School’s out for many families and summer is officially underway. Which also means you better get those summer vacations set. Ask just about any kid, their favorite part about staying in a hotel is often the pool. So with that in mind, here’s some ideas to jump start those summer trip plans.
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort,Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
School age kids and teens won’t ever want to get out of the water at Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. The hot springs, pool, waterslide, and kid-friendly swim-up bar delivers hours of entertainment with an incredible view of Arenal Volcano.
This mega-sized family-friendly resort has endless options for kids to stay wet. There’s a water park, waterslides, lagoon and so much more, that’s it’s perfect for all ages. Don’t miss the chance to get in the water with dolphins.
Bowood Resort & Spa,Wiltshire, England
So England might not be the place that comes to mind when you think of great hotel pools, but after spending the day visiting Bath, you can come home to an indoor lap pool with swimming hours just for little ones.
Vedema Resort,Santorini, Greece
After spending the day exploring bustling Santorini, a swim at Vedema Resort is just what the entire family needs to relax and unwind. With comfy chaise loungers and plenty of room to spread out, the setting exudes Greek charm.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo Palace,Lake Como, Italy
This is a great place to relax for a few days when your family needs a vacation from vacation. Though it’s just a short walk to the ferry stop in Tremezzo, the “floating” swimming pool in Lake Como, might make it hard to get the kids to go anywhere.
Montage Laguna Beach,Laguna Beach, California
The Montage Laguna Beach exceeds expectations in many ways. The gorgeous main Mosaic Pool is for all ages to enjoy. In addition, there’s a children’s pool and play area along with an adult-only pool that is part of the spa and fitness area.
Hotel Adler-Thermae,Tuscany, Italy
Along with a freshwater lap pool, the Hotel Adler-Thermae Toscana has a large pool with a circular rapids area, another pool with mineral rich thermal water and a children’s fun pool with water slides and jet fountains.
Hotel Santa Caterina,Amalfi Coast, Italy
If you like a pool with a view, head to Hotel Santa Caterina. The pool practically meets the sea’s edge, leaving sunbathers with the tough decision of which direction to face.
The Resort at Pelican Hill,Newport Coast, Los Angeles Area
More than one million glass mosaic tiles were laid by hand to form the perfectly round Coliseum Pool. The Camp Pelican Pool gives younger guests a place to call their own.
Riffelalp Resort,Zermatt, Switzerland
Home to Europe’s highest outdoor pool, you can enjoy a stunning view of the Matterhorn while floating in the waves created by the various water jets mounted on the side of the pool. Since the pool is heated to 95°F/35°C, no worries about being cold either.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita,Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
The focal point of the Resort is the heated Nuna Pool, a free-form infinity-edge pool with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Kids and parents can grab an inner tube and let the mild current of the Lazy River take them for a spin around the Resort. The adult Tamai Pool Complex has two main pools and two plunge pools for those seeking a quiet and peaceful setting.
Solage Calistoga,Napa Valley, CA
The 130-foot landmark adult swimming pool is absolutely spectacular. It’s adjacent to the family pool. Pool toys are on hand to kids yet another reason to splash around.
Villa San Michele,Florence, Italy
The heated Panoramic Swimming Pool rewards visitors with and incredible view of Florence. Olive trees provide shade to escape the warm summer sun.
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa,Near Austin, TX
It’s all about families at this Texas Resort. The Crooked River Water Park caters to kids of every size. There’s a 1,000-foot lazy river tube ride, waterslide, beach entry pool complete with sand, hot tub, fountain splash pad and kiddie pool. Splashing is encouraged. Adults looking to stay dry can enjoy the adult pool.
Baldi Hot Springs Hotel and Spa,La Fortuna, Costa Rica
An amazing 25 thermal pools bubbling with mineral water, ranging in temperature from cold to blazing hot. There are mellow pools for little ones, but with waterfalls at every turn, tropical gardens and high velocity water slides, it’s a dream for tweens and teens.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa,Huntington Beach, CA
Set on a scenic stretch of Southern California’s Pacific Ocean, Slyders water playground has three mellow but fun water slides, an enormous 25 person hot tub, a wading pool for little ones, a family pool, and private cabanas perfect for getting the kids to actually sit down every now and then.
Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Mexico,Loreto, Las B.C.S. Mexico
Paying tribute to the sea turtles that nest on their stretch of beach, Villa del Palmar has created a turtle shaped water playground for kids of all ages. The turtle’s body serves as the main pool. The fins are smaller soaking pools and a hot tub, while the head is a shallow, fun play area for kids.
Golden Nugget,Las Vegas, NV
Where else but Vegas could you find a hotel with a 3-story waterslide that winds its way through a shark tank. The $30 million Tank will entertain kids and parents for hours.
The Library,Koh Samui, Thailand
Swim in the Red! Made using mosaic Italian glass tiles in red, yellow and orange, the pool is steps away from the white sandy beach of Chaweng.
Canary,Santa Barbara, CA
The pool may be small, but the view from the Canary Rooftop packs a punch. From red-tiled roofs, to mountains and ocean waves, the scenery will leave you winded, just in case the laps don’t.
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