8 Ultimate Pools Worth the Trip

The super luxe swimming holes featured on Travel Channel's Ultimate Pools will make you want to skip the beach.

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With summer just around the corner and fun, oversized floats available everywhere, your next splurge-worthy trip should include plenty of downtime lounging poolside. Whether it’s an infinity pool that you can step into from your balcony, an underground hot tub in a lava cave or one with a 100-foot waterslide, these are the kinds of pools vacation dreams are made of.

1. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club; Maui, Hawaii

The Super Pool lives up to its name, sprawling over 3.5 acres and boasting waterfalls and grottos, but the most impressive part is the speed slide that stretches over 100 feet long and drops riders at high speeds right into the water.

2. El Dorado Casitas Royale; Tulum, Mexico

Imagine stepping out of your hotel room and right into the water. At this Tulum hotel, it’s possible; Casitas suites come with an infinity pool on the balcony with a view over the palm trees and lush grounds.

3. Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort; Waikoloa Village, Hawaii

This luxury resort on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast was originally built on top of a lava field, which might be hard to believe with its manicured grounds and numerous amenities. For guests who want to see something truly unique, there’s more to explore in the lava caves, where there are three hidden hot tubs with an incredible view.

4. Fontainebleau; Miami Beach, Florida

The view of the Miami Beach skyline only gets better when the Fontainebleau’s sparkling blue pools are lit up at night.

5. Reunion Resort; Orlando, Florida

While there’s a lazy river, water park and fun pool games for kids on the ground level, grown ups will appreciate the family-friendly rooftop pool 11 stories up. Stay after closing time in the evening for poolside music and cocktail service.

6. Radisson Grenada Beach Resort; St. George’s, Grenada

The Oasis Pool is aptly named; surrounded by palms and tropical plants, guests can easily swim in the shallow water to the swim-up bar, lounge under waterfalls, spend time in the jacuzzis and walk over the bridge to the grill for lunch.

7. Moon Palace Jamaica Grande; Ocho Rios, Jamaica

At this island resort, seasoned instructors teach guests how to surf on the Flow Rider surfing simulator. You’ll be ready for real waves in no time!

8. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa; Koloa, Hawaii

Beach bums and eager swimmers both have their pick of water activities in the Salt Water Lagoon, from cruising down the lazy river in a floating chair with a drink in hand or scuba diving lessons to barreling down a 150-foot waterslide.

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