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Top 17 Resorts and Hotels with Swim-Up Bars

One of the reasons to stay at a luxurious oceanfront property is to enjoy the ultimate in relaxation, which means you don’t want to get out of the water and wait for a drink at the bar. That’s why choosing a hotel or a resort with an awesome swim-up bar is really a must. If you plan to spend your days soaking up the sun from the comfort of a refreshing pool with easy access to tropical beverages and cold brews, these options offer some of the very best destinations on the planet to do just that.

Grand Wailea - Maui, Hawaii The Grand Wailea Resort
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Grand Wailea - Maui, Hawaii

At the Grand Wailea, “grand” is truly an understatement. One of the best all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii, this opulent 40-acre resort is renowned for its Wailea Canyon Activity area, which has nine pools connected by a river with small rapids and gentle currents. Its highlights include a water elevator and a spectacular swim-up bar exclusive to guests. Imagine swimming among magnificent waterfalls, slides and caves, taking a break at the Grotto Bar, nestled beneath a waterfall in the 25,700-square-foot Wailea Canyon pool, to enjoy an exotic drink. The pools are known as the best in Hawaii, and guests also have access to one of the top spas, offering everything from massages to mineral baths. Choose a live Maine lobster or live Kona for dinner at the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a restaurant that “floats” in a saltwater lagoon stocked with tropical fish.

Key Amenities:

  • One of Hawaii’s best all-inclusive resorts

  • Renowned aquatic activity area

  • Nine pools connected by river

  • “Floating” restaurant in saltwater lagoon

Catalonia Punta Cana - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Catalonia Punta Cana
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Catalonia Punta Cana - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Catalonia Punta Cana is an adults-only haven that is a meticulous all-inclusive resort with a long list of terrific amenities, including a pristine beach, 18- and 9-hole golf courses, rooms with balconies that feature private hammocks, and a main pool where you can lounge on land or chill out at the fabulous swim-up bar with a lively scene that includes extremely entertaining bartenders. No guest will go thirsty or hungry, with the wide array of bars and eateries, including a 24-hour pizzeria, perfect for late-night munchies. Other activities include archery, tennis, biking and free non-motorized water sports.

Key Amenities:

  • Adults-only all-inclusive haven

  • Rooms with balconies and hammocks

  • 18- and 9-hole golf courses

  • A swim-up bar

Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels, Barbados Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels, Barbados
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Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels, Barbados

Crystal Cove is an all-inclusive resort with lagoon-style pools, one of which offers a swim-up bar tucked right behind a waterfall and inside a cave. This scenic swim-up bar is the resort’s most popular feature. However, the luxury property also features a golf course and tennis courts, so once you’ve finished sipping a cocktail, you can get out and play a while before cooling off in the water with another drink. Winding garden paths connect the whitewashed cottages that spill down a hillside to the beach, where you can enjoy more swimming, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking or windsurfing too.

Key Amenities:

  • All-inclusive with lagoon-style pools

  • Scenic swim-up bar behind waterfall inside cave

  • Golf course and tennis courts

InterContinental Resort Tahiti, Tahiti Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
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InterContinental Resort Tahiti, Tahiti

One of the most romantic resorts in Tahiti, InterContinental Resort Tahiti is a Polynesian oasis that offers some of the best views of Moorea on the horizon and is surrounded by 30 acres of lush gardens that include an enclosed lagoonarium. Watch fish and rays being fed in the morning and spectacular sunsets over Moorea at the end of a day spent at the Lotus Bar, which sits partially submerged in a sand bottom infinity pool. You’ll also find a man-made white sand beach and Tahitian women making handcrafts alongside the pool, which are available for purchase. There are 31 overwater bungalows to spend the night in, as well as hotel rooms that have handcrafted wooden beds and large bathrooms. The resort also hosts the island’s most popular Tahitian dance show every Friday night at its Tiare Restaurant.

Key Amenities:

  • Lagoonarium to watch sunsets, fish feedings

  • Overwater bungalows and hotel rooms

  • Island’s most popular Tahitian dance show

Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
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Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica

Hotel Punta Islita is a perfect couples getaway in Costa Rica, as the tropical resort was once voted one of Travel and Leisure’s 100 Best Hotels in the World. It comes with well-stocked swim-up bars at both its stunning infinity pool and its beach pool, offering what is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent views on earth, including the ocean and forest-covered hills in the distance. This ultra-remote hideaway in the Guanacaste area is “luxury incarnate,” as Fodor refers to it, complete with villas, casitas, suites and expansive rooms dotted across the bougainvillea-bedecked hillside. You can easily overdo it with all the activities that await, including horseback riding, mountain biking, golfing and zip-lining tours. That’s OK because afterward, you can head to the tranquil garden spa for sybaritic massage treatments using local herbs, followed by a jaunt to one of the swim-up bars.

