Eight Great Resort Pools to Laze Away The Last Days of Summer

It’s hard to believe that we’re headed into the last week­end of “sum­mer.” Although many of your local swim­ming holes will close after Labor Day, resort pools often stay open year round. Whether you were prac­ti­cally born with webbed feet or you pre­fer to sim­ply lounge pool­side, these eight great resort pools are the per­fect place to take your last dip of the season.


Surf & Sand Resort– Laguna Beach, CA 
Surf & Sand Resort’s pool deck sits atop a cliff that pro­vides panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean below. The invit­ing chaise lounges, sooth­ing sounds of the waves, faint smell of sea salt and the warm­ing sun will coax you into a state of pool­side relaxation.





Evian Royal Resort — Evian, France
It’s no great sur­prise that a resort known for its famous water would also boast fab­u­lous swim­ming facil­i­ties. One of our favorite pools of all time, the infin­ity pool at the Evian Royal over­looks Lake Geneva. Swim at sun­set for spec­tac­u­lar views of the lake and Switzer­land — whose bor­der can be found on the lake’s other shore.

Casta Diva Resort — Lake Como, Italy
It’s a pool inside a lake at the posh Casta Diva Resort, the for­mer home of com­poser Bellini’s muse and lover, Guiditta Pasta. The lux­ury resort offers a float­ing dock that dou­bles as a pool — plunked right into the mid­dle of Lake Como. And yes, you just might see George Clooney. His home is just across the lake.


Capella Pedre­gal — Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 
Offer­ing sweep­ing views of where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, Capella Pedre­gal’s main infin­ity pool is one of many on prop­erty. Each suite offers a pri­vate plunge pool.



Sugar Ridge Resort — Antigua 
One of our favorite parts of this Antiguan gem set high into the hills is the pri­vate pool that sits near its fine din­ing restau­rant, Carmichael’s. The per­fect spot to gaze out over crys­tal clear waters and watch the sun­set (fruity drink in hand), the pool at Sugar Ridge Resort is sur­rounded by lush trop­i­cal blossoms.


Wash­ing­ton School House — Park City, UT
The exclu­sive Park City bou­tique hotel has just recently opened in Decem­ber 2011 with twelve spec­tac­u­lar suites, a his­toric liv­ing space with 16ft ceil­ings, a roar­ing fire, chic ski lounge and a new heated pool ter­raced in the hill­side over­look­ing the beau­ti­ful Wasatch moun­tains range and Park City’s down­town.  For added enjoy­ment of the nat­ural sur­round­ings, the pri­vately sit­u­ated heated out­door lap pool is per­fect for post-ski relax­ation or sum­mer swims. Stargaz­ing is unavoidable.


Paresa Resort — Phuket, Thailand
Hid­den in the cliffs amongst a lush trop­i­cal land­scape Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thai­land boasts breath­tak­ing views of the Andaman sea. The aqua pool suites, dima spa suites, cliff pool vil­las and cielo res­i­dences all pro­vide pri­vate infin­ity pools that look out onto the sparkling water and the talay suites are steps away from the joint access lux­u­ri­ous over­flow­ing infin­ity pool. Guests can enjoy mas­sages by their pri­vate infin­ity pool and enjoy din­ner on the lounges in the pri­vate pool gaz­ing at the starts of the clear Phuket sky.
—McLean Rob­bins for Lux­ury Travel Mavens
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