With summer travel on the horizon (so close these school kids can almost taste it), and the adults happily in post-pandemic travel planning mode, we want to bring you some next-level, family-friendly pools at hotels you can book right now on CheapAir.com.
Here are our top picks throughout the United States.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa
San Antonio, Texas
Texas can get plenty hot during the summer, so to make sure you’re cooling off why not stay at a property with loads of family fun at the pool! Take your pick from a 950-foot lazy river, a 22-foot water slide, a surfing simulator, a sandy beach and 4 pools to choose from, along with one zero entry option for the smaller tots in your crew.
Arizona Grand Resort
With warm weather year round, Phoenix is one of those destinations that has an abundance of riches for families who like to swim. But we like the Arizona Grand Resort for its awesome location (where Phoenix, tempe and Scottsdale meet – it’s truly the center of all the action), and for the options it’s serving. You can choose from 6 swimming areas on the grounds, and there’s a little something special at each. In addition to all of those, the Oasis Park has 3 water slides, a 10,000 square foot wave pool, and a lazy river, natch.
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
You can’t do a post about family travel and leave off one of the destinations that is (arguably) the family-friendliest! DisneyWorld has been open for months and months already, but if you’re looking for the best family pool in Orlando, it might just be the pool at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes. This is also a two-fer option, as guests from the JW Marriott also have access to the Ritz Carleton’s lovely pool next door (and vice versa). But the Grande Lakes pool offers a giant, 24,000 square foot, zero-entry lazy river experience to enjoy during your stay.
Queens, New York
The TWA Hotel is connected to JFK by an elevator in Terminal 5, so if you have a layover in New York, this hotel kinda can’t be ebay for convenience of location. It also offers one of the most unique experiences on ou list, with an infinity pool that overlooks the tarmac. Airplane loving kids can watch planes take off and land while swimming!
Grand Wailea Resort
The Grand Wailea offers so much bang for the buck. First of all, the hotel property is near some of the most spectacular beaches on the planet. So you could never even take advantage of the pools at the Wailea and no one would bat an eye. Having said that – the hotel has a dizzying array of swimming experiences. There’s a choice of nine pools to tempt you. One has a Tarzan theme, including a rope swing that kids adore. There’s a 2,000 foot river that alternates between “lazy” and whitewater speeds. There are 5 water slides, 3 hot tubs, 6 waterfalls and an actual water “elevator” that rises and falls out of a “volcano” that defies description. The whole shebang is set in a gorgeous, tropical landscape of course.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Broadmoor’s infinity pool backs up against Cheyenne Lake and the mountains beyond, which for sheer spectacular beauty is hard to beat for a backdrop for watching your kids splash around. Which they certainly will in the wading pool, water slides, whirlpool and indoor pool.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
The Fontainebleau prides itself on offering luxury for both the adults and kids and describes 11 pool “experiences,” for you to enjoy. There are “adults only” pool areas along with multiple options for the kiddos. The tiniest littles (and their caretakers) will appreciate the 18” deep zero entry pool, while the bigger kids will make a beeline for the water slide (48” height requirement) and spray canopy. Don’t forget to enjoy the property’s signature “bow tie” pool, where you can relax underneath a man-made waterfall.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Rancho Mirage, California
The Omni’s pool area is called “Splashtopia,” and with a name like that, you can be sure this is a kid-friendly poolapalooza. Splashtopia sports a lazy river that wraps around the entire pool complex, a ton of fountains and sprinklers for the little to frolic in, and 2 – count ‘em – 2 100 foot long water slides. There is a 42” height requirement (and it is enforced) so make sure your kiddos are big enough to partake in the fun.
Killington Grand Hotel
Our pick for the best summer/winter pool for families is the Killington Grand Hotel, located close to the slopes in the wonderful ski town of Killington, Vermont. In the winter you can swim from the heated indoor pool through a plastic barrier into the outdoor pool. Your kids will get a charge out of jumping from snow drifts directly into the water!
Las Vegas, Nevada
Everything about Las Vegas is “extra”, and the family pool scene sure doesn’t disappoint! Most of the Strip hotels have a pool complex, but be careful to check into which ones cater more to the adult crowd. This is why we like the Mandalay Bay. The pool area boasts 11 acres of pool playscape, including a sandy beach, wave pool, and lazy river. Bring your own inner tube or rent one to take a ride on the lazy river, and grab some lunch at the Beach Bar & Grill, the poolside restaurant.
There are other options if a lounge by the pool isn’t your family’s cup of tea. We love beach camping and travel to Europe. Really, the opportunities are endless. We’re so excited to bring you travel at all this year! Please let us know where you’re excited to go in the comments below. We’d love to hear what you’re contemplating!