100 Garden Water Ideas from Around the World – Water Features, Fountains, Waterfalls, Ponds, Pools and Streams – Pictures
Garden water ideas come in different forms such as water fountains, falls, streams, curtains, pools and ponds. All you have to do is decide what type of water feature you like among the five. But before we define, distinguish and illustrate each of these water features, we have to discuss the purpose and history of water features. Why do we build water features in our yards and gardens?
First and foremost, water features are aesthetic landscaping features that we add on our property to improve and beautify the yard, make it good looking and pleasing to the eye. While garden features such as water fountains which are part of extensive landscaping will increase the value of your home in affluent/high class locations, the same cannot be said about water features in middle class and low-income areas, but of course you might be able to squeeze at most $2700 out of your water feature addition, which is an insignificant amount that barely increases the value of your home in terms of real estate valuation.
History of Water Features
According to archaeological discoveries, water features such as fountains were used between 2000 and 3000 B.C. by the early Sumerian civilization in the Mesopotamian cities of Tello and Mari. While the fountain discovered in Tello was a basic basin carved out of stone and dating back to 3000 B.C. , the fountain discovered in Mari (dating back to 2000 B.C.) is the oldest known true water fountain sculptured into a female figure holding a base in her hands, with water spouting from the basin. The stone fountain sculpture was an aesthetic piece which also had religious significance, symbolizing a Sumerian goddess and was probably functional as well, serving as a water source for drinking.
Water features existed in many other ancient civilizations such as the Egyptian, Chinese, Indus Valley and Middle Eastern cultures, including the Aztec-Maya Inca civilizations. Early fountains were used for supplying water for domestic uses (e.g. drinking and bathing), built on the output ends of water channels and functioning as valve-less taps, spouting out water at high or low pressure. Ancient cultures made use of gradient (slope) to channel water from a higher point to a lower point by the action of gravity. Water from natural springs and reservoirs was channelled to manmade fountains in cities and human settlements. If the water source was at a lower altitude than the city as in the case of the Nile River in ancient Egypt, water was lifted from the source using a shaduf and dumped into manmade canals or ditches.
Between 3000 BC and 1450 BC, the Minoan civilization in Crete, Greece flourished alongside other civilizations of that era in the Bronze Age. They dug and built square shaped water fountains with a pebble-stone base on top of natural artesian springs. Water would sip up through the base, filling the square well/cistern made of limestone block walls. Steps led down to the well and water would be collected using vessels. These type of fountain also known as a Tykte or Minoan fountains were discovered in the ruins of the Knossos Palace and Zakro Palace in Caravanserai. The Zakro Palace fountain was built between 1700 and 1500 BC.
Although fountains were built for functional purposes (i.e. water supply) in the Bronze Age and Ancient Era, they also had religious significance in most cases, and a bit of decoration. However, as the ancient era came to an end, succeeding civilizations such as the Hellenistic Greeks and Romans integrated more decorative design in their water features to symbolize power and victories. By 1901, fountains were beginning to lose their functional purpose with the invention of indoor taps and cold water plumbing making use of iron tubing. Once domestic cold water plumbing was installed on a large scale in towns and cities, fountains ceased being sources of water and they were made purely for decorative purposes.
Types of Water Features
Water Fountain – This is a water feature that mimics a natural spring, with water coming out from a horizontal surface, spout or opening at high or low pressure. High pressure fountains will generate higher jets and wider sprays of water, as well as energetic splashes and cascades. Low pressure fountains will result in shorter plumes of water, little to no sprays as well as gentle cascades and bubbling. A natural spring or fountain is powered by an artesian aquifer whereby underground water is confined between impermeable rocks at a high pressure.
Waterfalls – This is a water feature that mimics a natural waterfall. Think of one of the seven wonders of the world – the Victorial Falls in Zimbabwe, or just nearby in the United States, the Niagara Falls. A waterfall is the result of a river or large mass of water moving and falling over a rocky gorge or cliff.
Stream – This is a water feature that mimics a natural stream or river. To make a stream, you have to keep the water flowing from one direction to the other. It cannot be called a stream if the water is stagnant.
Water Curtain – The concept might look similar to a waterfall but there is a big difference. A water curtain is more of an attempt to mimic the rainfall effect. In a garden water curtain, the water is pumped through an overhead horizontal pipe or aqueduct which has perforated drain holes underneath. Running water will drain through the holes creating an amazing “rainfall” curtain that adds a decorative effect inside your garden.
Pond – This is a popular water feature in many home gardens. All you have to decide is what kind of pond you want. There are Koi ponds, reflective ponds, plant ponds and so on. A pond is a small body of stagnant water that is used for decorative purposes in many gardens. A natural pond found in the wild has aquatic plants, creatures , organisms and a bed/floor called the benthic zone made up of sediment (sand, rock, coral and mud). A home garden pond should imitate this structure and composition. Often, the bed is made up of a butyl liner between the top and bottom layers of sand. Heavy soil is placed on top of the sand bed and covered with gravel to prevent hydraulic soil erosion. Plants are grown. Pebbles are placed on the shelf and slope, creating a natural habitat that for pond fish and other organisms.
