10 Best Hotel Pools To Lounge By (PHOTOS)

by AOL Travel Staff Subscribe to AOL Travel Staff's posts Posted Apr 26th 2011 07:30 AM



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.

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Halekulani Hotel pool in Waikiki Beach Hawaii, beats hands down most of them

April 27 2011 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Lesko Family!

These people have obviously never been to disney resorts before.

April 27 2011 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott Jensen

i would have figured that the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas would have been on there? Wave pool, lazy river, manmade sandy beach and restaurant and casino poolside... what more do you need?

April 27 2011 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the writer, nor the editor, do not know feijoda from their elbow.... i could have said ass, but that would have been crass.. the national dish of brazil is hardly a stew of dried meats.. bloody hopeless.....

April 27 2011 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shirley Smith

Way can't you simply list them with a large size photo...and then do the narative...Much better response from the viewer....the tease approach is soooooooooooo overdone and boring.

April 27 2011 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can't beleive the Raleigh Hotel has one of the most beautiful pool area;'s in the World. Will go and take a look at it.
I remember the Raliegh Hotel from my young days. In fact my cousins Don and Marilyn spent their
honeymoon there. That must have been over 50 years ago, and at that time, The Raleigh was not a new Hotel. Can't wait to drive down and see it.
The Pool at the building I live in is beautiful, but cannot be considered one of the worlds most beautiful

April 27 2011 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lovely VP

I guess you don't know about the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey...

April 27 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore has to be in your poll.

April 27 2011 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tara Friendly

Ummm Motel 6 dont have pools. lol At least ones I stayed at in my poorer days. I like the "Monte Carlo" in Vegas. Next to pool is a rapids ride where you lay on tubes and it whips you around it. In 108 summer days its wonderful.

April 27 2011 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are not even close! Those pools are boring compared to many others I have used. For example, some of the best hotel pools in the world are located at the resorts in Hawaii. The Hyatt Regency Kauai, the Hilton Grand Hotel in Maui, and other hotels in Maui are examples. Also, the pools at the Venetian/Palazzo and Ceasers Place in Las Vegas are better than those you show in the photos. I'm sure others will have their favorites at other locations around the world, but I'll bet they would not include some of the ones you chose.

April 27 2011 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply