Arizona is well-known for its dry desert climate and year-round toasty temperatures. Luckily even though it’s geographically landlocked without any ocean waves for hundreds of miles, Arizona offers plenty of waterside destinations to cool off from the Southwest sun. Here are ten of the best pools in the greater Phoenix/Scottsdale region of the Grand Canyon State.
Boulders Resort and Spa Scottsdale, Curio Collection by Hilton
Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale is situated on 1,300 acres of land surrounded by an impressive collection of 12-million-year-old granite boulders. At this resort, guests can choose to stay in casitas, villas, or suites, all which open to views of the inviting Sonoran Desert and include the opportunity to cool off in one of the property’s amazing pools.
This resort features a collection of four different pools for all ages and interests, each heated to 85 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. The Lodge Pool is open 24 hours a day, and offers spectacular sights of the desert landscape, nestled into the foot of the resort’s signature boulder pile. This pool features a serene waterfall and dining service from the Pool Pavilion.
Next, there’s the Spa Pool which is reserved for guests ages 16 and up. This pool is also open for non-guests to use with the purchase of a day pass or spa treatment. Here, guests can appreciate unobstructed views of the boulder pile and enjoy dining service from the Spa Cafe. For those coming from a round of golf or a friendly but competitive game of tennis, the Club Pool is the ideal place to relax after a day of play and offers dining service from The Grill.
Finally, those who book a villa can appreciate using the more intimate Villa Pool which is located near the private hotel villas and is designated solely for guests of the on-site villas to enjoy.
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is Arizona’s largest resort, as well as an extremely luxurious destination to plan a restful desert escape. There are 950 guestrooms on-site spread across 316 acres in this Sonoran Desert property where Phoenix meets Scottsdale. With sweeping panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains, the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort offers hotel guests access to different five pools for all ages and interests.
Three of the pools are heated year-round to a balmy 82 degrees. There’s the Mesa Pool, the Wildfire Pool, and the Revive Spa Pool — which offers a relaxing escape, as well as lanes for laps to give adult guests the chance to get in some exercise and earn an extra prickly pear margarita at happy hour…
There’s also the Sidewinder Pool which is always set to a brisk 60 degrees as it’s used for cold plunges which help control joint inflammation and enhance muscle recovery. The fifth and final pool is a Lazy River Pool for the ultimate relaxation floating in an innertube and enjoying the gorgeous views of the desert.
On top of incredible pool experiences, the resort also features two impressive whirlpools, a Serpentine Water Slide, and a kids’ splash pad. There are upgraded pool experiences for guests to indulge in, including Private Cabana Cottages, Poolside Suites, Daybeds and Chaise Lounge Chairs — as well as “Griffin Bay” which is an exclusive new pool package that comes with upgraded food and beverage services, VIP seating, and poolside service.
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is a premier luxury resort of choice in the Valley, with a 31,000-sq.-ft. spacious and opulent Joya Spa, gorgeous pools, unparalleled dining, and nightlife, and guest rooms with private patios or balconies. There’s also easy access to the many nearby golf courses and local shopping. All of this is nestled into the base of majestic Camelback Mountain, just minutes from the trendy district of Old Town Scottsdale.
This resort knows how to bring its luxury standard to its multiple stunning pools, each of which offer stunning views of the desert landscape’s surrounding towering palms and citrus trees. Hidden among soaring palms and lush resort grounds, the Oasis Pool is a peaceful poolside experience for adults inspired by the Old World and features direct views of Scottsdale’s most famous landmark, Camelback Mountain. Guests can retreat into the shade of a cabana and refresh in the sun-kissed pool and soothing spa.
There’s also the Joya Terrace pool to use after a relaxing spa treatment at the spa. Guests can enjoy a meal poolside or take in the breathtaking views from this rooftop terrace pool.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa is home to Phoenix/Scottsdale’s largest infinity-edge pool. This property is a spectacular oasis overlooking the red rock tumble of the resort’s namesake mountain. For the ultimate in relaxation, poolside cabanas offer guests a private retreat with ample creature comforts including chaise lounge chairs, cooling fans, refrigerated refreshments, and a television. Guests can enjoy poolside meals and are regularly treated to chilled fruit and other complimentary gifts from Sanctuary staff while they lounge.
AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown
For an invigorating swim and breathtaking views of this area that’s home to the local college, Arizona State University’s appropriately named “Sun Devils,” head to the rooftop pool at AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown. This pool actually overlooks Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium as well the city’s famed “A” mountain. Guests can take in the views of the scenic desert landscape and skyline of Tempe, as well as the bustling atmosphere of this lively college town-feeling neighborhood from perched high above the action in a state of unparalleled relaxation.
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows
The 23-acre Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows combines the luxury of mid-century modern design with a touch of personal amenities through its classic, local art — which creates an exceptional Sonoran Desert experience. Situated among majestic giant saguaros and desert wildflowers, this resort is a true oasis offering guests a place to explore and relax.
There are three distinct pools dispersed throughout this expansive property. First, the Turquoise Pool sits at the heart of the resort and is undoubtedly the most lively of the pools. There’s an expansive sundeck, chaise lounges, day beds and 13 private cabanas – six of which are connected to guest rooms and a suite overlooking the pool. The adjacent Turquoise Pool Bar features a fresh menu of light bites, handcrafted cocktails, and daily happy hour for guests to enjoy from 3-5 p.m. This pool is also open to guests who are not staying at the hotel but instead book a day pass.
For a more tranquil experience, the resort’s Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary pool offers a private space exclusively for the use of spa guests. Finally, those craving an especially secluded retreat can even book one of the exclusive private bungalows which has its own designated pool, offering guests the ultimate privacy and tranquility separate from the rest of the resort.
The Phoenician features an impressive collection of pools in a three-tiered water complex, with its iconic, hand-tiled Mother of Pearl pool on the lower level; and three separate, recreational-styled pools on the upper level. A newly designed center lounge area offers reserved, family-friendly seating on the northside; and adult-only accommodations with pool and cabanas on the southside.
The Mother-of-Pearl Pool is a refreshing and sparkling oasis for all visitors, featuring a collection of Cabanas to reserve, with an adjacent adults-only hot tub. A variety of imaginative adventures await kids at the premiere treehouse and waterslide attractions, along with a splash pad. On the upper deck, guests can find a 197 ft. twisting waterslide and a Kid Zone. This play area features a swaying bridge, pirate ship sails, and a splash pad with spray-guns, falling buckets of water and shooting waterspouts.
For a more relaxing water experience, guests of the Phoenician spa can experience the spa’s rooftop pool which overlooks the property’s beautiful scenery and the majestic sights of Camelback Mountain.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
The natural wonders of the Sonoran Desert surround the breathtaking 27-acre Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale which sits framed against the impressive McDowell Mountains.
This property features 10 swimming pools with 20 fountains and 45 waterfalls, and a 2.5-acre water playground complete with a sand beach and a 3-story high-speed waterslide. Each and every poolside desire will be met by the attentive servers at H2Oasis, offering tasty bites al fresco including special treats for the kids and a collection of signature tropical cocktails for grown-ups.
Fairmont Princess Resort
The Fairmont Princess Resort offers six luxurious pools and hangout spots for kids to spend an afternoon in the sunshine. The Sonoran Splash Pool is family friendly with a 6,000 square foot oasis offering a 200-foot twisting water slide and a sandbox play area with beach toys to keep little ones entertained for hours.
Next, the Sonoran Landing Pool is the resort’s exclusive “adults-only” pool, with two lanes for swimming laps and an array of oversized hammocks, plush day beds, floating bean bags and plenty of poolside libations to relax. The Princess Pool sits at the heart of this 65-acre resort and offers sweeping views of the property’s lush lagoon greenery and the on-site golf course, as well as hot tubs and a selection of signature cocktails at the poolside café.
The Well & Being Rooftop Pool sits on top of the Well & Being Spa, and is only available to spa guests as a calming respite from the chaos and stresses of everyday life. Finally, Sunset Beach is the resort’s largest pool at 9,000 square feet, with beach chairs sitting on clean white sand and an enormous splash pad for children to play. It’s affectionately known as Arizona’s “only beach,” and is outfitted with enough beach chairs and palm trees to transport guests away to an island vacation (but without the humidity).
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The waterpark at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is one of the hotel’s biggest attractions – and for great reason. The Adventure Water Park is host to the iconic Kierland FlowRider flow-board simulator for guests to surf in the middle of Scottsdale’s desert climate. There’s also a lazy river and a 110-foot-long water slide.
Guests can rent a private family-friendly poolside cabana to relax in shaded luxury, or enjoy their very own “Tommy Bahama Relaxation Reef private island” which features exclusive access to a secluded section of the lazy river, private lounge chairs and pre-reserved personal innertubes.