10 Best Hotel Pools To Lounge By

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There is nothing like arriving to a beautiful hotel with a grand lobby, plush accommodations, and multiple award-winning restaurants, only to find a pool that looks like it belongs at a Motel 6. To truly live in the lap of luxury, a pool should have an unforgettable view, should be heated to perfection, cocktails should be in abundance, and some kind of mosaic design doesn't hurt either. If a hotel is going to pay astronomical prices to have a pool, they should do it well.

There is nothing like arriving to a beautiful hotel with a grand lobby, plush accommodations, and multiple award-winning restaurants, only to find a pool that looks like it belongs at a Motel 6. To truly live in the lap of luxury, a pool should have an unforgettable view, should be heated to perfection, cocktails should be in abundance, and some kind of mosaic design doesn't hurt either. If a hotel is going to pay astronomical prices to have a pool, they should do it well.

These hotels have set the bar incredibly high. Boasting stunning views, private cabanas, bars, and year-round access, these are the gold standard of swimming. Whether on a family vacation, are with friends, or on a romantic getaway, there's a pool to fit every desire - party at the rooftop pool at the Standard Hotel in LA, gape at the view at Villa D'Este's floating pool in Italy, or enjoy the Art Deco design at the Raleigh's pool in Miami.

Here are The Daily Meal's picks for best hotel pools.

10 Best Hotel Pools To Lounge By (PHOTOS)

Lake Como, in Northern Italy, is a storied destination that plays host to some of the most opulent lakefront properties in the country. Villa D’Este has been the undisputed hotel of choice for jetsetters in Lake Como since it was turned from a private mansion into a resort in 1873. The hotel has 3 pools on the property, the most beautiful of which is their pool on the lake. Floating on the lake (and with a built in Jacuzzi), the views of the lake and surrounding hills are overwhelming.

What to order poolside? The Sundeck Pool Bar serves light fare like sandwiches and salads. The pasta of the day is the way to go, as it’s seasonal and always changing. Order a refreshing cocktail from the Terrace Bar.
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Credit: © Villa D'Este

Los Angeles is home to many an enviable pool. Few pools are as enviable, though, as the Standard Hotel’s rooftop pool in Downtown LA. It’s almost hard to work out if the pool or the Rooftop Bar (complete with red Astroturf sundeck and vibrating waterbeds) is the real draw. But the views of high rise buildings nearby are undeniably captivating. Nightly DJs and weekend parties are all part of the package.

What to order poolside? Lunch at the Rooftop Bar includes the Standard’s sliders and Buffalo chicken pita pizza; try the shrimp taquitos and French fries in the evening.

Credit: © The Standard Hotel

Most hotels in Las Vegas are aware of how necessary a couple of lavish pools are in their success. First, in 103 degrees, a pool is about the only way to survive outdoors. But then, there’s the people watching and poolside partying to be had, as well. The Wynn hotel’s pools cater to the widest range of wants and needs. One works for those who want to unwind and work on their tan, where another attracts anyone in the market for an umbrella drink (or a few). Then there is their European Pool, with the option of topless sunbathing, for those who require it.
 
What to order poolside? Drinks. The food served poolside is finger food at most, but there are plenty of casual restaurants to choose from such as Zoozacrackers Deli (try the matzoh ball soup, pastrami sandwich, and the French fries). For something a little more… Vegas, try the Terrace Pointe Café’s kobe beef sliders and lobster eggs benedict.

Credit: © The Wynn Hotel

The design of the Hotel Habita in Monterrey is modern, sleek, and minimalist even considering its stunning views and generous amenities. Their rooftop infinity pools, complete with partial roof coverings, Sierra Madre Mountain and San Pedro Garza García city views, and fully stocked bar, are a destination for guests and locals alike.

What to order poolside? Try the octopus ceviche and the quesadillas, which come with squash blossoms and poblano peppers alongside one of the bar’s fresh fruit cocktails.

Credit: © Hotel Habit

The pool at this Meatpacking District hotel is a place to see and be seen--the pool is known for its view and its crowd. To top it off, they play music underwater in their always-heated pool so the bathing beauties and the men that ogle them can be constantly entertained.

What to order poolside? While there is no food or drink service at the pool (natch), jet across the rooftop to the Plunge Bar for a California roll, a spicy blue crab pizza, or a “tanuki bombe” (chocolate covered frozen matcha mousse).



Credit: © The Gansevoort Hotel

An Art Deco-lover’s paradise and one of Miami’s most beautiful pools (regardless of the beautiful people that frequent it), the Raleigh Hotel’s pool is as much of a destination as the neighboring beach. Surrounded by lush, tropical trees and plants, it’s as much an escape as it is a hot spot for locals and visitors. Sneak by the waterfall and toward the nautically-designed terrace to find a well-stocked pool bar and mouth-watering food options or flag one of the dedicated pool staff down for a cooled, scented towel.

What to order poolside? Grilled baby octopus, a burger royale, or chips and guacamole. Try a mojito — they’re known for them.

Credit: © The Raleigh Hotel

Even though the area around Round Hill in Jamaica offers such beautiful distractions as Mayfield Falls, Ocho Rios, and a Rainforest Bobsled adventure, visitors will want to spend a good amount of time lazing by their infinity pool, situated just in front of the ocean. Surrounded only by rocks, palm trees, and the deep blue sea, there is not a bad lounge chair in the bunch. Villas in the hotel come with their own private pools, which are secluded, quiet, and have their own shady cabanas.

What to order poolside? Try the local fruits in Jamaica whenever possible. By the pool, try whatever they are barbecuing by the sea that day with a fresh fruit cocktail from the bar.

Credit: © Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Dallas’ Hotel Joule is a modern, whimsical destination outfitted with sumptuous, colorful fabrics and fixtures from the nightlife lounge to their rooftop “Poule.” Open to guests and locals, the pool has a number of unique amenities from their cooling lavender mists and sunglass spritzing to the fact that the pool is built to reach 8-ft. beyond the hotel’s structure. It doesn’t hurt that Charlie Palmer planned the menu for the Poule.

What to order poolside? Order a Tangerine Mojito or a Watermelon Sangria as you munch on tomatillo guacamole, rum pressed melon, Asiago spinach dip, and paprika hummus.

Credit: © Hotel Joule

Paris’ Hotel Ritz has got old world luxury down. Columns that recall Ancient Greece, private salons that resemble a French royal court, and their famed indoor pool, situated at the base of a majestic staircase. Promoting well-being and relaxation, the pool at the Hotel Ritz plays calming underwater sounds and is surrounded by beautifully painted murals. With a handful of lounge chairs scattered throughout, this gilded poolside is a far cry from the boisterous Vegas party scene.

What to order poolside? Try the artichoke hearts salad or the buratta cheese with eggplant. For dessert, try their famous Napoleon (made with Bourbon vanilla) and a fresh fruit cocktail or glass of champagne.

Credit: © Hotel Ritz, Paris

One of Rio’s storied hotels, the Copacabana Palace boasts a nearly unrivaled pool. Open 24 hours a day, their swimming pool is an escape from the bustling streets that border it. Old world charm and a full staff dedicated to serving guests all day, it’s enough to make one not take advantage of the hotel’s private beach service. With their Pergula restaurant situated poolside, the pool is flourishing with activity both day and night.

What to order poolside? The Pergula restaurant serves a mean feijoda — a stew of mixed dried meats — a Brazilian specialty. Take advantage of their classic Afternoon Tea, as well.

Credit: © Copacabana Palace

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