From the Edge of a Skyscraper to Swimming in Lava Rocks—See the Most Breathtaking Resort Pools!

Go for a dip in the best pools across the country

By Kamala Kirk Jun 03, 2014 9:00 PMTags
Best Resort PoolsCourtesy of MGM Grand

Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means: long, lazy afternoons spent basking in the sun by the pool. But instead of pretending to be a guest at your local hotel and sneaking into their swimming pool like you always do, try setting your sights on something a little unique and different.

From swimming on the edge of a skyscraper (literally) to dancing in the water while world-famous DJs entertain just steps away to lounging in a lava rock pool under the Hawaiian sun, we've compiled a list of the best resort pools around the country that will provide you with the ultimate poolside experience.

You'll never look at a swimming pool the same again. Ever.

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Courtesy of Raleigh Hotel

Located in Miami's trendy South Beach, the Raleigh Hotel's pool was made famous by professional synchronized swimmer Esther Williams and was named "the most beautiful pool in America" by Life Magazine in 1947.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has been held at the hotel for the past 10 years and the pool has served as the runway for Chanel, Donna Karen and Escada shows. Many famous faces have graced the property, among them designer Calvin Klein, director Sofia Coppola and Academy Award-nominated actor John Malkovich.

Located just steps away from the majestic ocean, the elegant pool with its trademark curves is hidden amongst lush palms with cabanas, offering poolside massage and spa services in addition to famed American cuisine by Restaurant Michael Schwartz.

Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Maui

Enjoy the magic of Hawaii by visiting one of the world's most beautiful beach resorts, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, which is home to the infinity-edge Serenity Pool.

For adults only, the Serenity Pool is set amidst lush tropical gardens and offers elevated panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean alongside the southern-most oceanfront edge of the resort. Features include an underwater music system, luxury cabanas outfitted with ceiling fans and flat-screen HDTVs, as well as mini-refrigerators stocked with fresh fruit.

Order a specialty cocktail at the swim-up bar, followed by a custom-tailored massage or a dip in one of two Jacuzzi hot tubs, which are integrated with the saltwater pool.

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Go for a swim in the sky at the Joule Hotel's rooftop pool in Dallas, Texas that literally gives you the sensation of swimming off the edge of the building.

Designed by Adam D. Tihany, the glass pool extends eight feet beyond the hotel and offers incredible views from the plexiglass window located at the end of the pool. Perfectly heated year-round, order a trendy drink and retreat on one of the elegant lounging chairs for the ultimate vacation.

Celebs that have been spotted at the Joule include Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway, model and designer Erin Wasson as well as DJ Leigh Lezark.

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Place yourself in the middle of nature by seeking solace next to Amangani's 115-foot heated outdoor swimming pool surrounded by magnificent mountain views in the heart of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Finished with frost-colored quartzite tiles and linked to a 113-square-foot whirlpool, the Amangani pool offers the perfect recovery after a day spent on the ski slopes, and with a constant winter water temperature of approximately 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the pool can be enjoyed year-round.

Sign up for a series of treatments from the spa's extensive menu, which includes various facials, massages and healing therapies that are available poolside.

Courtesy of MGM Grand

If you're looking for a little more "party" in your poolside experience, look no further than Wet Republic Ultra Pool at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Inspired by the ambiance of South Beach paired with a modern vibe, seduce your senses by spending time in one of the hottest pools in Las Vegas.

With an expanded DJ booth and bar, guests can enjoy their very own day club experience, dancing throughout the 54,500 square-foot venue while world class DJs such as Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Afrojack and Steve Aoki spin their latest hits for the crowd.

Added features include VIP cabana bungalows equipped with plush furniture, TVs and misting fans, as well as three additional private plunge pools for a more intimate dipping experience.

Courtesy of Omni Grovepark Inn

Named among the top 20 resort spas in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler in 2013, the Grovepark Inn in Asheville, North Carolina offers visitors a unique poolside experience unlike any other.

The 43,000-square-foot spa grotto consists of cavernous rock walls, arches, tunnels and 20 different water features. The main pool area includes two therapeutic waterfall pools, a warm mineral pool and a lap pool that is chlorine-free.

Relax on a poolside chaise in one of the three fireside lounges while gazing up at the fiber-optic stars that decorate the ceiling for your own slice of astronomical heaven, then go for a dip and rejoice in the constant underwater music.

Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Located at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, King's Pond features an aquarium carved from natural lava rock and is home to more than 3,000 tropical fish varieties that swim freely in the water.

Subterranean channels combine to fill the pond with both fresh water and ocean water, offering visitors the perfect snorkeling experience that allows them to get up close and personal with over 75 exotic species.

Other fun activities include ray and fish feeding, touch tank exploration and sand castle building, along with signature poolside service for the guest who simply wants to work on their tan. Enjoy chilled towels, fresh fruit kabobs and frozen popsicles, along with a sunglass cleaning service and an iPod lending library.

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