For many warm-weather vacation planners, the pool is a major factor in deciding on a destination. And what makes a pool even better for many adults? A bar! But the setting is a crucial factor as well; no one wants to sip pina coladas while facing a concrete wall. So we searched the globe for hotels that don’t just have incredible pool bars, but have incredible pool bars that offer sweeping vistas of the surrounding areas. Here, find 11 of our favorites.
The Amalfi Coast is without a doubt one of the more eye-catching destinations in the world, so it’s not surprising that one of its hotels would have a gorgeous view from its poolside bar. At the Belmond Hotel Caruso, which is housed in an 11th-century villa, guests can gaze over the Tyrrhenian Sea with a drink in hand.
In need of a remote getaway? This is it. Located in the isolated Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, Hotel Punta Islita is two-and-a-half hours from the international airport in Liberia and nearly four from the one in San Jose. But if you make the harrowing drive over rugged roads, you’ll be rewarded with a cool cocktail at the infinity pool’s swim-up bar, Harry’s.
If you’re looking to visit Miami but you want to stay off of South Beach, head downtown to Kimpton’s Epic Hotel. It has not one, but two rooftop pools—with a bar, of course—that offer you vistas of the city’s ever changing skyline.
Now this is how you do Tuscany. The hilltop village of Montalcino in the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco, a hotel on an 800-year-old estate. The town is highly regarded for its Brunello di Montalcino wine, and enjoying a glass at the poolside bar in the summertime is a special treat.
The swanky Skybar atop the Grand Central Hotel is one of Barcelona’s most popular spots (of those not designed by Gaudí). The rooftop infinity pool is a nice spot for a dip in the afternoon, and the bar starts to buzz in the evening. Skybar is open to non-guests after 9 p.m. during summer, and all day long in the winter.
Snow-capped mountains and a serene lake provide the perfect backdrop to an extraordinary infinity pool at the Llao Llao Hotel & Resort in western Argentina. While the outdoor pool doesn’t have a bar, the adjacent indoor pool—with glass walls to showcase the view—does.
Guests can take in the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea from the poolside bar at Lindos Memories on the Greek island of Rhodes. After a refreshing cocktail, you might have a hard time choosing where to relax—the private beach or the infinity pool.
Though it’s a family-friendly hotel, Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas has a real treat for the adults. It takes the swim-up bar to the next level—by making it a hot tub swim-up bar. Kuku’s Jacuzzi Beach Bar looks right out onto the sea.
Like many other rooftop bars, the one at the Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel is a real hot spot with a great view. While you can relax at the pool by day, professional DJs turn up the volume at night.
There’s a good reason there are so many infinity pools on this list—why build one if the view beyond isn’t spectacular? This holds true at the Acuatico Beach Resort & Hotel in Luzon, where the seats at the bar have great views of the horizon.
It doesn’t get more picturesque than the mountainous St. Lucia. At the Jade Mountain Resort, each suite has its own infinity pool, but there’s also one right in the middle of the Jade Mountain Club restaurant.
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