10 Hotel Pools Worth Traveling for This Summer

If the water is the destination, these hotels have got the pools for you and your family.

Ramsey QubeinJun 22, 2021
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If you’re looking to take a refreshing dip this summer, some hotel pools are truly epic and worth the journey. Whether it’s the stunning view, a clever design or a long list of amenities to enjoy, these hotels with pools (and the corresponding loyalty points you can earn and redeem during your stay) will have you splashing around in no time.

World of Hyatt

1. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Greater Palm Springs, California

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Following a multimillion-dollar renovation, the hotel pool at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa will have families excited for hours on end. It features two dueling water slides, a lazy river for floating in the sunshine and splash pads for kids. There are also dive-in, family-friendly movie nights on weekends. As a Category 5 property, redemption nights start at 20,000 points.

2. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is part of MGM Resorts, which has a unique partnership with World of Hyatt. You’ll have to join MGM’s M life Rewards program and match your status first to be able to earn or redeem Hyatt points. Then, guests can earn at least 5 points per dollar spent on eligible charges at Mandalay Bay, as well as any other MGM property around town. This includes charges like dining, entertainment, spa and salon services and pool passes that are charged back to your room. Mandalay Bay’s pool, especially, is incredible thanks to 11 acres of outdoor play space including a beach, wave pool, lazy river, and cabanas and bungalows everywhere.

3. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs (Naples), Florida

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In Bonita Springs, Florida, near Naples, the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa offers a hotel with a pool experience that families will love. Splashing waterfalls, water slides, thickly cushioned chairs and a lazy river provide plenty of diversions. As a Category 5 property, redemption nights start at 20,000 points.

Marriott Bonvoy

4. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Not only does The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa have a FlowRider for budding water athletes, but it also boasts a water park with a lazy river and 110-foot-long water slide. Guests can float around the pool in inflatable tubes, lounge in a poolside cabana or the pool “island” dubbed Tommy Bahama Relaxation Reef. This Scottsdale resort is a Category 6 property, which means a redemption night goes for between 35,000 and 60,000 points.

5. Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas

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Just minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center is hardly like any other airport hotel. Designed for large meetings and events, the resort has plenty of family-friendly activities to keep everyone happy, even those visiting for work. The resort has water slides, waterfalls, a kids play area, pool basketball, lagoon, cabanas and 4.5 acres of indoor gardens and waterways. As a Marriott Bonvoy Category 5 property, a redemption night goes for between 27,500 and 40,000 points.

6. Marriott Marquis Houston

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As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and the Marriott Marquis Houston does not disappoint with its Texas-shaped lazy river rooftop pool. Live music, sunken lounge chairs and a bridge that “crisscrosses the state” make this an entertaining pool to enjoy on the ground or from your room’s view. As a Category 6 property, a redemption night costs between 35,000 and 60,000 points.

7. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Photo courtesy of JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

The pools, water slides, cabanas and splash areas are a must for families this summer. Known as the 9-acre River Bluff Water Experience, it includes an adult pool, 650-foot rapid river ride, sandy beach-entry swimming pool and whirlpools. The hot Texas heat almost draws you to the pool, which is heated for year-round use. San Antonio has a lot of tourist sites outside of the hotel making it an educational road trip stop. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is a Category 6 property, which means that a redemption night costs between 35,000 and 60,000 points.

IHG Rewards

8. Holiday Inn Club Vacations At Orange Lake Resort

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Orlando has a lot of great family pools, and IHG Rewards fans will find a great option at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations At Orange Lake Resort. Spanning 1,450 acres, the resort features four separate village areas for accommodations. Altogether, the property has seven pools, water slides, a lazy river and splash zones for kids. IHG Rewards uses a dynamic pricing model for award nights, which means the price can vary depending on the particular date.

Hilton Honors

9. Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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The oceanfront pools at the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico offer stunning views of the water from beneath lounge chairs shaded by palm trees. Guests can wade over for a drink from the swim-up bar or enjoy the whirlpools, kids’ fountain pool and two larger pools. The sounds of a pool waterfall add to the relaxation especially for those that book one of the private pool cabanas. Hilton Honors’ dynamic pricing model means that redemption night rates vary based on the date.

10. Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Hawaii

Photo courtesy of Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

There’s no question that the pools at Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort are out of this world. In addition to an adults-only pool, the famous Wailea Canyon Activity Pool features water slides, a rope swing, a swim-up pool and even a water elevator. There are nine pools across six levels, connected via water slides and rapids that move you along. There are also six waterfalls and three whirlpools. Like other Hilton Honors properties, redemption rates using points vary by night as the program has switched to a dynamic pricing model.

If your family wants to maximize time at the hotel pool

Whatever your loyalty program of choice, there are many great opportunities to splash with your family and friends this summer while earning or redeeming points in the process. Multiply the points earnings when paying with a hotel loyalty-branded credit card, or maximize the onsite perks by using a hotel-branded card that already comes with elite status for the best experience.


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