This Costa Rica B&B is only 30 miles from San Jose, but you will feel a world away as you drive through the valleys and up the winding mountain road. The B&B has a large pool and terrace with tropical plants, which overlooks four volcanoes, the village of Atenas, and San Jose from a stunning vantage point. Relax with a good book on a lounge chair next to the pool. Take a soothing night swim and see thousands of sparkling lights from the cities below. According to one guest, “This B&B is by far the most romantic and peaceful place I have ever stayed. I cannot wait to go back!”
Top 10 Cool Pools
With record-hot temperatures all over the United States, nothing sounds better than a dip in a pool. In this month’s award, we celebrate 10 B&Bs with unique pools. These winners are not ranked, but are listed alphabetically. Be sure to explore all of our award-winning inns!
Located in the heart of Tuscany, you will enjoy panoramic views from the entire property. Cool off in the 14-meter pool, which overlooks rolling green hills, vineyards, olive groves, sunflowers, and cypress trees. The stairway to the solar-heated pool is flanked in beautiful lavender plants. A review from a past guest on BedandBreakfast.com says, “The property is overflowing with flowers, is also immaculate and the pool was absolutely beautiful. It is very likely that this was the best B&B we ever stayed in and would highly recommend it!”
A Florida vacation isn’t complete without a swim. Ed Lugo Resort features a heated pool with a waterfall, plus a hot tub. To enhance your relaxation, music is played around the pool area and hot tub. At night, there is also a special light effect with fresh flowers. According to one guest, “Imagine a beautiful garden where love is showing in each detail; comfortable seating areas, sunbeds with fresh towels, a big hammock with romantically hung cloth, inviting walkways to the hot tub and hidden shower, and plants around a pool which is always kept warm, making you long for a swim also at night when the air is colder.”
At this California B&B, get a taste of Morocco without having to leave the U.S. The pool here is filled with mineral water pumped from the inn’s very own hot springs well, and next to it is a warming fire hearth. They also have an indoor/outdoor 103-degree Jacuzzi-style spa (pictured). Next to the pool is the El Morocco Hookah bar, where you can use the hookah and enjoy complimentary drinks, including their signature cocktail the Morocco-tini. According to one guest who traveled there with a friend, “We lounged in the shady pool (which was perfect body temperature), sipped Moroccan T and Morocco-tini's, wrapped ourselves in flowing sarongs, and lounged like we were Sultans of the desert.” Unlike many accommodations, the pools are open 24/7.
At this BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection inn, relaxation comes easy. It’s located in a peaceful setting with many desirable amenities. Unwind in the new outdoor swimming pool, which has a beach entry with a wading pool. It also features a large rock waterfall, which produces soothing sounds. If you prefer warmer water, hop in the brand new hot tub. Both are surrounded by gardens and woodlands. The inn also features many decks and balconies that allow you to overlook the wooded 24-acre grounds.
This B&B is located on 26 pastoral acres, and its unique pool overlooks the nearby mountain and valley. The swimming pool is half indoors and half outdoors. In the colder months, the outdoor part is closed, and you can swim in the indoor pool. Imagine skiing in one of the four local ski areas, then returning to the inn and warming up in the tropical indoor pool. In the warmer months, both sides are open and connected, so you can swim in both sides. When you’re done swimming, sunbathe in the lounge chairs. The pool is slightly salted instead of chlorinated, and it’s heated to be warm year-round.
Swim in one of the only indoor pools in Paris at this historic bed and breakfast. That’s not the only thing that makes it unique: The historic townhouse’s indoor pool is underground and built under a 14th-century vaulted ceiling made of stone. The pool is heated year-round. This B&B is in the heart of the Latin Quarter and very close to Notre Dame cathedral. Once you’re done exploring the bustling city, relax your feet with a soak in this private pool.
Feel like you’re swimming in tropical paradise rather than a swimming pool at this lovely Barbados B&B. The inn’s lagoon-style pool has a six-foot waterfall with a grotto, plus a spa with a waterfall. Colorful, tropical plants flank the pool. Cool off from the tropical sun in the day, or take a romantic swim at night under the stars. Located in an authentic island plantation, you will get a true taste of Barbados. One guest review stated, “We have been fortunate enough to travel all over the world, and I can tell you that Sweetfield Manor is in the top five B&Bs we have ever stayed in. Yes, the accommodations were great, the pool is so romantic, and breakfast was outstanding, but that is not what makes this B&B so memorable... it is the magical atmosphere that [the innkeepers] have created.”
While conveniently located in the middle of popular Duval Street, this Key West B&B manages to feel quiet and tucked away. This is part due to the fact that the inn and its grounds are surrounded with tropical plants and flowers. Walk through the jungle-like grounds and you’ll find a pool with a waterfall. In another area, you’ll find a secluded hot tub. Some of the guest rooms at this Diamond Collection property have their own private places to swim. The Gecko’s Garden room has its own spa-jetted dip pool on the private patio. Pineapple Hideaway has a private covered porch with its own hot tub.
This inn is located just above the Praia Dos Ossos, which is part of Buzios Bay. The infinity pool at this modern B&B offers gorgeous views of the clear blue water and the ships passing by. You can also soak in the shaded Jacuzzi. The pool deck also has lounge chairs with unobstructed views of the sea. If you feel like taking a dip in the sea, it’s a short walk to beaches.