Swimming Pools: The Traditional Symbol Of Success 19th May 2016
Although no doubt owing somewhat to the frenzy of the British media tantamount to a few days of good weather, it seems that luxury swimming pools have been a hot topic among news outlets in the past few weeks.
This week has seen the Daily Star reporting on the planned construction of an elaborate and futuristic half-a-billion pound yacht, with the key feature a luxury swimming pool elevated a staggering 125ft above the deck.
Furthermore, just a few days ago the Daily Mirror published an article about a house in Cascais, Portugal, which boasts a luxurious outdoor swimming pool that floats above (yes, you guessed correctly) yet another lavish pool.
It seems, of late, that one would be hard pressed to avoid the subject. The elusive sunshine we anticipate in Britain come May inevitably brings with it a revival of our interests in these kinds of stories, spurred on by our futile hopes of a sunny summer and the inherent desire to swim outdoors..
Yet these stories come loaded with another, more subtle, connotation. The ownership of a personal swimming pool remains a pertinent indicator of wealth and affluence. This symbol in fact predates our own society. Even in Roman times the wealthiest individuals would boast large bathhouses on their estates as a physical representation of their prosperity and status. It seems this practice has survived the tests of time and still manifests itself today.
The aforesaid yacht, despite all of its state of the art and cutting edge facets, still highlights the luxurious swimming pool as its stand-out feature and an elevated representation of the success and opulence of the owner. The Cascais house uses the duality of its swimming pools to extravagantly and almost excessively embody not just the intricacies of the design, but the prosperity of its owner.
The ownership of a personal swimming pool is evidently, as it has been for centuries, a physical representation of the wealth of its owner and remains one of the fundamental benchmarks for success.
Britain was blessed with glorious weather this weekend, with areas all over the UK experiencing blue skies and bright sunshine. However, the question on everyone’s lips is: will the high temperatures last?
Indeed, Skye in Scotland broke records for the hottest temperature in May, touching 26.1 C on Monday (May 8th), which was almost two degrees C higher than the previous record of 24.4 C in 2008 and 2009.
The hottest location recorded this week was London, which hit a high of 27 C on Sunday – the hottest May day in four years.
Despite this, the country failed to score the warmest day in May ever, with the extreme highs of 32.8 C experienced in both 1922 and 1944 still holding the record.
But can we start dusting off our barbecues and preparing for a summer filled with beautiful sunny days?
Unfortunately not, as the weather is expected to turn more unsettled by the end of the week.
AccuWeather’s meteorologist Tyler Roys said: “After a wet start to 2016, the unsettled weather will continue into the summer months, which means there could be enhanced localised flooding, especially in areas that are trying to still clean up from the floods in early winter.”
Temperatures will not get as high as expected due to high pressure to the west of the UK and Ireland, which also means there could be heavy rainfalls over the summer months.
Of course you’re all looking forward to the day when your bespoke swimming pool is finally installed and you can all start splashing about in the water. But if you fancy some downtime while you’re poolside, here are four book suggestions you might enjoy as you sun yourself on your favourite pool lounger.
This latest offering from Smith recounts the tales of two bi-racial dancers who find themselves growing up together in a poor neighbourhood in London. The story follows them as they both go down different paths, one becoming a professional and the other taking a job as a pop star’s personal assistant.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II are available as a script book to accompany the London stage show of the same name (set to launch on July 30th). Harry and co are no longer in school, rather Harry is an overworked Ministry of Magic employee and father of three children. The focus is on youngest child Albus and how he copes with an unwanted family legacy.
In a bid to escape an abusive boyfriend, Jess takes shelter for a night in an old unlived-in house. When a mysterious letter arrives, she can’t help but read it and finds herself drawn into the story of Dan and Stella in London in 1942, determined to find out what happened to this ill-fated pair.
Another offering from best-selling author Isabel Allende, The Japanese lover sees Alma Belasco sent overseas from Poland to San Francisco at the start of the war. Here, she meets a Japanese gardener and a love between the blooms. When Pearl Harbor happens, however, the two find themselves pulled apart.
