The Most Gorgeous Swim-Up Bars in the World (Slideshow)
11. Hotel Galvez, Galveston
Who would expect a Four-Diamond AAA rated historic hotel to have a pretty happening swim-up bar as well? This opulent Spanish Colonial building features a romantic swim-up bar nestled beneath a vine-wrapped trellis for guests who like a little party mixed with their history.
10. The Raleigh, Miami
The Miami New Times 2012 pick for Best Pool exudes old school opulence. Enjoying a Cosmo at the pool bar beneath palm trees and the sweltering Florida sun will make you feel like the elegant jetsetters of the 1950s.
9. Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa, Viti Levu
Gorgeous, crystal blue water? Check. Submerged outdoor swim-up bar? Check. Award-winning restaurant where you don’t need to leave the pool to eat a gourmet meal? Check. The Warwick Fiji has you covered, so you can spend as little of your vacation on solid ground as possible.
8. Four Seasons Resort Maui
This gorgeous and spacious swim-up bar is submerged in an infinity pool that offers a view of the ocean and misty mountains in the distance. It also features an underwater music system in case you’d like to set your holiday fun to a beat.
7. Kivotos Club Hotel, Mykonos
A couple of drinks in this stone grotto at the white-curtain swim-up bar will have you feeling like you’re toasting at the top of Mount Olympus. This Five Star Diamond Award-winning hotel knows a thing or two about making guests feel epic.
6. Intercontinental Hotel Tahiti Resort
The hotel’s Lotus Bar sits partially submerged in a sand bottom infinity pool so that guests can enjoy stunning views of the ocean and lush, green Mo’orea on the horizon.
5. Encore Beach Club, Las Vegas
If you want to party, this is your spot. USA Today recently named the pool party at Encore the best Las Vegas “Adult Pool Party.” At this packed soiree, which runs Friday through Sunday all summer, you can have a drink while DJs David Guetta or Major Lazer provide a soundtrack to your swim.
4. Hotel Punta Islita, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
This tropical hotel was voted one Travel and Leisure’s 100 Best Hotels in the World for 2013. Its swim-up bar certainly has one of the best views in the world, offering guests views of the both the ocean and forest-covered hills in the distance.
3. Room Mate Grace Hotel, New York
Winner of the 2013 Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award, this chic hotel offers a ground-level swimming pool where guests can not only enjoy cocktails from a beautiful swim-up bar, but also watch the bar action happening indoors from behind a window that runs the length of the pool.
2. Lagoon Bar, Reykjavík
It’s cold outside, but the temperature at this geothermal spa swim-up bar is just fine. What better way to relax after a warm water massage? Where do we sign up?
1. Ventanas al Paraíso, Los Cabos
U.S. News and World Reports named this hotel one of 2014’s Best Hotels in Mexico. And if you swim up to the bar in one of the resort’s seven infinity pools, you might catch a glimpse of frequent guest Jennifer Aniston. But even if you don’t, the stunning ocean view is worth the price of the drink.