How do you take your pool? With views of the Atlantic Ocean or with Grace Bay Beach steps away? The swimming pool is a staple of the luxury villa just about anywhere around the world, from Punta Mita to Phuket. From L-shaped to Z-shaped, jagged edges to infinity edges, rooftop to waterfall, any vacation will go swimmingly at these seven vacation homes, thanks to their spectacular swimming pools. Let’s dive in.
Sentosa in Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
Nearby to Turks and Caicos’ Leeward Settlement, Sentosa is a beachfront vacation home big enough to comfortably accommodate a group of 16 guests. Grace Bay Beach is sought after for its picture perfect clear blue water and soft white sand, and in this villa, you’ll live steps away for the duration of your stay. Between the home and the sand, you’ll find a private pool that, as you can imagine, provides some eye-popping views. The pool’s proximity to the beach is one advantage, and it also has six comfortable lounge chairs built right into the shallow end. With a hot tub, fireplace, and a comfy living space, the poolside terrace also feels like its own private beach club right on Grace Bay.
Casa Koko in Punta Mita, Mexico
Casa Koko is a Punta Mita estate dreamed up by a father-daughter architect/designer duo: Karen and Juan Collignon. One of Karen’s top features of the home that she calls her favorite project is the 90-foot-long, heated infinity pool. With its Z-shape, the Pacific-facing pool at Casa Koko provides the perfect lookouts for stunning sunsets. The pool water actually flows the length of the property via a narrow pathway that runs between the home and an egg-shaped palapa with a thatched roof. On the ocean side of the pool, an infinity edge spills the water behind a stone wall, which separates the pool from a cozy, man-made area of sand with a fire pit and patio furniture. Casa Koko is located in a prime surfing destination, and is oceanfront to a rocky section of the beach and rough waters. “That’s why we decided to build a beach on Koko’s property—so guests could enjoy the feeling of being in the sand right at home,” she says.
Lomchoy at Samsara in Phuket, Thailand
Samsara Estates are a small collection of luxury properties on an Andaman Sea peninsula near Naka Thani Village on Phuket. Lomchoy Villa, perched within the trees more than 130 feet above sea level, has excellent views to the north over Nakalay beach and to the south across Patong Bay. Its spacious terrace has lounge chairs, an alfresco dining table, a jetted tub, and a 45-foot long swimming pool, half surrounded by outdoor furniture and half hanging over the home’s edge. Swim up to one end of the pool and mingle with those lounging comfortably on patio furniture, float to the other and feel like you’re hovering over the sea, which seems to carry on as far as the eye can see. And since you can arrange for groceries to be done prior to arrival and a private chef to prepare meals, you’ll never have to leave the pool!
Hale O Wailele in Maui, Hawaii
Hale O Wailele is an oasis on the far west end of Maui, at Alaeloa Point, waterfront to the Pacific Ocean and with views of fellow Hawaiian islands Molokai to your right and Lanai to your left. The home’s main attraction and optimum gathering spot is its ocean-facing solarium. This glass-enclosed space has an indoor saltwater lagoon pool, hot tub, and cascading waterfall — Hale O Wailele means “House of Waterfalls” — all underneath a glass skylight and behind large glass sliders that open to let in the warm Hawaiian breeze. Even as the presence of glass invites the sunshine in, Hale O Wailele guests are in total privacy by the pool, thanks to a 12-foot high cliff the home sits atop and tropical plants and flowers that shade the home from its surroundings.
Villa Larimar in Cabrera, Dominican Republic
Villa Larimar is set on its own miniature peninsula on a clifftop at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in the Dominican Republic’s Espaillat Province. As part of Ani Villas, a collection of luxe, private resort homes, almost anything you could think of is at guests’ disposal—a gourmet chef, a butler, daily massages, and more. And on Larimar’s property, a stunning pool and large deck with comfy outdoor furniture directly face the ocean. In the shallow end, wooden chaises lounges sit directly in the pool, so you can relax comfortably while soaking in the refreshing pool water. A tall, winding waterslide leads into a second, smaller pool. With all the sunshine and warmth that so often grace the DR, you’ll be sure to spend plenty of time sliding and swimming your way through Villa Larimar.
Villa Alegria in Algarve, Portugal
Villa Alegria is set in Salema, a tranquil fishing villa in the Algarve in Portugal’s extreme south, west of Lagos. One on side of the home, red sandstone and ancient yellow limestone cliffs tower overhead—on the other, the clear azure waters of Praia da Salema stretch for miles and miles. It’s this charming setting with its stunning views that makes Villa Alegria’s rooftop pool such a glorious place to be. Alegria’s elevated terrace not only overlooks the Atlantic and the beach down below, but is equipped with a dining area, a lounge area, and a barbecue. Bring a group of your closest friends with you to Villa Alegria and get acquainted with some of the finest rooftop living Portugal has to offer.
Villa Watina in Ambergris Caye, Belize
Villa Watina is part of a small six-villa resort that shares access to outdoor seating, a hot tub, and a pool. And the pool is so big it covers the length of all six three-bedroom estates. Each villa has its own space in front of the pool, yet socializing with your fellow travelers is also easy. The pool is big enough to swim laps should you want to keep up with an exercise routine while on vacation, and it’s surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs for those that just want to chill out. And there are more water adventures to be had nearby. Not only are the pool and home just steps from the golden-sand Ambergris Caye Beach, where you can swim in its calm, shallow waters, but the resort provides sea kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, so you can venture out a little further toward other nearby beaches.