When it comes to unique swimming pools, you can’t get much more bespoke than a handcrafted mosaic design for your luxury pool, however, we’re pretty taken by this idea of a swimming pond created by a Swiss family at their home.
The family spent over £23,000 creating the design, according to reports, which spans the ideas of a garden pond and a swimming pool in aesthetic and function. Incorporating a 26 foot long, stone-lined swimming pool, the pond also includes a shallow area with natural pebbles and a water feature in its design.
With a clever filtration system, the pond doesn’t require chlorine to stay clean, meaning it can also be home to plants and even fish, while still remaining safe for swimming. A UV light system also helps to reduce bacteria and algae in the pond water and the family undertake additional cleaning every three weeks with a ‘water vacuum’.
The family designed and created the pond themselves from scratch, ordering the components from Germany before getting their hands dirty and building the design after having the site excavated.
With stylish modern wrap around decking, the garden has become an architectural delight and a design that is sure to inspire other pool owners.
The question is then, how will this idea be taken to the next level. The concept of swimming in naturally clean water with plants and fish is oddly appealing, however, with a higher budget and more space, this could really be a spectacular creation, using beautiful mosaic tiles to create something that pushes the boundaries of modern pool design.
Fancy Winning Your Own Tropical Resort With Luxury Pool? 6th May 2016
Sunseekers who dream of leaving their nine-to-five job in favour of somewhere hot and sunny might be tempted to enter a competition to win their very own tropical resort, complete with a private beach, lifetime salary and luxury swimming pool.
The Kosrae Nautilus Resort in Micronesia has launched a lottery, allowing anyone to get their hands on a 16-room hotel, a house and two apartments, five rental cars, two passenger vans and a pick-up truck, a restaurant, a solar panel system, a workforce of 16 people and $10,000 (£6,908) in the business account.
The Australian owners are letting go of their property, not because they do not love it anymore, but because they want to start their role as “professional grandparents” and be near the mainland where their children live.
“We’ve had our time in the sun and enjoyed a career most people would never even dare dream about,” co-owner Doug said, adding: “We feel like a new chapter in our lives is beginning, and we’re ready to pass the baton to someone else.”
All contestants have to do is purchase a ticket for the lottery for $49. On July 26th, the winning ticket will be drawn, and the new owner of the resort, situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, will be revealed.
Winners will also be able to enjoy their very own 32ft fresh water swimming pool, where they can take a refreshing dip every day.
Or, they could make the most of their private white-sand beach and crystal-clear waters where they can swim among sea turtles, rays and beautiful coral reefs.
As well as being a diver’s paradise, Kosrae has dense jungles and a steep volcanic landscape to explore.
Can You Enjoy A Luxury Swimming Pool In Manchester? 3rd May 2016
You might think you have to travel to far-flung places to experience luxury swimming pools with high-rise city views and utmost tranquillity. But you are wrong.
In fact, you only have to go to Manchester for a truly indulgent, relaxing experience.
That is because King Street Townhouse, one of the north-west’s newest luxury hotels, has a pool like no other.
The seventh floor infinity pool boasts spectacular views of the city, overlooking the clock tower and Manchester Town Hall.
As well as an enclosed, warm infinity pool, there is also a steam room and relaxation room to enjoy.
They are all available to residents, while the hotel also charges £40 for day use of the pool and spa area when booking a beauty treatment.
As the first rooftop pool in Manchester, you might have thought you would have heard of King Street Townhouse before. However, the hotel, situated in a Grade II listed building on Booth Street right in the centre of the city, has only recently opened.
Despite being in its infancy though, the splendour of its interior décor and ambience means it is giving the city’s finest hotels a run for their money.
It boasts 40 suites, a vintage tearoom, a formal bar, a mezzanine lounge, a spiral staircase, an outdoor terrace, and a bistro restaurant.
