A big part of planning a vacation is choosing the right hotel. The quickest way to ruin your dream vacation is by booking a hotel that’s more like a motel…in a straight-to-Crackle horror movie—but let me be clear, booking a hotel that doesn’t have a swim-up pool is just as bad. We’ve all been in those predicaments where we want to go swimming, but don’t feel like having to pack the world’s largest beach bag just to bring the bare necessities—suntan lotion, a beach towel, a book, snacks (and the list only gets longer, especially if you’re travelling with family).
Swim-up pools alleviate all of that—all you’ll need to do once you’re ready to go swimming is take three steps outside of your hotel room. The pool is part of your room, and while it isn’t necessarily private, it is accessible, allowing you to be peak lazy.
Here is a list of 12 luxury hotels with swim-up pools that I wouldn’t think twice about booking:
1 Finest Playa Mujeres
5,894 reviews tripadvisor.com
Set among the remarkable white powder sands of Playa Mujeres, Mexico, Finest Playa Mujeres is the place to go if you need some relaxation. The turquoise waters are sure to leave you mesmerized, and after a trip to their spa, you’ll be left feeling zen and completely centred.
2 Excellence El Carmen
4,285 reviews tripadvisor.com
Newly married? Or looking to escape the kids? Excellence El Carmen is an all-adult resort located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic on a beach that looks like it’s straight out of a dream. Bonus: The hotel has a beautifully inspired Caribbean style architecture.
3 El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma
With a AAA four-diamond rating, this hotel is the perfect romantic getaway. This adult-only resort is the go-to destination for seaside weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries.
4 Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun
With 435 spacious suites, Azul Beach Resort Riviera can accommodate anyone. You’ll find that there is something for everyone— activities for the children to keep them occupied, an adult pool for some ‘alone time,’ a tennis court, and a spa.
5 Sensatori Resort Punta Cana
Prepare yourself for their designer interiors, and the view from Uvero Alto Beach. With daybeds on the beach, a theatre, and a sports complex—there’s no way you won’t be left wishing you could extend your stay.
6 Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites & Spa Resort
The name says it all, this place is made for a princess. This adult only resort is in the heart of Rivera Maya, where the Caribbean waters are crystal clear. If you’re looking to ‘unplug,’ and practice mindfulness then this is the resort for you.
7 The Bandha Hotel & Suites
Located only a 25-minute drive from the airport and a hop, skip, and a jump from the famous Kuta and Legian beaches—this resort will not disappoint. The hotel is, “meticulously designed to indulge the mind, body and soul of couples and honeymooners,” according to TripAdvisor.
8 Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar
The Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar is ideal for people who have never been to the Dominican Republic. There’s an outdoor Jacuzzi spa, tennis courts (yes, they have more than one), and my personal favorite—a shopping mall filled with local stores.
9 Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla is truly a paradise. When you enter the hotel room you’ll find a bath robe and slippers waiting for you. As well as marble floors and a rainfall shower. If you’re a foodie, then you’ll be overjoyed that they have 14 restaurants—the options are endless!
10 TRS Turquesa Hotel Resort
In need of some VIP treatment? This hotel is an exclusive VIP area within the Grand Palladium Resort in Punta Cana. Stay in your room and enjoy the swim-up pool, or go lay on a sun bed by the beach—whatever your heart desires.