If you love lounging your day away at the pool, the next time you take a vacation, you may want to find a swim-up suite. Booking one of the these will allow you to access your very own private pool, and even swim right back to your room. And, you can’t go wrong with any of these fabulous picks.
Calabash Cove, St. Lucia (Prices & Photos)
This upscale boutique resort sits upon a gently sloping hill above Bonaire Bay on the lush island of St. Lucia, providing breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea from virtually every vantage point, whether you’re in the library, at the gorgeous infinity pool, or dining in the open-air restaurant. Choose a Swim-Up Junior Suite, and you’ll get to take advantage of a private terrace that’s screened by greenery, where you can relax and enjoy the view of the pool and the Caribbean beyond. From your terrace, steps lead right into the pool. The rooms also include a romantic four-poster bed draped with white net. In addition to the onsite restaurant, Windsong, which serves Asian-inspired fare based on island flavors and local produce, you’ll find a fabulous spa with a wide array of treatments and gardens with scenic walkways.
Sonesta Ocean Point, St. Maarten (Prices & Photos)
This new, five-star all-inclusive on the Dutch side of St. Maarten offers luxury in an adults-only environment. It features direct access to Maho Beach, and, swim-ups with sweeping views of the sea. The Swim Out Junior Suite provides seamless access from its spacious terrace into the Swim Out pool, which winds along a picturesque pathway offering stunning sea views, while the Sunset Swim Out Butler Suite includes butler service for the entire duration of your stay. Book for five nights or more, and you’ll also get an exclusive wine fridge with a choice of one bottle per day from a curated selection of domestic and international fine wines. The resort’s fashionable pools and eateries emphasize the impressive views over the bay, and guests can also use the facilities at Sonesta’s sister resort, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, located on the same property.
Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya (Prices & Photos)
This peaceful retreat set within the resort community of Playa Del Carmen on a mile-long stretch of sand, feels less like a hotel and a lot more like a nature and wildlife preserve. Step into an exotic world from the moment you set foot on the palapa-roofed boat that will bring you to your room’s private dock. Meandering trails lead through the grounds that are dotted with lily-strewn lagoons, bungalows and villas. Here, guests don’t have to choose between a private pool and swim-out access because they get both. Each accommodation offers lots of privacy tucked among lush foliage, as well as featuring garden showers, private verandas and outdoor plunge pools. They also boast an open-air vibe with lots of floor-to-ceiling windows. All nine accommodation categories include personal butler service too.
Secrets Royal Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Prices & Photos)
The adults-only Secrets Royal Beach is a top choice with couples who like to party, as it hosts many different bars along with nightly entertainment – and, of course, the highlight: a private powder sugar-like sandy beach. While all rooms feature terraces or balconies, choose the Swim-Up Junior Suites and you can soak in the relaxing waters on the terrace’s Jacuzzi, or swim out into the main pool. The activities list is practically endless with an onsite casino, the lazy river style pool with a swim-up bar, beach volleyball, pool tables, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. While it lacks a golf course, there is one nearby. There is also a full-service spa when you’re ready to relax, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with aerobics and water aerobics for keeping up your exercise routine. Dance classes, Spanish classes, introductory diving lessons in the pool and big-screen movies on the beach are just a few of the other options.
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Prices & Photos)
Named by Fodor’s as one of the best all-inclusive resorts for honeymooners on the planet, this Secrets outpost south of Cancun boasts pearly white sands lined with palapas, cabanas and sunbeds at the edge of cerulean waters on one side and lush tropical gardens on the other. An adult-only property, it offers exceptional service along with 412 rooms with four-poster canopy beds, separate sitting areas and private balconies; ground floor rooms are swim-up suites. In addition to the buffet, a wide variety of high-quality dining options await, including Japanese teppanyaki, French cuisine, a wine cellar with over 200 different vintages, and, for an extra charge, romantic dinners for two on the beach. The views at Oceana and bistro classics at Bordeaux are among its standouts. You’ll also find an array of activities from scuba diving and windsurfing to water aerobics and dance lessons, while the magnificent destination-style spa offers couples’ treatments in private outdoor cabanas on the beach.
Azul Beach Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico (Prices & Photos)
The Azul Beach Hotel has its own expansive private beach with thatched-roof cabanas, as well as a pool that meanders by a number of the ground-floor suites. All of the suites are just steps from the beach and include built-in daybeds, a daily stocked minibar, Jacuzzi tubs and a even wide range of baby amenities. Choose a Jacuzzi Swim-Up Junior Suite, and you’ll enjoy contemporary Caribbean style decor with dark wood decoration and direct pool access from the terrace. Every room boasts a balcony or veranda with spectacular views of the gardens or the Caribbean Sea. There are three beautiful outdoor pools and a children’s pool as well as four onsite restaurants with a good variety of options, as well as a bar dedicated solely to tequila. Families will especially appreciate the kid-friendly dining options, and the kids club which offers a fun, bright space for them to hang out and enjoy all of the games and toys while the parents enjoy visiting the spa or a romantic meal.
Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Prices & Photos)
Excellence Punta Cana offers five-star luxury in a colonial village style resort that faces a 30-mile stretch of white, powdery sands. This all-inclusive, adults-only property is especially popular for weddings and honeymooners who appreciate the round-the-clock room service as well as the special couples’ menu at the world-class spa with a Zen fountain, all sorts of indulgent massages and other heavenly treatments. Activities include coastal horseback rides, yoga, whale watching and zip lining, though you can also spend your days napping in a hammock if you choose. Dine at nine restaurants and sip exotic drinks at any one of 10 bars. There are two enormous swimming pools – and, of course, private swim-up suites that happen to include magnificent sea views. The all-inclusive plan includes meals, unlimited premium alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service, water service at the beach and pool, daily activities and nightly entertainment – special nights like the upscale barbecue, feature live music too.
Hyatt Zilara, Cancun, Mexico (Prices & Photos)
This adults-only resort in Cancun offers spacious rooms with balconies and whirlpools. Some, like the Premium Swim-Up Suite, provide stair access right into the pool and the heavenly private loungers that are set on a platform in the water. You can also look forward to a fabulous night’s sleep in the luxurious beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and turn-down service with aromatherapy. The hacienda-style resort sits along a pristine stretch of sand in Cancun’s Hotel Zone and is known as one of the top luxury all-inclusives for adults only. Its sprawling oceanfront infinity pool is breathtaking and features a huge swim-up bar in the center. There is an outstanding spa, a massive gym with an outdoor lap pool, and a wide variety of activities, from tequila tastings and live evening shows to weekly pool parties. While there are six restaurants, the highlights are the Mexican fare at Maria Marie and Asian food at Asiana.