Creating a Serene Retreat: How to Design a Relaxing Spa-Like Atmosphere for Your Pool

Back of large home with pool and multiple blue lounge chairs

Photo courtesy of Simpson Construction

Have you ever wished you had your very own spa at home? This dream is closer to reality than you may think. Custom pools already provide exceptional wellness benefits, and with a few aesthetic and structural alterations, you can create a luxurious spa-like experience in your backyard.

Pool Design Elements That Exude Relaxation

Whether lounging poolside or taking a dip, these additions to your pool will enhance the atmosphere and leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized.

1. Soft Lighting

One key element of a spa-like atmosphere is soft, ambient lighting. This can be achieved through elegant string lights or fire features around your pool area to create a warm and inviting glow. Consider incorporating lighting into your pool design, such as underwater LED lights, for an enhanced ambiance that radiates from sun up to sundown.

2. Water Features

Water features such as waterfalls, scuppers and fountains not only add visual flare to your oasis but create a soothing sound that promotes relaxation. The gentle trickle of cascading water can help drown out background noise and create an environment conducive to finding inner peace.

3. Comfortable Seating

The Lowcountry’s beautiful temperate climate provides an ideal opportunity for year-round pool enjoyment. Comfortable outdoor furniture, such as lounge chairs, daybeds or hammocks, are essentials for relaxation. Opt for plush cushions and pillows in neutral colors to create a cozy and inviting space where you can lounge and soak up the serenity.

4. Lush Greenery

Surround your pool area with lush greenery and tropical plants to create a sense of privacy and seclusion. Incorporate palmettos, ferns and flowering shrubs to enhance the natural beauty of your space and create a serene oasis where you can escape the stresses of everyday life.

5. Outdoor Sound System

Set the mood with relaxing music or nature sounds played through an outdoor sound system. Take South Carolina’s climate into consideration when choosing your sound system, investing in weatherproof speakers and audio equipment designed for durability and performance.

6. Heated Pool

Consider installing a pool heater to extend your swimming season and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of warm water year-round. A heated pool provides a luxurious experience and offers rejuvenating benefits to sore muscles and joints, making it the perfect addition to your oasis.

7. Create a Pool-Spa Combination

To truly take your spa-like atmosphere to the next level, ask your pool-building partner about a spa addition. These versatile and soothing spaces can be used for both relaxation and exercise.

Discover Peace in an Aqua Blue Pool

As the Lowcountry’s premier custom pool builder, Aqua Blue Pools is ready to help you realize the pool of your dreams. Since 1991, our team has built pools in a range of styles for residential and commercial clients in South Carolina. We are proud to work closely with our clients to create and execute impressive custom projects built to last. Contact us today to begin planning your oasis!


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