Cool down this summer with a dip in one of these 13 pools
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Dust off your inflatable lilos and pack your favourite reads; summer is here, and that means pool days are on the horizon. No matter if you enter the water with the grace of an Olympic diver or you take a running leap for maximum splash, hanging out by the pool typifies the spirit of summer holidays. A quick dip also happens to be the best way to beat the heat. The Beautiful Accommodation collection is teeming with stays boasting swimming pools and we’re sharing 13 of those boutique digs – just in time for summer. Happy holidays!
Ocean Blue Retreat, Victoria
The Mornington Peninsula is famous for its beaches but you’d be forgiven if you only catch a fleeting glimpse of sand after you lay eyes on the swimming pool at Ocean Blue Retreat. This four-bedroom beach house is in a class of its own, and its outdoor space is next level. A sparkling solar-heated pool is heaven in summer and has ample space for gentle paddles, serious laps or water games with the whole group. Instead of drying off and wrapping yourself in fluffy towels when the temperature cools, simply make the dash into the covered spa. The water is set to a bone-warming 38 degrees year-round.
Barefoot at Broken Head, New South Wales
Barefoot at Broken Head is perhaps the closest you could ever come to a hideaway paradise. This iconic beachfront escape, close to the equally famous Byron Bay, is surrounded by verdant rainforest and a short stroll down a private path leads you right to one of Australia’s best surfing breaks. Before getting your feet sandy though, check out the home’s two pools. A stunning reflection pool has infinity edges and flows into the slim 20-metre pool. Sit submerged in the cool water of the shallow pool, hang your feet over the edge as you read or get your heart pumping with some quick laps. The pool area is flanked by a timber deck, plus there are two additional outdoor spaces – a barbecue and dining area, plus a yoga offering – on the property too.
Casa Blanca - The Tropical House, Queensland
If you love Tropical North Queensland but aren’t such a fan of its humidity, a quick plunge in Casa Blanca – The Tropical House’s come-hither swimming pool will sort you out. The curvy pool wraps around one side of the house and is neighboured by a large timber deck and lawn area. The entire outdoor space is surrounded by lush gardens, creating a true tropical sanctuary. Perch yourself in one of the deck chairs or swing your legs into the hammock (fruity thirst-quencher is optional, but recommended) to while away the days. Five tastefully-styled bedrooms mean your haven can be shared with up to 10 of your nearest and dearest, and a collection of living and dining spaces offer nap nooks and perches to watch TV.
Freeman on Ford, Victoria
You can bank on Freeman on Ford for a spectacular stay. This Beechworth B&B lives in the bones of the former Oriental Bank (it was once a convent, too) and has been lovingly transformed into one of few five-star retreats in country Victoria. The B&B's rooms hint at the bygone splendour, but it's the newest 1930s-inspired suites that have a prime outlook over the outdoor area and formal gardens. A solar-heated swimming pool and spa take centre stage in the terrace, and reclining on the lounge is the perfect way to cap a day spent exploring the region. Actually, it might be how you want to spend an entire day. To take respite from the sun, head inside to one of the B&B's excellent shared spaces – a sunroom with kitchenette, formal dining room or the drawing room.
A La Plage, Western Australia
Views of Margaret River don’t come much better than the ones from A La Plage’s deck-perched swimming pool. No matter if you’re in the water or simply sitting on a lounge chair, you’ll be able to look across scrub and out to the ocean. The pool is heated too, so sufficiently pruned toes (and not the sun going down) will be the only reason you get out. A La Plage takes every coastal or Margaret River retreat up a level. It’s great for families and groups, with five bedrooms spread out across the two storeys. There are two lounge areas too, plus a separate games room with table tennis, darts and a foosball table.
Indigo Couples Retreat, New South Wales
You won't be sharing a swimming pool with strangers at Indigo Couples Retreat. The Retreat has two lodges – East and West – which are perched well apart on the stunning 130-acre property. Each lodge has its own sleek-edged pool set among paved terraces, open-air lounges and sun-kissed outdoor dining. West Lodge has four bedrooms and East Lodge is home to five; all rooms are beautifully appointed and create flexible accommodations for groups of couples. Honeymooning couples, reluctant to share at all, can even snap up a lodge for themselves. Indigo Couples Retreat is only a couple of minutes from Bermagui and it's a two-minute drive along a private bush track to pristine Murrah Beach. You’d be forgiven if you don’t make it to the beach though, because when your lodge offers an outdoor Japanese bath, jaw-dropping kitchens and complete seclusion, you’ll probably be reluctant to venture too far away.