Pool – A pool is not a pond if you thought so. While a pond is designed to support an aquatic habitat (water plants and creatures), a pool is both a leisure and decorative facility built for swimming, wading, cooling off and other summer activities, but some pools are built only for decorative purposes and you are not allowed to enter the pool, for example reflecting pools are shallow and situated in public spaces solely for aesthetic purposes. Aesthetic garden pools are usually enhanced with water fountains and falls.
Rainforest – It’s quite challenging to build a rainforest in your garden as you need to gather a variety of tropical plants and grow them in a suitable climate that you might not have in your location or region. A tropical rainforest has ferns, moss, lianas, undergrowth, climbing plants, grass, wild flowers and canopy trees, but it’s all up to you what you can include – for example you might add palm trees and bamboos if you like. The goal is to achieve the looks. Water features mentioned above will be a great addition to the flora in your rainforest garden.
100 Garden Water Ideas from Around the World – Water Features, Fountains and Falls Ideas for your Yard – Pictures
The following is a collection of garden water ideas from different places around the world. Let’s hope you will discover some new ideas and find inspiration for your new garden project.
Water Fountains [Beautiful Water Fountain Ideas]
Nirwana Water Garden, Binaria Street, Singaraja, Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia
This is a spectacular lagoon pool with sparkling azure blue waters, and a circular bubble fountain perched on the side. The star water bubble effect is of particular interest and unique. The pool is surrounded by slate stone paving and the top edges are lined with golden stained porcelain tiles. Nirwana Water Garden is a one-star resort situated on Lovina Beach in Bali, Indonesia. The rustic style thatched bungalows on stilts made of timber frame are quite affordable, nestled in a thick lush tropical garden of palm trees, shrubs and flowering vines, with a crystal clear blue lagoon pool inside.
Juada Garden, Legian Street No 501, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
A rectangular L-shaped backyard pool looking beautiful with strappy plants and coloured tropical shrubs on the sidelines. A stone Bhuddha statue drapped with an orange garland looms over the garden pool, creating a picturesque scene for quiet and peaceful recluse. The Juada Garden in Seminyak, Bali is a 1-star guesthouse villa close to the Legian Beach, with well furnished modern rooms. Visitors can have 2 to 3 bedroom villas all to themselves in the privacy of the walled resort.
The Venezia Tower Pool Garden, The Venetian Resort, 3355-S Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
A 2-tier stone Venetian fountain in the pool. The water feature is styled after the European renaissance fountain, but many sculptures in this resort have a European touch. The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, USA is a 5-star hotel located in the “Sin Strip” of luxury gambling, casinos and night clubs.
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An open courtyard with a long fountain pool. The elegant and regal pool has a circular end containing a single-tier circular fountain. Along the length of the narrow pool is a line of water jets. The rest of the courtyard space behind the sidewalks and between the buildings is a maze of well manicured hedges. Hotel Shima Spain Mura in Sakazaki, Shima, Japan is a 3-star hotel with four stories located in a neat landscaped space with manicured lawns and lined with tall palm trees.
The circular end of the fountain pool at Hotel Shima Spain Mura flanked by two Roman columns.
Highgate Bed and Breakfast & Garden, 167 Bird Road, Pirongia, Te Awamutu, Waikato, New Zealand
A rustic fairy garden pond bordered by a black stained stone ridge. Inside is a small medieval style fountain statue, duck sculptures and some aquatic plants – reeds and water lilies among others.
The fairy pond is small, dug and set within a lawn landscape at Highgate Bed & Breakfast in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.
Water Fountain in Te Awamutu Resort New Zealand
A stylish modernistic fountain with a circular pond built of rustic bricks laid on edge in stack bond and top lined with thin pavers. This water feature is a type of “windmill fountain” with a row of hydraulic nozzles sending a spray/stream of water at high pressure to hit and turn the windmill blades. The sidewalk is paved with surfacing material, most probably cast-on-site concrete slab. The fountain is set in a manicured green lawn garden with shrubs and trees.
B&B Biancagiulia, Via Principe Amedeo 149, Termini Central Station, Lazio, Rome, Italy
A Mexican/Spanish style 2-tier circular water fountain with planter. This big Spanish planter fountain has its curves and terracotta colour matching well with the house, and contrasted with the green environment. The B&B Biancagiulia in Lazio, Rome is a Bed & Breakfast accommodation situated right in the centre of the city, only 1000 metres away from the historical Colosseum and 2200 metres away from the grand Pantheon.
Another beautiful Spanish planter fountain at the B&B Biancagiulia in Lazio, Rome. This one is a 3-tier water fountain with lush green thickets on each level. The ringed fountain base has the inner ring as the pool and outer ring as a lawn bed, all bounded by a concrete edge.
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Yet another Spanish 3-tier fountain planter with circular base, inner pool and outer ring covered with lawn and ground cover plants. The base edges are cast-on-site concrete kerbs. This planter fountain is found at the B&B ll Giardino Di Daniella in San Teodoro, Sardinia, Italy.
Sonderborg Raadhus, Raadhustorvet 10, Soenderborg, Denmark
A circular base fountain with 5 low-pressure jets around a human statue in the courtyard of the Sonderborg Raadhus landmark in Denmark.
