Gardening Guide

Swim styles: Pools to keep you cool

Nothing says “summer indulgence” like diving into a beautiful turquoise swimming pool. Here in Ibiza we are fortunate to have plenty of expert companies that provide installation and maintenance for pools large and small. This guide will help you decide what type of pool will best suit your needs and budget before you take the plunge of adding one to your property.


A classic in-ground swimming pool is a significant investment that adds both fun and permanent value to your property. Before considering an in-ground pool look at your available space. If you dream of an enormous kidney-shaped pool but only have a tiny back garden this is not the right option! However, if you have ample space and can invest in the initial cost of excavation and construction a built-in pool will bring years of joy to your family and friends.

Above ground:

You don’t have to bake all summer just because you don’t have space for an in-ground pool. Above ground options are less expensive, simple to install, and come in a wide variety of sizes and styles to suit your home and property.

Lap pool:

If you are a fitness fan, or a parent with young children, a lap pool can be an excellent, cost-effective alternative to a full-sized in-ground pool. These are usually long and narrow, permitting enough space to swim laps. They are good for families because the smaller size makes it easier to monitor young children, and the narrow shape is convenient for swimming lessons and practice.

Infinity pool:

For the ultimate in aquatic luxury, choose an infinity pool. These architectural pools are often a main feature of exclusive villas on Ibiza. They come in a range of shapes and sizes but what they all have in common is an “invisible” wall so the pool seems to stretch to infinity, with no mundane boundaries.

Fresh water versus Saltwater

Once you’ve selected a pool style you need to consider how best to keep the water clean and safe. Chlorine is the main agent for pool hygiene but you have options as to how it is delivered. Fresh water pools rely on putting in chlorine and other chemicals, as needed, to keep everything in balance. Chlorine is added on a regular basis, meaning the levels fluctuate from high to low.

Saltwater pools, on the other hand, have a piece of equipment called a chlorine cell generator as part of their filtration system. It uses the chemical properties of saltwater to generate chlorine, meaning the cleaning agent stays at a steady level and distribution throughout the pool. This can be beneficial both for hygiene, and for avoiding high chlorine concentrations that can trigger eye or skin irritations. Saltwater pools are more expensive to install, though, and salt can corrode metal pool fittings and furniture.

Ultimately, there are lots of ways to stay cool in the pool in Ibiza. Once you know the type of pool you’re interested it is a good idea to ask neighbours and experts for advice!

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