The latest trend for international hotels is to have the biggest or best swimming pool in town. Infinity edges, waterslides, whirlpools, luxury cabanas, private plunge pools, the descriptions are endless.
The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has opened the most innovative recreational area you could imagine. The creation of ‘Wet Republic‘ has totally redefined poolside entertainment. It features two spectacular saltwater pools, eight individual pools and spas, exclusive VIP Bungalows, hip party cabanas, spacious daybeds and oversized deluxe chaise lounges. From 11am until dusk, DJs spin the turntables playing the latest tracks, guests dance around the pool whilst enjoying cocktails, and the sundeck becomes a stage for the latest entertainment headliners. This is the ultimate Pool Party.
The Coral at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas has also taken the hotel swimming pool into the next millennium. Guests have access to Atlantis’ new Aquaventure, a sprawling waterscape of pools, waterslides, and rivers. The Slide Tower has four waterslides in a 120-foot tower: the Abyss (a 50-foot, near vertical drop ending in an underground lair of prehistoric alligator gars), the Drop (which propels riders up the tower via water jets and then down through the Tower’s dark center), the Falls, and the Surge. Aquaventure also houses a mile-long river ride and 11 rock climbing walls. With a focus on conservation and education, Dolphin Cay offers interactions with 20 bottlenose dolphins in their own habitat. Guests can also observe more than 50,000 marine mammals at Altantis’ Marine Habitat.
If you prefer a more quiet, relaxing time by the pool then perhaps the Banyan Tree Mahe, Seychelles is a better option. There are just 36 villas at this exotic luxury resort, some with private pools or whirlpools. Each villa also offers colonial plantation style interiors, a living area, a king-size bed, a pavilion with living/dining area, a private bathroom with open-air sunken tub and shower and a sun lounger on the private deck, and in-room safe.
With the world famous Waikiki Beach on its doorstep, you wouldn’t think that the Halekulani Honolulu would need a fantastic swimming pool, but theirs is just spectacular. The 3,772-square-foot outdoor pool features an orchid mosaic that is comprised of over one million imported glass tiles. The sundeck is overlooked by palm trees and personal attendants are available to provide guests with cold towels, magazines, CDs, and more.
The best thing about a great hotel swimming pool is that you can watch the kids splash about whilst sipping a cocktail and reading the latest gossip magazines – and you won’t track sand from the local beach all through your hotel room. Don’t forget the sunscreen!