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10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix

10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix
Katie Johnson

There are plenty of reasons to love Phoenix in the summer, many of which begin and end at the pool. From wave pools to whirpools, water slides to waterfalls, lazy rivers to high-energy dance parties, the Valley offers a top-notch selection of outdoor oasis. Step out of your plastic kiddie pool and slather on the sunscreen, because we're about to dive into the 10 best pools in metro Phoenix.

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10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix
Katie Johnson

Talking Stick Resort

Despite its lack of triple story water slides and faux rock water falls, Talking Stick manages to keep the 21-and-over kids coming thanks to Release, its weekly pool party. This Saturday social event happening in the Main Pool is the place to tanned and tipsy with no cover, private cabanas and daybeds with bottle service, traveling DJs, and cheaper drinks than you'll find at many other Scottsdale soirees. For those looking to let off steam in a more subdued environment Talking Stick also offers a shallow Lounge Pool and a family-friendly West Pool. Visit www.talkingstickresort.com for more information.

10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix
Katie Johnson

Big Surf

Since 1969, Big Surf has been bringing in the big crowds with water-based attractions that are few and far between in the Valley, including the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool, 2.5-million-gallon wave pool that serves as a surf substitute for landlocked locals. Whether you're testing the water with the kids at the Bora Bora Bay and the Otter Slides or taking your adrenaline to the next level with high-speed rides like the Hurricane Slides, The Black Hole, Tornado Twisters, White Serpentine Slide, or the Mauna Kea Zip Line, Big Surf serves up a little something for everyone in the summer. For more information, visit bigsurf.com.

 

10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix
Katie Johnson

Maya Day and Nightclub

Since it opened its doors in April of 2013, Maya Day and Nightclub has been making a big splash in the Scottsdale clubs scene thanks to world-renowned music acts, massive parties, scantily clad staff, and more alcohol than you can shake a pool noodle at. Whether you're shelling out cash for exclusive bottle service or slipping on a skimpy bikini a meet up at Maya is all about making waves. For a look at upcoming parties and events, visit mayaclubaz.com.

10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix
Katie Johnson

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

You don't have to have a degree in design or harbor a love of Arizona history to appreciate water-based amenities that the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa has to offer. This luxury oasis in central Phoenix features stunning architecture, poolside food and drinks, a 92-foot water slide, private cabanas, seasonal Splash Cinema, and a multitude of pools. From the large-scale Paradise Pool to the private Catalina pool, the Arizona Biltmore Resort ranks high on the list of poolside staycation destinations. Visit www.arizonabiltmore.com.

 

10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix
Katie Johnson

The Clarendon Hotel

Central Phoenicians have a certain soft spot for the cozy poolside accommodations at The Clarendon. Located in the center of the boutique hotel, the Oasis Pool serves as a strong focal point for guests and visitors alike with bright mosaic tiling, decorative fountains, blooming foliage, and a glass water wall. Here, guests can enjoy a refreshing margarita while they alternate between taking dips in the main pool complete with underwater speakers and water jets or the jacuzzi that holds up to 50 guests. For more information, visit goclarendon.com.

10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix
Katie Johnson

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

We wouldn't put it past you to pick the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort for your poolside getaway. This Sunnyslope-adjacent resort is sort of an unspoken favorite of Phoenix natives. While it may not be as shiny and new as some of the other poolside retreats in the Valley, it still reels in its fair share of locals seeking underwater entertainment with four acres of water park amenities including pools for sport and relaxation, a water slide, waterfalls, a lazy river, day beds, and poolside refreshments. Visit www.squawpeakhilton.com.

 

10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix
Katie Johnson

The Saguaro

Despite its name, the poolside digs at the Saguaro hotel are remarkably comfortable. Vibrant, yet relaxing, this brightly colored oasis features two pools surrounded by cabanas, daybeds, lounge chairs, outdoor dinning, cocktails by the pitcher, and weekly sets of live music. If you stop by the Saguaro for Aqua Sundays, you can enjoy poolside DJs, no cover for ladies before 2 p.m., and cabana and daybeds starting at $350 and $125 respectively. For more information, visit www.jdvhotels.com.

10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix
Katie Johnson

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

With the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, north Phoenicians in the know never have to sweat the summer heat. This hotel pool verging water park is this kind of place where you can spend your whole day with poolside drinks, dining, and daybeds, plus a lazy river, whirlpool, water slide, and several pools to choose from including the Mesa Pool, the Wildfire Pool, and the Sidewinder Pool.

 

10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix
Katie Johnson

Hotel Palomar

When downtowners want to take a dip they look to the Lustre Rooftop Garden at the Hotel Palomar. Located on the third floor of the CityScape hotel, this urban watering hole overlooks the downtown city skyline and features weekly Saturday and Sunday pool parties as part of Lustre's 100 Days of Summer, poolside yoga for Sweat Your Asana Off Tuesdays, plus cabanas, day beds, a full bar, outdoor eats, TVs, games, and music. Thanks to this Kimpton hotel, finding ways to keep cool in downtown Phoenix no longer gets us hot and bothered.

10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix
Katie Johnson

Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch

We've got to hand it to Gainey. This Hyatt Regency hotel has held onto its reputation for being one of the best pools in the Valley for quite some time now. No doubt because of its abundant amenities including 10 pools, 20 fountains, 45 waterfalls, a sand beach, a three-story high-speed water slide that sends guests spiraling at 25 miles per hour, water volleyball courts, private cabanas, as well as poolside food and drink from the H2Oasis restaurant. Pack your bags, Scottsdale staycationers, you just found your home away from home.

Editor's note: this post has been modified from its original version.

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