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Top eight swim-up hotel bars

22nd August 2014 Print
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If the current weather situation in the UK is making you feel like winter has arrived far too early, you might want to consider one of these swim-up hotel bars. The latest must-have for luxurious pool-time relaxation, more and more hotels are embracing the swim-up bar.

Stylish, chic and above all, convenient, swim-up bars mean you can order a round without even leaving the pool. To help you find your favourite, hotel search website has put together a list of the best swim-up hotel bars from around the world. From Patong Beach to New York City, with hotel prices starting at just £46, there is something for everyone here.

1. Crystal Cove – Barbados

 Crystal Cove

If you’re looking for a relaxing break on the water, what better place than the Caribbean? With three lagoon-style tropical pools on offer, luxury hotel Crystal Cove in Barbados makes an excellent choice. The hotel has a range of activities on offer, including tennis courts and a golf course, but the resort’s crème de la crème has to be its scenic swim-up bar in a secluded grotto, half-hidden by a waterfall. 

Rooms available from £404

2. Hotel Monte Mulini – Rovinj, Croatia 

Hotel Monte Mulini

Located in a quiet cove on the beautiful Istrian coast, Hotel Monte Mulini is a boutique hotel with a difference. With a wellness spa, several bars and even an elegant wine-cellar restaurant, indulgence is the name of the game at this hotel. All rooms and suites here have views over the harbour – but why hide away in your room when you can enjoy the beauty of the Croatian coast from the swim-up bar?

Rooms available from £268

3. Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah

Found on Dubai’s iconic palm island, the Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah offers a real taste of opulence. The luxury hotel complex offers spectacular views of the city’s skyline across the water from a private beach. But with temperature control, palm trees and surrounding tropical gardens, the pool is where you’ll want to spend your time under the hot sun, which luckily comes with a stylish swim-up bar. 

Rooms available from £259 

4. Room Mate Grace – New York City, USA

Room Mate Grace

You don’t need to be by the coast to enjoy the indulgence of a swim-up bar, as Room Mate Grace in Manhatten offers its guests exactly that – right from Times Square. Just a stone’s throw from everything New York has to offer, this modern hotel is centred around a chic indoor pool with its own bar. The hotel offers a range of well-furnished contemporary rooms, from communal four-beds to premium suites – perfect for your stay in the Big Apple. 

Rooms available from £174 

5. The Kee Resort & Spa – Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand

The Kee Resort & Spa

Phuket’s The Kee Resort & Spa is a slice of contemporary luxury in a tropical paradise where style and design come first. The hotel has six different types of rooms and boasts eight treatment rooms in its spa, which is modelled on the Sino-Portuguese architecture of Old Phuket. At the heart of the complex, you’ll find the state-of-the-art outdoor pool with jet fountains and a swim-up bar – perfect for continuing your relaxation away from the spa.

Rooms available from £46

6. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa – Maui, Hawaii

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

If you’re looking for an exotic island getaway with plenty of natural beauty, Hawaii is the place for you. The Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa on the island of Maui really makes the most of its tropical surroundings. Its stylish suites enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and the shore is dotted with intimate beach huts. But to really connect with the natural beauty of the island, why not have a drink in the secluded swim-up grotto bar, hidden from view.

Rooms available from £165

7. Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort – Cancun, Mexico

Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort

Few resorts are as perfectly laid out as the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort in Cancun: villas and suites face out to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, while the intricate network of pools, fountains and whirlpool spas lead from your doorstep to the golden sands of the beach. Here, outside is definitely the place to be, with sun loungers, a waterslide and regular SCUBA diving and aqua aerobics sessions. And of course, a swim-up bar – perfect for watching the sun set over the Caribbean.

Rooms available from £98

8. The Regent Palms – Turks and Caicos Islands

The Regent Palms

The Regent Palms is one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets, located a stone’s throw from Grace Bay Beach – one of the most beautiful in the world – in the idyllic Turks and Caicos Islands. The resort offers premium indulgence and relaxation to help you make the most of your break, with a fitness complex, a wellness centre and a chic infinity pool. After a long day of pampering, why not relax with a drink at the swim-up bar?

Rooms available from £273

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The Regent Palms Crystal Cove Hotel Monte Mulini Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah Room Mate Grace The Kee Resort & Spa Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort