You don’t have to break the bank traveling to a fancy hotel when you have one within a minute’s reach. When you turn your backyard into a resort, you are not only investing in your well-being and family life but in your property as well. Opt for a staycation rather than a vacation this summer and build the ultimate resort-style pool in your backyard.
Five features that will make your backyard feel like a resort are:
Adding water features is the easiest way to give your swimming pool an instant resort feel. The sight and sound of flowing water will remind you and your guests of a fancy hotel pool. You can include a fountain in the patio area surrounding your pool, or opt for a waterfall for additional luxury and beauty.
Another way to transform your pool area into an at-home resort is through your patio furnishings. Elegant outdoor furniture is a staple of luxury resorts and a must when you are creating a relaxing space. Ideally, outdoor furniture is beautiful without sacrificing comfort. Along with traditional lounge chairs, you can take your patio to the next level by adding an outdoor sofa, sun beds, or cocktail tables.
Resort-style seating doesn’t have to be limited to the edge of your pool, either. To take your furnishings up another notch, consider installing in-pool loungers. These loungers allow you to lay in the shallow end of your swimming pool without dipping in the water completely.
The combination of fire and water creates a dramatic ambiance that is found in many resort-style pools. Especially at night, the flames from a fire feature make for a nice focal point in your backyard. You can add fire to your space in a number of ways, such as a poolside fire pit, twin fire pillars, or a metal fire bowl. You can also illuminate your walkways with torches.
A swim-up bar or island is another hallmark of resort pools. Tables or bar islands with submerged seating allow you and your guests to enjoy drinks and snacks without stepping out of the pool. You can also add a canopy or umbrella for additional luxury as well as sun protection.
The area surrounding your pool can have a big effect on making your backyard feel like a resort. Adding the right landscaping design can make the area look and feel like a tropical oasis. Consider decorating your pool area with bushes, trees, stones, rocks, and boulders.
There are many tropical plants that can thrive in the Tucson climate. Different species of palm trees are drought resistant and can provide shade for your pool, as well as for smaller plants and shrubs. To enhance the tropical feeling, include bright flowers and ornamental plants like hibiscus, tropical birds of paradise, and fountain grass.