m long pool also is also partly inside the building, so for those who dare not look down, they can still enjoy a luxury swim.
3) Italy’s Palazzo Avino
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is renowned for its exquisite views, offering holidaymakers vistas of mountains cliffs, azure waters and picturesque villages. And you can enjoy these scenes when dipping into the 20m long pool at Palazzo Avino villa hotel. The 12th Century hotel is situated high on a cliff edge and its pool is particularly special as it has windows built into the walls. This means you can take in the view of inky blue waters and Amalfi’s rugged coastline while splashing around underwater.
4 Ways To Exercise In Your Luxury Pool 13th November 2015
A luxury pool is an excellent long-term investment that can add value to your home and provide significant entertainment for your family and friends. Your pool can also form an important part of your exercise regime, so here are four ways you can keep fit and healthy when taking a dip.
- Swimming laps
Swimming laps is a tried and tested way of burning fat and building muscle strength in your luxury pool. As the water supports some of your weight, it’s also great for protecting joints, which can be important for people recovering from injuries or the elderly.
- Water aerobics
If swimming laps doesn’t appeal, water aerobics can be a more interesting way to improve cardio. You perform a range of exercises, often to music and with special buoyant weights, at the shallow end of the pool. Aerobics is usually more fun in a group, so encourage friends or relatives to join in.
- Water polo
Many people find sports are the best way to stay fit. For water polo, you’ll need a ball and a floating net, and the aim of the game is to throw the ball past a goalkeeper and into the net more times than the opposing team. Official games have 14 players, but you can play with just five.
- Water volleyball
Continuing the sports theme, water volleyball is almost the same as regular volleyball and can be played with just two people, unlike water polo. You’ll require a buoyant ball, floating volleyball net and ideally an umpire to make the call on any contentious decisions.
Choosing The Depth Of Your Luxury Indoor Swimming Pool 11th November 2015
When working out the design of your luxury indoor swimming pool, there’s one key consideration you need to decide upon really before you do anything else – and that’s deciding just how deep the pool should be.
There’s no set depth that your pool needs to be and what it really boils down to is personal preference and what you intend to use your pool for.
If, for example, you’re building a play area for your children you should perhaps make sure that it’s three feet or less so that they can play and splash around, and practice their swimming skills, while still able to stay safe.
Alternatively, if you plan to do a lot of swimming yourself, your pool should be at least three and a half feet deep, although there are other options if you’re a seriously keen swimmer such as a lap pool which may be more appropriate for you.
Should you decide you want your pool to serve as a sports area for games like water polo or volleyball, you need to ensure that the water is at the right depth so that people can stand up and swim, so between three and a half and four feet would be ideal.
And if you think people will be doing a lot of diving, either from the poolside or a diving board, make sure the water is at least nine feet deep to make it safe. Scroll down our blog to read our post about whether or not you should have a diving board at all, however, since many accidents occur through homeowners adding a board.
The Benefits Of Installing Your Own Luxury Swimming Pool 3rd November 2015
Here’s why you should be contemplating luxury swimming pool design at the moment. There are many reasons for installing your own pool – but here are a few main ones that should help you make up your mind.
Swimming pools are absolutely fantastic for extending the amount of living space you have at your disposal. It’s easy to make your home feel bigger by adding patios, decks and outdoor cooking spaces next to your pool so if you do feel as though your home is lacking something, a swimming pool could well be the answer.
Another key point to bear in mind when considering having your own pool is that it can really change your life. If you’re keen to make a few healthier changes this coming year, having a new swimming pool could really help with your motivation. Going to the gym can often by tricky but if you have the facilities to keep fit at home, you’re sure to spend more time exercising.
Another reason to invest in a new swimming pool is to allow you and your family to spend more quality time together. Friends and family are sure to want to come and visit regularly so they can splash about in your pool, so you’ll make so many wonderful new memories as soon as the pool is installed.
And don’t forget about all the different parties you can throw once you’ve got your pool. Pool parties and barbecues are so much fun – so expect everyone to be asking you to throw them again and again.