8 of the Most Amazing Sand-Bottom Pools in the World

May 5, 2018

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White, powdery sand with gentle waves lapping on the shore… Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? But sometimes the beach isn’t always so idyllic: seaweed, jellyfish, rocky sand, rough waves… And all that salty ocean water. What’s a beach lover to do?

One idea that some hotels are honing in on is the sand-bottom pool. It provides all of the fun of the beach with none of the annoyances. Giving guests the best of both worlds, sand-bottom pools allow swimmers to feel soft sand at their feet as they enjoy the tranquility of a clean, temperature-controlled swimming pool. Here are eight stunning sand-bottom pools and lagoons at hotels around the world.

1. Le Méridien Tahiti

This deluxe hotel near Tahiti’s capital city of Papeete is home to the South Pacific’s largest sand-bottom swimming pool, measuring 2,000 square meters (21,500 square feet). The manmade white-powder sand beach is equipped with loungers and umbrellas and the turquoise blue water is always the perfect temperature. And since this is French Polynesia, the hotel includes overwater bungalows with stunning views of Moorea.

2. Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino

It’s hard to tell where the pool ends and the beach begins at this Caribbean resort in Curaçao. Guests take the elevator up to the second floor to the pool deck, where they are greeted by miles of azure and sapphire blue water. They can relax in loungers that surround the saltwater, a sand-bottom infinity-edge pool that overlooks the Caribbean Sea or head down to the beach’s Infinity Beach Bar for beverages.

3. Aqua Kauai Beach Resort

This family-friendly Hawaiian resort is situated on 25 oceanfront acres on the eastern shore of Kauai. The resort has a spacious oceanfront pool area with four swimming pools, including two lagoon pools with impressive waterfalls and a kiddie pool with a sandy bottom that’s perfect for little ones. There’s also a waterslide, hot tub and poolside lounge chairs.

4. Four Seasons Resort Hualālai

King’s Pond is the most distinctive of the seven pools at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai. This freeform saltwater pool is carved into lava rock and has a sandy bottom. It’s essentially a 1.8 million gallon swimmable aquarium that’s home to more than 4,000 tropical fish, turtles and a spotted eagle ray. Bringing the experience of the ocean to the feel of a pool, kids can learn how to snorkel and snuba (a cross between snorkel and scuba) and participate in feedings.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Ocean Pool

5. The Scott Resort & Spa

A Mission-inspired hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona, that recently underwent a redesign of its public spaces, The Scott has two pools: La Boca and La Playa. Set amid a leafy sanctuary, La Playa has a sand-bottom pool that offers a beach-like oasis in the center of the resort. Sandcastle building on the manmade beach is a popular pastime.

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6. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, Florida, is a 750,000-gallon, beachside wonderland. There’s a gently sloping manmade beach that leads into an expansive sand-bottom pool, as well as a lazy river and a life-size swimmable shipwreck replica. It’s also home to the highest hotel waterslides at Walt Disney World Resort, an elevated tanning deck and three whirlpool spas. This substantial resort also has three other pools.

7. Monte-Carlo Bay & Resort

This seaside resort in Monaco now has access to the sea bay and the Larvotto Marine Reserve thanks to their new seaside location that opened last year. But if the sea is not appealing, the resort also has a gorgeous sand-bottom lagoon surrounded by a lush garden overlooking the bay. Reserve a cabana for the ultimate day of sun and sand.

8. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Even though there’s not a beach in sight, you can still feel the sand between your toes at the all-ages Nirvana Pool, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas’s newest. One of five swimming pools at the resort, the sand-bottom lagoon is situated among five lush acres with enhanced services, offering a calmer atmosphere than the resort’s other pools, which are known for their parties. The expansive Nirvana Pool provides sandy beaches, daybeds and cabanas, a complete bar & grill, swim-up blackjack, and a gaming lounge.

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