A backyard swimming pool already has so many benefits for homeowners. Add a few luxury features and it becomes a resort-worthy destination, so fabulous you’ll never want to leave. In fact, you may want to invest in a few more swimsuits. Features once found only at high-end resort pools are making their way onto the home pool scene, from stunning perimeter overflow to exotic fire features. Let’s take a look at a few of the coolest of the cool pool features to consider.

Perimeter Overflow

Sometimes mistaken for an infinity pools, perimeter overflow offers an even more stunning effect. The water’s surface looks like a flat sheet of glass and appears to be perfectly contained — without walls. In perimeter overflow, the pool water overflows its edges and flows into a hidden slot or catch basin where it’s then recycled back into the pool. It’s similar to an infinity-edge pool, but with a perimeter overflow, the water overflows on all four sides.

Caves and Water Falls

Caves create an alluring sense of mystery in a pool. Secluded, enchanting, they lure both kids and grown-ups with potential for adventure — without leaving the yard. Surrounded by waterfalls, colored lights and more, caves offer a unique space to relax and cool off in the shade. A cave can be extravagant, with multiple rooms and swim-up bars. Or it can be a cozy intimate spot nestled behind a waterfall.

Fire Features

The hottest trend in luxury pool design is striking fire features that add a spectacular wow factor to a pool. Fire adds a sense of the exotic and mirror-effect of the water is a match made in heaven. The choices for fire features are practically endless. From glowing fire pits and fire bowls to blazing tiki torches and fire troughs. Fire adds drama, but it also adds function. It adds extra light when you’re entertaining or just enjoying the pool yourself at night. A flame is mesmerizing, and helps transform your pool into a resort-style gathering space after sundown.

Automatic Covers

Every pool needs a cover. It’s the best way to protect the investment you’ve made in your pool. Even the smallest debris falling into your pool can lead to water imbalances. The most luxurious cover is automatic — no cranking a wheel to put it in place. Simply flip a switch or press a button. Your pool is ready to enjoy or closed up tight in less than a minute. The cover is concealed within an integrated housing when the pool is in use. Automatic safety covers create a barrier over your pool to keep children and pets safe.

Lighting Effects

Make your pool come alive at night and create ambiance by installing dramatic pool lighting. The pools of the most happening resorts don’t disappear into the darkness of the night; they transform from relaxing daytime retreat into part of an illuminated nightscape. Incandescent lights can give a soft yellow glow or colored LED lights can create a dynamic light show in your backyard.

The expert landscape designers at PA Landscape Group, Inc. can help you select special pool features to create and enhance your own backyard paradise. Looking for inspiration? Check out our galleries page. There, you’ll find gorgeous resort-like spaces that incorporate and extend beyond the backyard pool.