Best pool bars in the world: enjoy a cocktail at these pool bars with direct access to the pool
Some hotels have very good bars. And some hotels have very nice swimming pools. And then there are the hotels that showcase themselves by having a nice bar in a beautiful swimming pool, a bar where you can swim without ever getting out of the water. You can lounge around, floating on your inflatable animal of choice, until you jump into the bartender to ask for your strong, usually tropical cocktail.
These pool bars take it to the next level, serving drinkers in secret coves hidden by waterfalls or providing face masks or blackjack in the pool. From Maui to the Maldives and Nusa Dua to Nicaragua, here are some of the best pool-meets-bar combos around the world where you can float on your own boozy sea of bliss.
Moskito Island, British Virgin Islands
There’s not one, not two, but three swim-up bars on Moskito Island, Richard Branson’s newest private island in the British Virgin Islands, and they all serve iconic Pina Coladas created with fresh coconuts. of the island. The Oasis Estate’s swim-up bar offers views of Branson’s famous original hideaway, Necker Island. The Point Estate’s infinity pool and adjoining bar overlook Virgin Gorda. And in the recreation area called The Beach House, the third swim-up bar borders the pool and hot tub, representing the ultimate luxury.
Greater Wailea, Maui
Nine individual pools are spread over six different levels at the Grand Wailea Activity Pool, and one of them is a swim-up bar nestled in a hidden grotto. The intimate bar is outfitted with tiled stools that allow you to stay grounded while ordering a Mai Tai or frozen cocktail, two specialties served at this resort’s best-kept secret.
Fortuna Pool at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Pool options abound in Las Vegas, but for the ultimate Sin City experience, look no further than Caesars Palace’s Fortuna Pool in the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. The Fortuna Bar offers guests access not only to a swim-up bar, but also to pool gaming tables where you can try your hand at Black Jack.
Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa, Maldives
This adults-only resort in North Male offers a stunning swim-up bar at Waves Pool, just steps from the white sands and azure waters the area is famous for. Order a tiki cocktail between dips in the ocean or spend a whole day lounging in this pool for a change of activity in this sea-centric spot.
The Springs Resort & Spa, Arenal, Costa Rica
The Springs Resort & Spa’s swim-up bar is perhaps one of the most recognizable on Instagram, as its panoramic views of Arenal Volcano provide an otherworldly backdrop to its floating wicker chairs and its enveloping bar. It is certainly the ideal place to see and be seen. Don’t forget to put the camera down at some point to admire the view with your own eyes.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Good surprise for this Icelandic institution renowned for its healing properties, the Blue Lagoon is indeed equipped with a pool bar. You’ll find most guests with hardened silica masks (applied to the complementary bath mask bar) holding a glass of bubbles that seem to go along with the soaking experience, describing what #balance is.
VALA Hua Hin, Thailand
Although VALA Hua Hin is a family-friendly resort, the main pool is an adults’ paradise with its swim-up bar and infinity edges that stretch out to the powdery sands bordering the Gulf of Thailand. The resort’s farm-to-fork initiatives ensure the freshest ingredients are used in their menus, which include thoughtful cocktails, using fresh herbs and fruit from their on-site garden.
Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
A maze of swimming pools exist at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, giving guests access to refreshing waters directly from their suites and villas. But don’t miss the poolside centerpiece Mai Bar at the main pool, where guests gather over coconut cocktails served in whole coconuts.
Pool on the ocean at Mulia, Nusa Dua, Bali
Bali‘s southern region, Nusa Dua, may be famous for its beaches rather than its pools, but at Mulia you’ll get the best of both aquatic worlds. There are four pools at Mulia Resort, including the Ocean Pool accessorized with, yes, a swim-up bar, but also Balinese statues that frame that picture-perfect view of the Indian Ocean and famous Geger Beach.
Nanuku Resort, Fiji
You can book your own pool-facing suite at this adults-only retreat in Fiji’s Pacific Harbor. But if you want to enjoy some company and the stunning views of the resort, take a dip in Nanuku Resort’s main pool and swim up to the Wai Pool Bar for a handcrafted tropical cocktail. The pool bar also serves light island fare like soft-shell crab tacos and salads throughout the day.
Rosewood Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos
While most travelers may associate swim-up bars with overbooked Mexican spring break resorts, the luxurious Rosewood Las Ventanas al Paraiso will drown out that stereotype with its sophisticated pool deck and 5,000-square-foot infinity pool. The pool bar is tucked away in this sprawling, swanky play area, and with the pool butlers ready to give you Evian mists throughout the day, it’s definitely somewhere you won’t want to go. get away from the heat of Los Cabos.
Beautiful Mount Farm in Kittitian Hill, St. Kitts
Located at the front entrance of a boutique hotel, Belle Mont Farm in Kittitian Hill invites guests to dive into it. Surrounded by the mountainous rainforest terrain of St. Kitts and overlooking the Caribbean Sea, there’s no doubting the sense of place at this poolside bar – so it’s best to make that cocktail order l one of the most tropical you can imagine. Painkiller, anyone?
Amfora, Hvar, Croatia
Nestled in a private cove along Hvar, Amfora Hvar Grand Beach’s tiered swimming pool envelops guests in a lush forest of foliage, with glistening views of the Adriatic. Swim up to the pool bar and stay a while; submerged bar stools keep your lower body cool and the traditional terracotta roofing, found on the Croatian coast, keeps your face shaded enough for an all-day splurge in a secluded setting.
Calala Island, Nicaragua
Located off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, Calala Island represents barefoot luxury at its finest. You’ll only have to share the pool bar, housed under a classic thatched palapa roof, with a handful of guests, as a total of four oceanfront suites occupy this private island resort.
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, Costa Rica
The only thing better than a pool bar? A pool bar heated by a natural hot spring. That’s exactly what you’ll encounter at the Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa in Costa Rica in their main pool. Hotel guests aren’t the only ones who enjoy this pool, as day passes are available for visitors between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Conrad Punta de Mita, Mexico
Given this new build’s proximity to Mexico’s Tequila region, Conrad Punta de Mita’s pool bar emphasizes agave-based cocktails, so you don’t need to leave the adult-only pool to sample the Riviera Nayarit’s most beloved spirit. There are also private cabanas around the pool if you fancy taking your cocktail on dry land to catch some rays.
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