If the noun has an corresponding adjective in French, chances are that it will suit your needs best. Un lieu paradisiaque is a heaven-like place.
Otherwise, I belive “qui ressemble à [un bassin]” is the most lightweight general approach.
In the specific context you gave, I’d go for “aux allures de bassin”.
Some suffixes in English are derived from its Germanic base.
-like is one of those suffixes (German: -lich, Dutch: -lijk)
Words of this nature do not translate easily into French.
French co-incidentally possess no such affix that performs a similar process as -like does in English. Therefore utterances containing such constructions in English must be altered in French much like how you already translated … with basin-like characteristics.
- with childlike characteristics → avec des caractéristiques enfantines
- with soldier-like poise → avec un maintien soldatesque
- with ball-like shape → avec la forme d’une balle
If the word has an appropriate adjective form, then use that. Otherwise use example 3 to formulate the translation.
Additionally, using a construction “avec le [qualified characteristic]” only feels right to me as an adverbial prepositional phrase.