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There’s nothing more annoying than having to drag yourself out of a heavenly pool and into hot weather, find a towel, dry off, locate your flip flops and march over to the bar—all just to order a margarita. It’s either that or wait until a server happens to walk by, which is never often enough. But getting your next drink is a lot easier at these hotels, where you just have to swim up to the bar and perch yourself on an underwater bar stool, staying cool while imbibing a tropical drink.

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Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Maui

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea: Maui, HI

The adults-only saltwater Serenity Pool at this Four Seasons boasts elevated, unobstructed views of Lanai and the West Maui Mountains. Its pool includes a gorgeous and relaxing swim-up bar and also bubble loungers, underwater music, whirlpools and six 160-square foot luxury cabanas. TIP: The pool can be reserved for thosewho want to extend the fun after sunset.


Photo courtesy of Harrah’s Resort Southern California

Harrah’s Resort Southern California: Valley Center, CA

The 21-and-older “wade-up” bar at this casino resort 48 miles northwest of downtown San Diego allows guests to stay cool while having a cocktail or bite without having to towel off. The pool area also features three hot tubs, a waterfall hot tub, eight cabanas, seven luxury loungers and afire pit. 


Photo courtesy of Tropicana Las Vegas

Tropicana: Las Vegas, Nevada

The seasonal pool at the Tropicana Las Vegas features a swim-up bar where you can also play blackjack, one of the most popular gambling games for visitors from around the world. The pool is situated on almost two acres with waterfalls and tropical landscaping. When out of the pool, visitors can lounge in a daybed or cabana.

Photo courtesy of Westin Resort and Spa

Photo courtesy of Westin Resort and Spa

The Westin Resort Villas & Spa: Los Cabos, Mexico

Swim up to Margarita’s Pool Bar for a cold drink and view of the ocean over the infinity-edged pool, or dry off and sit at the walk-up side of the bar. After the sun sets, end the daywith a romantic private beach dinner for two.

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Photo courtesy of RIU Ocho Rios

ClubHotel Riu: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The swim-up bar at Riu is part of a larger complex that includes a fresh water swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, solarium terrace, gym, sauna and the Renova Spa wellness center with a range of different treatments and massages. Additionally, there’s a vast beach right outside the hotel which is ideal for sunbathing.


Photo courtesy of The Warwick Fiji

Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa: Viti Levu, Fiji

Pull up an underwater bar stool at the Warwick’s swim-up bar for a coolcocktail under the hot sun. You don’t even have to worry about drying off for lunch because you can order right from the food menu for in-pool dining (so to speak). The pool also has a spa and sauna, hot and cold pools, and is steps from the beach. 


Photo courtesy of Catalonia Punta Cana

Catalonia Bavaro Beach Golf and Casino Resort: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The pool at the adults-only, all-inclusive Catalonia Bavarao Resort offers guests the chance to chill out while sipping a cocktail at a lively swim-up bar adorned with a large thatched roof. After a dip in the pool, take a stroll along the unspoiled stretch of the resort’s private beach.


Photo courtesy of The Kee Resort and Spa

Kee Resort & Spa, Patong Beach: Phuket, Thailand

The Kee tropical resort features a state-of-the-art, lagoon-like swimming pool with a relaxing sunken swim-up bar and a grand fountain that shoots water 12 meters high, so needless to say, it does not disappoint. For a romantic escape, visit the pool at night when it is lit in a myriad of colors and swim out to its secluded waterfall.

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2 thoughts on “The world’s most incredible swim up bars”

  1. La Paloma in Tucson, swim up pool bar is nice. Good water slide very nearby. Close enough so I can watch my kids, far enough away to ignore them, and fun for a couple of runs myself, till I miss my underwater barstool that is.

  2. I have been to the KEE Resort in Thailand and it is an amazing place 🙂 Totally recommend it if you ever go to Asia.

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