Five of the most enviable backyard swimming pools


El Campo, Texas:  A small town about 150 kilometres south-west of Houston, Texas, has the auspicious honour of being the world’s largest residential pool, according to the builders, Kuykendall Custom Pools Inc. Featuring a 6-and-a-half metre water slide, two hot tubs, sunken bar, outdoor kitchen, six waterfalls and lazy river, which runs for over 150 metres, this oasis set the owners, and long-time local residents, back a cool $US3 million ($3.91 million) to construct. Holding an astonishing 600,000 gallons of water (the typical backyard pool holds 16-20,000 gallons) this aquatic masterpiece also presents as a kids’ paradise, with rock climbing wall, two additional slides and a rope swing hanging from a gunite tree which cost tens of thousands alone. To complete the look, over US$250,000 worth of Floridian palm trees were flown in to offset this perfect paradise.

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Sunshine Beach Australia:  Taking its inspiration from the Greek Islands, the pool is suspended six metres above the ground and features two superb custom made day beds, which have the look of simply floating on top of the world, and is fitted with LED lights which change to any colour of the rainbow at the flick of a switch, making it the perfect place to party. The cost of the build is estimated to be approximately $250,000-$300,000.

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