The Poolz Awards are Australia's premiere swimming pool awards, attracting more than a thousand entries across 20 categories. Every pool is also entered into the People's Choice categories to be voted on by the public.
After tallying up thousands of public votes and collating points from a panel of industry experts, Poolz has announced Australia’s best pools for 2023.
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Australia's Best Pool - Overall Winner
The aptly-named ‘Aqua Paradise’ got the most overall votes and has been declared Australia’s best pool in the inaugural Poolz Awards.
The luxury resort-style pool has been named Best Modern Pool, scoring top marks for its sleek design, modern grandeur and how it blends seamlessly into its architecturally designed Donvale home. The Melbourne masterpiece also took out Most Insta-Worthy Pool, in large part due to its picturesque wading area, an underwater glass window into the underground games room, and unique acrylic viewing panel which perfectly mirrors the garden steps and offers crystal-clear underwater viewing.
Byron Bonner from Aloha Pools said the custom concrete pool required a great deal of thought, planning and detailed drawings to achieve the desired result.
“Aside from being unapologetically large and jaw-droppingly beautiful, the sheer size of this pool is astounding. The pool is 20m by 4m plus a shallow wading pool and wraparound ‘pond’ which stretches the pool all the way around the side of the house to the front. It looks like a resort pool and functions like one too, with a commercial hydraulic and filtration system, and heating such a large body of water is a challenge in itself. The spill over “knife edge” isn't just for looks - it minimises the heat loss and water reduction of the pool. Aqua Paradise was a challenging build, particularly with the inclusion of an underwater window into the house and the fine detail required to make the side viewing panel line up perfectly, but there’s no doubt it was one of the most special and rewarding projects we’ve worked on,” Byron said.
The Best Pools by Category
A panel of industry experts judged the 20 main award categories on form, function and first impressions, with the following pools taking out each award:
After counting the thousands of votes in the remaining three People’s Choice categories, one of the biggest and most expensive pools entered in the competition, located at Coorparoo Brisbane, won Best Concrete Pool, a picturesque pool east of Perth took out Best Fibreglass Pool and an inner-city oasis in Brisbane took out Best Plunge Pool.
Founder and CEO of Poolz Tony Loxton said judging the awards was a tough job.
“Australia is home to some stunning pools - we are absolutely obsessed with backyard pools and go the extra mile on water features, spas, slides, benches and mind-boggling designs high above the ground, on steep slopes and in tight spaces. The Poolz Awards show off Australia’s biggest, boldest and most beautiful pools, as well as the downright whacky and absolutely exorbitant. The awards are a well-deserved pat on the back for the world-class talent in the local pool industry and provide a visual feast of pool ‘inspo’ as well as all the latest and greatest in pool and spa trends,” Tony said.
Poolz.com.au is a world-first online pool marketplace which simplifies the process of building and owning a swimming pool by connecting homeowners with all the tools and resources to make their dream pool a reality, while also offering a single hub for Australia’s most reputable pool industry professionals to offer their services and receive quality leads.
Tony, a seasoned expert in sales, marketing, and technology, has propelled iconic brands like Mercedes Benz and Chanel. His mission with Poolz is to simplify the process of designing, building and owning a swimming pool by offering a platform that paves the way for smoother interactions between homeowners and pool industry professionals.
Tony has been self-employed since the age of 17 and has always been passionate about delivering amazing customer experiences that fuel business growth and profitability. This passion was cultivated early in his career when only three years after starting the first riversurfing business on the Zambezi River in Africa, it was awarded the world’s best adventure activity!
Tony has since applied his extensive sales, marketing and technological expertise to help some of the world’s most recognisable brands including Mercedes Benz, Chanel, Porsche, Jeep, VW, BMW, Swarovski, Land Rover, Lend Lease, Pandora and Country Road.
“I’ve always been a great believer in delivering a win/win for all parties, so my aim for establishing Poolz is to help pool industry professionals grow their business by reducing the many obstacles impacting the overall customer experience for homeowners.”
Tony’s last two businesses, a digital agency and a software development company, were both highly innovative in their approach and singularly focused on gaining the deepest understanding of their client’s businesses and delivering world-class, profit generating solutions to help them grow and succeed.
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