DD Garden Home, 229 Moo 13 Tumbol Buntum Aumphor Muang, Phayao, Thailand
A narrow lagoon fountain pool with cast-on-site concrete walls around the corner of a restaurant at DD Garden Home in Phayao, Thailand. The lagoon fountain pool is surrounded by a thick ground cover of green and velvet red coleus plants. Transparent hollow tube ball posts are spaced along the lagoon pool and a water jet can be seen.
A closer view of the decorative ball posts inside the lagoon fountain pool at DD Garden Home in Phayao, Thailand. DD Garden Home is a 2.5 star bed and breakfast facility in the quiet outskirts of the city far from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Guests will enjoy the green lawn landscape dotted with trees, shrubs and beautiful waterfalls.
Waterfalls [Beautiful Waterfall Ideas]
DD Garden Home, 229 Moo 13 Tumbol Buntum Aumphor Muang, Phayao, Thailand
A garden waterfall with a stream spilling over a rocky outcrop with roughly four levels, and plunging into a pond below. The fall looks beautiful with green water plants scattered over the scene.
The rock garden waterfall seen from another angle, a marvellous picturesque landscape.
Kathu Waterfall in Kathu, Phuket, Thailand
The Kathu Waterfall in Phuket, Thailand forms a beautiful veil with water cascading over a series of rock beds and splashing into the air to form a mist.
Water drops from the rocky outcrop at the top, falling over linear steps. The stream pours into the first pool, then empties again over the steps, filling the bottom pool.
Bad Mergentheim Town in Main-Tauber-Kreis, Germany
A small rock waterfall and pool with cascading stream hidden in the lush green forest, in the town of Bad Mergentheim in Main-Tauber, Germany.
Luang Prabang in Laos
The Luang Prabang waterfall in Luang Prabang, Laos is a beautiful sight to behold. Hidden in the lush green tropical jungle, white water cascades down the rocky outcrops, plunging into the azure blue pool, and spraying a mist that forms a rainbow against the sun’s rays.
The Crystal Garden Villas, Luang Prabang, Louangphabang, Laos
A waterfall from a rocky hillside descends into the alluring pool with turquoise waters, surrounded by thickets of green forest trees and bushes. The Crystal Garden Villas are located in Laos.
Tawangmangu, Mountain Resort Mt Lawu Grojogan Sewu Indonesia
A narrow but high waterfall cascading over a steep hillside in the green forest mountain resort of Tawangmangu in Grojogan Sewu, Indonesia.
Plaiy Fon Valley, Muak, Khao Yai, Thailand
A wide cascading stream, pouring into a wide pool with green water, nestled in a thick lush green forest at Plaiy Fon Valley in Thailand.
Pousada Grande Rio, R Homero Nunes Macedo, 824 Sagrada Familia, Pirapora, Brazil
A manmade garden rock waterfall with water cascading from a rocky outcrop and pouring into the bottom pool with turquoise water. The Pousada Grande Rio in Pirapora, Brazil is a 3-star bed and breakfast lodge overlooking the Sao Fransisco River situated in an idyllic tropical garden with lush green lawn and palm trees. The accommodation is a rustic line-up of 19 flat-roofed bungalows, log walkways, balconies and thatched pergolas.
Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang Waterfalls in Laos
A magnificent view of the cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls hidden in the green forest in Laos. A veil of shiny turquoise waters flows smoothly over the steps, cascading into a pool.
Ramboda Falls Hotel, 76 Nuwara Eliya Road, Ramboda, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
A calming picturesque scene of the Ramboda waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Ramboda Falls Hotel is nestled in the green forest jungle, between mountains, and right next to the hotel is the beautiful waterfalls cascading over rocks into the gorge below. The hilly landscape in Ramboda is covered with green lawn and shrubs, with fresh mountain air blowing, it’s perfect place for quiet and peaceful recluse.
Vanvisa at the Falls, Khouangsy, Luang Prabang, Kouangxi Water Fall, Laos
If a timber-framed rustic bungalow with wooden floors and walls is all you need to watch the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls from your balcony or outdoor dining table, then Vanvisa at the Falls is a good place to stay at low cost. The 2-star resort is right next to the Falls, roaring and cascading into the bottom end of the stream with a turquoise water pool. The Vanvisa Resort and Restaurant is hidden inside the thick green tropical forest of Laos.
Opal Hotel and Suites, Atlamonte Springs, Florida, USA
A manmade garden rock waterfall with water brimming to the top and pouring into the torquiose pool below. Opal Hotel and Suites are in the outskirts of Orlando, offering all types of rooms from standard to executive. In the courtyard of the low-rise multi-storey apartments is a large swimming pool with crystal clear turquoise water.
Hotel New Otani Tokyo Garden Tower, Kioicho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan
Spectacular view of the New Otani Tokyo Garden waterfalls. This beautiful imperial garden is at least 400 years old, featuring a high waterfall plunging into the pool below. The garden is lush green with a manicured lawn and moss landscape dotted by exotic trees and neatly pruned shrubs.
Nearby is a multi-storey hotel tower with about 800 rooms and 40 storeys, offering 4-star hotel suites, restaurants and outdoor pools. The New Otani Garden Tower is not far from the Imperial Palace which is just 10 minutes away by car. Another popular landmark which is within your reach at New Otani is the The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden which is just a little bit over 2000 metres away.
The New Otani Garden is a huge piece of Japanese green landscaping art, replete with stepping stones, pools, manicured shrubs, bridge, rock waterfalls and trees.
