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10 Memorable Swim-Up Bars (PHOTOS)

Posted: 07/21/2012 9:30 am

Who doesn't like to get their drink on while taking a dip? It's both the ultimate cool down and the possibly best way to spice up a relaxing vacation.

With summer staunchly upon us here in NYC, we're craving some refreshing fun in the sun, so we've picked our favorite places to liquor up -- all from the cool comforts of hotels' pools. So get your blender and piña colada mix ready -- you'll be thirsting for a fruity cocktail after browsing these amazing hotel pool bars.

And you won't have to worry about falling off the stool.

-- Kristina Fazzalaro,

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  • Catalonia Bavaro Beach, All Inclusive — Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    You can almost imagine you’re on the set of the movie ”Cocktail” at <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Catalonia Bavaro Beach</a></strong>‘s swim-up bar, where the bartenders are quite entertaining. This laid back property comes with lots of awesome amenities, including a gorgeous beach, golf course, and room balconies that feature private hammocks.

  • Room Mate Grace — New York City

    Featuring the only swim-up bar in all of New York City, this lobby pool at <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Room Mate Grace</a></strong> is a funky Times Square destination. Every Wednesday, the hotel hosts Drip, a gay pool party, that packs the small indoor area and provides a raucous good time smack dack in the middle of the city.

  • Hotel Punta Islita — Costa Rica

    With well-stocked swim-up bars at both its beach pool and this stunning infinity pool, the <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Hotel Punta Islita</a></strong> is a fabulous ultra-remote, rustic-luxe hideaway in Costa Rica’s Guancaste area.

  • The Westin Resort & Spa — Los Cabos

    Seven beautiful infinity pools, a private beach, and gorgeous desert coastline locale make <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">The Westin Los Cabos</a> </strong>a romantic choice for couples. This swim-up bar overlooks all the action from its prime beach-side location.

  • Riu Ocho Rios, All-Inclusive — Jamaica

    Techno music, throngs of young folks and beer pong dominate this swim-up bar, which becomes a party-goer’s, and possibly a fraternity’s, home away from home at Jamaica’s <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Riu Ocho Rios</a></strong>. Spring Break tends to be especially crazy, but this party spot is bustling all year long.

  • Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas</a></strong> is a 343-room all-inclusive hotel, situated in a pyramid-style building with three pools, a mega-Jacuzzi, and a swim-up bar along the Nichupte Lagoon’s expansive beach.

  • ClubHotel Riu Negril — Jamaica

    An excellent value resort, <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">ClubHotel Riu Negril</a></strong> offers a mellow beach, free minibars, and a surprisingly solid buffet, not to mention its relaxed, but always crowded, swim-up bar at the main pool.

  • Dreams La Romana — Dominican Republic

    Reopened in 2008,<strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">Dreams La Romana</a></strong> is an immaculate megaresort featuring beautiful rooms, an excellent kids’ club, some of the Dominican Republic’s best all-inclusive food, and a great cocktail menu with name-brand liquor…which you can even enjoy while taking a dip.

  • Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino

    Taking the swim-up bar to a whole new level, the <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Hyatt Regency Aruba</a></strong> also serves food from the Balashi Bar and Grill to swimmers/diners when the urge to eat sets in. Sandwiches, salads, wings, and calamari can all be enjoyed in between laps or simply splashing around.

  • Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa — Cancun

    Overlooking a stunning beach by the southern tip of the Hotel Zone, this adults-only property oozes tranquility. The <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">Bel Air Collection</a></strong> has 155 chic, minimalist rooms, trendy common areas, a wonderful spa, and a gorgeous infinity pool with ocean views and a well stocked bar.


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