10 best pools to end summer with a splash

Published August 2022

Palm Springs vacation home with modern architecture and outdoor pool
Overlooking an outdoor pool with multiple poolside chairs and green trees.

After weeks of high temps across the country, we can all use a cooldown—and a vacation rental with a private pool may just be the perfect remedy.

Pools surged in popularity in recent years, and people’s craving for a convenient dip hasn’t waned in 2022. When we looked into the most popular amenities from this year’s Vacation Rental Search Report, the “pool” amenity filter was #2, second only to searches for “oceanfront” homes.

If you’re on the hunt for your last splash to end the season, we’ve rounded up a selection of homes with amazing pools perfect for cooling off after a day of summer sun. From romantic infinity pools with city views to family-friendly pools just off the beach (or with a waterslide!), there’s a Vacasa pool for every vacation.

Palm Springs, California

1. PS Desert Luxury

There is something so quintessentially Palm Springs about a backyard pool—andit doesn’t get much better than this one. If you’re looking to dial up the cool factor of your desert pool hangs, this light-filled home offers the city’s only glass-enclosed pool. Plus, with a hot tub, outdoor seating, lawn games, a grill, and sun deck for drying off between dips, the backyard is perfectly set up for a classic pool party with friends and family. 

Temecula, California

2. Endless Vineyard Views

For a SoCal vacation experience where the pool takes center stage, look no further than this stylish home in the heart of Temecula Wine Country. The saltwater pool and hot tub, surrounded by two rock grottos, waterfalls, and cushy lounge areas, will have you feeling like you’re at your own private Tuscan resort. And when it’s time to eat, you won’t need to stray far from the pool: Simply fire up the barbecue for an alfresco lunch surrounded by rolling vineyards.

Scottsdale, Arizona

3. Desert Escape

What do you get when you pair a stunning infinity pool with panoramic mountain and valley views? The desert magic of this four-bedroom Scottsdale home. Gorgeous natural landscaping surrounds a pebbled infinity pool that reflects Northern Arizona’s big clear skies. Add to that an outdoor kitchen with a fireplace, a personal putting green just off the deep end, and plenty of seating for poolside lounging.

Los Angeles, California

4. Xenses Estate

There are vacation homes that come with pools, and then there are pools that come with vacation homes. This grand Los Angeles estate is anchored by an even grander island pool overlooking LA’s dazzling horizon. Get the full Hollywood treatment as you float between the dramatic disappearing-edge pool and its attached hot tub, which serve as a wrap-around moat for the seven-bedroom home—complete with its own island of palm trees.

Texas Hill Country, Texas

5. Valley View Hilltop

Retreat to this modern cabin for a dip in its pristine pool, which practically begs to be cannon-balled into on a hot summer day in the Lone Star state. The pool is bordered by a sun deck, dotted with lounge chairs for sunning (there’s also a hammock for shade), and looks out over the hill country landscape. After an afternoon dip, rinse off in the stylish outdoor shower and gather around the fire pit to indulge in a little Texas tranquility.

Dominical, Puntarenas

6. Casa Bellavia

Want to get lost in the jungles of Costa Rica without sacrificing your dreams of a tropical resort pool? This Balinese-style home feels like you’ve stepped into a 5-star hotel, with a jaw-dropping, zero-edge pool overlooking the ocean. When it comes time to dry off, the sunken outdoor lounge sofa and fire pit make a plush lookout point to marvel at the breathtaking views. And, as a mindful bonus, the eco-conscious retreat is completely solar-powered.

Solitude, Utah

7. Eagle Springs East 402

One word: waterslide. Condos at this adventurous alpine oasis offer unobstructed views of the Wasatch Mountains and endless entertainment for the little ones via the pool’s twisting water slide. Adults can enjoy supervising from the nearby hot tub and soak tired limbs after a day of hiking or biking the area’s endless trails. Though Solitude is best known as a popular ski destination, summertime clearly has its own set of perks.

Sugarloaf Key, Florida

8. Villa of the Setting Sun

Pool or beach? You won’t have to choose at this sun-drenched Florida Keys villa, where a private beach is only steps away from an equally inviting wrap-around pool. Whether launching a kayak, paddleboarding at high tide, or simply floating in the pool, guests can choose from multiple cooldown modes at this tranquil, yet lavish vacation home. The daily agenda here is simple: sun, swim, repeat. 

The Big Island, Hawaii

9. Bay View Farms Estate House

If you and your group want to hang poolside in a truly remote setting, look no further than this secluded slice of Hawaiian paradise surrounded by 18 acres of lush coffee plantations. The Big Island estate offers indoor/outdoor living at its finest and unobstructed views of Mokuakae Bay, right from the comforts of its blue-hued infinity pool and connecting hot tub.

Union Pier, Michigan

10. Barefoot Beach House

Though large enough to sleep 24 guests, this decked-out home on Lake Michigan promises the cozy touches of a rustic summertime lake home—stone fireplace and library room included. However, it’s the pool area where all the action will take place, thanks to a water slide, seven-foot-tall waterfall, hot tub, and extra-large rooftop patio. If you want a quick break from the pool (however unlikely), a private beachfront awaits.

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