Classic swimming pool

If you’ve ever seen The Pool Master on Animal Planet or been to one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, you know that professional pool installers can build the most unbelievable custom designed pools. From residential pools with their own waterfalls to in-ground pools with spectacular views of the ocean, the sky is the limit above ground or below.

Yet these pools often cost big bucks. Although the average in-ground pool costs between $20,000 and $50,000, Las Vegas high rollers and tropical resort owners are willing to spend millions to make their pools one of a kind. However, you don’t have to be a millionaire to have a one-of-a-kind pool. If custom designed pools appeal to you and your family, try having one of these fun features installed in yours:

  • Infinity… and Beyond: At the Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia, the pool looks like it could dump swimmers right off the edge of the oceanside cliff it overlooks. But this resort wouldn’t do that to its guests. It’s actually an infinity pool. These types of in ground pools have a clear edge that makes them look like they’re endless and connected to the surrounding landscape. These pools are also catching on in residential homes, too.
  • Custom Lighting: The pool at Huvafen Fushi on the island of Maldives may not look like it’s in the middle of the ocean, but it is quite a sight in the evening. The pool features more than 1,000 fiber optic lights, which give it the appearance of glittering beneath the moonlight. Dramatic lighting is a great way to make a splash (pun intended!) when you entertain guests poolside.
  • Water Slides: Why pay $200 to wait in line for 90 minutes at the world’s best water parks when you could have your own water slide right in your backyard? Adding a water slide to a home pool is a great way to keep the kids entertained during the summer, and it eliminates the need to travel to a water or amusement park during peak season. And hey, who says they’re just for kids? The whole family can use these fun add-ons to cool off, too.

What would you add to your custom pool? Tell us in the comments.

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