Sun worshipers from the around the globe have long flocked to the sandy shores of Southern California. But it’s not just our beaches that offer refreshing relaxation and summer fun. Southern California is also home to some of the most awe-inspiring outdoor sanctuaries and bathing suit season just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of our top-notch pools. From posh spots to coastal getaways, these are some of our favorite hotel pools.
Positioned alongside the Pacific Ocean, the Mosaic Pool at the Montage Laguna Beach provides the ultimate in relaxation. The resort’s centerpiece, the intricate mosaic design shimmers to pay homage to the Southern California sun. After a day of hiking through Crystal Cove State Park, rest your weary bones in the whirlpool or watch the kids splash around in the children’s pool and play area. For a few extra bucks, find some shade in a poolside cabana complete with fans, games, music, magazines, and a dedicated server. Top it all off with sparkling ocean views and stunning sunsets and you are in for one day of beachside bliss.
Montage Laguna Beach- www.montagelagunabeach.com
Perched on the rooftop of the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, lies the infamous Skybar and pool. Set flush with a surrounding teak deck and featuring underwater music, this glam spot is perfect for lounging or soaking in LA skyline views. Styled to reflect an outdoor living room with lush landscaping and plush lounges, the space transforms into a magical romantic hideaway by night with flickering lanterns and expansive city views. While the stylish pool may not always be conducive to swimming, this fabulously chic rooftop Skybar is one of Sunset Blvd.’s most famous hangouts.
Mondrian Los Angeles- ModrianHotel.com
Chic Family Retreat
If your idea of fun is plunging down a corkscrew waterslide into a sparkling, lagoon-style pool we’ve found the place for you! Located on Mission Bay, the largest aquatic preserve in the U.S., the Hyatt Regency features three swimming pools with just as many waterslides, separate children’s pool, and observation decks with panoramic water views. If waterslides aren’t your thing, curl up on one the plush lounge chairs overlooking Mission Bay and simply bask in the sun.
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina- MissionBay.Hyatt.com
With a gorgeous pool, cutting edge design and desert views, plus a bold color palette, think of the Saguaro as your Coachella Valley oasis. A mid-century Technicolor gem, the Olympic-sized pool features two hot tubs and hosts some of the desert’s most colorful poolside parties. Heat up your pool routine with a jalapeno margarita and weekly entertainment including DJ sets, live music, and dive in movies.
The Saguaro Palm Springs- Jdvhotels.com