The hotel also has a licence for weddings, so many brides and grooms might be tempted to book their nuptials here – if only to enjoy a dip in the luxury pool the following day!
Tips On How To Get Bikini Body Ready 27th April 2016
Spring has arrived and it won’t be long before many of us jet away somewhere warm for a sunshine holiday. Or you might be lucky to have a slice of summer at home with your own indoor luxury pool.
Whatever the case may be, you might be feeling a bit self-conscious about stripping off into your bikini for the start of the swimsuit season.
Here are our tips on how to get your bikini body as winter comes to an end.
Use Your Pool For Exercise
The luxury of having your own swimming pool means you can do more with it than simply recline on a lounger and read a book for some alone time on a weekend. Make the most of it by doing laps every day and burning off that winter fat.
Get into the habit of doing some lengths when you wake up so you are all set for work, or after you come back from the office. Half an hour of fast front crawl can burn as much as 404 calories, compared with running, which will see you lose just 300 calories in the same amount of time.
Ditch the stodgy food
Some days it might still feel like winter outside, but it is time to set aside hearty grub in favour of some fresh, lighter alternatives. Instead of cottage pie or macaroni cheese, you could make yourself a delicious quinoa salad, baked sweet potato with kale, or grilled fish with some greens.
Not only will you feel less heavy after meals, but swapping carb-rich foods for protein will give you a leaner, less bloated look as well.
It doesn’t matter how much weight you lose if you don’t tone up at the same time. Weight resistance is the best way to do this, so why not sign up to some circuit training, bootcamp-style classes to really work those muscle groups you’ve neglected recently?
Sports You Can Enjoy In The Pool (Other Than Swimming) 22nd April 2016
Having a luxury swimming pool in your own home is great if you love to keep fit and work up a sweat a few times a week. Of course, swimmers can enjoy a few laps to burn off the calories, but there are plenty of other sports you can experience in the pool too.
Take a look here for some inspiration:
Basketball / netball
All you need to do to enjoy a slam-dunk from time to time is get your hands on a couple basketball nets and stands. Place them at opposite ends of the pool and you can have a proper game with your friends.
You might not be able to bounce the ball in the water like in real basketball, but trying to shoot the net will test your sporting abilities when having to stay afloat at the same time.
Resistance training is a great form of exercise, helping to tone up, burn fat and lose weight. Now you can even enjoy doing this in the pool, as you can find water resistant armbands, floatation belts and ankle weights that enable you to challenge your major muscle groups in the water.
What’s more, as water is a natural relaxant, it is actually safer for your joints to handle weights in your pool than in the gym.
Everyone is familiar with spinning classes, but have you heard of hydrospinning? This new water craze takes the static bikes to the swimming pool and sees fitness fans pedal their legs as fast as they can under water.
Again, the water is great for joints, and you’ll be glad to have a refreshing dip in the cool pool after an hour of intense cardio.
Pool toys are not just for kids, and if you have a luxury swimming pool you plan on spending lots of time in this summer, here are just a few of the exciting gadgets you should consider investing in.
Most people enjoy listening to their favourite tunes when relaxing by the pool, and now if you want more control over your song choices while taking a dip, you can get yourself a wireless floating speaker.
This water-resistant pod floats on the water, so you can change tracks without having to get out of the pool and dry off.
Remote control snack and drink float
Similarly, if you don’t want to leave the warm water to enjoy a something to eat or a refreshing drink, you don’t have to anymore with the snack and drink float.
The device is operated with a remote control and can fit five glasses and a bowl of goodies in the centre, enabling you to cool yourself down with an ice-cold drink – so long as you have someone outside of the pool happy to keep your supplies replenished.
A game of poker can now be enjoyed anywhere at any time of the day, by buying a floating games table.
You can find inflatable sets that include waterproof cards and coins, as well as floating chairs so you can enjoy a sit down while playing as well.
Inflatable lilos and doughnuts are nothing new, but these days you can buy yourself far superior alternatives.
