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13 Best Arizona Resorts with Poolside & Swim Up Bars

In hot and sunny Arizona, it isn’t just nice to have a pool nearby – it’s essential to beat the heat! Having a hotel with water features, such as water parks and lazy rivers, in Arizona is always a good idea, but some hotel pools are actually destinations themselves. For example, hotel pools with swim-up bars are ideal for spending as much time in the water as possible while getting the refreshments you crave. You’ll also feel absolutely luxurious when you relax and get a cocktail at one of these resorts with poolside and swim-up bars in Arizona.

Westin La Paloma Hotel, Tucson Westin La Paloma Hotel
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Westin La Paloma Hotel, Tucson

The Westin La Paloma Hotel in Tucson is one of the best spa resorts in Arizona and an ideal place to book a room if you love the concept of a swim-up bar. Sabino’s Pool Bar & Grill is a swim-up bar here that serves cocktails and a full restaurant menu that includes everything from sandwiches to watermelon and salads. The bar and grill here are open daily. There are five total pools at the Westin, as well as a 177-foot waterslide. You can also rent a cabana here or soak in the mineral pool that is enriched with Dead Sea salt. Other great reasons to stay here are the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Red Door Salon & Spa, tennis court, and kids’ club. In addition to the poolside fare, guests also enjoy meals at the Azul Restaurant and Lounge for Southwestern-inspired cuisine, Contigo Latin Kitchen, and in-room dining.

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak, Phoenix A luxurious pool near the mountains
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Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak, Phoenix

The Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak, Phoenix was formerly named the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and has an awesome water park called River Ranch. The water park is open seven days a week and is home to the Slim Pickens Bar. This pool area is a great place to float down a lazy river, sip cocktails, snack on light bites at the pool bar, and relax in a cabana. The rental cabanas are popular options among families looking for a bit of shade and easy access to the water features. This resort also offers a spa, fitness center, meeting venues, mini golf, and access to nearby hiking and golf courses.

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Phoenix Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
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Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Phoenix

You can also stay at Arizona Biltmore, a top-rated hotel in Phoenix, for a swim-up bar experience at the Paradise Pool. Here you can order refreshing drinks without ever leaving the pool. This is actually a combination of three pools that form a desert oasis with a swim-up bar, a 92-foot waterslide, and poolside cabanas. Other pools at the Biltmore are the glamorous Catalina Pool, spacious Ocatilla Pool, secluded Terrace Court Pool, intimate Saguaro Pool, and family-friendly Bougainvillea pool. The Cabana Club is a poolside restaurant adjacent to the swim-up bar that serves seafood, sandwiches, and fresh salads to go with your cocktails. Overall, the Arizona Biltmore spans 39 acres of luxurious landscapes, has a 28,000-square-foot spa, multiple restaurants, a fitness center, a championship golf course, and a rich history that dates back to 1929.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale

If having easy access to a pool bar in Arizona sounds like a perfect way to spend your vacation, then book a room at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. This pool area has been voted one of the very best in the state numerous times and is a perfect place to relax on a hot day. There are actually 10 swimming pools at this resort, as well as 45 waterfalls, and three-story waterslide, and 20 fountains. The Grotto is an adults-only pool with its own tranquil bar by the pool and just steps away from the water. Meanwhile, H2Oasis serves tropical cocktails and tasty food too. Pools are open from 6am to 11pm daily, and the daily cabana hours are 8am to 6pm. Another fun activity here is the handcrafted Italian gondola boats that transport guests on scenic rides. Other on-site recreation options include live entertainment at Center Stage Bar, a rock climbing area, putting green, tennis courts, fitness classes, golf, a spa, and kids’ program, and you’re within easy access of Scottsdale’s top attractions.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin, Maricopa Harrah's Ak-Chin
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Harrah’s Ak-Chin, Maricopa

The pool at Harrah’s Ak-Chin in Maricopa has undergone renovations and is set to be better than ever before for Arizona travelers. This is a great place to swim right up to one of the friendly bartenders onsite and order a cocktail, a snack, or even lunch. The casino resort also has an expanded gaming floor with poker, slots, know, bingo, and plenty of drinks. The hotel has luxurious guest rooms with all of the amenities you need to feel comfortable. In addition to the poolside fare, guests can also enjoy the other onsite restaurants, such as Copper Cactus Grill for quick bites, the buffet for a bit of everything, Oak & Fork for small plates, and Chop, Block & Brew for burgers and beers.

Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix The water park at the Arizona Grand includes a pair of eight-story waterslides.
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Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix

The Oasis Bar & Grill is the place to be for poolside libations and comfort food inside the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. This hot spot is located inside one of Arizona’s ultimate water adventure and specializes in tropical blended drinks. The water park at the Arizona Grand spans seven acres and has a wave pool, 25-person hot tub, side-by-side active river, waterslides, and an eight-story tower. Rent a cabana here for your own private oasis and a little privacy. Pools are open from 6am to 10pm daily, and the water park is open seasonally.

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Phoenix Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
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Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Phoenix

We also love the Falls Water Village at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort with its Cascades Café right by the water. This outdoor café offers full bar service, handcrafted cocktails, sandwiches, and salads. Here you can rent a poolside cabana, let the kids play at the seasonal children’s program, book a poolside party, and plunge down a 138-foot enclosed waterslide. This resort is also an ideal destination for your golf and spa vacation because it is the site of the Mountain Golf Club and Tocaloma Spa.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Phoenix Poolside seating under the sunny skies
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Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Phoenix

The Palomar is a downtown Phoenix hotel that is sleek and chic. This boutique hotel has stylish rooms and suites, plus a rooftop pool area that’s perfect for sipping cocktails. The third-floor rooftop pool is an urban oasis and a great place for cabanas, libations, small places, and city views. The pool and rooftop bar have some new and exciting improvements on the way, so stay tuned! Another reason to stay here is the Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails that is located onsite and serves down-to-earth flavors with an uptown boost.

Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale Hotel Valley Ho
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Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale

At the Hotel Valley Ho, you can enjoy an afternoon by the pool with refreshing cocktails, light fare, and entertainment between March and October. This mid-century modern hideaway offers pool access to overnight guests at the hotel and people with daybed and cabana reservations. Food and drinks by the pool are served between 6am and 10am. There’s also another pool where you can swim some leisurely laps under the towering palms and in a tranquil atmosphere. The Hotel Valley Ho dates back to 1956 when it first opened in downtown Scottsdale. It maintains its classically cool roots and has been a Hollywood hideaway for generations.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, Scottsdale Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows
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Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, Scottsdale

The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is home to the Turquoise Pool Bar & Grill, which is next to a spacious pool deck, lounge chairs, and unique touches. Here, you can enjoy margaritas, tacos, and cabana bottle service packages. The cabanas can only be rented by resort guests. There’s also the Retreat Pool for an exclusive and calming oasis and the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary Pool to take a dip in an adults-only setting after getting a massage. The bungalows and suites at this resort are scattered across 23 acres and decorated in an art deco style with lots of character.

W Scottsdale, Scottsdale W Scottsdale
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W Scottsdale, Scottsdale

When you’re looking for drinks by the pool, you can also stay at the W Scottsdale, which offers a chill weekday experience plus exciting weekend fun. You can soak up a Vegas-style poolside vibe at the WET Deck, where DJs start spinning at 11am and service ends at 6pm. This is an adults-only pool that is open for dancing and partying on Fridays through Sundays. At the W Scottsdale, you can also take a fitness class, get a spa treatment, enjoy some sushi, order in-room dining, and use the full fitness center.

The Camby, Phoenix The Camby, Phoenix
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The Camby, Phoenix

The Camby is a Phoenix hotel that has a rooftop pool where you can enjoy crafted cocktails in style. The dining options here also include artisanal plates by candlelight and seasonal favorites inspired by the Arizona desert. There are fun events that take place at the hotel occasionally, such as boozy tea parties with spiked tea, savory bites, and desserts. The hotel has a collection of regionally inspired guest rooms at The Camby to accommodate you, which is a pet-friendly hotel too.

Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale Talking Stick Resort
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Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale

The Talking Stick Resort has three luxurious pools that are surrounded by the Sonoran desert landscape. The main pool offers VIP bottle service, poolside cabanas, and canopy daybeds. Meanwhile, the lounge pool is a chill place to soak up the sun while you enjoy a cocktail and relax. There are also pool parties hosted here to give you a perfect mix of nightlife and summer vibes, as well as poolside concerts year-round. Beyond just the pools, the resort has contemporary Southwest rooms and suites, a casino with progressive jackpots, and lots of live events for entertainment.

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