With Labor Day weekend less than a week away, we have to face the truth: we're not ready to say goodbye to summer yet. The warm, balmy days that brought us many trips to the beach, glasses of rosé, and breathtaking sunsets are simply too sweet to quit. So what's one to do when summer Fridays are over and the temperature slowly starts dropping? Plan a well-deserved vacation, of course. Saying goodbye to summer is much less bittersweet with one last hurrah—one that involves many poolside days and soaking up every last ray of sun.
To make booking this all-important getaway a little easier, we rounded up the most idyllic hotel pools in regions where the weather stays a little warmer a little longer. Want to escape to the French Riviera, the coast of Mexico, or the vast Utah desert? Look no further than these dreamy hotels that guarantee nothing but long, lazy poolside days, balmy nights, and a healthy tan to last well into the fall. We bet you can't get to the bottom without booking your next vacation.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
One of the oldest and most iconic hotels on Lake Como, Grand Hotel Tremezzo was the first in the area to install a floating pool atop the lake. The hotel's other pool, Piscina dei Fiori, is equally dreamy, as it's set in lush gardens atop the hillside, and it provides unparalleled views of the lake and historic hotel architecture. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more idyllic Italian getaway.
Cuixmala, Costa Alegre, Mexico
Cuixmala is one of a kind. Once a billionaire's private Mexican retreat, the Moorish-inspired property features 25,000 acres of lush grounds filled with zebras and antelopes. Perhaps one of the most impressive parts of this unique resort is the checkered beachfront saltwater pool, which can be accessed by a majestic ochre staircase.
Hôtel Les Roches Rouges, Côte d'Azur, France
The of-the-moment South of France hotspot Les Roches Rouges features not one but two swimming pools. One features a narrow swimming lane, while the other features a large seawater swimming pool carved directly into the coastal rock. Both overlook the turquoise waters of the Côte d'Azur and provide plenty of lounging space. If the sea is more your speed, you can also take a dip in the Mediterranean by walking down a few steps of a ladder on the dock.
Amangiri, Utah, USA
For thrill-seekers and luxury lovers, Amangiri is the perfect launchpad for desert adventures. The Utah resort sits halfway between eco-friendly experience and ultimate indulgence. The minimal architecture blends into the rocky background, and the dramatic swimming pool is carved around a large outcrop of rock, with individual daybed platforms seemingly floating into the water. Best of all, the desert location means you can extend the summer to the fullest.
Soho House, Barcelona, Spain
The rooftop pool at Soho House in Barcelona is the latest from the private club group—featuring its signature wide-striped loungers and unbeatable views of the Spanish metropolis below. It's the ideal place to sip and mingle before heading out for a late night of tapas and dancing. If large cities are more your speed, this is the place to be to keep the summer going a little longer.
Mar Adentro, Los Cabos, Mexico
Cabo's Mar Adentro is without a doubt one of the most impressive resorts to open in the last year. Now in its second phase of expansion, the minimal property is built around water. The reflecting pools that surround the hotel's whitewashed buildings are more than just aesthetically pleasing—they also double as a large desalination structure that provides water to the entire hotel. The entire property is a true feast for the eyes.
Hôtel du Cap Eden-Roc, Antibes, France
As far as famous swimming pools go, few are more iconic than Antibes's Hôtel du Cap Eden-Roc's cliffside pool. Photographed over and over by famed photographer Slim Aarons, it attracted a parade of famous names—from Fitzgerald and Hemingway to the Kennedys and the royal British family. The heated saltwater pool is cut into the edge of the cliff, offering unparalleled views of the Mediterranean Sea and the French Riviera. Need we say more?
Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
Get your Instagram feed ready—Honolulu's Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club is an ideal photo op waiting to happen. Taking clues from vintage 1960s Hawaii, the pool's bottom is painted with the famed "Wish You Were Here" slogan that graced postcards of that era. The rest of the hotel is no less idyllic—a true homage to Hawaiian hospitality, the 112-room hotel is laid-back and authentic. Aloha!
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