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Cool Pools

These backyard pools sure know how to make a splash

Produced by Julianne Hilmes

On a hot day there's nothing quite as refreshing as a dip in the cool blue waters of a pool. These backyard retreats are ready for summer fun.


Photo: Jean Allsopp

Take your pick of activities in this backyard. Whether swimming in the pool, lounging in the hot tub, catching some rays on the in-pool Frontgate chaise longues, or relaxing in an Adirondack chair by the fire pit, hours of fun are sure to be had.


Photo: Jean Allsopp

With its pretty planters, trellis-pattern walls, and neatly clipped boxwoods, this lush garden is a beauty on its own, but a waterfall cascading into the pool steals the show.


Photo: Richard Powers

Terra-cotta roof tiles and a large wooden beam give this poolside retreat a bit of Country French glamour. An antique mantel adds panache.


Photo: David A. Land

Stay cool in the shade on the rear terrace of this Forida home, or soak up the sunshine on the pool deck where grass grown in a trellis pattern is a living work of art and rattan sofas don throw pillows in the color of the alluring blue water. 


Photo: John Bessler

A series of outdoor living areas frames this Nantucket pool. For a dreamy summer afternoon, just mix green grass, blue skies, and good company. Repeat often.


Photo: Carmel Brantley

This Florida home is ready for fun in the sun. An outdoor kitchen plus living and dining areas make the most of the Sunshine State's warm temps. A sleek blue pool and hot tub overlook a checkerboard-pattern pool deck, and just beyond that, the beach.