The top view of the New Otani Garden pool, where the plunging waterfall originates, surrounded by green landscaping. This exotic paradise is a picturesque scene for a quiet and peaceful recluse far from the crowded Tokyo city centre.
The lush green jungle surrounding the waterfalls can be seen from above, providing a refreshing environment to relax in.
A breathtaking view of the New Otani Garden and its stunning waterfalls. Next to the waterfalls is the hotel tower, planted in a green semi-forest environment far from the city centre, and right in the middle of serenity.
Leke Leke Waterfall, Waterfall Village Bamboo House, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
A waterfall in the rainforest jungle. The Waterfall Village is a 3-star vacation lodge consisting of a two-storey thatched bamboo bungalow with a bedroom, bathroom and terrace from which you can get a beautiful view of the jungle landscape while sipping a drink. There is a similar themed bamboo restaurant nearby to get some food and refreshments. You will love the peace and tranquillity in this green tropical paradise which is hidden away between thick mountain forests and far from the crowded urban zones of Bali.
Waterfall Villas in Baru, Costa Rica
A stepped rock waterfall in the rainforest jungle of Baru in Costa Rica. Water cascades over the dark shiny algae covered rocks. The Waterfall Villas are 3-star hipped roof bungalows nestled in the Baru rainforest, hidden by thickets of exotic bushes, trees, vines and palms. The wooden bungalows are close by the beach, national park and Nauyaca Waterfalls is just 5 minutes away by car.
Family Garden Inn & Suites in Laredo, Texas
A manmade stepped waterfall cascading on rocks at the Family Garden Inn motel in Laredo, Texas.
Cama Rajputana Club Resort, Arbuda Devi, Mount Abu, India
A cascading stream over a rocky slope, including rock plants and ground cover at Cama Rajputana Club Resort in India. The Cama rajputana is a 4-star hotel situated in a green tropical garden setting with indigenous trees, manicured lawn, shrubs and hedges.This 125 year old resort has British styled colonial architecture. A luxury residence for British officers during the colonial days, it was also used to cater for the British royalty.
Amaroossa Bandung Hotel, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
A beautiful rock gorge waterfall with water splashing into an azure blue pool in the gardens of Amaroossa Bandung Hotel. Vines, climbers and strappy plants add the green touch to the grey rock gorge and blue waters, creating an ideal picture.The Amaroossa Bandung Hotel is a 4-star hotel in the city centre of Bandung in Indonesia.
Heyuan Hotel, 196 Linhe West Cross Rd, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
A great waterfall in the city centre of Guangzhou, surrounded by skyscrapers. You can enjoy the sound and cool spray of the waterfalls while walking on the clean pavements lined with manicured shrubs and palm trees.
Sarangani Highlands Hotel, Purok Wal, Tambler, General Santos, Philippines.
An ornamental garden pool with a small waterfall, surrounded by stone walls, a crown of rocks, dead wood, shrubs and rock plants. The Sarangani Highlands Hotel is a 3-star facility within the city limits in the suburb of Tambler and closer to local attractions.
Wang Nam Khiao, Thailand
A garden waterfall cascading over rocky steps, looking beautiful with green planters placed at suitable positions.
Seongju ,Gyeongbuk, South Korea
A rock waterfall garden with large bonsai trees grown over the precipice.
Wang Nam Khiao Baan Suan Pleanplean, 188 M.4 Tambon, Wang Nam Khieo, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
A rustic stone pool with a stepped waterfall fountain, built from huge roughly sculptured boulders. Set in a green garden, the Wang Nam Khiao is a 3-star hotel about 5 kilometres from Pleanplean, with standard and deluxe villas, as well as an open air restaurant.
Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico
A rock waterfall in the forest jungle of Uruapan in Mexico, with water plunging into the gorge below. A bridge and open air restaurant was built over the waterfall, creating a scenic environment for outdoor dining.
Eco-Garden Resort & Heritage Cheruthuruthy, Painkulam, Wadakanchery, India
A thin waterfall descending over a rock precipice into a pool at the Eco-Garden Resort Cheruthuruthy in India. This garden masterpiece features a dark rocky outcrop background facing the pool lined with rustic timber walls, rock vines and plants, manicured lawn with a path leading to the bridge. An ornamental water mill has been installed by the pool, adding a fantastic touch to the garden scene.
Kathu Waterfall, Kathu District, Phuket, Thailand
The Kathu Waterfall in Phuket, Thailand is a cascading stream making its way through the thick green jungle, hidden by tall exotic trees and canopies. This end of the stream shows water cascading from a rocky outcrop and running into the bottom pools.
Pink Palace Studio in Central London
A stunning waterfall over rocks, surrounded by trees and bushes at the Pink Palace Studio in London. A precast-concrete bridge makes its way over the pool. The Pink Palace Studio is an apartment located in the upper class area of London, surrounded by affluent suburbs of Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith and Belgravia, it’s close to Buckingham Palace, Natural History Museum and Royal Albert Hall.
Kamienczyk Waterfall, Wodospad, Szklarska Poreba, Poland
The Kamienczyk Waterfall in Wodospad, Poland is a high waterfall which plunges into the crystal clear pool at the bottom, which transparently shows the rock bed.
