Woman relaxing on the edge of the pool

Turn Your Pool Into A Destination

Have you ever seen those shows on the DIY Network or the Discovery Channel where they build these big, beautiful pools with grottos and lazy rivers? Yeah, me too. As a Do It Yourself enthusiast, I have come to realize that you don’t have to demo your pool and start over to achieve a pool destination. There are small things you can do to make your pool the ideal place to hang! Being in the pool industry, the list of possibilities could be quite lengthy, so I’ve put together a quick list of easy things you can do to improve your pool’s ambience. Read on for pool destination tips and tricks!

Green plant in vase next to swimming pool#1 It’s All About the Green (and pink and blue and purple)

This is one of the more important aspects of making your backyard and pool area a resort-like destination is to plant lots of foliage and flowers. Using nature to enhance the space only makes sense. Scout tip: leveraging potted plants and flowers can really help create that feeling of a tropical getaway!

#2 It’s Game Time

There’s nothing better than taking the pick-up game to the pool! Be sure to have lots of pool games available to keep everyone having fun in the water. Basketball hoops and volleyball nets vary in cost but really give pool-goers that competitive spark. Browse the options below to add a game time element into your pool space:

#3 Making It in the Shade

Be sure to offer your guests enjoying your newly designed pool oasis a reprieve from the sun. This can be a simple umbrella set up next to the pool or a portable shade sail that can be moved with the setting sun. Shade really creates some ambience and helps to make your backyard feel like a resort. But we warn you. By the time you add some festive seating with pillows underneath the shade, you’ll have to start kicking your neighbors out!

#4 Ahh, the Relaxing Sounds of Running Water

Fountain in pool with dog in backgroundNot only does the sound of moving water help to relax the mind, it helps keep your pool water cool and clear. Running water features at night help to reduce temperatures and keep the water moving. This creates a better experience for folks trying to cool off in the pool.

There are some easy and cost-effective options on the market, and some even have built in lighting! Here are a few products to consider:

#5 Keeping It Clean

No one wants to swim in a dirty pool, but keeping the surrounding area clean has the same impact as a clear pool. Remember that pool show that dazzled us? The big reveal of the pool area is always perfectly staged and clean. It just wouldn’t look the same if there were a bunch of leaves and debris by the lounge chairs. And when you are watering your new plants, go ahead and spray down the deck and the pool surroundings while you’re at it!

Here are some quick and easy things you can do to keep your pool area clean:

  • Use a blower to clean the pool surrounding area
  • Empty simmer baskets
  • Skim the pool surface
  • Pick up pool toys and floats

Check out this easy, DIY pool storage unit. Scout tip: paint it a neutral color and tuck all those fun toys in one place:

BONUS: Don’t Forget About the Lighting!

Lighting your patio and your pool are important to continue that destination feel. Whether it is string lights, landscape lighting or floating pool lights, they all contribute to the vacation vibes! Check out these lighting options for after the sun goes down.

No matter what kind of pool destination vibe you are going for with your backyard aesthetic, Pool Scouts is here to help keep your pool water clear and your equipment running smoothly! Give us a call today to request a free quote or schedule your next pool maintenance service.