Nothing conjures up the notion of relaxation and an ideal vacation more than a beautiful swimming pool, and some of the best also offer awesome extras, like slides, lazy rivers, and sharks. (You read that right.) Here are 10 of our hotel favorites with nearly perfect pools to take the plunge.
The Fairmont Princess, Scottsdale, Arizona
A 6000-square-foot pool plus two giant water slides creates the instant formula for fun! Kids and adults have to be 42 inches or taller to enter the Sonoran Splash pool at the Five Diamond resort. Not to worry, though, wee ones. There is also a zero entry pool deck, and for adults looking for a little more peace and quiet, there is a separate East Pool for swimming laps or lazily hanging out in an oversized hammock.
The Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Maui, Hawai`i
The Grand Wailea actually features two great pools. The 4,850-square-foot Hibiscus Pool is named for the giant Hibiscus flower inlaid on the bottom of the pool made from over 630,000 pieces of Mexican glass mosaic tile. The Wailea Canyon Activity Pool is a child’s dream come true – 2,000-foot-long, 25,700-total-square-foot, 770,000-gallon water center with nine pools across seven levels with waterslides, rapids, a rope swing, and a river that carries swimmers along whitewater rapids and gentle currents. Did we mention the world’s first water elevator is also here?
Grace Hotel, Santorini, Greece
There are stunning views just about everywhere in Santorini, but from the pool at the Grace Hotel, they are just breathtaking. The infinity-style waters overlooking the Caldera (a famous volcanic crater) create the sensation of being one with the sea below and the sky above.
Hotel Villa Mahal, Kalkan Bay, Turkey
The infinity pool here creates the optical illusion of being suspended over a cliff with incredible views of the olive tree orchards and the deep blue waters of the bay below. An added bonus is the Honesty Pool Bar, which is just a few steps away.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Sweimeh, Jordan
With nine Celestial Pools, set in the middle of a lagoon, waterfalls, and stunning views of the Dead Sea, guests at this five-star property feel like they have discovered their own personal oasis, especially with they swim up to the Akkad pool bar or float down the resort’s lazy river.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Say goodbye to the fourth wall because each of the 24 private infinity pools is designed to connect you with the amazing landscape of the Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea outdoors without leaving the luxury of your well-appointed room.
Conrad Rahgali Island, Maldives
The luxury resort has not one, but two infinity pools to relax and enjoy the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort is only accessible by sea plane, so you know that privacy is guaranteed. Nearby is the Over Water Spa with glass-floored treatment rooms that allow you to watch all that goes on in the coral reef below while you’re getting a relaxing massage. If that doesn’t sound like heaven, nothing ever will! (This resort also boasts an Underground Wine Cellar with more than 20,000 bottles of wine, The Cheese & Wine Bar with more than 101 cheeses, and the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the world’s first and only undersea, all-glass restaurant.)
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio, Texas
Awesome now and soon-to-be more awesome, this hotel’s water park currently features an adult pool with an infinity edge, a children’s pool with toddle-size slides, three water slides for children (and adults) of all ages, a 650-foot rapid river ride, and a 1,100-foot lazy river. Opening this spring, the resort will also boast two new body slides, one with a 60-foot drop; a grand entry to the River Bluff Water Experience (as this waterpak is known); a beach-entry gradual slope swimming pool; and even private cabanas. Plus, the high-end resort is just a short walk of TPC San Antonio golf course, and a 15-minute drive from the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch and Natural Bridge Caverns.
Golden Nugget Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
The year round heated pool at the Golden Nugget is often the most raved about pool in Vegas and has now been renamed “The Tank” after a $30 million overhaul. Now it has a three-story waterslide, an H2O lounge bar, a waterfall, and a shark tank! What else could you possibly want?
Hotel Udai Kothi, Udaipur, India
The Udai Kothi may also win as one of the most elegant and romantic hotels, too. The rooftop pool overlooks the city, fine dining restaurant, and ornately designed cabanas. After visiting the nearby Jagdish Temple or the circa-1559 City Palace complex, it’s the perfect spot to take a dip and beat the scorching afternoon.