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Hottest hotel pools around the world

Posted by Melanie Nayer  May 17, 2013 10:05 AM

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With the unofficial start of summer around the corner, it's officially time to start thinking about your summer travel plans. Whether you're a beachcomber or a mountain climber, there's no denying the allure of a dip in a great pool at the end of the hot day. With that in mind, here's a list of 10 of the hottest hotel pools around the world. Where would you like to take a dip?

Grand Wailea, Hawaii

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Grand Wailea, Hawaii: The hotel’s 2,000 foot long, 25,700 square foot, 770,00 gallon Wailea Canyon Activity Pool has an aquatic theme park, thanks to its nine pools that are connected by a river that carries swimmers along at varying speeds, from whitewater rapids to lazy currents. Wailea Canyon also has four waterslides, a whitewater rapids slide, a Tarzan pool with rope swing, the world's first water elevator at the center of a multi-level volcano (you sit on an inner tube that rises and descends with the water level), a sand beach, six waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis, an infant pool, and a swim-up bar.

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

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JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa: The River Bluff Water Experience offers six acres of heated pools, fountains, waterfalls, rivers, and an abundance of poolside lounges. The highlight is the Pedernales River, a water ride utilizing lower gradients and higher volumes of water to create the feel of a natural river. For a more leisurely experience, the 1,200 foot lazy river carries guests around the grand cabana and pool deck areas.

Oil Nut Bay, Caribbean

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Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda: Perched on the rocky southeast cliffs of Oil Nut Bay, The Cliffs rental suites each boast a private outdoor infinity plunge pool that blends seamlessly with the boundless Caribbean Sea. The resort’s Beach Club features three infinity pools complete with a tiled waterfall and grotto flowing off the main, 45,000 gallon pool. All three are plastered with recycled glass beads known as Beadcrete, and all pools on the property have salt generator systems. The resort is accessible by boat or helicopter only.

Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Resort

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Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Resort: The Rome hotel boasts four pools with gorgeous views of the Eternal City as a backdrop. The main outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool is integrated into the hotel terraces and is served by the casual pool bar. Two further pools lie deeper into the hotel’s Mediterrean Park – one designed for children, with a whirlpool for the parents and another that basks in late afternoon sunshine, nestled between palm and olive trees. When it’s chilly, guests can visit the property’s indoor hydromassage pool, complete with a whirlpool and working winter fireplace.

Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino

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Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino: For an urban dip, the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino’s fourth floor infinity pool is ideal for nightlife and views of San Juan. Overlooking the marina in the heart of the city, the pool is a scenic place for guests to enjoy the vibrant skyline and a cocktail from the adjacent pool bar. Celebrity guests including 50 Cent, Vin Diesel and Demi Lovatto have been seen taking a dip here.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

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The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico: This incredible pool is located at the foot of El Yunque National Rainforest. The property is in itself the Caribbean’s first ever Gold Signature Sanctuary (as certified by Audubon International), making the pool one of the best seats in the Caribbean for bird watching and relaxing in the lush indigenous forest.

The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel in Washington, D.C.: The only open-air rooftop pool and bar on Capitol Hill, this space is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day and overlooks DC’s iconic Capitol Hill. During the spring and summer seasons, guests at the hotel can take advantage of complimentary yoga every morning and enjoy drinks and light fare in the evening.


W Fort Lauderdale

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W Fort Lauderdale: You'll have your pick of two infinity-edge pools here -- WET® East overlooks the Atlantic ocean, while WET® West offers sweeping views of the Intracoastal. The east pool generally offers an amped up atmosphere, while the west pool is more of a relaxing retreat. WET West offers group lounge beds and a fire pit to light up the dusk hours, while at WET East you'll enjoy a one-of-a-kind aquarium style pool allows guests to literally walk up into the center of the pool via an aquarium-like stair case.

Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

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Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa: At this Hollywood, FL resort, the one-of-a-kind infinity-edge pool has a see-through, porthole bottom that allows guests swimming below to peer up and those enjoying the pool above. The resort also features two waterfalls that flow into a 240-foot lagoon pool. For those that want a little more privacy, a variety of poolside cabanas are available with power outlets, ceiling fans, TV and more.

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

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Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek: Guests have access to a refreshing outdoor amenity complex complete with two 250-foot winding lazy rivers, an interactive wading pool and a life-size pirate ship waterslide feature. The resort’s own pool features a zero-entry lagoon style pool and is surrounded by private cabanas available for daily rental.

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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