The top vacation spots around the U.S. all have one thing in common—a killer pool.
From rooftop sensations to saltwater stunners, the pools are the main attraction at these extraordinary resorts around the U.S. With features like scenic views, cantilever designs, massive lazy rivers and even actual fish, you’ll never forget a vacation at one of these plunge-worthy pools—guaranteed!
From urban-sleek hotels in Brooklyn to luxe desert resorts in Arizona, we’ve rounded up the most lounge-ready (and picture-worthy) of them all. Just add SPF.
The Biltmore — Coral Gables, FL
Take a dip in one of the largest hotel swimming pools in the Continental U.S. measuring 23,000 square feet and holds 600,000 gallons of water. At The Biltmore Hotel, the massive world-famous pool is surrounded by Mediterranean architecture, faux-Roman statuary, hibiscus, and private luxury cabanas. In 1996 the hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Steeped in history, the colossal pool gained icon status in the 1930s by regularly hosting “aquatic galas,” as they say, which varied from synchronized swimming to alligator wrestling, with socialites turning out for the spectacle. Nowadays, refreshed with towering palms and a cascading waterfall, the pool caters principally to families looking for some old-fashioned fun.
The Freehand — Los Angeles, CA
Freehand Los Angeles is located in the historic Commercial Exchange building in L.A.’s vibrant Downtown neighborhood. The area is home to world-class attractions, unique restaurants and a buzzing nightlife scene. Inside, find 226 fully renovated private and shared rooms with innovative design by Roman and Williams, state of the art business amenities, and a welcoming community atmosphere. Striking color combinations throughout the hotel make it one to remember. The flamingo-pink umbrellas and loungers on the roof make it a go-to spot for those wanting to sit back, relax and enjoy a cocktail at the tiki inspired bar. Between the hip coffee shop, adorable boutique store, stunning rooftop pool deck and award-winning Broken Shaker lounge, it’s hard to find a reason to leave the property. It truly is an oasis in the middle of Downtown LA.
The Inn at Dos Brisas — Washington, Texas
Located a short drive from both Houston and Austin, The Inn at Dos Brisas is an idyllic getaway situated among the rolling meadows of the eastern foothills of Texas Hill Country. With only nine rooms, The Inn at Dos Brisas is an intimate hideaway that will leave you with big impressions. The 313-acre property, feels quintessential Texas—expect to see horses frolicking in the fields while relaxing at the pool. Did we mention that each Spanish-style casitas have its own private pool where you can relax with an in-room massage or any number of nature-focused activities, including stargazing. You may not want to leave the casitas, but if you do, an infinity pool and whirlpool await. This magical farm retreat is truly unique and perfect for those who appreciate the great outdoors but aren’t opposed to ordering an expensive bottle of wine at dinner.
Amangani — Jackson, WY
Tucked away in the mountains with views of the Teton mountain range and Jackson Hole’s dramatic landscape, Amangani is the ultimate Rocky Mountain hideaway. Aman resorts are known for impeccable service and some of the most stunning (and remote) locations in the world—and this resort doesn’t disappoint. A year-round destination acting as a premier ski resort from December through March, and the ideal base for exploring the beautiful natural surroundings in the warmer months. Any stress you may have just melts away thanks to the friendly staff and the breathtaking surroundings. The decor here is reminiscent of an old ski lodge with exposed stone walls and Native American-inspired furnishings. On a sandstone terrace overlooking the mountains, there’s a spectacular pool and whirlpool tub. Both are heated, which makes for wonderful winter dips.
The Royalton Park Avenue Hotel — New York, NY
With a rooftop lounge and a heated, 40-foot indoor/outdoor pool, this is the place to enjoy year-round dips with views of the Empire State Building. The Royalton Park Avenue Hotel offers an incredible New York City experience. Despite the intimate, boutique feel, the hotel is actually of substantial size, with 249 rooms available. Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan’s trendy NoMad district, this chic boutique retreat is just steps away from trendy restaurants, Broadway shows, and iconic attractions, including Times Square and Central Park. The rooftop pool serves as a consistent guest favorite for its gorgeous city views and for its reputation as a hip nightlife spot. Its swanky guestrooms, scenic views, upscale amenities, and luxury service makes it worth the stay. When you need a break from roaming through Manhattan’s urban streets, you can get in some cardio at the fully equipped gym or indulge in a rejuvenating massage at Exhale Spa.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai — Big Island, HI
Just northeast of Kekaha Kai State Park, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is one of the most luxurious resorts on the Big Island. Situated on the secluded Kona-Kohala coast, Four Seasons Hualalai was designed to fit into its natural setting. The resort features seven unique swimming spots, including the adults-only Palm Grove Pool, the family-friendly Sea Shell Pool and the 1.8 million gallon King’s Pond, a saltwater pond featuring more than 3,000 tropical fish. Luxurious bungalows are carved into the black volcanic rock landscape, allowing ocean views from all the rooms. The 28,000-square-foot spa combines both open-air spaces with tranquil indoor settings to create an island-style sanctuary. Also, for all the golf lovers out there…the hotel features one of the best golf courses in Hawaii (it’s an annual PGA Champions Tour stop).
The Joule — Dallas, TX
Set in the heart of downtown, The Joule occupies a revitalized 1920’s landmark Dallas building. The hotel creates a tasteful union of old world quality and contemporary design and contains a distinguished collection of original artwork from names including Andy Warhol, Tony Cragg, Adam Fuss and Richard Phillips. In addition to spectacular multi-story penthouses and bespoke lobby experience, the property includes an impressive glass-fronted rooftop pool, epic spa, rooftop terrace with glass pavilion, beautiful event spaces, first-class dining, vibrant cocktail destinations and one-of-a-kind shopping experiences. This pool’s unique cantilevered design hangs eight feet off the side of the hotel, giving you a coveted view of the city. Swim to the edge of this luxe outdoor pool, peer through the glass wall, and you’ll see Main Street below. Lounge around in a poolside cabana and order a round of cocktails to enjoy the ultimate rooftop experience.