For instance, you can get a floating coach with cup holes for your cool drink, or you could invest in an inflatable cabana to shield yourself from the sun. Or why not buy a family couch so you can cosy up with your kids or loved one while floating on the water?
Have You Considered A Lifeguarding Course? 14th April 2016
It’s important that you’re as responsible as possible where your bespoke swimming pools are concerned and know all there is to know about water safety, whether you have small children living with you at home or not.
A lifeguarding course could be an excellent idea if you do want to have a luxury pool installed at home so you know you can react accordingly if an accident does happen.
There are sure to be courses going on in your local area and you’ll be taught by fully qualified instructors who can show you just what to do in case of an emergency.
By going on such a course you’ll be able to learn rescue techniques, first aid and CPR – all very important if you’ve got an indoor or outdoor pool. It’s important to remember that accidents do happen from time to time but if there’s always someone on hand who knows what they’re doing and how to react you’ll be able to minimise the risks.
You might also want to consider a proper first aid course as well as a lifeguarding one, since accidents can happen outside the pool as well as in it. Once it’s installed, make sure you impress upon everyone who will be using it not to run near the pool edge – and always make sure that children are supervised poolside at all times, whether they’re excellent swimmers or otherwise.
Another good idea would be to send your children on a lifeguarding course as well. The Royal Life Saving Society UK runs a Rookie Lifeguard course specifically tailored for children between the ages of eight and 12, teaching them to swim and enjoy the water safely.
Architects Restore 1930s Nazi-Era Pool In Berlin 12th April 2016
When it comes to creating really unique swimming pools, the choice of bespoke, handmade tiles is just one part of the design process. The rest is making the pool sing in harmony with the architecture of your residence.
Upon closing down in 2006 after falling into disrepair, German architect firm Veauthier Meyer Architects were tasked with bringing the Schwimmhalle Finckensteinallee back to its former glory – albeit with a modern twist.
The brief was to preserve as much of the original architecture as possible and those involved have kept their word as the complex retains the typical functionalist aesthetic you’d expect from classic German design.
“The question of the balance between preservation and demolition was partly answered by the demands of our client,” says one of the architects – but the building is also listed, so many of the choices made were dictated by law.
The towering windows remain the focal point of the building – from the inside and out – recreating the original geometric glazing that dominated the original design.
According to DeZeen, the pools history harks back to the Nazi era, and the site was used as a training ground for Adolf Hitler’s personal bodyguard division. It was designed by Karl Reichle and Karl Badberger, who opted for the lofty and imposing neo-classical dimensions for the design, a style favoured by the dictator and his party at the time.
5 Of The Best Vintage-Style Swimsuits 7th April 2016
You’re sure to want to look your best when lounging by the side of your luxury swimming pool – and this is where vintage-style swimsuits can really come into their own. One-piece and vintage swimmers are seriously in fashion right now so if you want to look amazing and stylish at the poolside, buy one or all of these amazingly beautiful swimsuits.
There’s nothing like this 50s-inspired style to look brilliant either chilling out by the side of your pool or splashing about in the water. This halterneck comes with gripper tape lining and provides full coverage behind for style and comfort combined. It also comes with boyleg shorts to really complete the vintage look.
There’s nothing better than looking to the sea for inspiration where your swimsuits are concerned and we love this new 50s-inspired halterneck one piece. THis kind of swimsuit is flattering on most body shapes so don’t be afraid to give it a go. Whether you’re by the pool or at the beach, you’ll look gorgeous.
After something a little different? Then this pleated one-piece vintage swimdress is the perfect choice. The flared skirt is cute and playful and the black is extremely flattering. If you don’t like halternecks but still want a vintage bathing suit, this would be the one for you.
For a flattering bikini that will make you feel feminine and confident, look no further than this Esther Williams offering. The fabric is stretchy and beautifully tropical with its flowery print and the best part is that it suits all body shapes so you can all look great this summer by the pool.
