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Luxury Pools Feature In ‘World’s Weirdest Homes’ 22nd December 2015

Woman relaxing in infinity swimming pool on vacation

It is always interesting to see the grand designs of elaborate and palatial mansions, particularly when they are also eccentric and unique. That is why the TV show World’s Weirdest Homes has been capturing the interest of viewers all over the country.

And one particular feature all these imaginatively designed abodes include is, of course, a luxury swimming pool.

Channel 4’s latest property documentary takes a look at the most distinct houses around the world, allowing viewers to peek inside and see the crazy desires of their owners.

Architectural designer Charlie Luxton will countdown the top 20 strangest properties, with the final episode revealing the most bizarre place to live on earth.

While the contenders include the likes of a renovated dumpster truck in Brooklyn, which now has a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and outdoor shower, most of the homes showcase the ultimate in luxury design.

This includes Pierre Cardin’s bubble mansion in Cannes, France. The designer bought the property in the 1990s and it has seen a huge host of celebrities pass through its doors over the years, including Cressida Bonas, Dakota Fanning and Pierce Brosnan.

Its terracotta-coloured bubble-shaped rooms are spread over six levels and takes up 1,200 square metres.

The bubble palace does not just have one swimming pool, but three, giving visitors a choice of where they go for a relaxing dip. It also boasts a 500-seat amphitheatre where the 92-year-old can host huge events for his celebrity friends.

England also has its fair share of elaborately designed houses, with the Daily Mail revealing a Cold War bunker in London’s Chislehurst has been renovated into a £3.5 million property, now known as the Glass House.

The five-bedroom house features a stunning indoor swimming pool, which has become a centrepiece of the abode.

Posted: December 22nd, 2015 Category: News Comments: (0)

Most Luxurious Hotel Pools In The USA 22nd December 2015

Las Vegas Nevada - December 18 : close up of the Hard Rock Cafe sign on the strip December 18 2014 in Las Vegas Nevada

If you’re planning a holiday in the USA, you might be interested in finding out where the most luxurious pools are in the country so you can spend a few days of your break taking a dip in pure indulgence.

1) Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North, Arizona Situated in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Arizona, the Four Seasons Scottsdale pool offers an incredible oasis in the middle of the dry, tawny plains.

You can lie next to the crystal-clear water and soak up the sights of tall cactus plants and golden rugged mountaintops, while the sun beats heavily down upon you.

It is particularly welcoming at night when you can relax on one of the bi-level pool decks with their beautiful cabanas and enjoy a huge choice of delicious cocktails.

2) Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey

You might be in doubt about how much of a relaxed, tropical experience you can have on a holiday to New Jersey, but Harrah’s Resort pool provides visitors with just that.

This indoor pool is heated to 82 degrees throughout the year, so you can indulge in a warm dip no matter what the weather’s like outside.

It is located in an impressive glass dome building, and as well as the pool, guests can enjoy six hot tubs, lounge chairs, and the choice of 12 cabanas, which also come with flatscreen TVs and iPod speakers. This is the ultimate in luxury!

3) Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ hotels are renowned for their rooftop pools and beach parties, and the Hard Rock Hotel is among the best in the whole city.

On the five-acre spread, you’ll find tropical trees, numerous bars and several pools. You can lay your towel and relax on a daybed while reading a book, or – more likely – getting into the party spirit and going for a dance in one of the pools.

There are more than 50 cabanas here, a bar and grill, views of the strip, and you can even enjoy a flutter playing poolside blackjack. To fully enjoy the Las Vegas experience, you could always attend one of its famous Rehab pool parties.

Posted: December 22nd, 2015 Category: Design Comments: (0)

How To Improve Your Breaststroke Technique 15th December 2015

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Now you’ve sorted out your luxury pools, it’s time to work on improving your swimming technique. Here are a few tips for improving your breaststroke. Check back on the blog next week to find out how to make changes for the better where freestyle is concerned.

Body position

Make sure that your head faces forward in line with your body when you’re in the water. Shoulders, legs and hips should be as horizontal as possible, but remember that your leg kick should stay below the surface of the water. Keep your legs behind you, not below you, as your leg kick in breaststroke will make use of your core and abdomen muscles more than freestyle. Relax your neck and shoulders and look down as you swim so you don’t hurt your neck.

Moving your arms

Send your hands down and out and ensure that your elbows are high. Hands should sweep back towards the body, but don’t sweep your arms too wide. The majority of the propulsion in this stroke comes from the legs.

