What’s summer without a dip in the pool? ‘Pools are the new Spas’ as hotels vie for guests enticing pool-side fun and services made for cooling off, relaxing, people watching, and oh yeah, swimming.
5. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio
This resort should really change its name to “Oasis of Fun” because that is exactly what you will find when you stay at the San Antonio hotel. This summer, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa becomes the first Texas hotel and one of only three in the US to have a FlowRider® wave machine that lets guests choose bodyboarding, kneeboarding or stand-up boarding. The resort also features a new, 22-foot-tall tower slide, a 950-foot Ramblin’ River, an activity pool equipped with water volleyball and basketball, an adults-only Texas-shaped pool, 2 hot tubs and a zero-entry kiddie wading pool.
4. Golden Nugget, Las Vegas
Card sharks aren’t the only sharks swimming around Las Vegas. At the Golden Nugget Hotel you’ll find a 200,000-gallon, shark-filled aquarium in the middle of an amazing swimming pool. You’ll feel like you are swimming with the sharks, and you can even slide down the Shark Chute, a three-story waterslide that shoots you straight through the tank.
3. Grand Wailea, Maui
As if Maui isn’t reason enough to visit the Grand Wailea, the pools may just be the lei on the hula dancer! This 40 acre resort features Wailea Canyon, a water park that connects 9 pools includes four jungle pools, four intertwining slides, a whitewater rapids slide, a Tarzan pool with rope swing, a sand beach, six waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis, an infant pool. And that’s not even the best part. Grand Wailea has the world’s first water elevator; it’s built into a volcano.
2. Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
If you are looking for a romantic getaway with an equally special pool then plan a visit to the luxurious Viceroy Sugar Beach in St. Lucia. The luxury cottages and villas feature private plunge pools. At the resorts main pool, you’ll be pampered poolside with water bottles and popsicles to fresh fruit to canapés to wine.
1. Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles
The “Pink Palace” aka The Beverly Hills Hotel should not be left only to be experienced in feature films. This legendary hotel and its famous pool have appeared in countless movies and TV shows. The pool features more than 20 cabanas; the pool plays underwater music; and the pool crew offer frozen towels, sunglass cleaning, full dining, and pretty much anything else you want taken care of.
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