Doesn’t that Esther Williams make beautiful swimsuits? This beautiful cherry print bather comes with firm tummy control, under bust support, side stays, soft shaped foam cups and no wires. You’ll look amazing and be incredibly comfortable to boot. You can’t say fairer than that!
Jamaica’s Over-The-Water Villas Are The Height of Luxury 31st March 2016
Holidaymakers who are looking for a really lavish escape might consider heading to Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica, where they can indulge in beautiful suites with private luxury infinity pools and glass floors.
They are situated over the water and have glass floors within the apartment, allowing you to see to the seabed as you walk around.
With the crystal-clear sea just outside, holidaymakers can enjoy a dip in the warm water as they wake up, watch the colourful sea life swimming around from the comfort of their sofa, or leisurely take in the stunning views from their floating water hammocks and veranda.
Each suite has a private dock for tying up small boats, as well as an infinity pool and Jacuzzi.
Bookings for the resort start from November 15th 2016, with each suite costing from $4,300 (£3,034) per night.
Naturally, for this price, visitors receive a personalised butler service to attend to your every need.
As the first over-the-water luxury villas in the Caribbean, it will not come as a surprise if these suites are booked up quickly for those seeking some winter sun later this year.
Another luxury resort in the Caribbean is the Viceroy on the remote island of Anguilla, where holidaymakers go to escape the hordes of tourists on other busier islands.
With two white sandy beaches, a pool that is perfect for watching the sunset, and a luxury spa, this is a favourite among those who know about it.
Maldives Holidays Spark Growing Trend For Balcony Pools 29th March 2016
The Maldives is known for many things – dreamlike weather, crystal-clear shallow waters, and beautiful stilted bungalows in shallow lagoons. And now it is becoming popular for its new trend – luxury swimming pools right there on your balcony.
While many hotels around the world offer the chance to have a private pool all to yourself, few give you the opportunity to dip into the water for a swim as you look out on to the mesmerising sea views.
For a really special holiday, you could stay in a beautiful overwater bungalow that has its own pool. So if you do not fancy jumping into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, you can still enjoy a splash without having to share a public pool with other guests.
The Four Seasons in the Maldives is one such hotel that offers this, with guests paying $1,900 (£1,312) per night for an overwater bungalow with a pool for this simple luxury.
India has also jumped on the bandwagon for luxury private pools and you can enjoy a dip in solitude at the The Lodhi in New Delhi. By booking the a suite here, guests can not only enjoy up to 2,400 square feet all to themselves, but also their own personal plunge pool.
The suites with separate en-suite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes are a favourite among those who want to soak up the exciting views of the busy city from their hotel room, several storeys up.
There are a few suites at The Lodhi with plunge pools, making this a truly unique hotel not only in India, but around the world.
5 Of The Best Natural Swimming Pools In The World 10th March 2016
Take inspiration from luxury swimming pools in magazines or exclusive hotels for your own swimming pool design, by all means, but don’t discount the power of natural ponds and pools. These can be incredibly beautiful and are sure to give you lots of ideas for your own pools. Here are five of the best to be found around the world.
Head to Chichen Itza’s Eco-Arqueological Park and you’ll find Ik Kil, a natural pit that was formed when the limestone bedrock collapsed, revealing the groundwater below. A staircase has been carved out of the rock so that people can make their way down to the pool.
Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon
This is absolutely stunning and a must-see for anyone with a penchant for swimming. You will need to make a reservation, however, and numbers of visitors are restricted by the tribe living on the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
Kuang Si Falls, Laos
Fancy a waterfall for your own unique swimming pool? Then you’ve got to go and see the Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang. This is a three-tier waterfall that works its way down to create shallow pools for people to swim in. Beautiful!
Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey
These mineral baths are thousands of years old and make for a very pleasant day out. What’s more, it’s thought that the water has healing properties so if you’re under the weather, this would be a great choice.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
You might not think that Iceland would be home to a warm water lagoon but that is most certainly the case. This natural pool is fed by water from the geothermal power plant and it’s also thought that the water has healing properties as well.