Streams [Beautiful Garden Water Stream Ideas]
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
A stream of water running through a steep gorge with washed-out pristine rocks. Thick green leafy cover is growing naturally on the precipice and banks of the stream.
Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, Honchu, Japan
A grey water stream passing through a clean rocky gorge dotted with green shrubs on the banks in the town of Ichinoseki in Japan.
Mount Dandenong Ranges, Australia
A rainforest jungle stream with white water running past smooth rocks covered with green algae, at the Mount Dandenong Ranges in Australia.
Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia
Stream with clear waters and smooth boulders covered with green algae and surrounded by a thick lush green forest, in the town of Kulim in Malaysia.
Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Pristine smooth rocks in a white water stream hidden in the lush green forest with tall trees, vines and thick undergrowth, at Kuala Pilah in Malaysia.
Raub, Pahang, Malaysia
A white-water cascading stream over a rocky bed, deep in the green forest jungle of Raub in Malaysia. The rock bed in the stream path is washed out and clean, whereas the boulders on the sides are covered in green moss, algae and rock cover plants.
Tulungagung Regency, East Java, Indonesia
A stream running through a wide rocky gorge, with an eroded bank on the right side, and plant covered bank on the left.
Lake Luzerne , Warren County, New York, USA
A stream making a detour between brown rock banks, surrounded by golden green bushes with an auburn tinge.
Honduras, Central America
A stream hidden in the tropical jungle forest, cascading and splashing white waters on a rock bed with moss covered boulders.
Black Forest, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Lovely scenery of a cascading stream parting the thick green fields in Black Forest, Baden-Wurttenberg, Germany.
Bukit Tinggi French Village, Pahang, Malaysia
A beautiful oriental garden koi pond fed by a cascading stream. The rock steps leading to the pond as well as the stepping stones in the pond, including large boulders in water, and the green scenery comprising strappy plants, thick grass, trees and trimmed bushes makes for a perfect outing to relax in peace and tranquillity. The Bukit Tinggi French Village in Malaysia is located in a tropical rainforest area.
Kediri, Java, Indonesia
A muddy stream of water flowing through a wide gorge covered with lemongrass, in the town of Kediri in Indonesia.
Karak, Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia
White water currents making their way through a rocky and stony river bed, with bush covered banks.
The Black Forest Mountain Range, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Green moss covered rocks and boulders in the path of a stream, deep in the Black Forest mountain region of Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany. The dense forest is thickly covered with tall pine trees which block the sun’s rays from reaching the ground, so the ground is damp, a breeding ground for water-dependent plants such as moss.
Soca River Valley, Triglav National Park, Bovec, Slovenia
A white earth gorge valley with turquoise waters. The Soca River Valley in Bovec, Slovenia is a geographical attraction in the Triglav National Park , known for its beautiful 138km-long emerald river passing through seven towns, white rock canyons, waterfalls and lakes, all set in a hilly and mountainous region of lush alpine forests.
Cheonan Asan Chowon House Pension, Jonggok-Gil 96 Beon-Gil, Songa-Myeon, Cheonan, South Korea
A full river bed by the road with lush green vegetation on the banks, in Songa-Myeon, South Korea.
Kauai Backcountry Adventures, Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, Hawaii, USA
Believe it or not, this picturesque scene is a manmade stream which passes for a river gorge, at the Kauai Backcountry Adventures in Lihue, Hawaii, USA. The Kauai Backcountry is situated in a mountainous forested region with beautiful valleys and lush green vegetation. There are manmade water tubes and canals for sporting adventures such as rafting and floating.
Leila House Cottage, Gamsakhurdias 15, Ganarjiis, Mukhuri, Georgia, Europe
A cave pool with crystal clear turquoise waters at Leila House Cottage in Ganarjiis, Georgia.
Pleasant Streams Farm Camping, Lower, Sticker, United Kingdom
A nostalgic countryside stream with a rustic wooden bridge, and river bank shrubs. The Pleasant Streams camping site is located in Cornwall, St Austell, England. Campers can pitch tents or stay in caravans by the lakeside in the middle of the bush farm with animals and vast fields.
Heale Gardens at Heale House in Middle Woodford, Salisbury, UK
A garden stream with reeds, grass and bushes on the banks. Heale Gardens, UK.
A red bridge entangled with bushy vines passing over a wide stream in the green garden landscape at Heale House in Woodford, Salisbury, United Kingdom.
Beautiful garden stream. Banks are supported by corrugated steel sheet piles. The botanical garden at Heale House is lush green with shrubs, trees, vines and lawn.
Jackson’s Retreat Alpine Holiday Park, State Highway 73, Greymouth, New Zealand
A jungle stream with stone bed and crystal clear waters. Nestled in an Alpine forest valley by the mountainside, Jackson’s Retreat in Greymouth, New Zealand offers a wonderful camping experience deep in the exotic rainforest with birds, waterfalls and streams. Visitors can set up their tents on elevated ground offering panoramic views of the forests, river and mountains.
Mambukal Resort in Mountain Resort, Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines
A stream cascading over rock bed in a path filled with boulders and stones, in the middle of the green forest in Mambukal Mountain Resort in the Philippines.
