22 Incredible Pools

It's hard to resist the allure of a beautiful pool, even if you don't particularly care for swimming. So go ahead and daydream about whiling away your summer in paradise.

Rees Roberts & Partners and Steven Harris Architects designed this glass and stone retreat on a promontory in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where the pool appears to jut out over the sea.

Photo by by Scott Frances/OTTO

Carden Cunietti designed all the exterior furniture for this home in Cap d’Antibes, France, collaborating on the project with garden designer Luciano Giubbilei.

Photo by Alexander James

An outdoor living room with a fireplace leads to the pool at this East Quogue, New York, beach house by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

Photo byPeter Aaron / OTTO

This Long Island, New York, vacation home by Christoff:Finio Architecture has a black-stained cedar exterior and polished terrazzo floors. An infinity lap pool runs the length of the back patio.

Photo by Mark Jenkinson

Ike Kligerman Barkley designed this New Jersey residence, which combines a steeply sloping shingle-style roof with English Cottage–style brick buttresses, resulting in a “Shinglish” hybrid. Paired with a circular pool, it creates a whimsical effect.
Photo by Peter Aaron

This Los Angeles residence by Landry Design Group, which was inspired by old villages in Northern Europe, features a sprawling pool that wraps around the rear of the home.

Photo by Erhard Pfeiffer

This Nicole Hollis–designed retreat in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, consists of seven pavilions that look out over the pool, the verdant grounds and the ocean beyond.

Photo by Laure Joliet

Kemble Interiors designed this home in Palm Beach, Florida, placing an open-air living room and patio near the manicured landscaping and pool.

Photo courtesy of Kemble Interiors

Timothy Corrigan completely transformed this Cape Cod–style house in Los Angeles. It had originally been built in 1930 as a one-story 3,500-square-foot house, but Corrigan turned it into a two-story, 9,000-square-foot mansion. French doors open onto terraces and gardens, and matching brick staircases lead down to the pool.

Photo by Jim Bartsch

At Will Meyer of Meyer Davis’s East Hampton, New York, home, a patio off the kitchen includes a grill, pool and lounge area enclosed by mahogany slats.

Photo by Eric Laignel

At Glass House, architect Michael Haverland’s East Hampton, New York, residence, the pool extends from a covered patio area to beyond the living room.

Photo by Chris Bausch

Designed by Groves & Co., this mountain ridge estate includes an infinity pool that overlooks California’s Napa Valley.

Photo by Patrik Argast

For a home in Miami Beach, Doug Meyer Studio created tropical outdoor “rooms,” like this lounge space with a vibrant fringed umbrella and area rug.

Photo by Mark Roskams

BoydDesign created Shed House, a modernist Malibu home, in the tradition of postwar Southern California architecture and the Case Study program. The firm also designed the gardens with the goal of tying the natural environment to the living space.

Photo by Richard Powers

Thomas Callaway designed this Spanish Colonial compound in Los Angeles, which was informed by his research of California’s missions and 1920s estates.

Photo by Lise Romerein

Jennifer Post’s client wanted the grounds of this Georgian Tudor home in Beverly Hills to feel like all the places he had been in the Caribbean. She added a huge new stone loggia with wide platforms of cascading steps and a new 67-foot-long pool.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Post Design

Fisher Weisman updated Casa Acanto, a former 18th-century tannery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The firm built a three-level casita by the pool, featuring an outdoor living room.

Photo by Grey Crawford

Rios Clementi Hale Studios updated this 1930s Paul Williams-style house in Beverly Hills, with a pool surrounded by a stone patio and lush landscaping.

Photo by Dominique Vorillon

This sleek 12,000-square-foot Miami residence by Argent Design features a pool area that echoes the home’s clean lines.

Photo courtesy of Argent Design

Climbing plants creep up the poolside pergola at this Amagansett, New York, beach house by Damon Liss.

Photo by Joshua McHugh

The 1956 Craig Ellwood–designed Steinman House in Malibu was updated by BoydDesign in 2008. The firm designed a swimming pool and cabana and reimagined the gardens.

Photo by Richard Powers

Bestor Architecture designed this Carpinteria, California, vacation home on the edge of the Los Padres National Forest, offering expansive views of both the mountains and the Santa Barbara coastline.

Photo by John Ellis