Key Amenities:

  • Ultra-remote hideaway ideal for couples getaway

  • Swim-up bars at infinity pool and beach pool

  • Garden spa with sybaritic massage treatments

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa - Maui, Hawaii Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa - Maui, Hawaii

The Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa on Maui makes the most of its breathtaking, tropical surroundings, lining the sands of Ka’anapali Beach on the west coast. Its stylish suites enjoy magnificent ocean views, but one of the best ways to connect with the area’s natural beauty is to have a drink in the secluded swim-up grotto bar. Swim underneath the waterfalls in the Lahaina Pool, and you’ll find yourself in this beautiful, cave-like bar hidden from view. It’s dimly lit like a cave, adding to its romantic, tranquil feel. In addition to spending lots of time in the pool, you can enjoy a host of activities at this 40-acre resort, including scuba diving, pro tennis lessons, hula demonstrations and lei-making classes.

Key Amenities:

  • Stylish suites with breathtaking ocean views

  • Cave-like secluded swim-up grotto bar

  • Hula demos and lei-making classes, among activities

Warwick Fiji - Viti Levu, Fiji Warwick Fiji
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Warwick Fiji - Viti Levu, Fiji

Warwick Fiji allows you to truly enjoy the South Pacific and all that it has to offer, including enjoying a drink at the submerged, outdoor swim-up bar. It even provides the chance to dine on a gourmet meal in the award-winning restaurant without leaving the pool. Stone steps over water lead to the beautiful spa with a sauna and hot and cold pools, while the resort’s lagoon setting allows for all-day swimming off the mainland’s largest beach too.

Key Amenities:

  • Poolside dining from award-winning restaurant

  • Spa with sauna, hot and cold pools

  • Access to mainland’s largest beach

The Palms Turks and Caicos The Palms Turks and Caicos
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The Palms Turks and Caicos

The Palms Turks and Caicos, just a stone’s throw from Grace Bay Beach, renowned as one of the most beautiful on the planet, has been voted the most luxurious resort in the Caribbean, partly thanks to its lavish pool bar. Framed by a striking Serpentine infinity pool, the Plunge Bar and Restaurant features innovative in-water seating booths that allow guests to dine on a variety of Caribbean cuisine delights without ever leaving the water. Thirst-quenching cocktails are available throughout the day, and a sunken dining terrace surrounded by a tranquil waterfall and garden offers additional al fresco seating. This top-rated resort in Turks and Caicos also offers all types of other premium amenities, including a wellness center and fitness complex.

Key Amenities:

  • Near one of world’s most beautiful beaches

  • In-water seating booths in striking infinity pool

  • Sunken dining terrace by waterfall and garden

Four Seasons Resort Maui, Hawaii Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
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Four Seasons Resort Maui, Hawaii

Located on Wailea Beach among plumeria trees, Four Seasons Resort Maui boasts three saltwater pools, one with a large, gorgeous swim-up bar that’s submerged in an infinity pool offering a view of the ocean and the often mist-shrouded mountains in the distance. It also features an underwater music system, bubble loungers (chaises built into the water), an infinity edge and lush greenery surrounding it. When you aren’t in the pool, you can enjoy treatments at the spa, or if you can’t tear away, indulge in a poolside mini-treatment.

Key Amenities:

  • Three saltwater pools

  • Underwater music system and bubble loungers

  • Indulgent poolside spa mini-treatments

The Kee Resort & Spa, Patong Beach - Phuket, Thailand The Kee Resort & Spa, Patong
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The Kee Resort & Spa, Patong Beach - Phuket, Thailand

This resort in Phuket offers a slice of luxurious, tropical paradise, with its highlight including a vast lagoon-like swimming pool with exotic features like the sunken swim-up bar that serves up cocktails to be enjoyed from submerged stools, while a grand fountain shoots water nearly 40 feet into sky. After dark, the pool lights up in moving colors, and a waterfall and cozy reclining area are tucked into a secluded corner. Some of the chic rooms and suites include soaking tubs, balconies and offer direct pool access. Guests can also enjoy the sky rooftop bar/restaurant, and with the resort in the heart of Patong’s legendary entertainment area filled with bars, discos and other popular nightlife venues, it offers the ultimate base for enjoying the famous party scene.

Key Amenities:

  • Large lagoon-like pool with exotic features

  • Some rooms feature direct pool access

  • Sky rooftop bar/restaurant

  • In heart of legendary entertainment area

Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort - Los Cabos, Mexico Las Ventanas al Paraiso
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Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort - Los Cabos, Mexico

Once named one of the Best Hotels in Mexico by U.S News and World Reports, Ventanas al Paraiso offers the ultimate in pampering. From a private butler who will greet you with a margarita and escort you to the spa for a massage to the amazing swim-up bar in one of seven infinity pools where you might catch a glimpse of frequent guest and Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Aniston, everything here is bound to exceed your expectations. Even if a star isn’t sitting at the bar, you’ll still enjoy an incredible ocean view along with your cocktail at this popular resort in Mexico.