The rocky stream in the green mountain forests of Mambukal Resort. The resort is the brainchild of Kokichi Paul Ishiwata, a Japanese architect. Built in 1927, the resort has changed from being a garden picnic spot by the river to a 5-star resort with an open air restaurant.
Skopje, North Macedonia
A stream cascading over rocks and boulders, under a wooden bridge in the jungle forest of Skopje in Macedonia.
Saujana Janda Baik, Lot 6989, Kampung Janda Baik, Janda Baik, Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia
A stream with stone banks flowing through the green village resort of Saujana Janda Baik in Malaysia.
Camp Korita Lodging, Soca 38, Soca 5232, Slovenia
The popular Soca river with emerald waters making its way through a white rock gorge in the alpine forests between mountains and hills.
Spring in Ravnjak, Black Poda, Mojkovac, Montenegro, Europe
The Ravnjak Spring at Hotel Ravnjak in Mojkovac. Ravnjak is a thick forest jungle with some of the oldest black pine trees in the world (>400 years old). The virgin forest is a terrain of mountains, canyons, and cliffs. Rivers and natural springs gush out white water which flows through the forest on rocky ground hidden in the lush green vegetation.
A natural spring at Ravnjak Hotel gushing out white water into the dense forest.
Mora, Dalarna County, Sweden
A white water stream in the middle of a primeval pine forest, passing through green moss covered rocks. Mora is a countryside region with a 15,000 hectare pine tree forest, rivers and lakes.
Ponds [Beautiful Pond Ideas]
Suanpeung Little Creek Home, Suan Phueng, Ratchaburi, Thailand
A longitudinal pond with still water in the lawn garden next to the patio. Little Creek Home is a 4-star villa in Suan Phueng ,Thailand. The villa is situated in a valley, surrounded by a tropical garden with palm trees, shrubs, streams and manicured lawn.
Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Fog rising from a pond-like pool enclosed by boulders, in the backyard of a bungalow in Odawara, Japan.
Kinki Region, Senan, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
A beautiful Japanese lagoon pond enclosed by manicured flowery shrubs. Vertical stone banks were built to form the shape of the pond, and thick shrubs were planted on the edges. Obviously, the shrubs have to be trimmed from time to time to maintain the neat lagoon shape. All in all, this pond is a masterpiece.
Next to the lagoon pond, the amazing large expanses of trimmed green shrub landscape can be seen in this beautiful Japanese garden at Senan in Osaka.
One of the ponds inside the Japanese garden, with dark waters and lemongrass growing in the pond.
Hotel Rich Garden, 860-10 Tenjincho, Izumo, Shimane, Japan
A huge koi pond inside a Japanese garden with transparent waters showing swimming fish. The koi pond was carved within a rock bed. The continuous layers of rock outcrops can be seen, as well as an arched bridge made of sculptured rock. Inside the garden are exotic trees, bushes and shrubs.
Den Japanske Have – Struer, Park Alle 91, Struer, Denmark
A dark pond inside a Japanese themed garden with manicured shrubs, trees and rock outcrop landscape, at Den Japanske Have, Streur in Denmark.
Dogo Park Ehime Parks – Japan 1 Dogokoen Matsuyama Ehime
This longitudinal pond is situated in Dogo Park, a green garden park with grassed landscape, exotic trees, flower beds and shrubs. Dogo Park is the site of the ancient Yuzuki Castle dating back to 1300.
Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, 3 Chome, Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo, Japan
A large Japanese Koi pond next to the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, almost the size of a lake, built inside a tree garden with trimmed shrubs, green lawn, rocks and oriental Japanese lamps. Koi fish can be seen swimming.
Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, 155 Arena St, Oshawa, Canada
A rustic stone bed pond with a central fountain, surrounded by rocks and greenery inside the Oshawa Botanical Gardens in Canada.
Hotel Kalang Ulu, Jalan Mimpin Tua No.999, Berastagi, North Sumatera, Indonesia
A dark grey pond with floating plants and reeds, interspersed with stepping rocks in the garden at Hotel Kalang Ulu in Indonesia. The garden is teeming with palms, ferns, indigenous trees, shrubs and ground cover plants.
Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort, Ban Mae Salong Nok, Mae Chan, Chiang Rai, Thailand
A Koi pond nestled inside a thick surround of shrubs and wild plants, in the forest mountain resort of Phu Chaisai in Thailand. Phu Chaisai is a 4 –star resort located in a dense forest jungle forest with terraced bungalows built on the mountain slopes to provide an uninterrupted view of the landscape.
Large koi fish can be seen swimming in this tropical garden pond nestled in the thick forest. Everything is a croquet of greenery and plants – shrubs, herbs, climbing vines, trees and pergolas thatched with cover plants.
Pools [Beautiful Pool Ideas]
Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort, Ban Mae Salong Nok, Mae Chan, Chiang Rai, Thailand
A reflective swimming pool perched on the mountain side, deep in the forest jungle of Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort. This modernist swimming pool is for cooling off and relaxing under the summer heat. It was built at an elevated height on a mountain slope to provide a panoramic view of the landscape.
The reflective nature of the pool can be seen in this photo whereby the sky and umbrella are mirrored on the surface of the pool. The elevated height above the forest bushes makes for a picturesque and spacious outdoor scene.
Another reflecting pool at Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort in Thailand. Nestled inside the thick forest, the pool is surrounded by green foliage and tree branches, in a quiet and secluded spot for resting and relaxation.
