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Stunning stays with private pools
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Stunning stays with private pools

Ellena Morgan
By Ellena Morgan - 7 minute read

What’s on your list of dream vaca­tions? For many of us, hol­i­days with pri­vate pools are top of our wish list. Well hap­pi­ly, with thou­sands of mem­bers in over 100 coun­tries, we’re delight­ed to say that many of our mem­bers can offer up pre­cise­ly this fun lit­tle lux­u­ry! From an artis­tic vil­la in The Algarve to an infin­i­ty pool over­look­ing an ele­phant sanc­tu­ary in Kenya, we’ve hand-picked just a few of our favourite pri­vate pool hol­i­days which will allow you to tru­ly make a splash.

Ubud, Bali

If you’re after a relax­ing pri­vate pool hol­i­day, this lux­u­ry vil­la in Ubud is the per­fect spot. Sur­round­ed by tran­quil jun­gle views, the vil­la fea­tures a whop­ping 18-meter resort-sized swim­ming pool — and it’s all yours, with­out hav­ing to share with any oth­er water-babies! Even bet­ter, you can enjoy stretch­ing in the yoga stu­dio, have a delight­ful array of tasty meals cooked by your very own pri­vate chef, or even treat your­self to an onsite mas­sage! Now if that’s not a lit­tle dose of lux­u­ri­ous heav­en, then we real­ly don’t know what is.

San Diego, California

Locat­ed in the heart of San Diego in the soul­ful Gaslamp Quar­ter, this large fam­i­ly home offers the per­fect hol­i­day with pri­vate pool. Sleep­ing 6, the home has all mod-cons, as well as a seri­ous­ly impres­sive out­door kitchen. Stay here, and you’ll be just a short dis­tance from all of San Diego’s best attrac­tions includ­ing Bal­boa Park, San Diego Zoo and La Jol­la beach. And after a long day of explor­ing, you’ll have a huge pool sur­round­ed by land­scaped gar­dens for the whole fam­i­ly to enjoy!

Loire, France

Pri­vate pool hol­i­days are in hot demand in France – which is no won­der, as can there be any­thing more delight­ful than explor­ing charm­ing towns and beau­ti­ful coun­try­side, before retreat­ing back to your pad with a bot­tle of local wine and a selec­tion of well-aged cheeses?! Locat­ed in the Loire region, this stun­ning vil­la ticks every box. It also hap­pens to be in a great loca­tion for explor­ing the near­by cities of Lyon and Saint Eti­enne, and offers excep­tion­al walk­ing and cycling routes in the Pilat Region­al Nature Park.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Sit­u­at­ed in a lux­u­ry golf resort, this stun­ning beach vil­la is just min­utes from the ocean and is the per­fect stay for any­one look­ing to enjoy golf­ing along­side a pri­vate pool hol­i­day. On top of golf­ing, the resort also offers a sport and rac­quet club – so there’s no short­age of activ­i­ties to enjoy! The home itself is sub­lime – with open-plan liv­ing that over­looks the love­ly pool area, fam­i­ly-friend­ly bed­rooms and the option to also swap cars, this immac­u­late home swap is the stuff that dreams are made of.

Costa del Brava, Spain

Locat­ed north of Barcelona, Llafranc is a quin­tes­sen­tial­ly Span­ish beach town. This five-bed­room flat is the per­fect stay, with plen­ty of space of the whole fam­i­ly and a pool to unwind in. And while the home and its facil­i­ties (includ­ing a roof ter­race) are undoubt­ed­ly love­ly, it’s the loca­tion that real­ly sells this prop­er­ty. With­in walk­ing dis­tance of the beach, the home is nes­tled on the rugged pink rocks and is an easy stroll to the prom­e­nade that boasts mul­ti­ple restau­rants. Bet­ter yet, the water in Llafranc is deep blue and per­fect­ly clear, mak­ing it great for snorkelling, pad­dle-board­ing and kayaking.

