40 Sublime Swimming Pool Designs for the Ultimate Staycation

Nothing is more relaxing than lounging by a stunning pool and going for a swim. Many of us have to travel for that luxury but a lucky few have a backyard getaway featuring the latest swimming pool designs to “staycation” in.

We’ve rounded up 40 of the most sublime swimming pool designs for you to enjoy. No sunscreen required.

Indoor to outdoor swimming pool designs

This stunning Laguna Beach, CA, home features a contemporary infinity swimming pool that transitions from indoors to outdoors. Image: RDM General Contractors
This LED-lit pool flows from the inside of the home to the exterior. A glass walkway in the living room means the pool can be viewed from upstairs as well. Image: Des Rosiers Architects

Organic-shaped swimming pool designs

The kidney shaped pool has been replaced in contemporary swimming pool design by large, freeform curved swimming pools. Image: NMA Architects
The large curved pool features various sitting areas and pool depths throughout its shape as well as stepping stones for meandering. Image: Rolling Stone Landscapes
The mix of sharp angles and curves accentuates the zero-degree edge swimming pool design while still providing an area for lounging and relaxing. Image: Pence Hathorn Silver
This contemporary swimming pool is a hybrid of a classic rectangular shape and a curved shape that softens the look and creates two distinct areas. Image: Rolling Stones Landscapes

An architectural indoor pool

A London residence’s underground indoor pool is a work of art from every angle thanks to the use of glass and colorful LED underwater pool lighting. Image: Nulty Lighting
The same pool from a different angle shows how integrated overhead lighting and the glass staircase illuminates the indoor pool area to keep it from looking dark and cavernous. Image: Nulty Lighting

Pools that are integrated around the home

A pool large enough to wrap around this entire estate. Stepping stones connect one spot to the other. Image: Harwick Homes
The swimming pool was designed to wrap around the house allowing for swimming access from any room while cooling the interior. Image: Visual Text Architects
This large, inviting swimming pool can be accessed for swimming and lounging from all lower-level rooms of the house. Image: O + L Building Projects
The freeform-shaped swimming pool flows throughout the house like a river. Image: JB Pool Construction

Infinity pools or zero-edge pools

A contemporary, black-bottom infinity pool adds to the property’s open-space feel. Image: John Maniscalco Architecture
A dreamy, tropical resort-inspired swimming pool featuring a zero-edge or infinity pool design that flows into the stunning ocean seamlessly. Image: D Studio
The focal point of this minimalist, black-bottom zero-edge swimming pool design is the view. Image: Below Magid Construction
The designer of this infinity edge swimming pool describes it as “total scenery immersion.” Image: John Onken Architects
A small swimming pool looks much larger due to its infinity pool design which conceals where the pool ends. Image: Peter Glass & Associates

Glass-wall pools

The tall glass swimming pool wall next to the bar is a cool design feature that adds color to the lounging spot. Image: Apex Landscape and Brick
This swimming pool takes the latest design trend of a glass wall to the next level by allowing water to overflow from the pool in a waterfall fashion into the hot tub area. Image: Tanby Pools
The ultimate contemporary outdoor entertaining area featuring a multi-level, glass-walled swimming pool design. Image: Eco Outdoor
A raised, glass-walled pool design highlighted by underwater LED lighting. Image: Pool Fab

A pool with a secret view

This lovely, contemporary glass tile pool hides an interesting feature, shown below. Image: Lazaway Pool and Spa
A secret underwater glass pool wall in the wine cellar for viewing swimmers. Image: Layaway Pool and Spa

Raised pools

A raised-edge swimming pool has a zen vibe due to the black river rocked perimeter that catches the pool’s water overflow. Image: Pool Environments Inc.
A raised hot tub in black soapstone flows into the surrounding raised swimming pool. Image: Zone 4 Architects

Midcentury Modern pool designs

The ultimate pool cabana in an updated Midcentury Modern design extends the hours of swimming pool enjoyment in this outdoor living space. Image: Darren James Interiors
The minimalist lines of the Midcentury Modern home are duplicated in the offset swimming pool design. Image: Philip Babb Architect
A swimming pool with integrated hot tub joins both sides of the Midcentury Modern house with a stepping stone path bridge across the pool. Image: Balfoort Architecture

Zen pool designs

A Hawaiian home features an exotic pool cabana and multi-level swimming pool areas. Image: Architectural Design & Construction, Inc.
Modern zen pool design features Asian bamboo and many inviting outdoor elements for entertaining, such as seating areas and a fire pit. Image: Apex Landscape

Pools with a fire pit feature

A stunning pool with a stunning view that can be enjoyed late into the evening thanks to an adjacent sunken fire pit. Image: Los Angeles Pool Builders
Swimming pool with integrated sunken fire pit area for lounging and entertaining. Image: Pool Stop

Pool lighting design

The swimming pool lighting design makes the patio area pop at night. Image: Lewis Aquatech
An historical Mediterranean house feels contemporary thanks to the colorful lighting effects in the swimming pool. Image: Distinguished Pools
LED lighting is integrated into the glass tile bottom of this long swimming pool design. Image: Cipriano Landscape Design

 Long pools

A long lap pool design that brings the outdoors in and the indoors out. Image: Exterior Worlds
This long, contemporary lap pool design includes a pool deck for lounging and entertaining. Image: TaC Studios

Indoor pools

A tranquil. minimalist indoor pool oasis for swimming regardless of weather and season. Image: Guncast
An indoor pool with a graphic design features bold, cobalt glass tiles and round skylights that reflect round geometric shapes in the water. Image: Noxon Giffen

Pools with a water feature

A modern pool waterfall feature is mounted on the wall, lit and placed at a height were it can be enjoyed from the living room. Image: Platinum Building Group
The heated pool area continuously flows into the main pool via a waterfall feature. Image: Pool Environments
The house opens to the pool and the water feature creates a soothing waterfall sound to enjoy. Image: Forza Construction

Which pool is your favorite?