Wave goodbye, folks. The good temperatures in Phoenix are about to leave us -- and in their wake will be the sweat stain we call summer. Fortunately, Phoenix does well to make up for its desert state with a pool culture that includes water slides, river tubing, artificial beaches, DJs, and ice cold cocktails.
Pack the sunscreen and put on the shades as you check out our 10 Favorite Pools in Metro Phoenix this summer.
Put on that retro bikini and get ready to feel like you've stepped onto the set of Mad Men as you visit the OH pool at the Hotel Valley Ho. Delivering serious swag, this historic hotel pool, with its private cabanas and poolside bar, is a hotspot for summer socializing. Weekend events at the OH pool include: Happy Hour Fridays offering live music with food and drink specials; Session Saturdays featuring beats by DJ Mr. P-Body as well as more food and drink specials; and City Sundays offering eight city-inspired cocktails for just $6.
The pool at Hyatt Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale already was a staple among locals and tourists alike, but we imagine this place will get even busier with its newly remodeled $4 million water park, which will include a three-story high-speed water slide that takes guests on a wild ride of triple turns at 25 miles per hour. The hotel's also added posh private cabanas and a new poolside restaurant, H2Oasis, on top of the existing 10 pools, 20 fountains, 45 waterfalls, sand beach, Grecian-style water temple, and water volleyball courts.
This resort and casino located off the Pima Freeway and Indian Bend gathers plenty of pool-goers with Release, a summer pool party series happening every Saturday and Sunday starting May 4. These pool parties carry major appeal for the social swimmer with DJs brought in from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco as well as drink specials and -- did we mention it's also a casino? Sunbathers beware: Exercise extreme caution with the sun and the slot machines.
The Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort has made Travel Channel's Top 10 Water Parks in the country, and it's no wonder why. The elaborate seven-acre watering hole boasts eight-story water slides, a wave pool, river tubing, and a hot tub with the capacity to hold 25 people (why you would want to share a hot tub with that many people, we don't know -- but it's nice to know the option is there).
This Scottsdale hotel has undergone quite a few changes of ownership in its time -- the Mondrian, the Hotel Theodore. But when it turned into the Saguaro, things took on a new outlook, literally. The Saguaro offers two brightly colored pools popping with vibrant shades of yellow, pink, and orange complemented by rich foliage and relaxing cabanas. It's simultaneously lively and relaxing causing it to double a respite for weary travelers and a party destination for desert locals.
Spanish Fly breaks away from the average Old Town bar scene with a Mexican beach-style club complete with a waterfall pool, indoor/outdoor bar, day beds, and an influx of talented DJs. Step into this tucked-away oasis and you'd almost forget you were in the kitschy old west district of Scottsdale. Plan ahead of time and you can even reserve your own private cabana right by the pool complete with bottle service and flat-screen TVs.
The Oasis pool at the Clarendon Hotel is ideal for anyone whose pool priories are based more on aesthetics and relaxation than anything else.
This boutique hotel pool features underwater speakers, massaging water jets, and a jacuzzi that holds over 50 guests (take that Arizona Grand) -- and to really set the mood, a colorful mosaic tile, tranquil fountains, wall-climbing foliage, and a glass water wall.
It's kind of an unwritten rule that no pool list is complete without mentioning the architectural gem that is the Arizona Biltmore. The luxury pools at this landmark resort carry as much history as chlorine with amenities such as the grand Paradise Pool featuring a 92' water slide, poolside bar, private cabanas, and "Splash Cinema" where guests can enjoy big screen movies from the comfort of their inner tubes. The hotel also provides several smaller pools including the Catalina, a supposed favorite of Marilyn Monroe, built by William Wrigley Jr. in 1930.
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With slim pickings in the downtown pool party scene the less-than-a-year-old Hotel Palomar at Phoenix Cityscape is a breath of fresh air. This chic Kimpton hotel offers a third-story pool that doubles as a night lounge with the hotel's Lustre Bar. Enjoy panoramic views of the city while you sip handcrafted cocktails and get ready to have a new outlook on downtown Phoenix.
El Santo, the North Scottsdale equivalent of Spanish Fly is a bar, restaurant, and resort-style pool all in one. Located just behind the Scottsdale Quarter, this eye-catching cantina offers an indoor dinning space with Baja-style eats, a generous indoor and outdoor bar, private villas, VIP Cabanas, live music, and nonstop partying. Packed with plenty of locals who love to make a splash (especially with their swimsuits), this place is certainly the loudest thing to hit North Scottsdale.