If you want to spend your days enjoying the sun, magnificent scenery and sipping refreshing beverages, booking a hotel with an outdoor bar is a no-brainer. Some are so fantastic their even worth planning a trip around. These options span from the mainland United States to Hawaii, the Caribbean and are guaranteed to get you inspired.
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“Grand” is an understatement at Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa. This highly-rated romantic resort in Maui is renowned for its Wailea Canyon Activity area that has multiple pools connected by a river with small rapids and gentle currents. The highlight here is the outdoor swim-up bar – the Grotto Bar, which sits beneath a waterfall in the 25,700-square-foot Wailea Canyon pool, offering the perfect spot to sip an exotic cocktail. Guests also have access to one of the top spas for enjoying everything from mineral baths to massage. massages to mineral baths, while dining can be enjoyed at the “floating” Humuhumunukunukuapua’a restaurant that sits in a saltwater lagoon stocked with tropical fish.
This boutique Hyatt property in the popular Gaslamp District of San Diego boasts a rooftop wine bar that’s so popular Prince Harry came to enjoy it when visiting the city in 2011. Here you’ll also find a beautiful pool, fire pit and an amazing view of the skyline. Rooms all have a minimalist look with white bedding, Keurig coffeemakers and large flat-screen televisions. There’s also a steakhouse on-site along with a fitness center to help you work off your meals.
Offering one of the best hotel views in California, the Ritz-Carlton sits on floors 22 through 26 of a sleek 54-story tower that towers over the downtown area. It not only offers the luxuries the brand is known for, but it hosts a dazzling rooftop pool with cabanas and a poolside bar with panoramic views of the city. There’s also a full-service spa, while the extra-spacious rooms come with stunning bathrooms with large tubs, separate showers, bathrobes, TVs built into the mirrors and a special bath menu.
Portrait Roma sits along the illustrious shopping avenue of Via Condotti. While it’s only a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, it manages to retain a sense of privacy and calm. More of a high-class residence than a hotel, the highlight at this boutique property is its rooftop lounge for sipping cocktails by the fireplace while taking in an awe-inspiring view of the Spanish Steps. Most of its rooms feature balconies that overlook the action on the streets below, perfect for people watching.
Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels is an all-inclusive resort in Barbados that offers a unique swim-up bar in one of its three lagoon-style pools, nestled in a cave behind a waterfall. As you might imagine, this is its most popular feature, though you’ll find plenty of other appealing places to hangout. Meandering garden paths connect its whitewashed cottages which spill down the hillside to a beach for enjoying snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. There’s also a golf course, tennis courts, a 24-hour gym, spa, kids’ club and two restaurants.
If you’re looking for a unique bar, it would be hard to find better than the Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali. You’ll have to ride a cable car down a cliff face to reach it, and once there you’ll be nearly 50 feet above the Indian Ocean, sipping cocktails while gazing out at its endless beauty and jaw-dropping sunsets. A DJ booth, carved into the stone, frequently hosts DJs for dancing too. One of the best resorts in Bali for couples, it resort has multiple restaurants and bars, a dozen pools and a lavish spa along with a wide range of rooms, suites and villas that overlook the ocean.
When visiting Hanoi, you don’t want to miss the poolside Bamboo Bar at Sofitel Legend Metropole. It’s known for attracting some of the city’s most elite, with just about all of them coming to enjoy this beautiful space. There’s also a fabulous spa, upscale dining on French and Vietnamese fare, a heated outdoor pool and fitness center. Rooms offer flat-screen TVs and hardwood floors – book a club-level room and you’ll get 24-hour butler service along with other perks.
The weather in the Windy City doesn’t always favor an outdoor bar, but during the summer, Godfrey Hotel’s I|O Rooftop Lounge is the place to be. This River North rooftop offers a famously delicious brunch during the day, including mimosas served alongside heavenly eats like crab cake Benedict. Just before dusk, you can look forward to uninterrupted views of the southern Chicago skyline set against the brilliant glow of the city. After the sun goes down it’s time to party, mixing and mingling, taking advantage of tables with bottle service, ideal for celebrations, romantic liaisons and gatherings with friends. There’s also a fire pit, video wall, retractable roof and sparkling water elements.
Guests at 1 Hotel enjoy direct access to a 600-foot stretch of gorgeous sands with comfy lounge chairs and shady umbrellas for taking advantage of food and drink service. The Sandbox focused around the 3rd-floor center pool at the top of the palm trees offers an unobstructed view of the Atlantic to enjoy while dining on a poolside lunch. You’ll also find the full-service Bamford Spa, a gym with 14,000 square feet of workout space and elegant, extra-spacious guest rooms starting at 700 square feet. Many boast ocean-view balconies.