Witta Circle, Queensland
Witta Circle is one of Noosa’s elite. This architect-designed beauty is the height of luxurious Noosa living with lush tropical plants and free-flowing spaces. The indoor-outdoor area looks as though it has been pulled straight from a swanky resort. The pool is the star and sits next to a blue-and-white tile-clad spa. An open-air dining pavilion, outdoor lounge, lawn area and bar complete the al fresco offerings. Despite how tempting it is to spend all day poolside, you will have to sleep at some point – and you’ll do it in total comfort. Witta Circle has six luxurious bedrooms, including two kids’ room complete with bunk beds. There are also two lounge areas, a sleek kitchen and large dining table.
Arusha on the Bellarine Peninsula is an exclusive retreat for two and is a dream for a pair that have their eye on an indulgent escape. The pool area is a stunner, complete with decking, garden views and a bubbling heated spa. All you’ll want to do from sun up to sun down is pad barefoot between the lounges and solar-heated pool, although you might take the occasional break for a hit on the synthetic grass tennis court. Swap seclusion for sand by making the five-minute drive to Ocean Grove surf beach, or Barwon Heads is only a couple of extra minutes down Wallington Road. Return to Arusha and slide beneath the linens on your king bed or fill the giant bathtub with water and soak away an evening. Before you hit the pool again the next morning, pile your plate high from the home-cooked breakfast spread.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Queensland
It is impossible to crown a winner out of Thala Beach Nature Reserve’s pair of swimming pools. Both are free-form beauties, surrounded by tropical gardens and sun loungers. The main pool sits on the crest of headland next to the central lodge and features waterfalls, spas and grottos. The Rock Pool is the second swimming spot and it is perfect for gentle paddles. This pool also features a cascading waterfall, and guests will find it tucked away among the gardens. Having two pools is a blessing, but also poses a dilemma about which to dive into first. Throwing another spanner into the (swimming) works are the private beaches around the resort. Guests at the Reserve have direct access to secluded stretches and sheltered coves. Break up the hours between paddles by relaxing on your bungalow’s balcony or tucking into a feast from Ospreys Restaurant.
The Frames, South Australia
The Frames is a trio of sleek and separate suites in South Australia’s Riverland. These triplets might not be what you’d usually expect from rural South Australia and that’s exactly what makes them so special. Pastiche and Montage are the one-bedroom suites perfect for couples. Collage has two king bedrooms. All suites come with a contemporary lounge, modern kitchen and sleek bathrooms. Each accommodation also has a spectacular deck, and it’s out here where you’ll find your private pool, as well as a Jacuzzi, barbecue and al fresco dining. If you like your pools on a smaller scale, Montage has an outdoor bath that is ideal for sudsy soaks. Once you’ve spent a chunk of your day lolling about in the pool, catching rays on the deck or exploring the waterways around the mighty Murray River, retreat inside and put on a film from the selection of movies pre-loaded onto the smart TV. Repeat every day until you check out.
Ora Beach House, New South Wales
You might ask why you need a pool when you’re staying just a stone’s throw from the beach, but to that we say, ‘Why not?’ Ora Beach House is impressive in every way, from its commanding headland location and breathtaking ocean views to its living spaces and beautiful styling, but when the weather’s warm you’ll be giving the most thanks for its outdoor offerings. A tiered timber deck has a dining setting, barbecue and access to the solar-heated saltwater swimming pool. Dive in for a couple of laps when the ocean is a few degrees too chilly, or cling to the edge and simply stare out to the waves crashing on the beach below. You’ll receive salty, beach-waved hair without stepping foot on a single grain of sand. If you do want a spot of ocean swimming though, the patrolled beach and rock pools are a short walk away.
The Pearle of Cable Beach, Western Australia
To decide which of The Pearle of Cable Beach’s swimming pools to test first, you might need to flip a coin. Will it be the main pool, which is flanked with sun loungers and umbrellas? Or perhaps the thought of paddling in your own pool will have you reaching for your swimmers. There is a private pool in each of the Pearle’s upscale pavilions and it forms the centrepiece of the outdoor areas. Every pool is nestled within tropical gardens and comes surrounded by dark timber decking and comfortable outdoor furniture. The Honeymoon Villa also has a pool. Pavilions come in one-, two- or three-bedroom configurations. There are perks to getting your hair wet in the resort’s central swimming pool too. It's located next door to the on-site eatery, so once you work up an appetite practicing your freestyle a snack is never too far away.
The Stone House, Tasmania
The Stone House in Perth is a grand Georgian treasure. The majestic heritage of the house is clear – just take a look at the resplendent formal lounge, wonderful country kitchen and butler’s pantry. Doors from the bright conservatory open on to the lush green lawn, English-style gardens and gleaming swimming pool. There is also a hot tub for when it’s too cool to swim (this is Tasmania, after all), a barbecue area and outdoor dining. The grounds are dotted with reading nooks and pretty walks, so you have plenty of reason to stay outdoors even when you’re not poolside. The Stone House has four excellent bedrooms (three with ensuites) and sprawling common areas that make a lavish setting for family breaks and group getaways.