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Make a Splash at These North American Hotel & Resort Pools

Written by Kimberley Lovato
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Does anything say summer is here more than a dip in the pool?

Whether you’re traveling for a bonafide holiday, on a business trip to a new city, or you just want to play hooky in your own backyard, sitting by a pool is a surefire way to conjure instant relaxation.

From a Texas-shaped pool in Houston to a jungle setting in Costa Rica to a kid-friendly resort in Tulum, here are some hotel pools guaranteed to splash you with all the summer feels.

 

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This Texas-shaped lazy river pool is big fun in downtown Houston (Photo courtesy of Marriott Marquis Houston)

 

Marriott Marquis Houston – Houston, Texas

Located in the heart of downtown Houston, the Marriott Marquis Houston has the perfect respite from a sweltering southern summer—the Altitude Rooftop & Pool—essentially a resort in the sky. Home to the famous Texas-shaped lazy river, the unique swimming hole snagged the #1 spot in Travel + Leisure’s Amazing U.S. Hotels with Lazy Rivers.

Unwind in style in a cabana positioned somewhere around the Texas perimeter, and enjoy frozen cocktails, DJ-spun summer tracks, themed pool parties on the weekends, and more Texas-sized fun.

 

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The pool at Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende is an oasis in one of Mexico’s prettiest cities (Photo courtesy of Fiesta Americana Travelty)

 

Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Near the historic Obraje Dam in one of Mexico’s most cherished locales, Live Aqua San Miguel de Allende has an unparalleled poolside experience, thanks to a stunning design that captures the historical richness and cultural charm of San Miguel de Allende, often listed as one of the best cities in the world.

From 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, the outdoor heated rooftop pool invites guests to enjoy views of the surrounding beauty of San Miguel de Allende and the Obraje Dam. Guests can also enjoy a menu of hand-crafted signature cocktails at the poolside bar.

 

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Wailea Beach Resort’s recently unveiled Olakino, an adults-only wellness sanctuary (photo courtesy of Wailea Beach Resort)

 

Wailea Beach Resort – Wailea, Maui

Hemmed between two of Maui’s most famous beaches, Wailea Beach Resort has four spectacular watery experiences, including the longest water slide in Maui.

The resort recently unveiled Olakino, an adults-only wellness sanctuary where guests can book a day pass. Bonus: tavellers not staying on the property can have full access to the oasis and daily programming through Resort Pass. Cabanas at Olakino include two dedicated sun loungers, a chilled bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne, a chef’s selection of pupus (bite-sized snacks), and an assortment of tropical fruit.

 

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The pool at W South Beach is steps from the sand and a world unto itself  (photo courtesy of Esmé Miami Beach Hotel)

 

W South Beach – Miami, Florida

The W brand’s most successful U.S. property and an oceanfront landmark, the W South Beach reopened in November 2020 following a USD $30 million renovation that zhouzhed up the guest suites, spa, and its two iconic swimming pool decks: WET and Mini WET.

Also enjoying a facelift are the poolside cabanas, equipped with TVs, fans, lounge chairs, mini-fridges, safes, and poolside service. Bring on the summer pool party!

 

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Rock House’s oceanfront pool is a quieter and more secluded alternative to other Turks and Caicos resorts (photo courtesy of the hotel)

 

Rock House, —Turks and Caicos

Carved directly into the cliffs on the north shore of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Rock House has jaw-dropping turquoise water and white sandy beach views from the 100-foot infinity pool, the largest on the island.

Barefoot your way to  Vita  Restaurant and Cave Bar for Caribbean cuisine alfresco and sultry craft cocktails, both within walking distance of the pool’s many private cabanas and sun loungers.

 

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Escape the urban jungle for a poolside jungle in Costa Rica ( Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton – Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Botanika Osa Peninsula on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast is a renowned destination for sportfishing and eco-adventures, offering guests the ultimate immersive rainforest experience set against a luxurious and serene backdrop.

Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton has a natural, lagoon-style pool with a lavish cabana area with a pool bar and alfresco dining for sampling classic and signature cocktails, wine, and light bites.

 

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Laidback luxury starts by the pool at Club Med Michés Playa Esmeralda in the Dominican Republic (Photo courtesy of Club Med)

 

Club Med Michés Playa Esmeralda – Dominican Republic

Located in the Dominican Republic’s El Seibo province in between lush palm groves, rugged mountains, and secluded beaches, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda is the first operating resort in the undiscovered region of Michés. This all-inclusive resort is part of Club Med’s growing Exclusive Collection portfolio offers a carefree interpretation of luxury.

Rest poolside in a cabana at the main freshwater pool in the heart of the resort where you can enjoy drinks and food at your sunlounger as part of the all-inclusive experience.

 

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An oasis in the city at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (photo courtesy of the hotel)

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles —Beverly Hills, California

Sit amidst the succulents, citrus trees, exotic flora, and fragrant herbs, and you’ll be hard-pressed to remember you’re in the middle of a city. That’s the allure of a poolside perch at  Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

The serene oasis is located on the hotel’s fourth floor with a saline pool, flanked by six luxurious cabanas for an idyllic day in the SoCal sun. During the summer season, guests lounging by the pool can enjoy an array of complimentary amenities every hour such s seasonal lemonades, fruit-infused water, bonbons, creamsicles, chocolate-covered fruit, tajin mango tostadas, Coola sun aftercare, refreshing face mists, sunglasses, chilled towels, and more.

For ultimate rest and relaxation, book a spa treatment to be enjoyed in the privacy of a poolside cabana.

 

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Anguilla’s dreamy setting and infinity pool is the Caribbean at its finest ( Photo by Arianna Lago)

Cap Jaluca, A Belmond Hotel— Anguilla

Every part of the luxurious Cap Jaluca, A Belmond Hotel is designed to cast a spell.

Whether soaking up the sun, diving into the turquoise waves, or simply making the most of your downtime with family and friends by the infinity pool that seems to fall straight in to the surrounding Caribbean Sea

 

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Take the family to Tulum and the eight pools of Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya (Photo by Victor Elias Photography)

 

Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya, Mexico

Kids of all ages will love the impressive range of amenities at the all-inclusive Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya, including 13 dining destinations, a fitness center with a yoga studio and spin room, and eight resort pools.

The resort’s newly revamped Family Suites are designed with kids in mind and are conveniently located near family-friendly splash park, pool, and Kids Club. The Family Zone caters to both children and teenagers with a variety of artistic and athletic activities, including an Aquatic Park. Meanwhile, parents can relax with access to an international bar and pool.

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So many choices, so much fun at Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Omni Rancho Las Palmas— Palm Springs, California

A resort with its own waterpark? I can hear the kids screaming now for a trip to Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Palm Springs. Surrounded by a 425-foot lazy river and featuring two 100-foot waterslides, Splashtopia  as it’s called will burn energy all day long, while the adults can grab a drink at the nearby Splash Grill

There is also an adults-only Azure Pool in a quiet section of the resort as well as the Conchilla Valley Pool., with comfy cabanas and a nearby gaming center with arcade games.

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Kimberley Lovato
Kimberley Lovato writes about food, lifestyle, hotels, and adventure from California, but loves to hit the road in search of a good story. Her bylines have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, AARP, Virtuoso: The Magazine, Robb Report, HemispheresShondaland, Ciao BambinoCN Traveler and many other print and online publications. A lifelong Francophile, Kimberley spent several months a year sipping champagne and exploring  "l’Hexagone from her pied-a-terre on the Cote d'Azur. She’s also the author of a culinary travel book about the Dordogne region of France, which received a Gold Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers.  When she’s not booking plane tickets or practicing French verb conjugation, she’s writing children’s books, sailing, hiking, cooking, and forever contemplating why it’s so hard to keep her basil plant alive. www.kimberleylovato.com Instagram: @KimberleyLovato

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