We all know the feeling: You’re relaxing in the warm waters of a pool in a luxury hotel, enjoying the views. The last thing you want to do is get out – even for something as simple as topping up your drink. Fortunately, more and more hotels are embracing the latest must-have for any pool-time relaxation: the swim-up bar.
Stylish, chic and above all – convenient, swim-up bars mean you can order a round without even leaving the pool. To help you find your favourite, trivago.sg has put together a list of the best swim-up hotel bars from around the world. Cheers!
CRYSTAL COVE, Barbados
If you’re looking for a relaxing break on the water, what better place than the Caribbean? With three lagoon-style tropical pools on offer, luxury hotel Crystal Cove in Barbados makes an excellent choice. The hotel has a range of activities on offer, including tennis courts and a golf course, but the resort’s crème de la crème has to be its scenic swim-up bar in a secluded grotto, half-hidden by a waterfall.
For more information, go to www.trivago.sg/crystal-cove
HOTEL MONTE MULINI, Rovinj, Croatia
Located in a quiet cove on the beautiful Istrian coast, Hotel Monte Mulini is a boutique hotel with a difference. With a wellness spa, several bars and even an elegant wine-cellar restaurant, indulgence is the name of the game at this hotel. All rooms and suites here have views over the harbour – but why hide away in your room when you can enjoy the beauty of the Croatian coast from the swim-up bar?
For more information, go to www.trivago.sg/maistra-monte-mulini
KEMPINSKI HOTEL & RESIDENCES PALM JUMEIRAH, Dubai, UAE
Found on Dubai’s iconic palm island, the Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah offers a real taste of opulence. The luxury hotel complex offers spectacular views of the city’s skyline across the water from a private beach. But with temperature control, palm trees and surrounding tropical gardens, the pool is where you’ll want to spend your time under the hot sun, which luckily comes with a stylish swim-up bar.
For more information, go to www.trivago.sg/residences-palm-jumeirah
ROOM MATE GRACE, New York City, US
You don’t need to be by the coast to enjoy the indulgence of a swim-up bar, Room Mate Grace in Manhatten offers its guests exactly that – right from Times Square. Just a stone’s throw from everything New York has to offer, this modern hotel is centred around a chic indoor pool with its own bar. The hotel offers a range of well-furnished contemporary rooms, from communal four-beds to premium suites – perfect for your stay in the Big Apple.
For more information, go to www.trivago.sg/room-mate-grace
THE KEE RESORT & SPA, Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Of course, you don’t need to travel halfway around the world to enjoy your own swim-up pool. A little closer to home is Phuket’s The Kee Resort & Spa, a slice of contemporary luxury in a tropical paradise where style and design come first. The hotel has six different types of rooms and boasts eight treatment rooms in its spa, which is modelled on the Sino-Portuguese architecture of Old Phuket. At the heart of the complex, you’ll find the state-of-the-art outdoor pool with jet fountains and a swim-up bar – perfect for continuing your relaxation away from the spa.
For more information, go to www.trivago.sg/the-kee-resort-spa
HYATT REGENCY MAUI RESORT & SPA, Maui, Hawaii
If you’re looking for an exotic island getaway with plenty of natural beauty, Hawaii is the place for you. The Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa on the island of Maui really makes the most of its tropical surroundings. Its stylish suites enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and the shore is dotted with intimate beach huts. But to really connect with the natural beauty of the island, grab a drink in the secluded swim-up grotto bar, hidden from view.
For more information, go to www.trivago.sg/hyatt-regency-maui-resort-spa
WESTIN LAGUNAMAR OCEAN RESORT, Cancun, Mexico
Few resorts are as perfectly laid out as the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort in Cancun: Villas and suites face out to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, while the intricate network of pools, fountains and whirlpool spas lead from your doorstep to the golden sands of the beach. Here, outside is definitely the place to be, with sun loungers, a waterslide and regular SCUBA diving and aqua aerobics sessions. And of course, a swim-up bar – perfect for watching the sunset over the Caribbean.
For more information, go to www.trivago.sg/the-westin-lagunamar
BLAU COLONIA SANT JORDI RESORT & SPA, Colonia de Sant Jordi, Mallorca
The Blau Colonia Sant Jardi Resort & Spa on the southern tip of Mallorca is every bit the island paradise. A family friendly hotel with plenty of children’s entertainment, the hotel spans an impressive eight hectares and boasts a large outdoor pool for making the most of the Mediterranean climate. What better place for a relaxing drink in the sun?
For more information, go to www.trivago.sg/blau-colonia-sant-jordi-resort-spa
THE REGENT PALMS, Turks and Caicos Islands
The Regent Palms is one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets, located a stone’s throw from Grace Bay Beach – one of the most beautiful in the world – in the idyllic Turks and Caicos Islands. The resort offers premium indulgence and relaxation to help you make the most of your break, with a fitness complex, a wellness centre and a chic infinity pool. After a long day of pampering, why not relax with a drink at the swim-up bar?
For more information, go to www.trivago.sg/the-regent-palms
CLUBHOTEL RIU KARAMBOA, Boa Vista, Cape Verde
Set amongst the unique desert-like landscape of Boa Vista, ClubHotel Riu Karamboa is a true oasis. The all-inclusive hotel features a host of activities to suit couples, families and other visitors, but the surrounding dry area is home to some inviting beaches. And if you work up a sweat exploring the volcanic landscape, don’t forget to cool off in the evening at the hotel’s glamourous swim-up bar.
For more information, go to www.trivago.sg/clubhotel-riu-karamboa
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