Key Amenities:

  • Spa with massages

  • Private butlers at your service

  • Seven infinity pools and incredible view

Moon Palace Cancun - Cancun Mexico Moon Palace Cancun
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Moon Palace Cancun - Cancun Mexico

Moon Palace Cancun is one of the best resorts in Cancun. The largest of the Palace properties worldwide lies along the Mayan Riviera, with its rooms spread over three different sections. Each section has unique amenities, including a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. The property also hosts a lavish spa that offers a wide range of treatments, a fantastic hydrotherapy experience, and multiple pools, including one with a swim-up bar, water slides, and a Flowrider machine. There are over 20 restaurants and bars, as well as nightly entertainment, from shows at the amphitheater to the glamorous NOIR Nightclub.

Key Amenities:

  • Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course

  • Pools, water slides and Flowrider machine

  • Over 20 dining options and nightly entertainment

Padma Resort - Bali, Indonesia Padma Resort, Legian
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Padma Resort - Bali, Indonesia

One of the best resorts in Bali for couples, this contemporary resort is located at the heart of all the entertainment, shopping and beaches in Legian. It boasts a fabulous swim-up bar at Padma in its lagoon-style swimming pool surrounded by lush greenery. Guests can also expect to find stylish interiors and sleek rooms that include everything one would expect from a premier 5-star resort, like mini-bars, flat-screen TVs and balconies. The S.K.A.I. Beach Club serves cocktails and light fare and is a great spot to watch the sun go down. Families with kids will appreciate the kid-friendly activities like fish feeding and contests in the family pool, which has two water slides.

Key Amenities:

  • Lagoon-style pool in lush setting

  • In heart of entertainment, shopping and beaches

  • Family-friendly pool and activities

Kivotos Mykonos - Mykonos, Greece Kivotos Mykonos hotel
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Kivotos Mykonos - Mykonos, Greece

If you’ve ever envisioned that perfect, illuminated brilliant blue pool where patrons are served refreshing drinks among stately Grecian pillars, the white-curtain swim-up bar at Kivotos Club Hotel may be the closest to making your fantasy come true. Located in the hotel’s main saltwater pool, it offers a truly epic experience, complete with in-water barstools and underwater tunes. This deluxe and architecturally ambitious property is stylishly arrayed around its impressive pool, while all of the guest rooms display local crafts and fine antiques like ships’ steering wheels. Most offer views overlooking the bay.

Key Amenities:

  • A swim-up bar

  • Saltwater pool with underwater tunes

  • Most rooms feature bay views

Hotel Riu Karamboa - Cape Verde, Africa Hotel Riu Karamboa
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Hotel Riu Karamboa - Cape Verde, Africa

Set in a unique desert-like landscape, Hotel Riu Karamboa is an all-inclusive adults-only resort that offers the ultimate oasis in a gorgeous location on a white, sandy beach. Explore the surrounding volcanic landscape and then cool off by taking a dip in the large pool with a glamorous swim-up bar. You’ll also enjoy dining at several restaurants right on-site, offering a variety of African, Cape Verdian and Asian cuisine, as well as treating yourself to a massage at the spa.

Key Amenities:

  • All-inclusive adults-only property

  • Multiple restaurants on-site

  • White sand beach and large pool

Monte Mulini Adults Exclusive Hotel by Maistra Collection - Rovinj, Croatia Monte Mulini Adults Exclusive Hotel by Maistra Collection
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Monte Mulini Adults Exclusive Hotel by Maistra Collection - Rovinj, Croatia

Set within a tranquil cove on the picturesque Istrian coast of Croatia, this boutique hotel boasts a state-of-the-art pool with jet fountains and a swim-up bar with magnificent views to complement your favorite beverage. The opulence doesn’t stop there; you can also choose from hydro-massage and heated or cold water, indulge in the wellness spa and dine at the elegant wine-cellar restaurant to add to the serene experience. While all of the rooms and suites offer views over the harbor, you’ll probably want to spend most of your time at the swim-up bar and perhaps an occasional stroll to the part-rock, part-pebble beach, accessible via a short path from the pool area.

Key Amenities:

  • A state-of-art pool

  • Opulent massages and spa treatments

  • Dining in wine-cellar restaurant

  • Short stroll from pool area to beach

Hilton Pyramids Golf - 6th October City, Egypt Hilton Pyramids Golf
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Hilton Pyramids Golf - 6th October City, Egypt

By staying at the Hilton Pyramids Golf, you can spend your days experiencing one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza, or playing a round at one of the resort’s three palm tree-lined golf courses before relaxing with a cool drink, including international beers and mixed fruit cocktails, in the pool at The Island Bar. The resort also offers a fully-equipped spa, the Kids Paradise Club for the children, a piano lounge, and stunning views of the pyramids from many of the rooms, each with a balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Key Amenities:

  • Kids’ club and three golf courses

  • Piano lounge and fully-equipped spa

  • View of pyramids from most rooms

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