8 Pretty and Petite Pools to Plunge Into
It used to be that we’d only see pools in homes with expansive backyards or large decks. Either that, or the pool would take up the entire backyard and we’d think to ourselves, what a waste of usable living space. But no more. As we downsize to smaller, more compact living spaces, it seems plunge pools have grown in popularity—and for good reason. We may want to shrink our footprint for financial or environmental reasons (or simply because we no longer need all the space the McMansions of yore provided), but that doesn’t mean we want to give up certain amenities, like a place to cool off during the hot summer months that doesn’t involve the driveway and a hose.
Enter the petite pool. Whether it’s a plunge pool perfect for a few cannonballs or a lap pool better suited for light exercise, these water features may be on the small side, but they add a luxurious, spa-like element to any outdoor space. Keep scrolling to see some of the prettiest petite pools around!
POD Camps Bay, a boutique hotel in Cape Town, masters the art of casual, sophisticated luxury with its simple lap pool set against the stunning, scrubby South African landscape. Located beside the hotel lounge, the pool is designed to allow you to go from sipping cocktails to taking a refreshing dip and back again.
We love the simple, understated outdoor area of this gracious villa situated in Mauritius. The pool itself may be on the small side, but it’s big on style thanks the gorgeous limestone flooring, chic columns, and large daybed in the corner providing a shady spot to relax.
This stunning villa in Bali is a study in understated luxury. With clean lines, warm hints of rich wood, generous landscaping, and a neutral color palette, this space perfectly encapsulates our vision of grandeur, Bali style. Thanks to the inclusion of multiple 90-degree angles, this pool goes beyond the square shape characteristic of most plunge pools and provides numerous places to perch with a cold beverage, enabling guests to make the most of the patio area. This design also nicely complements the lines of the adjacent building.
With a perfectly proportioned plunge pool just a few steps from bed, we’d have no trouble waking up and going for a dip… and then napping on that huge daybed. The cool blue tone of the pool works beautifully with the limestone walls and floor as well as the dark wood doors and wicker furniture. The built-in bench is a thoughtful, relaxation-maximizing addition.
This home is classic California. The rustic reclaimed wood, timeless flagstone pavers, and freeform landscape all lend this home a kick-up-your-feet vibe. The inclusion of a small pool on this sunny patio provides the ideal place to cool off before enjoying a meal in the outdoor dining area.
This contemporary Sydney home may appear a tad sparse, but it has everything one would need, including a small yet luxe pool to cool off in during the famously hot summer months down under. We love the use of spare furnishings to complement the minimalist concrete-and-glass construction. The pool keeps this space from feeling cold and uninviting by adding a dose of casual elegance.
This modern marvel designed by Steven Ehrlich manages to squeeze so much style into such a small lot. The home has just the type of indoor/outdoor vibe we love thanks to the incorporation of massive windows and sliding doors. For this reason, we’re totally on board with the choice to include a lap pool instead of planting grass. The turquoise-blue water also beautifully complements the rust-and-stone façade of the exterior walls.
The narrow strip of space between the home and the property line is the perfect place to include a long lap pool. The designer’s choice to use simple materials like stone-hued concrete ensures that the pool area blends seamlessly with the rest of the home’s neutral color story. The stairs that extend the width of the pool visually stretch the horizontal shadows made by the slats overhead. The mature trees planted along the pool add a lush, relaxed element to the space.