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.
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.
SUMMER HOUSE RETREAT
Jan Juc, VIC
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.
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.
MAYAN LUXE VILLAS
Kin Kin, QLD
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.
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.
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.
LITTLE RAILWAY COTTAGE
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.
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.
THE ROUND HILL RETREAT
Sunshine Coast Hinterland , QLD
Round is more than a name at Round Hill retreat – even the O-shaped plunge pool is living up to the title. Aside from its circular nature, the cool waters of the concrete tank pool beckon for a bit of vantage-point variety from which to take in the 360-degree Sunshine Coast rainforest visages. Follow it up with a spherical snack from the woodfired pizza oven before going full-circle and hopping back into the pool!
THE BARN AT NGUURRUU
Photography Lean Timms
Say “yas” to taking a dip in the pool at this former horse stable turned luxurious retreat. Tucked up on a working biodynamic farm on the banks of the mighty Yass River, the Barn at Nguurruu sits just 40 minutes outside Canberra, yet feels a world away. And its heated inground pool is a good reminder that simple pleasures are sometimes the best antidote to the frenetic rhythm of daily life. Whether its poolside stargazing or meditative morning laps, its crystal-clear waters wash away the day-to-day with ease.