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3 Of Barcelona’s Best Hotel Pools 26th February 2016


Holidaymakers who are planning a trip to Barcelona soon might want to consider staying in one of these three hotels, as they have some of the best luxury swimming pools in all of the city.

With Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia as part of its landscape, Barcelona offers some of the best views in Europe, which is why the Mandarin Oriental hotel is a hugely popular option among travellers, as its rooftop pool allows you to soak in the sights while taking a relaxing dip.

Not only is it a welcome retreat on hot summer days, the sun loungers and chairs make it a fabulous spot to watch the sun set over the city. In addition to this, the hotel has a 12-metre lap pool in its well-established spa, making it an ideal choice whatever season you visit.

  • W Barcelona

Similarly, W Barcelona also offers an outdoor pool for sun seekers to enjoy. Its infinity-edge splash pool gives you fantastic views of the city’s historical sites, while the beach is easily accessible as well.

However, if you just want to stay by the WET splash pool all day long, you can recline in one of the private cabanas for a peaceful seclusion.

The pool is open until 8pm, with children under the age of 16 able to use it until 6pm.

  • Grand Hotel Central Barcelona

If infinity pools are your thing, consider staying at the Grand Hotel Central Barcelona. It prides itself on having “probably the most spectacular pool” in the city, offering panoramic views of this beautiful Mediterranean province.

Guests can enjoy lying next to the pool listening to chill-out music, eating fresh fruit and salads, or sipping on a cocktail. And when the sun gets too hot, they can cool themselves in the pool while looking over the best of Barcelona’s sights.

To see our unique swimming pools, see the CBD Pools website now.

Posted: February 26th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

How To Teach Your Toddler To Swim 24th February 2016

baby in a swimming pool

Buying a luxury swimming pool means fun for all the family, particularly children. However, if your kids are especially young, you may need to jump in and show them how it’s done.

Teaching toddlers to swim is not only rewarding but also provides them with the knowledge they need to stay safe around the water. As such, here are some tips to help your infants get to grips with swimming.

  1. Start slowly

Bring your child near the water, but don’t force them to go in. Simply let them play in a paddling area with toys or sit on the edge to allow them to become accustomed to being around water.

  1. Teach breathing techniques

A common practice among parents is to show toddlers how to blow bubbles in the water. This shows them how to breath out without drawing water back in, which should help them build confidence.

  1. Always be close and offer support

Hold your toddler in the water, maintain eye contact and provide constant reassurance. Encourage them to kick their legs, and glide your infant through the water as they do so.

  1. Play games

At such a young age, it’s often recommended that you use games as a learning mechanism for swimming. The more children associate the water with fun, the less likely they are to be afraid.

Eventually, your child will learn the necessary motions and you can release them so they can try swimming on their own (with floats and armbands, of course!).

Posted: February 24th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Roman Abramovich To Build Own Luxury Swimming Pool! 23rd February 2016

Swimming pool with stairs

Victorian subway stations and sewers look set to be the inspiration for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s unique pool, which will be part of a redesign of his Kensington mansion that’s to include a steam room, sauna, underground pool and changing rooms.

According to the Daily Mail, the billionaire has just been granted planning permission to replace his luxury swimming pool (which he previously described as “miserable”), so he is now able to start work on the new leisure complex that will be housed under the mansion’s garden.

So what will the new pool look like? Apparently, it will be a vaulted space of either tile or brick, be lit by skylights from above and be similar in style and appearance to the subterranean Hornsey Wood reservoir in Finsbury Park in north London and the Guastavino tile vaults at the City Hall subway station in New York.

“The relocation of the swimming pool will simplify circulation and allow for clearer separation of programme between staff and family areas throughout the lower ground floor and basement. The family spaces will be centred around the sunken courtyard, where the widening of the terrace to the west of the building creates a larger dining and playroom at lower ground floor level,” documents submitted to the council state.

Mr Abramovich is certainly not the first wealthy person to invest in a new luxury swimming pool – and he certainly won’t be the last, of that we’re sure. Artist Damien Hirst recently also applied to have a swimming pool and yoga studio added to his mansion in Regent’s Park as well.

Posted: February 23rd, 2016 Category: Design Comments: (0)

Have You Heard Of Aqua Dye? 17th February 2016

Aqua Couleur

Now you’ve made the decision to have a unique swimming pool installed at home, you can start turning your thoughts to how you want it to look. And if you really want your luxury pool to stand out you might want to consider investing in some aqua dye, temporary water colourant that changes the shade of the water in your pool.

