July 18, 2018 / Property Spotlight

Swim Up to the Saloon

From Costa Rica to Canada, Luxury Defined explores six magnificent homes with stunning swim-up bars


Few things feel more resort-like and tropical than poolside drinks. Better yet are drinks that can be enjoyed without having to leave the pool. A popular feature at the world’s most exclusive resorts, the swim-up bar is also found in some of today’s luxury homes, especially—though not exclusively—in tropical areas. In this Luxury Defined collection, we spotlight six homes designed to enjoy in-pool cocktails. Consider a Costa Rican jungle hideaway with a swim-up tiki bar or a contemporary Catalonian villa with a covered pool bar and lounge. At these resort-inspired retreats, it’s always happy hour!

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Casa Esperanza
San Jose del Cabo, MexicoAt this luxury villa, residents can enjoy cocktails at the swim-up tiki bar after a round of golf at Mexico’s No. 1 rated course.Casa Esperanza is a spectacular villa overlooking the fairways Querencia Golf Club. Built as a true hacienda, the four-bedroom home embraces the timeless craftsmanship and charm of Colonial Mexico. This expansive four-bedroom home is accessed through a gated open-air courtyard. The amenities include a gourmet kitchen, fitness center, and a three-car garage. Outside is a terrace with a fire pit and fabulous freeform pool with a thatched swim-up tiki bar. Querencia is home to Mexico ́s No. 1 rated golf course. Homeowners will also enjoy access to the resort’s 40,000-square-foot clubhouse, miles of bike trails, and the private sandy beach.

California Resort Home
Niguel, CaliforniaThis Southern California home’s pool is an entertainer’s dream with underwater bar seats, a hot tub, waterslide, and beach entry.A private retreat in the prestigious guard gated Ocean Ranch at Bear Brand, this custom-designed home boasts approximately 4,400 square feet of living space with a host of stellar features inside and out. The interior highlights include five bedrooms, a designer kitchen, family room, and a master bedroom complete with romantic fireplace, soaking tub, walk-in closet, and viewing deck. The grounds are idyllic: The pool is its own aquatic playground with waterslide, hot tub, beach entry, and bar stools in the water, perfect to enjoy a drink in the pool. There are two outdoor terraces: one with a fireplace and another with patio seating and a built-in barbecue. Adding to the resort ambience is a premier location near world-class beaches, five-star hotels, and exclusive shops and restaurants.

1920s Riverfront Retreat
Fort Lauderdale, FloridaA swim-up bar, diving platforms, and grottos provide create a resort-style haven at this glamorous 1920s hideaway on Fort Lauderdale’s New River.This elegant villa with more than 300 feet of waterfront on the New River in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was designed for resort living. The stellar amenities include a 90-foot yacht dock and lush grounds with grottos, caves, and fishponds, canopied by towering oak and palm trees. The spectacular outdoor pool has built-in diving platforms, waterslides, and even a swim-up bar. Built in 1924, the elegant Mission-style main house abounds with such Old World details as arched doors, barrel ceilings, and plaster walls, and in-laid Cuban tile floors. The property also includes five bedrooms, a guest house, and balconies and terraces for alfresco entertaining.

Tropical Tableau
Puntarenas, Costa RicaThis Costa Rican property’s swim-up bar with thatched cabana provides dreamlike views of the adjacent jungle canopy and nearby ocean.The materials and construction of this tropical villa and its two nearby casitas integrate beautifully with the surrounding jungle. The use of local exotic hardwoods inside and out as well as bamboo in ceilings that reach up to 35 feet celebrate the home’s location. A custom-tiled infinity pool and swim-up bar with a thatch-shaded cabana serve up canopy views of the surrounding, protected reserve as well as views of the ocean beyond. Magnificent sunset views can also be enjoyed in the main living space, which opens onto the adjoining patio, and from the upper loft balcony.

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Lakeside Luxury
Hudson, Quebec Naturalistic landscaping combined with a breathtaking lake view give the pool-side bar of this Canadian estate a tropical feel.This historic 1906 manor on the Ottawa River with views of Lac des Deux Montagnes has been fully updated with modern comforts that include heated floors and gutters, automated lighting, an electrically controlled front gate, and a modern kitchen with a breakfast nook. The outdoor pool is also heated, allowing residents and their guests to enjoy the waterfall, 30-foot slide, and four-seat pool bar in the spring and fall as well as the summer. A full-length sun room with a heated floor and insulated window panels allows for year-round appreciation of the property’s extensive grounds and views.

Villa Azur
Sitges, Catalonia, SpainA covered pool bar and a lap pool with a glass observation area are among the stylish touches of this contemporary villa in the Spanish seaside town of Sitges.Villa Azur is an oasis of peace and tranquility overlooking the sea in the historic town of Sitges, just outside Barcelona. This spectacular private compound was designed to take advantage of the region’s 300 days of sunshine. The glass-enclosed interiors offer 6,500 square feet of chic indoor-outdoor living spaces. The amenities are akin to a five-star hotel: a spa and wellness center, discotheque, banquet hall, media and billiards rooms, and a sports deck for basketball, trampolining, and table tennis. The home also boasts several swimming pools. Among them is a lap pool with a glass observation deck inside the home and a resort pool with a covered swim-up bar. Numerous areas to relax or entertain guests, including a Japanese-inspired rock garden add to the allure of the outstanding property.

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