The temperature is rising -- that means it's time to break out your bathing suit. Whether you're after picturesque views or ultimate seclusion, these hotel pools across the U.S. will inspire almost every type of traveler.
Surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, the St. Regis Deer Valley is a popular retreat for hikers and skiers. After an active day in the outdoors, the heated, split-level infinity pool, open year-round -- plus its adjacent hot tubs -- are transcendent. But the striking mountain views in the background are what really set this pool apart.
If scenic and secluded sound appealing to you, Bodega Bay Lodge’s pool overlooking a private two-mile beach is the perfect escape. You can spot whales off the coast during the day and take in colorful sunsets over the Pacific Ocean by night -- all from the comfort of your chaise lounge. Poolside fire pits up the romance factor, especially during the daily wine receptions.
The Four Seasons Orlando is the first five-star family resort in the Disney area. Conceived by landscape design experts EDSA, the pool area, Explorer Island, includes a family pool, a lazy river, and a splash zone. If your thirst for adventure rages on after your day at Disney, try the twin 242-foot waterslides, appropriated dubbed The Drop.
With Boston’s only outdoor rooftop pool, The Colonnade offers an oasis from the commuter rush below. Decompress after a busy workweek with a poolside yoga class (held twice a week throughout summer), or snag a private cabana and sip cocktails over panoramic views of the city.
Live life on the edge -- by swimming out to it. The cantilevered rooftop infinity pool at The Joule protrudes several feet from the rest of the building, hanging over Main Street in Downtown Dallas. Venture into the deep end, and -- if you’re brave enough -- press your nose up to the glass wall for a view that will make your stomach drop.
If your idea of a good time involves floating through the water on a giant, inflatable unicorn, then the pool party at Hilton West Palm Beach is for you. Choose a raft from the pool’s “floatation menu” by day and play glow-in-the-dark bocce ball by night. The half-acre lanai has a bar with custom bourbon blends and local craft beers, and a music curator keeps the party on point.
If you love nature, but also love luxury and convenience, the pool at Rancho Encantado lets you bask in the wild -- from the comfort of a cabana. The resort’s 57-acre property abuts the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, ensuring that you won’t see anything for miles, despite being just 10 minutes from downtown Santa Fe.
Since 1888, the Yampah spring has delivered 3.5 million gallons of water into Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge’s two pools (the smaller for soaking, the larger for swimming). The 90-degree water contains 15 different minerals that promise to restore and rehabilitate the body (Yampah literally means Big Medicine in Ute Native American). The lodge also has cabana rentals, a separate kiddie pool, and waterslides.
Check another one-of-a-kind experience off your bucket list by taking a dip overlooking the only natural sand beach at the country’s southernmost point. Flanked by palm trees, the pool at The Reach has all of the traditional hallmarks of a fabulous beach resort and plenty of unique claims to fame. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and local seafood poolside as you take in the iconic Key West views.
Why choose one oceanfront pool when you can choose four? The 102-acre Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes peninsula has a pool for everyone. You can’t get closer to the Pacific than Cielo Point pool (open seasonally), which boasts live music, craft cocktails, and private cabanas. The 5,000-square-foot Resort Pool -- complete with a 140-foot water slide and a splash pad -- is great for families, and the more private saltwater Vista Pool has sweeping ocean views and is centered on relaxation. Its Spa Pool has private cabanas and fire pits.