Asia inspiration: all natural pools

So since moving to Asia we’ve been lucky enough to have spent more time in the company of cool natural watering holes – I’m talking gorgeous outdoor swimming pools in Indonesia and Vietnam, and the onsen hot springs that cover the entirety of Japan (see here for more info on these puppies).  There is nothing in the world more relaxing than a night time dip under the stars.  Fact.

So this is the pool that started my recent interest in them:

interior design natural pool4Yum.  You can see why, right?!  Stone, wooden decking, pebbles and concrete (done well, you understand) are my picks for gorgeous authentic poolside settings.

I’m talking more of this…

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…and much, much less of this…

interior design natural pool3In fact, none of that whatsoever.  Yuck.

Anyhoo so I’ve rounded up a few of my fave inspo piccies swanning around on t’internet right now.  A pool at home is clearly not an option for most of us (myself included) but it never hurts to have a little oogle I opine.

These first two are INCREDIBLE:

interior design natural pool1Looks a smidge chilly, but y’know I’m not going to turn my nose up at it:

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Bali – yes please:

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Morocco – yes please:

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And this one looks a lot like the countryside at my parent’s place – it’s possible even in Blighty…

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  1. trishie says:

    I do love a natural waterhole to swim in…but it’s often only in Asia that it’s hot enough for comfortable swimming throughout the year though!

  2. Sam says:

    My heart fluttered at the sight of all these inviting pools, so beautiful! I agree, less artificial and more natural, unless its a Disney water park or similar. Sadly where I live its too cool year round to have a swimming pool, unless its heated and indoors.Thanks for your great comment on my last post! Your comments are always the best! Happy Friday!

  3. Oh I couldn’t agree more – those big concrete monsters are awful. These beautiful natural pools are stunning! Alas, I think England is probably too cold year round to get any enjoyment in terms of actual dips but I would be more than happy to just hang out around one on a summer’s evening. Bliss… xxx

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