Looking for the perfect poolside retreat? We’ve searched far and wide for 10 must-visit resort pools in California, Hawaii, and Mexico that you’ll want to dive into on your next holiday.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
The beautiful adults-only infinity pool at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina offers a quiet escape with poolside service and luxurious cabanas. Guests can relax on a lounge chair with an expertly mixed cocktail or slip into the cool waters of the pool with endless views of the Pacific Ocean. With the unobstructed views of the expansive leeward coast of Oahu, the adults only pool boasts the premier sunset photo location.
Indian Springs Calistoga
Four onsite thermal geysers supply the resort’s thermal mineral pools, the heart and soul of the resort. The two swimming pools at Indian Springs Calistoga offer far more than the typical resort swim. The swimming — or soaking — experience has drawn guests since the 19th century who have sought the restorative powers of thermal water. The more famous of the two pools is the Main Pool, an Olympic-sized mineral pool and one of the biggest pools in California. It’s kept unusually warm, from 82–102 degrees, depending on the season and is open until midnight, allowing guests to soak and float under the Napa Valley stars.
Mayakoba is home to four hotels (Andaz, Banyan Tree, Fairmont, and Rosewood) and each of the hotels have a selection of jaw-dropping pools. Pick from ocean-front pools with views of the turquoise waters to pools situated within the mangrove forests of the 620-acre destination. Want your own pool? No problem. A few of the accommodations within the destination also provide private pools for your enjoyment.
For tranquil ocean swimming, head to Hualālai Resort’s rectangular “ocean pool” carved out of the oceanfront lava rock and featuring a natural breakwater. Protected from the waves and home to sea life including honu (turtle), this is a great place for young kids, new swimmers and anyone who wants the feel of the ocean with the security of the pool.
Banyan Tree Cabo Marques
Situated on the dramatic cliffs of Mexico’s western coast with commanding views of Puerto Marques Bay, the Ocean Front Spa Villas at Banyan Tree Cabo Marques not only offer a heated pool overlooking the pristine landscape, but a personal outdoor massage area to indulge in a little self-pampering. The resort also features a dreamy infinity pool – the perfect spot to watch the best sunsets of Acapulco with a cocktail in-hand.
The Lodge at Kukui’ula
The Lodge at Kukui’ula is the newest luxury hospitality offering on the South Shore, offering a collection of furnished homes. The Lodge offers guests the personal service and privacy of a club with access to an array of exclusive amenities found only at The Club at Kukui’ula dining options, game room and sandy bottom Makai pools; 18,000 square foot Spa; Upcountry farm and lake; 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course Weiskopf and Islands Pursuits program for a unique access to Kauai adventures. Steps from the Clubhouse, an infinity-edge pool is equipped with loungers half submerged in the freshwater. Nearby, saltwater pools flow together connected by cascading waterfalls, including a slide. They meet at the sand-bottom pool lapping the shores of a manmade beach, an idyllic spot for sun bathing with a cold tropical drink in hand. Guests can choose to take a stand-up paddle board into the pools.
Wailea Beach Villas
Wailea Beach Villas is Maui’s most exclusive beachfront villa resort, offering ultra-lavish suites and villas with two lagoon style pools right off the beach. It is placed in a prestigious location on the famed Wailea Beach and along the Wailea Coastal Walk. Guests have access to luxury spas, Maui celebrity chef dining and championship golf along the coastline’s luxury resorts. Not to mention, there is private pedestrian access to the restaurants, boutiques and art galleries at The Shops at Wailea.
Park Hyatt Aviara
Embrace the warmth and sunshine of the Carlsbad, California coast in Park Hyatt Aviara’s 3,200-square-foot multi-level deck and pool complex. The family area features a swimming pool with underwater lighting and a water playground, while the iconic adults-only pool offers a calm setting against the Batiquitos Lagoon and Pacific Ocean. The resort is currently undergoing a $50 million renovation, including enhancements to the pool area with luxury cabanas at the adult pool and a redesigned interactive experience at the family pool featuring a water play area and waterslides for children of all ages.
Montage Los Cabos
A 39-acre resort set on the shores of Santa Maria Bay, Montage Los Cabos features 122 expansive guest rooms and suites, private Casas, Montage Residences, two restaurants, three distinct pool experiences, walk-in access to the finest swimming, diving, snorkeling in the region, a variety of off-site experiences and programming, and a 40-000 square foot Spa Montage Los Cabos – providing a one-of-a-kind spa experience steeped in the beauty and healing powers of its surroundings. Montage Los Cabos boasts not only the destination’s largest spa with a 40,000-square-foot Spa Montage Los Cabos but is home to a wide variety of transformative wellness, spiritual and mindfulness offers and treatments – a perfect escape for those looking to reconnect, rejuvenate and relax. Between treatments, take a dip in the resort’s several pools. Dreamy, right?
Nakoma Resort in the heart of the Lost Sierra, California, promises vast natural beauty within an alpine wonderland of 8,500 foot peaks and turquoise lakes. Their heated outdoor pool is located at their Altitude Recreation Center which has 12,000 square feet of fitness, entertainment and social amenities for all ages including a climbing wall, movie theater, and bar/bistro. Swim in this pool while taking in a breath of fresh air and admiring the great outdoors.