Enchantment Resort — Sedona, AZ
At Enchantment Resort, the dramatic red rocks of Sedona set the tone for an unforgettable experience. Whether it’s for a family vacation, couples getaway, or wellness retreat, this southwest resort and hotel offers a seemingly infinite collection of world-class amenities paired with stunning views. The resort grounds are landscaped to reflect the natural surroundings and offer easy walking paths throughout the property. With delicious dining, a heavenly spa and various activities on site, the resort is perfect for those seeking a vacation where you don’t need to leave the property. The resort’s destination spa, Mii Amo, is a huge draw for many guests. The spa offers a holistic approach to rejuvenation and nurtures the connection of mind, body and spirit. With a wide variety of pools, including an indoor and outdoor pool at the spa, and the main pool with a stunning view of the red rocks, there are plenty of areas for total relaxation.
Viceroy Snowmass — Aspen, CO
Viceroy Snowmass is the crown jewel of Snowmass Village, Colorado. The award-winning luxury resort hotel located only minutes from downtown Aspen at the base of one of the world’s finest ski mountains. Set right at the foot of Snowmass Ski Area, Viceroy welcomes families, friends and couples to luxuriate in ski-in/ski-out residences, ranging from studios to four-bedroom condominiums. From skiing and snowboarding to hiking, horseback riding and fly-fishing, Viceroy Snowmass offers year-round opportunities for adventure, making it the ideal setting for a Rocky Mountain vacation during every season. The resort offers an expansive list of luxury amenities and services including, an all-season heated pool, full-service spa with holistic treatments, state-of -the-art fitness center, three on-site restaurants and more. Enjoy the slope-side pool experience with poolside services so you can order cocktails without leaving the view.
Montage Laguna Beach — Laguna Beach, CA
With sweeping panoramas of the Pacific and striking Craftsman-style architecture, Montage is situated on 30 acres in the heart of Laguna Beach. The luxury resort offers elegant beachfront accommodations, an oceanfront spa, three sparkling swimming pools, and much more. The 257 spacious guestrooms, including 60 suites, ranging in size from 500 – 2,800 square-feet, 4 villas and 37 beach bungalow-style rooms/suites, make Montage Laguna Beach the distinctive choice among Laguna Beach luxury hotels. The resort offers an array of dining options from fine dining to casual settings. The Loft offers seasonal American fare and has a six-foot-long wood-burning rotisserie. The three restaurants draw from the harvest of the resort’s garden. Guests can explore the white sand beaches, or lounge by the pool, which features private cabanas, a whirlpool and a kids play area.
Post Ranch Inn — Big Sur, CA
High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, sits Post Ranch Inn, a sanctuary for those seeking romance, relaxation or rejuvenation. This Big Sur resort is the ultimate destination for a luxurious escape. With natural architecture embracing the coast’s dramatic beauty, the 39 rooms blend rustic elegance, comfort and privacy with panoramic ocean or mountain views. Begin the day with morning yoga and spend the afternoon relaxing at the heated infinity pools with 360-degree coastal views. Enjoy the ultimate dining experience at Sierra Mar, an ingredient-driven restaurant which is open to the public for a prix-fixe lunch and dinner. The beautifully plated dishes are matched only by the killer views.
Mondrian South Beach Hotel — Miami Beach, FL
With a unique location and epic sunset views overlooking Biscayne Bay boasting on the west side of South Beach, the Mondrian South Beach is a eye-catching boutique hotel with a stylish poolscape, restaurant and small spa. Envisioned by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, the hotel is decked out with swanky decor and contemporary furnishings. The pool area at the Mondrian South Beach offers the ultimate Miami party vibe and passageways leading to a stylish bayfront swimming pool. Within a 15-minute walk of this South Beach hotel, you’ll find Lincoln Road Mall and Miami Beach Marina. One of only two hotels right on Biscayne Bay, rooms at Mondrian South Beach are coveted by guests wanting a stellar view. Stay late for sunset—the hotel’s westerly location means you get ideal twilight views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami—and don’t miss Saturday and Sunday fun days, when local DJs provide the beats for fun, daytime pool parties.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge — Brooklyn, NY
This sustainable, nature-inspired Brooklyn hotel is situated on the waterfront with spectacular views of downtown New York over the East River. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge features upcycled materials and artwork that tell a story of the borough’s past, while the green design makes a commitment to its future. Each of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites offers nature-inspired decor dreamed up by local artists. From the rooftop plunge pool, you can enjoy sweeping, Manhattan skyline views and even catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty. Family-friendly and unheated, with a shallow three-foot depth, this is a spot for soaking in rather than splashing. This is fair season swimming pool that’s only open during the spring and summer. Although it’s exclusively for hotel guests in the week, the pool’s open to the public at weekends. The property is surprisingly peaceful for an urban hotel and for an added bonus, dogs are welcome to stay for free.
There’s nothing that sends your vacation to the next level like an epic hotel pool.
Everyone loves a hotel room with a view, whether it looks out at the ocean, a lush garden, or a city skyline. A beautiful vista takes you beyond the borders of windows and walls, adding to the beauty of being in a new place. Why not a look for a pool with a view when you plan your next getaway? Whether you enjoy it while splashing in warm water or lounging in the sun, a spectacular view will enhance the experience.