10 Amazing Hotel Pools in the US
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Spending a day lounging by the pool is one of summer’s most beloved traditions — and a great tradeoff for having to contend with some sweltering heat. We recently took you on a trip around the world, from the Amalfi Coast to Edinburgh, to share a dozen of our favorite hotel pools. But there are plenty of amazing swimming pools right here in the US, like these 10 that’ll give you great views and experiences as you swim, no passport required.
1. Keswick Hall & Golf Club in Keswick, Virginia
Less than 10 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Keswick Hall offers guests a taste of old-world traditions and state-of-the-art amenities. Golf, tennis, archery, croquet, hiking, bocce and birdwatching are just some of the the very cultured activities guests can partake in across the 600-acre property. Afterward, they can cool off in one of the property’s three swimming pools — the most impressive one being the adults-only infinity pool that’s heated year-round and features stunning views of the surrounding mountains. From $349 per night.
2. The Joule Hotel in Dallas, Texas
Acrophobes may want to stay clear of the cantilevered rooftop pool at The Joule — or at least its far end, which juts out eight feet beyond the side of the neo-Gothic bank-turned-hotel, leaving swimmers dangling several stories above Main Street below. If you’re brave enough to paddle out to the very edge, the pool’s glass walls offer some amazing views of the city — or terrifying, depending on your perspective. Reward your courage by getting comfy in one of the poolside cabanas and ordering up a celebratory cocktail. From $249 per night.
3. The Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii
There tend to be two types of pool-goers: the active kind and those who just want to slather on the sunscreen and relax. Fortunately, the Sheraton Waikiki caters to both groups: the hotel’s Helumoa Playground boasts two freshwater swimming pools, a 70-foot-long water slide, two whirlpools and an interactive fountain and water play area for its littlest guests. For those who simply want to catch some rays, there’s an adults-only infinity pool, perched just a few feet above Waikiki Beach, making it feel like one endless — and endlessly gorgeous — body of water. There’s also a poolside bar, Edge of Waikiki, that serves killer cocktails and offers live music nightly. From $275 per night.
4. The W Miami in Miami, Florida
The W South Beach may have the beach, but the mainland W Miami has got the Wet Deck, a chic rooftop infinity pool and lounge where the only finger guests will need to lift is the one that brings their cocktail glass to their lips. Don’t leave without taking a peek — and a pic — of the view stunning view from this 50-story beach club in the sky. From $265 per night.
5. Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona
The name sort of says it all: Get up close and personal with Arizona’s Red Rocks at the enchanting pool and whirlpool at Sedona’s Enchantment Resort, which is set on 70 gorgeous acres, smack dab in the middle of the Arizona desert. While the main pool is one of the resort’s highlights, it does offer two smaller pools for guests looking for a quieter scene. For the ultimate in privacy, book one of the hotel’s four Private Pool Suites, one- or two-bedroom accommodations with a spa pool all to yourself. From $336 per night.
6. The Dream Downtown in New York, New York
New York City may be home to some of the world’s most famous hotels, but one amenity that’s a real rarity in the City That Never Sleeps is a swimming pool. That’s where the Dream Downtown comes in: the Chelsea hotel is home to Dream Beach, a 5,000-square-foot pool deck complete with sand and a heated, glass-bottom pool situated just over the hotel lobby, so that guests in both places can see who’s coming and going — and who’s swimming. Comfy loungers, a couple of private cabanas, a full bar and live DJs only add to the fun, beach club vibe. From $239 per night.
7. The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
If you don’t mind sharing your swim space with more than 4,000 tropical fish, King’s Pond at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a 1.8 million gallon swimming pool-aquarium hybrid, sculpted out of natural lava rock, where guests can get an up-close look at nearly 100 different fish species. There’s snorkeling equipment available, plus a range of regular water-based activities, like fish feedings and snorkeling lessons. If you’d rather just gaze at all this beautiful wildlife from the sidelines, grab a poolside lounger and take it all in. From $835 per night.
8. Gurney’s Montauk Resort in Montauk, New York
If you want the smells, sounds and feels of the beach but without all that pesky sand in your stuff, Gurney’s Montauk Resort offers the perfect compromise: a gorgeous pool filled with seawater from the beaches of Montauk, but sand-filtered and slightly warmed so that it’s always the perfect temperature for a dip. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on the actual ocean, it’s all of the fun of the beach with none of the hassle. From $345 per night.
9. Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada
Daredevils need only apply to take a dip in the Tank, the 200,000 gallon shark tank aquarium/swimming complex at Las Vegas’ famed Golden Nugget, where you can zip right by the sharks that call the Tank home on a one-of-a-kind waterslide. You can also admire the animals from afar, as you sink into one of the three-story complex’s private cabanas or lounge chairs. Best of all, the experience is available to both guests (free) and non-guests ($35) alike. From $49 per night.
10. Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
It’s hard not to stare from the 115-foot heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi at Amangani, as it’s here that you’ll find some of the Jackson Hole resort’s best views of the Teton and Snake River Mountain Ranges, which are all around you. Best of all, you can practice your breaststroke year-round — yes, even when those mountains are snow-capped — making the experience all the more memorable. For a truly magnificent view, try and time your dip so that you get to watch the setting sun. From $800 per night.
Which of these amazing pools just made it onto your summer travel bucket list?
Featured image courtesy of the Sheraton Waikiki.
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