Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, CA
The aptly named Splashtopia at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Palm Springs comes complete with a 425-foot lazy river, two 100-foot tall water slides, a sandy beach and special kids zones with sprinklers and water fountains to help beach the summer heat.
If anyone knows how to keep kids entertained, it's Nickelodeon, and at Orlando's Nickelodeon Suites Resort, you'll find a zero-entry heated pool with its own four-story interactive water tower, water slides, climbing nets, a 400-gallon dump tank and – in true Nickelodeon fashion – a daily Mass Sliming.
Consistently rated as one of the best resort pools in the world, the 2,000-foot-long Wailea Canyon Activity Pool at the Grand Wailea in Maui seems more like a full fledged water park than a pool. While the kids keep busy with the four slides, six waterfalls, rope swing, whitewater slide and the world's first water elevator, mom and dad can relax in quiet serenity at the adult-only Hibiscus Pool.
Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino in the Bahamas
Located on Cable Beach in the Bahamas, the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino features seven acres of watery fun, including three fresh water pools, an oversized jacuzzi, floating trampolines, water bikes and snorkeling gear, all complimentary for guests of the resort.
Besides being right on the beach, the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL has two swimming pools on two levels. When you're swimming in the lower lagoon pool, fed by two waterfalls, you can gaze through a porthole in the bottom of the upper infinity pool to watch the swimmers above you. A 6-inch shallow area makes a perfect splash pool for toddlers.
When summer arrives in the Colorado Rockies, kids love to cool off in the Broadmoor's zero-entry outdoor infinity pool overlooking Cheyenne Lake. The beach-like pool entrance is great for young children, while older kids will love making a splash on the two water slides.
Texas summers can be downright sweltering...unless you're in the pool at the Woodlands Resort in northern Houston that is. In the resort's Forest Oasis Waterscape, guests can plummet down a double helix water slide, play a game of water basketball or volleyball or hop into the pool at dusk for a dive-in movie screening.
At Sonoran Splash, the mini-water park at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, kids and adults alike can escape the high desert sun in 6,000-square-feet of water. There's a sandbox play area and zero-entry pool deck for the little ones, as well as two slides for older children and adults.
The Mediterranean-style Barcelo Punta Cana on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Dominican Republic is home to a special swimming pool just for the kids, surrounded by plenty of room where parents can spread out and relax in the Caribbean sun.
Browsing Disney's Orlando resorts is akin to browsing a best list of hotel pools, and the Nanea Volcano Pool at the Polynesian Resort is one of the coolest. The zero-entry pool sits beneath the shadow of a towering volcano that doubles as a thrilling water slide. There's a splash area for small children, and a quieter Polynesian East Pool for a laid back afternoon in the water.