Large Swimming Pools

Burj Al Arab (Dubai)

Large Swimming Pools

There was a time when just having a swimming pool was the height of luxury. It’s been a while. These days, it’s not enough just to have a large swimming pool. It also needs to be unique, memorable, and make a statement.

Pools that literally make a splash are so much more than just large. The best Las Vegas pools include fountains, water features, and rock formations. Ontario pools include hot tubs so they’re a year-round feature, and California pools have vanishing edges to make the most of the views.

Charcoal Corner Edge Glass Mosaic Piece

Where Are Large Pools Required?

Occasionally, large pools are built for private residences, but they’re the exception to the rule.

In most cases, large pools are commercial pools. They might be hotel pools, resort pools or community pools. Generally, if they’re the latter, they’re more about function than form. But when it comes to the former, that’s exactly where you need a little something extra to take it to the next level.

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How Are Large Swimming Pools Enhanced

Bigger is not always better. Yes, you can fit more people into a large pool, but that’s really as far as it goes. However, there are a few ways you can design large swimming pools to be memorable, showstopping pieces of architecture. Here are some of the better ideas we’ve seen in the industry.

Glass Floors and Walls

The Glass Pool Inn in Las Vegas was one of the first in the world to integrate glass into the walls of a large pool, but it was certainly not the last. Today, there are pools with glass floors and walls (often cantilevered out over a sheer drop!) all over the world. But as always, Las Vegas pools have to take it to the next level, which they’ve done with the shark tank in the middle of the pool at the Golden Nugget.

The Glass Pool Inn Las Vegas
Glass Pool Inn - Las Vegas
The Tank Pool at the Golden Nugget
The Tank Pool at the Golden Nugget
The Tank Pool at the Golden Nugget

Ornate Tiling

When it comes to opulence, it doesn’t get much more pronounced than the luxe hotels in Dubai, and the hotel pool at the Burj Al Arab is a fantastic example of ornate tiling that takes an indoor pool to the next level of design.

But tiling is not a feature you will see only in billion-dollar hotels in Dubai. In fact, it’s an affordable option for California pools, Ontario pools, and everything in between.

Burj Al Arab (Dubai)
Burj Al Arab (Dubai)
Burj Al Arab (Dubai)
Burj Al Arab (Dubai)
Burj Al Arab (Dubai)
Burj Al Arab (Dubai)

Water Features and Rock Formations

A trend that is rapidly gaining popularity in large swimming pools, hotel pools, and resort pools is the incorporation of water features and rock formations. Often used together, these elements can add a stunning accent to any pool. Whether utilizing natural or manufactured stone, the beauty and appeal of rocks and grottos is undeniable.

New or Renovated

Very often, hotels, resorts and other places with large pools already have pools that are perfectly serviceable. They just don’t inspire any excitement.

Whether you’re starting from scratch with a new pool or renovating an existing one, incorporating the right elements can make all the difference. Adding elements like high-quality pool tiles, fire accents, rock formations, and eye-catching vegetation can transform even a basic, uninteresting pool into a breathtaking oasis.

IIf you’re satisfied with the structural integrity of your pool but want to give it a refreshed look, there are many options available to you without having to start from scratch. A little bit of creativity and attention to detail can help you achieve the desired aesthetic without the need to rebuild the entire pool.

On the other hand, if you’re starting from scratch, it’s a good idea to look at trends like glass mosaic tiles, custom lighting, and water features. They’ll take the design from humdrum to something completely unforgettable.

Because when you’re building a swimming pool that’s going to be a feature for a commercial property, you don’t want a design that fades into the background. Elegant doesn’t have to be understated. So, consider the options, think outside the box, and create a pool that’s a once in a lifetime experience.

Also read this article about mosaic designs for luxury pools.
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