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How to make your backyard look like a vacation resort

Have you ever been to a beautiful resort while on vacation and found yourself not wanting to leave the premises because it is so captivating and relaxing? One of my favorite parts of going on a vacation is simply hanging out at the resort enjoying the outdoor aesthetics such as the beach and the pool. I live for that!


Wouldn't it be nice to have a similar resort-style setting in your own backyard? It will make you feel like you're on vacation every day. This was my exact thought when I started to prepare for my backyard makeover.

Today I am sharing key ways that transformed my boring backyard into a dreamy resort.


Read along to learn how you can recreate a simple resort-style makeover on a budget.

 A resort-style backyard begins with a good landscape design. I would recommend sketching out your backyard on paper and emphasize any special features you may have such as a walkway to a pool or patio.


Understanding your backyard layout will help you to build the backyard resort of your dreams. Here are three key resort essentials to include in your luxury landscape.

Boulders, Rocks, or Slate

Using natural elements such as boulders, slate or rocks is great for framing and leveling up a landscape. It also can be used as a focal point if you don't have a clear emphasis on a specific design feature.


Boulders, rocks, and slate all come in various sizes and colors, so adding a variety of these elements to your landscape can be very pleasing to the eye.

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting can serve as a functional feature as well as to create an ambiance in your landscape design. Adding pathway lights along a walkway can help lead the eye to a special focal point like a pool or pond. Placing a mini spotlight in your flower bed can add drama to a special feature such as a palm tree, waterfall, or birdbath.

3 Luxury Essentials to Include in Your Outdoor Landscape

Tropical Plants

The most obvious way to create a resort-style backyard is by adding tropical plants. Some tropical plants however may not survive in certain types of climate, so be sure to research the best tropical plants to buy for your area.


Also, you may want to consider getting a soil test done to see what kind of soil you have in your yard. These two factors will help you to keep your plants alive.

Another way you can include tropical plants into your landscape is by adding them in movable outdoor planters for a climate-controlled environment. Movable outdoor planters can help you to control the climate by bringing the plants indoors as needed.

Incorporate Resort-Style Furniture

Selecting resort style furniture such as lounge chairs, umbrellas, and side tables can instantly and effortlessly create a luxury outdoor area to escape to. Arranging these furniture pieces in a conversational layout is a simple way to recreate a cabana-style lounging area.


Pro Tip: look for furniture pieces that have patterns and colors in the fabric that are interesting and that reminds you of your favorite vacationing spot.

I chose these white adirondack chairs because it reminds me of the ones we have at our beach house in nags head. So, when my husband and I sit in them, we think about all the fun times we've had in Outer Banks which brings up the best conversations. 

White Adirondack chairs

Bring Indoor Accents to the Outdoors

Outdoor rugs, coffee tables, tableware, and pillows are all popular indoor accent pieces that can easily be incorporated into your backyard aesthetics. Places like Amazon, Wayfair, Target, and Walmart are great affordable places to purchase these luxury outdoor decor items. Again, include decor accents that have pops of color, texture, and patterns. This will help to create a cozy and relaxing outdoor area and make you feel like you are on vacation.

Shop my outdoor furniture

1. Lounge Chair

2. Outdoor Rug

3. Adirondack Chair

4. Pool Towels

5. Lanterns

6. Bistro Lights

7. Outdoor Table

8. Fire Pit Bowl

9. Hershey's 

10. Skewers 

Cabana Towels

To finish off the backyard resort look, add final touches like cabana style towels, food trays, and an outdoor bar cart for the days you'll be outside enjoying your outdoor makeover. Finding ways to pamper yourself outside is part of achieving the whole resort aesthetics. 


Creating a backyard patio resort is rather simple with a budget. Incorporating key essentials such as boulders, lighting, and tropical plants will instantly turn your boring backyard into a luxury resort-style setting.

Comment below your favorite backyard resort must-haves.

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