Sipping a favorite beverage poolside under blue skies and a drenching sun embodies the perfect winter getaway for many travelers. And not just any pool will do.
Discerning vacationers seek out the ideal swim facilities that provide outstanding vistas, pampered service and such amenities as underwater sound systems and in-pool bartenders. Some prefer taking a dip amid five rainforest microclimates or a Costa Rican coffee plantation, while others have their sights set on views of Playa del Carmen or Old San Juan.
These luxurious resorts guarantee a “splashing good time.”
Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol, Dominican Republic
Those fortunate enough to frequent the pools at Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol in the Dominican Republic, which offers both a community pool and secluded pools, will enjoy private terraces of oceanfront villas overlooking crystalline Caribbean waters. The resort’s Castle Island Suite also includes its own private island including three plunge pools all with vast views of the horizon.
Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Bay Views in the Virgin Islands: Oil Nut Bay’s three pools, made of recycled glass, are steps away from the world-class restaurant, private cabanas and white sand beaches of Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Island. Each overlooking the pristine bay, the pools are divided for three generations: one for children, one for teenagers and one for adults that includes a swim-up bar.
Casa Marina, Key West, Florida
Sitting on Key West’s largest private beach at the southernmost point of the nation, guests lounging by one of the two pools at the historic Casa Marina resort will savor their idyllic oceanfront surroundings with sweeping panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean.
Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia
Situated on 340 picturesque acres in Middleburg, Virginia, the heart of Virginia’s horse and wine country, the Salamander Resort & Spa’s luxurious, nature-inspired location seamlessly balances guests’ mind and body through an exquisite outdoor courtyard, including a stunning infinity-edge pool, sun-lit relaxation spaces and private poolside cabanas to relax under after an adventure-filled day in the countryside.
Innisbrook Resort, Tampa, Florida
With 609 spacious guest rooms and suites, four championship golf courses, six pools and the luxurious Indaba Spa, Innisbrook is the perfect place for leisurely getaways and group meetings. The largest pool, the Loch Ness Monster Pool, is an overwhelming favorite with kids who love the water slides and the scheduled family activities available at the pool’s gazebo. The five other pools provide quieter areas of respite for relaxation, reading and enjoying the warming Florida sunshine.