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10 Best Family Hotel Pools in the World

I’m a sucker for a good hotel pool. Give my family a pool with waterfalls and a kids’ splash area, and we’re in heaven! To compile this list of the best family hotel pools in the world, I spoke to travel experts in the know. I couldn’t help but include a couple of my family’s favorites, too. Now, let’s dive in!
Best Pool for Toddlers and Little Kids
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Maui, Hawaii
For a splashing good time for toddlers and preschoolers, you can’t beat the Hyatt Regency Maui’s Keiki Lagoon. Thi


Best Pool for Toddlers and Little Kids

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Maui, Hawaii For a splashing good time for toddlers and preschoolers, you can’t beat the Hyatt Regency Maui’s Keiki Lagoon. This children’s pool features leaping water fountains, a twisting waterslide and an island center where tots can play with sand toys. My family whiled away many happy vacation hours at this pool when my daughter was nearing age two and I’ve been dreaming about returning ever since. (Pictured above.)Pools at Tabacon Grand Spa and Thermal Resort

Best Pool for Big Kids

Arenal, Costa Rica Laura van Hoff of Juicy Hotels asked her teenage sons where they would go if they were to return to any destination solely for its pool. Both replied, “That’s easy, Tabacon Springs!” Costa Rica’s Tabacon Springs is intimate and relaxed. Laura loves its “thermal pool, heated by natural springs in a tropical setting.” She said, “It’s got a waterslide, but not a fancy American waterslide. It’s more simple, but boy is it fun!” Laura recommends this pool for bigger kids since it might be too toasty for tiny tots. She said, “It’s like a big, hot Jacuzzi.”The daily "sliming" at the Nickelodeon Hotel pool in Orlando, FloridaThe daily “sliming” at the Nickelodeon Hotel pool in Orlando, Florida (Photo by Theresa Jorgensen)


Best Pool for Wacky Fun

Best Pool for Wacky Fun

Orlando, Florida SixSuitcaseTravel’s Theresa Jorgensen recommends the water park at the Nickelodeon Hotel in Orlando for non-stop fun for big families. With seven slides and flumes, and easy access zero-entry, there is something here for children of any age. A 400-gallon tank spills water on splashers throughout the day but the highlight is when kids are “slimed” at 4:45 pm daily.

Most Unique Pool

The Atlantis Resort Paradise Island, The Bahamas This sprawling pool complex is resplendent with waterslides, one of which sends swimmers through a shark tank in a see-through tube! Atlantis recently added a children’s water play area with a Mayan-themed play structure featuring multiple slides, cargo nets, rope bridges, water cannons, and fountains. My husband and I stayed at the Atlantis once without the kids and we can’t wait to bring them with us next time!

Best Oceanside Pool

Four Seasons Punta Mita Punta Mita, Mexico The “Nuna” pool is the centerpiece of the Four Seasons resort in Punta Mita, Mexico. It is a free-form infinity edge pool with views of Puerto Vallerta’s horseshoe-shaped Banderas Bay. Amie O’Shaughnessy of Ciao Bambino said, “The illusion is that the pool extends right into the ocean, particularly at sunset—it’s truly breathtaking.” The pool also offers shallow splashing areas for young children.The Azul Sensatori lazy river pool in Cancun, MexicoThe Azul Sensatori lazy river pool in Cancun, Mexico (Photo courtesy of Azul Sensatori)

Best Lazy River

Laura loves the Azul Sensatori in Cancun, Mexico for its lazy river, which encircles the property. Swim-up suites have lazy river access just steps from the door. Children will love the splash park and kids’ pool with waterslide. If they tire of the water, there’s a playground, Azulitos Kid’s Club, and Breeze Teen Club.Pool at Le Case del Borgo, Tuscany

Best Pool with a View

Tuscany, Italy Le Case del Borgo has a voluminous pool in an idyllic setting surrounded by the rolling green Tuscan landscape. Amie said, “I’m a view person and love pools surrounded by sensational scenery. I can be by the pool there and still know and appreciate that I’m enjoying Italy.”The Bora Bora Pool at the Kona Village Resort


Friendliest Pool

Friendliest Pool

The Big Island, Hawaii Often cited by guidebooks as the most authentically-Hawaiian hotel, Kona Village has thatched-roof bungalows and two great pools, one for babies and toddlers. It is Hawaii’s only almost-all-inclusive resort. Laura said, “This is my number one favorite hotel for families in the entire world!” She loves the spirit of Aloha exuded by the staff. Her kids love that they can order their own tasty non-alcoholic drinks from the poolside bar, like the “Cookie Monster” and the “Big Bird.”The infinity pool at Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul along the Bosphorous Straight (Photo courtesy of Ciragan Palace)

Most International Pool

Ciragan Palace Kempinki Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey Amie promises a dip in the pool at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, is one you won’t soon forget. It is situated along the Bosphorous Straight, the channel of water that divides Europe and Asia, and this pool provides stunning views of both continents.The water elevator at the Grand Wailea, MauiThe water elevator at the Grand Wailea, Maui (Photo courtesy of the Grand Wailea)


Most Popular Pool

Maui, Hawaii No list of fabulous pools would be complete without including the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui. Laura said, “The pool that I hear about over and over again that people love is the Grand Wailea pool.” The water complex at the Grand Wailea offers multiple swim-up bars, is adjacent to the beach, offers a Tarzan-like rope swing, and even has a water elevator for easy access to its numerous waterslides.

Laura van Hoff, Creator of Juicy Hotels Laura hand-picked over 1,500 of the 111,000 accommodations in the Juicy Hotels database based on her tireless scouring of travel magazines and newspaper reviews, as well as her own experiences. Laura is a mom of two boys (ages14 and 15). She said, “I love researching travel, planning travel, doing travel. There’s nothing about travel that I don’t love!”Theresa Jorgensen, Creator of SixSuitcaseTravel SixSuitcaseTravel is a resource website that helps families of five to eight members find hotels that fit their needs by listing pools, room size, breakfast type and family-friendly amenities. Theresa has four children (a 15-year-old son, 11-year-old twin fraternal daughters, and a seven-year-old daughter). About hotel pools, Theresa said, “As a parent I love the free entertainment and the tiring-out-the-kids aspect. (My) kids love hotel pools because they’re not as crowded as public pools and they can swim for hours.”Amie O’Shaughnessy, Founder of Ciao Bambino Amie started Ciao Bambino as a planning service for family travel to Italy in 2004. Over time, she built a list of family-friendly options tried and tested by hundreds of families. In 2007 Ciao Bambino transitioned into an online self-service guide to family-friendly properties. Amie is a mom of one son (age six). As a pool-lover, she said, “Hotel pools are the perfect venue for everyone in a family to enjoy themselves. Kids are entertained for hours and parents have that rare opportunity to truly relax.”Colleen Lanin, Founder of Travel Mamas The Travel Mama, Colleen Lanin, is the author of The Travel Mamas’ Guide and the founder/editor-in-chief of She teaches blogging classes and gives presentations on how to travel with babies and children. She has given travel tips ontelevision, radio, and as a paid video blogger. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing.What do you think are the best family hotel pools? Let us know in the comments!