Hotel pools aren’t just for kids anymore. Whether they’re luxurious, thrilling or simply relaxing, stylish soaking makes for hotel bragging rights and most importantly, fun stays. Competition is fierce – meaning you could spend all summer being wet and wowed from one location to the next.

Crooked River Water Park

Crooked River Water Park

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Everything is bigger in Texas, including their pools. You could kick back and relax at the Crooked River Water Park, but you’ll have a whole lot more fun if you do some serious splashing. The water park at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa has a 1,000-foot lazy river tube ride, waterslide and a beach entry pool complete with sand. Folks looking for a quieter pool retreat should head to the adult pool.

Photo Courtesy Golden Nugget

The Tank, Photo Courtesy Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Get an inside look at a 200,000 gallon shark aquarium when you slide your way through it. The pool at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas is known as The Tank. A three-story waterslide shoots you through the well-stocked Shark Tank. The slide moves pretty fast, so there’s not a whole lot of time to look at the sea creatures swimming next to you, but that’s okay, you’ll have plenty of time once you land in the pool. It encircles the shark tank. You can swim up and check out the show.

Pool Games Anyone?

Pool Games Anyone?

The Saguaro Scottsdale

Everything is bright and colorful at the Saguaro Scottsdale, and the pools are no exception.

Take your pick between the large rectangular main pool and the smaller, quieter circle shaped pool next door appropriately called the Calma Pool. Sunshine yellow umbrellas and lounge cushions give both pools a modern, fun vibe. The over-sized Connect Four game at the main pool is a popular way to play and stay dry.

Backyard Beauty, Photo Courtesy The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Backyard Beauty, Photo Courtesy The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

This is what you wish your backyard looked like. The year-round heated outdoor pool has hot tubs and a kiddie pool, but its mid-mountain backdrop provides a scenic swim backdrop. Just a few steps onto the grass and you can play a number of backyard games including oversized game of Jenga, cornhole and bocce ball. Sit in the pool lounge chaise and you can see when the Marshmology cart rolls out for nightly s’mores making.

Rooftop View

Santa Barbara Rooftop View

Canary, Santa Barbara

There’s just something about rooftop pools – and when the panoramic view is of Santa Barbara it only sweetens the deal. The Rooftop Pool at the Canary is small but packs a punch. When the sun goes down starry skies provide an equally impressive view.

Turtle Splash Time

Turtle Splash Time

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Loreto

The pool is what immediately grabs guests attention when they arrive at the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa in Loreto Mexico. Shaped like a turtle, it’s spacious as pools go, offering plenty of room to float without feeling crowded. The turtle’s body is the main pool, while the head is a kids’ zone. The fins are hot tubs and soaking pools.

Whale of a Time

Whale of a Time

Kaanapali Beach Hotel Whale

It doesn’t get much more old school than the whale shaped pool at Kaanapali Beach Hotel and that’s what makes it so great. A short walk off the beach, surrounded by a tropical garden setting that includes fragrant plumeria trees, it’s a perfect spot to splash or sit in the sun.