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10 Hotel Pools for a Splashy Family Getaway

An amazing hotel pool can take a family vacation from ordinary to extraordinary. And while any place to take a cool dip is a bonus in our book, these are pools worth traveling for. From colorful splash pads with all the bells and whistles to an indoor spa pool overlooking Patagonia’s Paine Massif, we’ve rounded up ten hotel pools to suit just about every family’s style. 

Bahia Vik JosĂ© Ignacio 

José Ignacio, Uruguay

Bahia Vik Main Building

If you think one infinity pool is impressive, check out this series of breathtaking infinity pools overlooking the picturesque Uruguayan coastline. With just 10 suites and 15 beachfront bungalows at this relaxed boho-chic resort, you won’t have to worry about any crowds interfering with your dip. Be sure to head to the pool in time to catch one of the epic sunsets JosĂ© Ignacio is known for. bahiavik.com

Grand Hyatt Baha del Mar

Nassau, Bahamas 

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Put those World of Hyatt points to good use at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau. With seven pools to choose from there’s something for everyone a the resort, but the swim-up aquarium at Dean’s Blue Hole Pool is sure to be a highlight for any water lover. Bonus points for the adorable striped cabanas available to book nearby. If you’re looking for something a little more high-energy, you can always head next door to oceanfront waterpark Baha Bay, which is included in your stay. hyatt.com

Aqua Dome – Tirol Therme Längenfeld

Tryol, Austria

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Looking to indulge in the healing waters of a thermal bath while taking in spectacular mountain views? You may not think that a futuristic-looking spa resort like this would be family-friendly, but hear us out. Children have their own dedicated area, the Alpen Arche Noah, complete with pool and waterpark, and the hotel offers childcare for those interested. And if you’re traveling with teenagers, you’re in luck – kids 15 and over are welcome in the thermal baths. aqua-dome.at

Singita Ebony Lodge

Sabi Sand, South Africa 

Singita Ebony Lodge Plunge Pool

Cool off after a hot day at Singita Ebony’s luxury safari lodge swimming pool overlooking the Sand River. Relax as you take in the natural beauty of the surrounding bush – who knows, you might even be lucky enough to spot some wildlife. In addition to the pool at the main lodge, each of the contemporary property’s 12 suites comes with its own private plunge pool. singita.com

Tierra Patagonia

Torres de Paine, Chile

Tierra Patagonia pool

For a truly indulgent experience, check out eco lodge Tierra Patagonia’s indoor spa pool and its stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Featuring floor to ceiling windows, this heated indoor sanctuary is the perfect spot for gazing out into the distance at the Paine Massif. Children are welcomed at the resort from age 10, so be sure to bookmark for later if you’re traveling with younger kiddos. tierrahotels.com

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts 

Riviera Maya, Mexico 

Nickelodeon Resort Riviera Maya
Photo: Karisma Hotels & Resorts

If you want to really wow your kids, look no further than Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts’ Riviera Maya location. Book a swim-up pool suite for front row access to the resort’s main pool and be sure to head over to Aqua Nick, which is included in your stay, where you can take advantage of the tricked-out Activity Pool and other fun-filled attractions like the Soak Summit Tower and Spongebob-inspired Bikini Bottom Beach. karismahotels.com

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Yala, Sri Lanka 

West Coast Tented Lodge Sri Lanka

This Sri Lanka beachfront safari lodge features a stunning free-form saltwater infinity pool certain to impress even the most seasoned traveler. Set partially under a unique dome-shaped building housing the main bar, the pool has shaded alcoves that are great spots to read or sip a delicious cocktail. Each of the resort’s cocoon-like suites also comes with its own plunge pool so there’s no shortage of options when it’s time to cool off. resplendentceylon.com

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Ko Olina, Hawaii 

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Disney may be known for their character meet-and-greets, but water takes center stage at Aulani, their beachfront resort on the island of Oahu. Whether floating down the Waikolohe Stream in an inflatable tube or relaxing while taking in the views at the Ka Maka Grotto, the infinity edge pool overlooking Ko Olina beach, there’s plenty of fun to be had for the whole family. disneyaulani.com

Victoria-Jungfrau Hotel & Spa 

Interlaken, Switzerland 

Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

Like something out of a Wes Anderson movie, the opulent indoor pool at the Victoria-Jungfrau Hotel & Spa will take your breath away. From the gilded tiles and columns to the natural light flowing in from the outside, it’ll have you feeling like royalty. While children are always allowed when accompanied by an adult, the hotel also hosts a special “Splash Hour” each day (pool toys included) that should not be missed. victoria-jungfrau.ch

Centara Mirage Beachfront Resort 

Dubai, UAE 

Centra Mirage Beach Resort Dubai leisure-pool

Located on Dubai’s Deira Islands, family-focused Centara Mirage Beachfront Resort has everything you need to cool off from the hot desert sun – and it’s budget-friendly. Boasting an entire water park complete with lagoon pools, lazy river, and colorful splash-pad for your littlest ones, the focus here is on fun. There’s even a pool with an inflatable obstacle course for those with a competitive streak. centarahotelsresorts.com

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Ronee Uyeshiro is a writer who lives on the North Shore of Kaua’i with her husband and 3-year old son

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