We're expecting another round of sunshine later this week - and there’s no better remedy to sun-drenched days than a relaxing day out by the pool. 

Here are seven splash-worthy pools and their accompanying patios, to give you some inspiration this summer.  

Moroccan Inspired

Moroccan Inspired Getaway

This Palm Springs patio fits right into the property’s Spanish Colonial meets Moorish/Moroccan design. The Calgary based homeowners hired designer James McIntyre, principal designer with McIntyre Bills. McIntyre was partially inspired by the Colony Palms Hotel. The casual Moroccan-inspired getaway features breezy linen fabrics and white walls which contrast beautifully with dark iron accents and carved Spanish furniture.  

Palm Springs

Intimate Spaces

This patio features a half dozen loungers and an outdoor dining area by the pool. Off to the side is an inviting hot tub placed beneath a lemon tree. The landscaping and chic concrete stepping blocks help to separate the patio into several intimate spaces, perfect for escape. The owners, a Vancouver couple, combined Hollywood Regency and mid-century design to transform this property into cozy Palm Springs hideaway. 

Song Saa

Private Paradise

Situated on the private Cambodian island of Song Saa, this patio is the perfect example of a luxury paradise. Hours can be spent chilling by the private pool (which overlooks a stunning seascape) and sipping on a drink from the mini-bar or the optional Mojito-making station. The resort was carefully built with a sensitive environmental focus, as every tree was accounted for and fragile coral was relocated. The resort’s jungle villas feature outdoor terraces framed by native greenery and cushy day beds.  

Howe Sound

Beach Connections

This West Vancouver home was designed by Robert Bailey for a multigenerational family. To reduce noise and foster connection with the rocky beach below, the pool was designed to be near the waterfront. The combination of Dedon furniture (sourced from Brougham Interiors) and landscape design by Donna Chomichuk gives the outdoor space a sleek and clean appearance. This leaves the picturesque views of Howe Sound room to shine.  

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Credit: Photo by Martin Tessler

Summer Simplicity

This patio comes from 2014 Arthur Erickson Memorial Award winners McLeod Bovell. The brilliant pair handle interiors and landscaping of their projects to ensure their cohesive and accurate vision becomes a reality. This West Vancouver home features loungers and a pool with a view, making it the ideal location to sip on cocktails and catch up on summer reading. 

Wading Pool

View of the Bay 

Alongside a privacy hedge sits an inviting wading pool and nap-worthy loungers. Look beyond the patio, through the accordion-like folding glass wall and open living space to unobstructed English Bay views. This Point Grey beauty was designed by David Nicolay of Evoke International Design. The house was originally dark and closed off, but with Nicolay’s reimaging it was transformed into a spacious home.  

Ladner

Salty Swim

This saltwater pool in Ladner is steps from a covered lounge area. Multiple loungers and benches provide ample seating around the pool. The home features cedar beams from the Squamish Valley, an enviable collection of Ducati motorcycles, and a 200-year-old door imported from Egypt (which now functions as a dining table). Inside you’ll also find the owner’s Great Danes (Omi and Dior).