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10 of the best Slow Stays with pools to dive into this summer

If finding a park at the beach and getting sand everywhere isn’t your idea of a good time, perhaps a quiet stay with a private pool is the answer to your mid-summer dilemma. Take a dip into 10 of our loveliest Slow Stays with pools.

BLACKBIRD BYRON

Mullumbimby, NSW

Overlooking Mt. Chincogan, the Pacific Ocean and Cape Byron, this stunning magnesium salt and mineral pool provides you with a pure and natural way to relax. Bordered by Moroccan tiles and surrounded by massive day beds made from old railway sleepers, you can literally stay poolside all day with a pool house equipped with full kitchen facilities and a fridge to store your snacks and refreshments.

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SUMMER HOUSE RETREAT

Jan Juc, VIC

Summer House Retreat Jan Juc Victoria

Slowing down and relaxing is the name of the game at this fully renovated Victorian homestead on Victoria’s Surf Coast, which sleeps eight. If you should grow bored of dipping in and out of the solar-heated mineral pool, you can dial up the retreat factor and arrange in-house dining, yoga classes or a relaxing massage.

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HILLVIEW DAIRY

Tallebudgera, QLD

Hillview Dairy Pet friendly

This wine-barrel style plunge pool champions the ‘bigger is not better’ ethos that applies to most cleverly designed sustainable accomodation. With a spectacular backdrop of Mt Tallebudgera, Currumbin Creek and the landscape of the mountain range, it’s a perfect place to perch, cool off and take a moment for yourself.

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MAYAN LUXE VILLAS

Kin Kin, QLD

Mayan Luxe Villas Kin Kin pool

A humble concrete water tank has found a second life in this deep plunge pool, overlooking the bucolic folds of Mayan Farm in the Noosa hinterland. The vista back across the sustainable rammed earth villas is just as appealing, with a hammock slung between two old railway sleepers, a fire pit and pizza oven completing this outdoor slow living playground.

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INJIDUP SPA RETREAT

Yallingup, WA

Injidup Spa Retreat

Sorry kids, this one is for adults only. Presiding over a a secluded beach in the Margaret River wine region, Injidup Spa Retreat offers one-bedroom, honeymoon or two-bedroom villas, all fully equipped with a kitchenette, plunge pool, private patio and BBQ. You’re also on the doorstep of the renowned Cape to Cape track and the Instagrammable blues of Injidup Natural Spa.

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BLOODWOOD CABIN

Rawbelle, QLD

Bloodwood Cabin Queensland concrete pool

When you need to truly get away, this handcrafted off-grid cabin is the oasis you seek. You’ll find Bloodwood Cabin around three hours from Bundaberg, ready to help you unwind with an outdoor bath and this circular concrete plunge pool, sensitively placed upon a 20,000 acre organic cattle property.

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BELLINGEN FARM HOUSE

Bellingen, NSW

This sublime concrete tank pool is 50 percent magnesium and 50 percent salt offering a healthier alternative to swim in during the warmer months. Small enough to run economically yet large enough to hold the whole family, the tiled pool looks over the edge of a steep hillside, giving you a bird’s eye view of the native forest below.

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LITTLE RAILWAY COTTAGE

Palmwoods, QLD

Little Railway Cottage Palmwoods saltwater pool

Proving Queensland is not just about surf beaches and days on the reef, this kidney-shaped saltwater pool makes a handsome addition to its 1940s railway cottage home, 20 minutes from Mooloolaba. Beat the heat then relax afterwards on one of the two breezy decks with a good book and your tipple of choice for ultimate holiday vibes.

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SUNSHINE COAST FARM STAY

Glass House Mountains, QLD

Sunshine Coast Farm Stay pool

After getting to know the gorgeous rescue cows and goats on this  50-acre ginger plantation and family farm, relax in the covered cabana by the water tank pool with views of the majestic Mt Beerwah (the tallest of the Glass House Mountains). Add a cold drink, a grazing platter, and your favourite inflatable and you’ve got yourself the ideal slow summer afternoon.

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HEARTWOOD FARM

Federal, NSW

Heartwood Farm

Photography Marnie Hawson

Drink in those magical Byron Hinterland views as you soak in the circular plunge pool on this 100-acre cattle farm. Sitting pretty on the banks of the Wilson River, a stay at this sustainably renovated farm cottage comes with ample opportunity to cool down in summer, whether it’s dipping in and out of the pool, soaking in the clawfoot bath, or venturing to the river or beach.

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Like what you see? Find more slow and sustainable accommodation in our Slow Stays directory.

Katie Gannon

Life Unhurried co-founder, Katie Gannon, has long sung from a sustainable song sheet having created and run her own successful indie fashion label, Mother Maria, before transitioning to graphic and web design. She now puts her stamp on tourism content and sustainability campaigns for clients such as City of Sydney (when she's not walking her two dachshunds, Ruby and Rafa).