A Swimming Pool… In A New York Theatre! 8th March 2016
It’s not all that often that unique pool design takes centre stage on Broadway or elsewhere, but if you happen to be in the Big Apple this month, why not stop off at the New York Theatre Workshop to see something truly original.
According to the Daily Mail, a real 40 ft-long and four foot-wide swimming pool has been added to the theatre for new swimming drama Red Speedo.
You might be inspired to take some of the design ideas away from the play for your own luxury swimming pool, in fact, since it has been fitted with glass panes in order to allow audience members to see the actors actually swimming.
Set designer Riccardo Hernandez said: “We knew we had to have the element of water, but we didn’t know how. I’ve done crazy stuff but never an actual actor swimming in front of the audience, no.”
Red Swimmer tells the tale of an athlete who is implicated in a drugs scandal on the night of his trials for the Olympic Games.
Reviewing the play, the Guardian wrote: “[Alex] Breaux, on stage for the play’s entirety, deserves some sort of endurance medal for spending so much of the show so damp, clad only in the titular tiny swimsuit and horrendous back tattoo, stripped even of body hair. Rarely has an actor had to do so much, while wearing so little.”
If you do find yourself in New York and at a loose end, it might be worth going to see the play. Certainly, you’re unlikely to ever come across a swimming pool in a theatre ever again!
9-Ft Alligator Found In Swimming Pool! 7th March 2016
What could be worse than finding a nine foot-long alligator in your bespoke swimming pools? Unfortunately, this is exactly what one Florida-based family woke up to discover at the start of the month.
According to Bay News 9, Craig Lear made the discovery when he went to let the cats out. Apparently, the alligator had to make a hole in their patio screen in order to get into the pool, which will have to be replaced, but that was the only damage it caused.
Mr Lear said: “I saw a bubble in the pool and I thought a golf ball had come through the screen so I went up and I didn’t see a golf ball. I looked in the deep end and there was a big gator.”
The Lears did the sensible thing and chose to call a trapper instead of trying to get rid of the animal themselves. The trapper lassoed the alligator, wrapped it up and hauled it out of the pool.
Of course, it depends on where you live as to what kind of creatures end up in your pool and hopefully the worst you’ll have to contend with is a few wasps and other insects. However, if you do come across something a bit more dangerous do not attempt to remove it yourself.
You can also make your pool safer for wild animals at the design stage by building lounge ledges along the side to help them escape or building a fence around the pool perimeter to prevent them from falling in.
Sea Level Superyacht To Feature Luxury Waterfall Pool 3rd March 2016
A superyacht, designed for the rich and famous, has taken the world by storm with its exciting, modern features, including its luxury swimming pool.
Sea Level Yacht Design, based in Muiden, Netherlands, released their plans for the extravagant 262 ft boat, which also has an eight-car showroom, eight VIP cabins with en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets, and a Jacuzzi, as well as a cascading waterfall that drops directly into the 950 sq ft pool.
At night, this can then be turned into a dance floor for guests to party all night long.
The CF8 superyacht has a private deck stretching 2,700 sq ft where visitors can soak up the sunshine, and when the sun goes in, they can enjoy the boat’s cinema or sauna, or work up a sweat in the gym.
Design director Jeroen van der Knaap said: “Apart from the sea-going comfort, the wide ream generates an ultimately spacious feeling. The guests will experience an extraordinary indoor and outdoor atmosphere that is most different than existing superyachts.”
One of its most exciting features is a mini submarine that guests can use to explore the water beneath.
It is not just stylish though, as the CF8 can travel up to 20.7 miles per hour and has a range of 5,000 nautical miles. Therefore, Mr van der Knaap added that it will allow guests to visit their loved ones “no matter where the yacht is based”.
Another pool that is set to break the mould with its design is one to be created by artist Damien Hurst.
The Daily Mail recently revealed Hirst has applied for planning permission to build a 25 m swimming pool and yoga studio in his basement conversion at his Regent’s Park house in London.