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Luxury Living: Homes with swim-up bars

Whether you’re in Arizona, Quebec or the Cayman Islands, there’s nothing quite like relaxing in the pool with a long cool drink — here are 5 exclusive homes with the ultimate outdoor leisure accessory, all from Christie’s International Real Estate

This 1.75-acre harbourfront compound is situated on a private promontory in an exclusive gated enclave on Grand Cayman. Measuring an impressive 25,000 square feet, the property has been designed with a host of luxury features, ranging from the boat dock and beach area to the tropical gardens with koi pond, a lookout tower and sky bar, and a waterfront amphitheatre. It even boasts the largest residential swimming pool on the island, complete with a swim-up bar as well as a covered bar on the terrace.

Originally built in around 1906 for Canadian senator Arthur Boyer, this grand English-inspired waterfront manor overlooks the Lake of Two Mountains. The property, featuring 10 bedrooms and four new bathrooms, has been completely restored and renovated for refined 21st-century living. Outside, the grounds include a brand-new ice-skating rink and a pool with 30-foot slide, waterfall, and covered swim-up bar with submerged seating.

This private, gated estate in the beautiful desert enclave of Paradise Valley features an attractive Spanish Mission-style main house surrounded by lush gardens. The four-bedroom home has been finished with the finest details, and has a one-bedroom guest house with a separate entrance and courtyard attached. In addition to a wine cellar and game room, an alfresco entertaining area sits adjacent to an elegant pool with swim-up bar.

Casa Esperanza in Querencia, accessed through a gated, open-air courtyard, embodies the traditional craftsmanship of colonial Mexico. The expansive four-bedroom home features a home gym, three-car garage, fire pit, and an inviting swim-up pool bar. Within the private gates of Querencia, homeowners have access to one of Mexico top-rated golf courses, as well as a private beach.

This private, 1.75-acre compound overlooks the jungle canopy, mountains, and the Pacific Ocean from a prime hilltop position on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. The main four-bedroom villa and two thatched casitas have been built with sustainable materials and traditional thatched roofs. The lush grounds have an abundance of spaces for recreation, including a spectacular infinity pool with a swim-up tiki bar, and private access to the beach and surrounding nature reserve.