Juada Garden, Legian Street No 501, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
A rectangular reflecting swimming pool with turquoise waters built in the backyard of the Juada Garden lodge in Bali, Indonesia. The walls are made of bricks and the top is a flat stone coping.
The rectangular pool looks fantastic with tropical broad leaved plants and palms on the side planter.
Jogja Village, 5 Menukan Street, Karangkajen, Mergangsan, kota Gede, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
An azure blue swimming pool in the middle of the Jogja Village resort in Indonesia. The polygonal pool is surrounded by stone slate paving, trees and beach lounge chairs.
Camp Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
A lagoon swimming pool with two sections and water jet fountains. The azure blue pool has circular curves. The yard is paved with stone slabs and enclosed by a forest. Sunbathing chairs are lined up on the other end of the pool.
Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, IHG Hotel in Patong, 52 Thawewong Road, Pa Tong, Thailand
An elegant luxury pool with a touch of aristocratic architecture inside the Holiday Inn Resort in Patong, Phuket. Palm trees have been planted inside the pool with azure blue waters. This swimming pool is the Busakorn wing at the resort.
The large clear blue pool can be seen with peninsula structures such as the control room, flower beds and palm trees.
The Busakorn crystal clear azure blue pool can be seen in its splendour during the daylight hours, complete with peninsula structures – the shrub beds and palm trees inside the waters.
An HD photo of the luxury pool (Busakorn wing) in the courtyard of the Holiday Inn Resort in Phuket, Patong, complete with sunbathing lounge chairs and umbrellas.
A circular pool with crystal clear water and blue tiles, sparkling in the sunlight. This is the kids’ swimming pool at Holiday Inn Resort, IHG Hotel in Phuket.
The lagoon pool at Holiday Inn Resort looks fantastic with its crystal clear blue waters sparkling under the sun. It is surrounded by 4-star apartments and palm trees.
The lagoon pool can seen from above, with tall palm trees looming over its 5-circle plan. This is the main wing swimming pool at the Holiday-Inn in Phuket.
An architectural-styled patio pond with a modernist design, complete with living water plants (water lilies) and shrubs in the side planters. On the left is the Calathea and on the adjacent wall is a row of small leaf shrubs.
A triangular-shaped water lily pond inside the courtyard of the Holiday Inn Resort, Phuket. The courtyard is shaded by tall palm trees.
The plan view of the Busakorn wing swimming pool, located in the centre of the Holiday Inn resort in Phuket. Palm trees and shrub beds can be seen in the middle of the azure blue waters.
Green Chaka Paradise Villa, Jalan Petitenget 41, Bali, Indonesia
A curved pond with turquoise waters in the backyard of a villa. Green Chaka Paradise Villa in Bali is a 3-star villa with private pools.
Ryokan Kannawaen, 345 Kannawa, Beppu, Oita Prefecture, Japan
A small octagon pool in the backyard garden of a 4-star guesthouse at the Ryokan Kannawaen in Japan. The mini-pool has a stone block edging, the paving is a concrete floor with pebble stones, cast on site during construction. The pool area is surrounded by rocks, shrub/flower bed and green hedge.
A closer view of the octagon pool and its rock surround just outside the wooden deck patio. The pebbled concrete paving detail is vivid.
Another patio pool in the backyard of a guesthouse at the 4-star Ryokan Kannawaen in Beppu, Japan. This rustic azure blue pool has an irregular shape, with rocks and shrubs in the private garden.
On closer view, the private pool is crystal clear during the day, transparently showing the slate floor.
Sartini Inn Jogja, 63 Jalan KH Muhdi, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
An azure blue lagoon pool with a beautiful blue and white theme in the open courtyard of the Sartini Inn hotel in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The courtyard is spanking clean and paved with premium white greyish porcelain tiles. It’s a cool outdoor for sipping a cocktail drink under the patio umbrella.
Ubud Hidden Villa, Peliatan, Kecamatan Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
An aesthetic lagoon pool with a statue water fountain jet and bridge at Ubud Hidden Villa in Bali, Indonesia.
The decorative lagoon pool has two circular ends divided by a bridge. The human statue that emits a water jet into the pool can been seen with its back to the camera.
Another similar lagoon pool with two circular ends divided by a bridge can be seen above. This cooling off wading pool has a bigger circular section and smaller section. An oval lawn/shrub bed has been built in the centre of the big circular section. There are steps leading into and out of the crystal clear waters on both ends of the pool. This lagoon pool is located in the courtyard garden, surrounded by green lawn and thatched bungalows.
Omachi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
A backyard pool with clear water, slate floor, huge white rocks and shrub bed on the edges.
Hotel Diana Jogja (Rengganis) Mantrijeron, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
A wading pool with blue and white check board floor in the garden courtyard of Hotel Diana Jogja in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The curved rectangular pool is in a lawn courtyard surrounded by a 3-star apartment block with a balcony corridor offering an uninterrupted view of the garden. The balconies are straddled with green climbing vines to create a beautiful green cascade over the rails.
A close view of the checkerboard swimming pool at Hotel Diana Jogja. The pool edges are made of hollow precast-concrete blocks sandwiched by cast-on-site concrete walls. The pool area is paved with stone slates and manicured lawn. Climbing vines over balconies can be seen on the upper floors.