Kicking

Keep your knees just over hip-width apart, facing down. Turn the feet out and keep them flexed, rather than loose. Do your best to bring your feet to your posterior rather than bringing your knees to your chest as you swim.

Breathing

Don’t raise your head to breathe, just lift your shoulders so that your face comes out of the water.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll find your breaststroke really comes on quickly – especially if you have your own swimming pool in which to practice.

Posted: December 15th, 2015 Category: Advice Comments: (0)

Do I Need A Dehumidifier For My Luxury Pool? 14th December 2015

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Indoor pools are a fantastic addition to your home if you want the ability to take a dip whatever the weather. However, there are a number of additional considerations you must take into account with luxury indoor swimming pools.

Humidity can be a major issue, both for the comfort and health of swimmers, as well as the structural integrity of the pool room. When the air holds too much moisture, it can cause nearby materials to corrode or rot, leading to degradation and even accidents.

A high humidity level may also lead to fungi and bacteria growing in and around the pool. Black mould is particularly troublesome, as it can release allergens and toxins into the air.

This is why many luxury pool owners invest in dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air. These sophisticated pieces of equipment should be used in combination with a ventilation system to have maximum effect.

Buying the right dehumidifier will depend on various factors, such as the size of your pool, the water temperature, airflow rates and how many swimmers are usually present.

However, these are just some of the issues that must be considered when investing in a dehumidifier. As this is a complex process with many variables, you may want to ask for expert advice from your pool design and construction team.

They should be able to provide key recommendations while building your luxury pool so that ventilation and humidity problems into account. This will help ensure the health of your swimmers and prevent any structural issues from occuring.

Posted: December 14th, 2015 Category: Advice Comments: (0)

Pool Maintenance: 4 Health Issues Your Pool Could Cause 9th December 2015

Beauty woman with perfect skin and white teeth in a pool side looking at camera

Investing in a luxury pool can add value to your home, provide hours of fun and bring together friends and family for barbecues and outdoor parties.

However, you must approach pool maintenance diligently to ensure your guests are protected from any illnesses or other health problems that are common in the water.

Here is our list of potential issues a swimming pool can cause:

  1. Asthma

Researchers have found a link between high chlorine levels in pools and asthma issues. According to the study, the by-products of chlorine can irritate the eyes, lungs and nose, causing an allergic response.

Chlorine is essential for sanitising your pool against bacteria, viruses and parasites, but you must maintain the appropriate levels to achieve the right balance.

  1. Swimmer’s ear

When water becomes trapped in the ear canal while swimming, it can lead to a serious infection. Symptoms include pain, fluid discharge and intense itching.

Swimmer’s ear is typically more common in dirty or polluted water. However, putting chlorine in your pool should eradicate the bacteria that cause the condition.

  1. Cryptosporidium

Often called ‘Crypto’, this parasite is particularly nasty because it’s resistant to chlorine. Cryptosporidium can cause diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea, fever and vomiting.

Aside from pool sanitisation and maintenance, you can also put in place best-practice hygiene rules for pool use. For example, you should ask parents to watch toddlers who aren’t potty trained and advise people who have suffered a stomach bug in the last two weeks to avoid swimming in the pool.

Posted: December 9th, 2015 Category: News Comments: (0)

Sculpture Ideas For Luxury Swimming Pools 2nd December 2015

The Spoonbridge And Cherry At The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

A key part of luxury swimming pool design is choosing how to decorate the area surrounding the pool itself. You could have the most beautiful pool installed, with the most luxurious ceramic tiles included, but if you don’t pay close attention to the outside space around the pool, no one will want to swim in it.

We’ve blogged in the past about which plants would work best next to a swimming pool – but what about adding a few sculptures into the mix?

Organic sculptures and works of art are probably a good choice since you’ll be landscaping an outdoor area, so why not look out for something like a coral tree or a large marble flower with leaves. Animals would also be a good idea if you want to find a way to bring your swimming pool to life.

When it comes to materials, marble can look lovely and will really help create that sense of luxury you’re looking for but don’t discount the magic of wood as a material either where sculpture is concerned.

If you invest in a wooden piece, you’ll find that your sculpture changes over time as it becomes more and more weathered, which could be a lovely talking point for guests when they come over. Mushrooms and toadstools are very popular at the moment, so why not see if you can find a few of these to leave around the pool edge or in the garden.

We’d love to hear how you plan to decorate your pool area so get in touch with us today.

Posted: December 2nd, 2015 Category: News Comments: (0)