No matter how much we might want to be on a constant vacation, our hectic routines tend to take over and we often find ourselves exhausted and stressed out at the end of a long day. While taking off once in a while for a relaxing resort break, sounds great it may not always be a feasible option. Not only is it an expensive proposition, but it also involves quite a bit of time and planning. So why not have your very own permanent resort in the backyard? For lucky villa owners in the UAE, transforming your backyards into the ultimate relaxing escapade is a great way to unwind without any long trips or tedious planning. Using our DIY tips, you can transform your backyard into an exciting personal escape. So read on to find out how to create a resort in your backyard with these easy-to-follow hacks!
Best Ideas for Creating a Resort-Style Backyard:
There are a dozen different ways you can remodel your backyard but if you are facing a creativity-block, we have prepared the best and the easiest options for you to make your home into a resort. Most of these backyard resort ideas are pocket-friendly and easy to execute.
Add A Hammock
Nothing screams vacation vibes better than a hammock! Our first tip for turning your backyard into a resort is to add this comfortable spot for lounging. If you don’t have trees in your backyard, worry not, two sturdy poles would do the trick as well. Hammocks are available in different varieties; there are ones which work best with trees while for treeless backyards it might be a good idea to invest in a hammock which comes attached to a wooden stand.
Redecorate Your Porch
If you have a porch, it’s a great place to start with your project to make your own home resort in the backyard. You can use styles from different themes such as tropical, summer, exotic or even traditional. Start by adding bamboo chairs and tables under a beautiful light canopy. Try customising the outdoor dining area with different ornaments like knitted mats, potted plants, LED lights decorated on the canopy, outdoor torches and more. Another way to give your luxury backyard resort an amazing look is to add a beautiful modern wooden porch swing if you have enough space.
Relax with Water Fountains
One of the best ways for making your backyard feel like a resort is to add a water feature such as a fountain or a waterfall. This would give your backyard an instant resort-style look along with a cosy and peaceful ambience. You can either get creative with a homemade water fountain or invest in a readymade installation that appeals to your style sensibilities. You can start off simple and add beautiful urns which match your chosen resort theme. If you want something more extravagant, a water wall would be a stunning addition to your backyard resort ideas. If you are looking at more water fountain ideas for your backyard resort, these are some of the popular options you could look into.
- Stone Pond and Fountain
- Artesian Fountain
- Slate Fountain
- Pondless Waterfall
- Venetian Wall fountain
Let Those Lights Set the Mood
Having a backyard resort is mostly about setting the mood and if you are renovating the backyard, lighting is an important part of creating the right atmosphere. You can start off by adding different types of ambient lighting that lend a subtle glow to your surroundings. Stay away from harsh, bright lights and invest in softer mood lighting. We would recommend using fairy lights especially at the entrance; dangle these on your porch or across the trees for a soothing resort-style ambience. If you are feeling adventurous you could explore other unique light fixtures or pool globes to lend your backyard resort a unique look. For more lighting inspiration, be sure to check out our tips on lighting techniques to give your home an instant uplift.
Get an Outdoor Fire Pit
What’s a resort vacation without cosy fireside conversations under the starry sky, with the wafting aromas of meat barbecuing away? That’s why you need a modern outdoor fire pit to complete your backyard resort look. After a lazy afternoon relaxing in the hammock, you can gather around the warm fire and roast delicious marshmallows or watch as the meat sizzles in the barbecue. You can go with a retro-style circular stone-walled pit which will give you a more campfire-like feeling or you can have elegantly designed fire pits installed near the pool. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully to avoid any kind of hazard while building your own backyard fire pit.
Remodel Your Poolside Deck
What is the best way to make you feel like you are at a resort? A pool! However, simply having a pool may not be enough to invoke a luxurious resort-style ambience. Remodel the pool area and turn it into a relaxing deck to make it as close to an upscale resort as possible. You can build a wooden deck and add chairs along with sun loungers. The chairs will best suit a rectangular pool while you can also elevate the style by adding other pieces of furniture like a table, a beanbag or a small water feature. To glam things up and bring in a party vibe to your backyard resort, try our useful tips for a pool party in Dubai and enjoy a gala time with friends and family!
Add a Gazebo
A gazebo is perfect for hot summer days, providing shade from the scorching sun while also giving you the chance to take in some fresh air. You can either opt for small wooden tables and chairs or go all out and set up a gazebo in your DIY backyard resort, complete with a swing bed. You can decorate the surroundings with dim lights and an assortment of quirky cushions and handmade rugs. If you want a perfect backyard oasis theme, then setting your gazebo next to the pool would be a good idea.
Build Your Own Personal Backyard Retreat
A vacation in your backyard doesn’t necessarily need to be about just dozing off or spending time with other people. Your backyard retreat can be a great place to reconnect with yourself and indulge in your favourite hobbies such as working out, gardening or reading. If you enjoy reading, add a reading nook to your backyard resort ideas. Make sure there’s plenty of light though, so as to not strain your eyes. If you love working out, add a few stationary exercise bars, pull up bars or balance beams. If you are blessed with green fingers can even try growing your own vegetable garden in the backyard.
These touches will go a long way in creating the right ambience for you to relax and unwind in. The best part about turning your home into a resort is that you can customise it and bring in features that soothe you and elevate your sesnses.
Consider Adding an Outdoor Shower
An outdoor shower can effectively contribute to the backyard oasis vibe especially if your yard already has a pool. While it can be considered as a lavish accessory to elevate the beauty of your backyard resort, it is also very functional. Cooling off with a shower before jumping into the pool is recommended and after a swim, getting the chlorine out before lounging on the sun decks is also a good idea. You don’t need tons of space for an outdoor shower, proper drainage and a clean corner would do.
Finish-Off with Foliage
You can now give the finishing touches to your resort-style backyard with colourful foliage adding vibrancy to the entire place. When you are considering garden ideas, choose plants which can weather the high temperatures and don’t require a lot of professional maintenance. If you are looking at the best plants for the desert weather, check out our useful gardening tips for UAE homes.
So, this was MyBayut’s pick for the best remodelling options to create a resort in your backyard. Are you looking for more inspiration to turn your home into a paradise? Stay tuned to the My Home section of the best property blog in Dubai for more such insights, tips and DIY hacks.