Silky soft sands and crystal clear beaches aren’t the only things we love about the Caribbean & Mexico. They are also home to some of the best rated resorts, fully equipped with even higher rated pools. So when we’re on vacation and not sunbathing at the beach, where else can you find us with a frosty beverage in hand? One of our favorite resort pools, of course.
Most Entertaining Pool: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Punta Cana
If you’re one of those that wants to do and see it all on vacation, then the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana is for you. Recently awarded as a 2013 AAA Four Diamond hotel, this mega resort features almost 1800 amenity-packed rooms, a Vegas-style casino, 13 restaurants and snack bars, seven bars and, our favorite perk – 15 pools.
These 15 pools include 12 expansive pools, 4 swim-up bars and 3 kids pools, complete with kid-friendly water slides and a schedule of activities for those 16 and under. Amongst the 12 adult friendly pools, there's plenty of options.
- Isla Pool, serving up Latin-inspired beats and a sultry vibe.
- The Woodstock Pools, which lives up to it’s name with iconic rock tunes and a full schedule of activities to participate in.
- Eden Pool, a European-style pool that’s exactly as the name reads.
- The Library, a quiet pool made perfect for immersing yourself in your favorite read.
There’s no denying that the Hard Rock Hotel Resort & Casino boasts an eclectic style, which is why we wouldn’t expect the pools here to deliver anything else.
Best Swim-up Bar: Couples Swept Away
Our pick for the pool with of our favorite swim-up bar comes from Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica. Couples Swept Away is a couples-only haven that prides itself on romance and luxury, perfectly placed on one of Jamaica’s best beaches and accompanied by one of the most perfect swim-up bar to take it all in.
Not only will you find stunning views and world-class service, there’s three swimming pools, five Jacuzzi’s and a centrally located swim up bar that looks out onto the Jamaica beaches. Start your day by swimming up to the bar in the main pool and ordering up a refreshing Rum Rummer, all while listening to the waves crash on Seven Mile Beach. That sounds like a pretty perfect morning to us. And just one of the many reasons Couples Swept Away gets our vote for best swim up bar.
Best Pool for Families: Beaches Turks & Caicos
When you take the whole fam on vacation, you need a resort that has it all – great beaches, delicious food, above par service and of course, activities…lots of activities. That’s why we are obsessed with Beaches Turks & Caicos.
This mega resort has received a Six Star Diamond Resort Award and has a long list of amenities that will be sure to convince you to bring the whole gang here for your next vacation. Possibly one of the biggest hits with the kiddos and one of the many reasons we pick Beaches Turks & Caicos for the best family pool is the wet-and-wild, 45,000 sq-ft. Pirates Island Water Park, fully equipped with nine waterslides, 650-ft lazy river and a SurfStream® simulator for riding waves without the salt and sand.
Don’t worry, there’s a total of six pools, four swim-up bars, 15 restaurants and long list of activities to keep everyone entertained. We recommend schedule a lesson at Scratch DJ Academy for your teen or taking a trip with the youngins’ to The Caribbean Adventure featuring Big Bird and other Sesame Street ® characters. The list really could go on forever, which is why this is THE ultimate spot for your family vacation.
So do you agree? Do you think a resort pool is just as important as the beach it rests upon? We'd love to hear from you. Leave your favorites in the comments section below and let's dive in!