There are several different ranges available, such as those from Aqua Couleur, which come in a wide variety of colours like Deep Ocean, Lavender, Lagoon, Fuschia, Mango and Turquoise. If you have young children or are throwing a special party, it could be a fun addition to your swimming pool.

These products are perfectly safe to use and are completely hypoallergenic, so there’s no need to worry that your health will be affected by adding them to the pool. In addition, they will not affect the quality, transparency or balance of the water itself.

Alternatively, if you’d rather not go down the water dying route, why not consider having some beautiful mosaic tiles added to your pool before you even put the water in? You can find these in a huge range of different patterns and motifs, so you’re sure to be able to come up with a design that really speaks to you and your family.

If you’d like to find out more about these ceramic tiles and how they could help to finish your swimming pool off to perfection, get in touch with us here at CBD Pools today.

Posted: February 17th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

4 Reasons To Buy A Luxury Pool In 2016 16th February 2016

luxury pool

Purchasing a luxury pool is often a big investment, which is why you should spend some time researching the benefits and discussing your needs with the best designers and technicians available.

However, in the meantime, here is a quick rundown of some of the reasons why you should think about having a pool installed this year.

  1. Adds value to your home

The latest Office of National Statistics data for house prices showed values jumped 7.7 per cent in the year to November 2015. Now could be the time to sell your home and having a luxury swimming pool can increase the price tag and ensure your property has unique features to attract buyers.

  1. Get fit

Losing weight and getting fit are often the most common New Year’s resolutions, and you’re doing a good job if you’ve managed to stay on track until now. Investing in a pool means you can work out in the comfort of your own home, which should facilitate your fitness plans.

  1. Spend more time with friends and family

Everyone would like a better work/life balance, but it can often be difficult to set aside enough time for your loved ones. Having an outdoor swimming pool means you can invite friends and family over for barbecues and pool parties, so why not make plans for the summer now?

  1. Keep kids entertained

If you’re a traditionalist who thinks that children should be playing out of the house rather than sitting behind a screen, you may find having a swimming pool is an excellent way of encouraging your kids to go outside. But make sure you have the right safety measures in place first!

Posted: February 16th, 2016 Category: Advice Comments: (0)

Damien Hirst Applies To Build Luxury Swimming Pool 8th February 2016

Architect rolls

When it comes to luxury swimming pool design, we can only imagine what artist Damien Hirst will come up with for his mansion in Regent’s Park.

According to the Daily Mail, Hirst was granted planning application to build his basement conversion last year and has now filed a second application to dig down another metre in order to accommodate a yoga studio and swimming pool at home.

His new extension is apparently intended to house his extensive art collection, which includes works by Picasso and Bacon. The entire bottom level of the art gallery will be lowered in order to make additional room for the swimming pool, while the stairs will also have to be altered.

Further inspiration for homeowners keen to have their own luxury pool comes in the form of a sauna and steam room next to the pool, as well as a glazed yoga studio built on a mezzanine above.

When it comes to your own pool design, the first step is to consider what kind of style is best suited to you and your family. For example, you might find that an infinity pool is the best option if you’ve got an amazing view, while if you’re keen to keep fit then a classic lap pool might be a better choice.

Or if you’re looking for something to add value to your home and really make a statement, then something like a Grecian or Roman pool might be the best pool for you – classic, beautiful and incredibly stylish into the bargain.

Posted: February 8th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

360 Degree Infinity Pool For The St Regis Dubai! 2nd February 2016

luxury swimming pool design

We blogged last month about Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel that has just decided to add two pools to its luxurious offerings – and now we’re back off to the Middle East once again, this time to take a look at the new 360-degree infinity pool to be installed at the forthcoming St Regis Dubai, The Palm. It’s sure to inspire you when it comes to your own luxury swimming pool design!

What you probably won’t be able to replicate, however, is the height of this particular swimming pool. According to the Daily Mail, it’s going to be an amazing 50 storeys above ground, making it one of the highest pools in the entire world.

It’s expected that the hotel will open its doors some time in 2018, included as part of the Palm Tower, a building due to be built on the Palm Jumeirah – the biggest artificial island in the world.

There’s going to be a restaurant, a public rooftop viewing deck, as well as 289 guest rooms and suites, and 504 luxury apartments.

So there you have it! We hope that does give you a few ideas as to what you could achieve with your own luxury pool design. Whatever you do, just make sure you do your research and don’t rush into any decisions. You want to make sure you’re making the right choices for you and your family so you end up with a pool that everyone can enjoy for years to come. To find out more about how we can help you achieve this, get in touch today.

Posted: February 2nd, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)