Alabama, United States

Hands up, how many of us have recent­ly Googled hol­i­days with pri­vate pools’? We’re cer­tain­ly guilty of this favourite pas­time, par­tic­u­lar­ly as we’re con­stant­ly on the look­out for a show­stop­ping home like this one. Locat­ed on the Gulf of Mex­i­co on the pris­tine white sandy beach­es of the emer­ald coast, Morn­ing Dew’ beach house is the ulti­mate option for any­one look­ing to home swap as a big group. Sleep­ing a whop­ping sev­en­teen peo­ple, this jaw-drop­per has a large ter­race with views over the Gulf of Mex­i­co, and you’ll have access to a resort-style pool sur­round­ed by tow­er­ing palm trees.

Bondi Beach, Australia

Hol­i­days with pri­vate pools should ide­al­ly meet two cri­te­ria. First­ly, they should be so indul­gent that you nev­er want to leave them. And sec­ond­ly, they should be in a fab­u­lous loca­tion, so that when you even­tu­al­ly find the mojo to leave the pool, the lux­u­ry vibes keep flow­ing! Hap­pi­ly, this excep­tion­al pad ticks every box, as we real­ly couldn’t think of a bet­ter spot to be soak­ing up the sun than at Australia’s Bon­di Beach. Locat­ed just a short dis­tance from cen­tral Syd­ney, this home is the per­fect spot to enjoy Australia’s most famous beach. Sleep­ing 10, it has every­thing you could pos­si­bly need for a great pool hol­i­day includ­ing two out­door decks and a patio, two out­door show­ers and an impres­sive pool.

The Algarve, Portugal

Locat­ed in the tra­di­tion­al small vil­lage of Quelfes, Casa Star­dust’ is an eccen­tric gem just ten min­utes from the beau­ti­ful town of Olhao. The house con­sists of the main home plus two small cot­tages, and it also has a vast gar­den with a swim­ming pool for the whole fam­i­ly to enjoy. Agni the own­er sums up the charm of this home so suc­cinct­ly that we’ll leave it to her to explain why your next pri­vate pool hol­i­day should be here. She says: Our house has a lot of charm and a spe­cial south­ern atmos­phere you will adore. The air smells dif­fer­ent, the light is divine, the flow­ers and the green­ery of the gar­den are sim­ply enchant­ed, and the swim­ming pool is the cher­ry on top of it all!” Sign us up for a stay here!

Palm Springs, California

Locat­ed on a qui­et res­i­den­tial street, this stun­ning home is a cou­ple of miles from down­town Palm Springs and is just 3.5 miles from Palm Springs air­port, so your com­mute here could be a dod­dle! Although the stun­ning Joshua Tree Nation­al Park is just a short dis­tance away, we wouldn’t blame you for not want­i­ng to leave the house to explore. With an out­door din­ing space, four large bed­rooms, and a love­ly pri­vate gar­den area with your own pool – plus access to a cou­ple of heat­ed com­mu­ni­ty pools, hot tubs and ten­nis courts – you’ll nev­er want to leave this exclu­sive oasis!

Kwale, Kenya

Hold the press, because we’ve iden­ti­fied your next per­fect pri­vate pool hol­i­day. Locat­ed in the coastal area of Kwale, this stun­ning home is nes­tled into a cliff-face, and over­looks an ele­phant sanc­tu­ary, mak­ing it the ulti­mate retreat for any­one who wants to immerse them­selves in nature. To make that view even bet­ter, you can enjoy watch­ing the ele­phants (and the many species of birds!) in the reserve below from this home’s very own infin­i­ty pool. Which sounds like a dose of lux­u­ry that you absolute­ly deserve.

Have you enjoyed a home swap in one of our mem­bers’ homes recent­ly? If you think it deserves a men­tion in this round-up of the ulti­mate hol­i­days with pri­vate pools, then feel free to drop us a line and we can add it in! Shar­ing is car­ing peo­ple, so give your host a shout-out by shar­ing your thoughts (and a link to the prop­er­ty) via the Feed­back’ tab above, and don’t for­get to share your trav­el adven­tures in our friend­ly Face­book groups. Bet­ter yet, drop us a line if you’d like to be fea­tured in one of our blogs, or if you’d like to share your pas­sion for home swap­ping in the media!