Bucket Lust List: Top 10 Luxury Hotel Pools to Visit in the USA

If you’ve started to dream up your summer hotel travel plans then this post might inspire you to get booked today.

There’s nothing like a dip in a refreshing pool in the heat of the summer. Whether you crave the desert, a pool next to the beach or a city retreat there is something to splash in for all. Summer vacations should be easy, with plenty of relaxation at your fingertips. These 10 pools are located at the finest hotels and resorts…so while you dive in you can expect all of your needs to be well catered to.

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Enchantment Resort | Sedona, AZ

If you’ve never experienced Sedona then this is how to do it! Enchantment is a secluded spot in Boynton Canyon with an ever present Native American history. Every moment spent here is enchanting and enlightening. You are surrounded by red rocks while enjoying the peace and quiet of nature. Take advantage of the Mii Amo spa while you are here in paradise.

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The Raleigh Hotel | Miami Beach, FL

Located in the heart of South Beach on Collins Avenue, this iconic grand dame hotel is know for it’s old world art deco glamour. Not to mention, it’s on 100 feet of prime beachfront property. The pool is splendid and has it’s own unique history, built in 1947, it is the place to be and to be seen in SB.

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The Amangiri | Canyon Point, Utah

Amangiri also known as the “peaceful mountain” will beckon you while in it’s protected valley. At the pool you will enjoy sweeping views over ancient, colorful, stratified rock towards the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. While there, also experience the spa which aims to reflect the healing traditions of the Navajo through the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water.

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Dream Hotel | Downtown, NYC

Just because your are staying in the hustle bustle of the Big Apple doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some pool time. This boutique hotel will wow you with a glass-bottomed, roof top swimming pool. While lounging (or swimming) indulge in some delicious cocktails and don’t forget to show off that stunning swimsuit.

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Garden of the Gods | Colorado Springs, CO

Soak in this infinity pool while gazing over million-year-old rock formations…that beckon you to hike. Unless you just want to splash splash around instead. 14,155 foot Pike’s Peak is prominent and for the record it’s the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

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Gateway Resort | Gateway Canyons, CO

Whenever I can, I make a pit stop in Gateway in the Palisades region of Colorado. This resort will wow you with spectacular natural views, and the pool is situated right in the heart of pure red rock majesty. While there, also check out the car museum, home to one the most inclusive private collections of the American automobile. The resort was built by John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel and Discovery Communications. If you are an ever inquiring soul, then this place is for you. Here’s my post to learn more about this spectacular location.

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Shutters on the Beach | Santa Monica, CA

When visiting LA it’s a top priority to spend time at the pool and on the beach, Where better to do this than Shutters. This luxury beachside hotel will pamper you in every way. Relax in a cabana with
full poolside service. And as they say “Of course, if you prefer the bigger pool, it’s located just beyond the sand.” Shutters is located near everything you could want to do in sunny Los Angeles…shopping, food, cafes, bars and of course, the beach!

photo credit: The Biltmore
photo credit: The Biltmore

The Biltmore | Miami/Coral Gables, FL

Escape into classic luxury at this hotel built back in 1926. This is one of the largest pools in the continental USA, measuring approximately 23,000 square feet. That means there is plenty of room to spread out Don’t forget to reserve your private cabana too. These are pimped out cabanas with flat screen TV’s, lots of room to lounge. And of course, the most attentive staff that will cater to your every need.

The Joule | Dallas, TX

This pool literally hangs over the city of Dallas! It’s unreal what technology and awesomely enlightened designers can come up with. This neo-Gothic 1920’s landmark hotel was renovated in 2007. Classic meets modern throughout. Inside the hotel you will be swooned by World-class art, award-winning food, craft drinks, and plenty of cozy nooks to read that book you’ve been wanting to dive into!

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SLS Las Vegas | Las Vegas, NV

There are three pools to choose from at this gorgeous Las Vegas boutique hotel. Choose from the Foxtail, Retro or Grand Pools. You can book a cabana ahead of time at each of them. At each rooftop pools you will find excellent cuisine, librations and entertainment. Each of the three towers at this hotel has it’s own unique personality…I’m sure you can find something to suit your every wish and whim.

~ Marla Meridith

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