The crystal clear pool showing the checkerboard floor. Earthen planter pots with shrubs and herbs are placed all over the courtyard garden. Strappy leaf planters have been installed over the apartment doors of the upper floor.
The view of the garden pool from another angle shows a range of exotic plants grown in planter boxes and pots – pawpaw trees, ferns, small leaf flowering shrubs and strappy leaf shrubs on the balconies.
G.G. House (Happy Valley Guest House), Kampung Cibogo ll No. 423, Gadong, Cipayung, Megamendung, Bogor, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
A beautiful lagoon pool with azure blue waters nestled between a lush forest garden. This wading pool has pebble concrete edges also known as smooth exposed aggregate concrete. The surrounding area is filled with pebble stones, and rustic wooden rails leading to the pool have been built.
An azure blue pool inside the lush tropical garden at Happy Valley Guest House in Indonesia. Green thickets of exotic shrubs, vines and trees huddle the pool.
Beauty Garden Resort, No. 125 Huanshan Road, Wulai District, Taipei, Taiwan
A blue wading pool and wooden deck built on an elevated spot in the mountain forests to allow for a beautiful panoramic view of the landscape. This modernist pool is situated at the Beauty Garden Resort in Taipei, Taiwan.
The White Villas, Jalan Sandat 38, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
A modernistic pool with emerald waters in the thick forest jungle resort of The White Villas in Bali, Indonesia. The pool has a wide block edging, surrounded by a wooden deck and manicured lawn. A square block walkway can be seen, as well as concrete steps up the green slope.
The other side of the emerald pool inside the thick garden forest of The White Villas.
Terrace Day Lily 2 Bedroom Villa, Tropical Garden Pool, Bangsak Beach, Khao Lak, Thailand
A modern reflecting pool with emerald waters in the patio of the Terrace Day Lily 3-star villa on Bangsak Beach in Khao Lak, Thailand.
Baan Yamu Residences Garden Pool (2-Bedroom Villa), Cape Yamu, 171 Moo 7, Paklok, Thalang, Phuket, Philippines
A modern wading pool with azure blue waters and edges tiled with small blue porcelain tiles , inside the beautiful manicured garden of Baan Yamu Residences in Phuket, Philippines.
This private blue garden pool at Baan Yamu Residences also functions as a reflecting pool, with its clear blue waters shining under the mid-day sun. Small square blue tiles were used to cover the pool perimeter, and they were also laid on the pool floor.
The main pool at Baan Yamu Residences is extremely big, located in the main courtyard between a row of adjacent two-storey villas, lined with tall palm trees, graced with neat manicured hedges along the pathways and covered with lawn, shrubs and herbs.
The main pool at Baan Yamu Residences shines with turquoise waters. Its wide and breathtaking expanse can be seen in this picture. The modernistic wading pool is surrounded by a cast-on-site concrete pavement lined with shrub planters and palm trees.
On closer view, the turquoise water illusion disappears, being replaced by colourless/crystal clear transparent waters which show the pool floor in detail. Small blue and white tiles were laid in a straight stack bond inside pool. The squeaky clean and neat courtyard containing the pool can be seen in its elegance with majestic palm trees lining up the sidewalks to paint a perfect picture of a modern paradise.
The view from above shows the overall size of the Baan Yamu Residence pool, sparkling with turquoise waters under the bright sun. The turquoise pool is the major attraction at his private villa, which is a mixture of modern concrete architecture and tropical green landscaping. Baan Yamu Villas are located in a hilly forested island, right in the middle of tranquillity. There are 96 accommodation units comprising villas, penthouses and duplex houses. All villas are equipped with private pools. There is a spa, restaurant and pavilion.
The crystal clear pool in the Baan Yamu Residence courtyard transparently showing white/blue square tiles laid in straight stack bond.
A closer look at the courtyard pool area, paved with premium terrazzo tiles and black tinted granolithic pavement with sand washed finish.
Lawn sidewalk and concrete walkway next to the Baan Yamu Residence wading pool.
A guest wading in the Baan Yamu Residence courtyard pool. The courtyard exudes an aura of calm and serenity under the dim clouds and sunlight.
Next to the courtyard pool is a beautiful manicured lawn field with narrow pools on both sides. Earthen landscaping pots are installed at suitable intervals along the narrow pool side stripping.
A closer view of the manicured lawn field and side pools at Baan Yamu Residences. The neat lawn is bounded by a flat concrete edge perimeter, which separates the narrow pool and the lawn. Next to the narrow pool is a cast-on-site concrete walkway. Precast concrete bridge panels to obtain access to the lawn are installed at suitable intervals along the pool strip. The gap between the walkway slab and planters was filled with stones. Tall palm trees grace the sidewalks next to the villas. Strappy plants are contained within concrete planters. The scene looks like a piece of architectural green paradise. Perfect!
The Baan Yamu Residence courtyard captured from a perfect angle, showing the clean architectural lines of the concrete landscaping, well trimmed lawn and hedges. The villa front patios are lined with tall palm trees. Brown rusting landscaping pots are lined up at suitable spacing along the narrow side pool. This looks like an ideal mixed-use community project to live in – a quiet and relaxing environment with huge open spaces.