Summer is on its way, and you know what that means - sun! A huge part of enjoying the sun is also enjoying the water. Whether it's on the beach, at a lake or by a pool, there really is nothing better than lounging by the water, feeling the sun on your skin and sipping on a pina colada. But what happens to that pina colada when you get too warm and need to go into the pool? When your companions are waving you over joyously, and you just can't say no? Why, it gets left there, of course and it melts away under the hot sun, becoming less refreshing by the moment! But no fear! There is a solution! The pool bar!
A pool bar allows for you to cool off in the water, with none of the cocktail abandonment! Different from the run-of-the mill pool side bars, a swim up pool bar is actually accessible from the pool itself so all you have to do is paddle your way over to the bar and take a seat! No longer burdened with the need to choose between their drinks and their pool, the swim up pool bar literally allows swimmers to have their cake and eat it too! (Or in this case, their drinks!)
10 Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Hua Hin, Thailand: $200 Per Night
The rooms at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas come with jacuzzis and/or their very own pools, with views of the pool area or sea. However, don't let those beautiful room features keep you away from the rest of the hotel and take a trip down to the pool and you'll find everything at your fingertips.
The pool is designed so as to fit in comfortably with its environment, with stone details and palm trees littering the poolside. Don’t forget their poolside bar, where you can take a “dip and sip”. The bar, that is equally as decked out with palm trees as the rest of the beautiful pool, is sure to keep you smiling!
9 Hotel Kivotos, Mykonos, Greece: $275 Per Night
There's nothing worse than a bar closing early, because it's the later hours of the night when you really want to get your drink on! Well, no worries if you're staying at the Del Mar! The tropical Del Mar Bar swim-up bar is open until midnight, which means that you can lounge in the water long after the sun goes down enjoying whatever beverage takes your fancy. With good music, friendly bar staff and marvelous cocktails, you'll be relaxing in the sun (and moon) in no time!
8 Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas, Cancun: $300 Per Night
The Omni Cancun Hotel, offers a luxury five-star resort experience in the heart of Cancun, that sits along the glorious Mexican Caribbean. In this beautiful pyramid-style 343 all-inclusive hotel you'll find three pools, a whirlpool and of course, a swim-up bar. Sit at one of their many alcoves with built-in table and enjoy your cocktails under the sun in style!
7 Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino, Palm Beach, Aruba: $340 Per Night
The magnificent 8,000 sq ft pool complex offers expansive pool decks with comfortable loungers. The multi-level pool features cascading waterfalls and soaring palm trees. It also features the Balashi Bar and Grill, which serves up delicious tropical cocktails and snacks to keep you swimming and lounging for longer!
6 Hotel Monte Mulini, Rovinj, Croatia: $350 Per Night
With picturesque views of the sea and the Lone Bay, you'll never leave the Hotel Monte Mulini poolside. Choose from one of their four pools, with either hydro-massage, heated pools and cold-water pools being on offer. If that doesn’t take your fancy, guests can swim on up to their pristine pool-side bar, where the shaded roof will protect them from the worst of the rays as they sip on their cocktails in peace and quiet.
5 Regent Palms, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos: $400 Per Night
Known to their guests as one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets, Regent Palms is the definition of summer relaxation. The serpentine infinity pool with complimentary wi-fi, gracefully curves around the wooden decking and white parasols, and has hot tub island in the center of the pool.
If it gets too warm, cooled towels are provided for guests, as is their pool bar, Plunge. Take a seat at water banquette and choose something delicious from their Caribbean-inspired menu. Don’t forget to wash it down with a cocktail or two!
4 Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii: $470 Per Night
At Wailea Canyon Activity pool, you'll find more than enough to keep you occupied! The 770,000 gallon pool offers nine different pools on six different levels, with a lazy river that carries swimmers from one pool to the next through whitewater rapids. The Wailea Canyon Activity pool includes four jungle pools, four slides that intertwine with one another, a whitewater rapids slide, a tarzan pool with rope swing, a sand beach, six different waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis, a water elevator, the Lava slide, Ana Puka slide and… last but definitely not least, a swim-up pool bar. The Grand Wailea's Grotto Bar is tucked away beneath a magnificent waterfall. Looking at the menu of delicious cocktails, I think the Hana Mudslide would be my choice!
3 Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico: $500 Per Night
A Banyan Tree was historically used as a place of shade and rest for weary travelers, and so the Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers its patrons! This Gold List property's pool bar, Sands, is unique in its corner unit placement, offering guests of the bar the opportunity to really enjoy the stunning views of Mayakoba Beach and the Caribbean Sea as they savor all that the pool has to offer.
2 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui, Hawaii: $585 Per Night
The Four Seasons is a hotel that is renowned for its luxury, and they haven't failed with their Maui resort. The 2,650 sqft pool, is lined with lounge-chairs and casabellas, but if that’s not quite what you're looking for, feel free to rent out your very own cabana with its own flat-screen TV, mini-fridge with champagne and luxurious couches. It’s particularly hard not to love their adult-only Serenity Pool, complete with underwater music system and swim-up bars.
1 The Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort, Cairo, Egypt: $970 Per Night
The Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort is located in 6th of October City on the outskirts of Cairo. The hotel is a short car ride to Smart Village Business Park and the Pyramids of Giza, putting you in a very convenient location. After playing on one of the resort's two beautifully palm tree-lined championship golf courses, whilst of course simultaneously taking in views of the pyramids, you can take a dip in their pool and a dip in the cocktails as you saunter on up to the Island Bar! With temperatures averaging at 30 degrees Celsius during the summer, you know you’ll need it!