Best Pools in Palm Springs
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Make a Splash at the 20 Coolest Pools in Greater Palm Springs

Let’s Dive In and See Which Pool Suits Your Style!

With the weather warming up and summer right around the corner, Greater Palm Springs visitors and locals alike will soon be flocking to their favorite pools, parks and resorts looking to cool off and enjoy a day of relaxing and lounging. But with so many great places to enjoy a refreshing dip, it can be difficult to find the best place that suits your vibe. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. From sprawling resort pools with waterslides to charming boutique hotel pools suitable for the ‘Gram, these 20 pools in Greater Palm Springs are sure to keep you cool while you soak up the sun.

 

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

For the family with kiddos in tow

Omni Hotels & Resorts
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Kicking off our list is none other than the luxurious yet family-friendly Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. For those looking to cool off, this is the place to be. The resort features three distinct aquatic experiences: the Conchilla Valley Pool, the adult-only Azure Pool and the Splashtopia Water Park complete with two 100-foot waterslides, a cliff-side hot tub, sandy beach and water-play zones with fountains and sprinklers. If you’re traveling with teens, snag a gaming cabana at the Conchilla Valley Pool, which features games like ping-pong, air hockey, foosball and arcade games! Don’t forget to check out Omni’s exceptional poolside dining options, including the Conchilla Valley Pool Bar and Grill (think cabana-worthy cocktails and California-coastal cuisine) and Splash Grill (juicy burgers, kids’ meals and tropical libations)!

Location: Rancho Mirage

 

La Quinta Resort & Club

For the bachelorette babes

Marshall Williams
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Elegantly combining luxury with Spanish-style charm, La Quinta Resort & Club is nothing short of serene and incredible, and its collection of pools follows suit. With 41 sparkling pools, including a sprawling main deck, a secluded adults-only pool and dozens of private plunge, casita and lap pools, this 1,400-acre resort is perfect for a celebratory bachelorette weekend! Enjoy poolside drinks with your bride tribe as well as gorgeous views of the surrounding mountain ranges while floating the day away and soaking up the sun. One trip and it’ll be easy to see why La Quinta Resort & Club is hailed as one of the area’s very best resorts.

Location: La Quinta

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Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs

For the chic LA city couple

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For those looking to elevate their poolside experience–both literally and figuratively–we recommend kicking back at the Kimpton Rowan’s sky-high rooftop pool. Located atop this ultra-chic, seven-story hotel, the Kimpton’s modern rooftop pool is a sight to behold. Offering unparalleled views of the surrounding desert landscape and its gorgeous mountain ranges, this pool prides itself on its ability to blend in with the natural scenery and makes loungers feel relaxed and immersed. The hotel offers daily cabana rentals as well as access to dozens of wooden lounge chairs to help guests get the absolute most out of their poolside experience. Grab a cocktail from the open-air rooftop bar and kick back as you admire the major mountain views (and the lack of children running around).

Location: Downtown Palm Springs

 

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

For the retired couple with $$

When the front desk tells you to either take a boat or a bridge to the pool area, you know you’re in for a treat. At the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, guests can expect to be treated to a one-of-a-kind poolside experience. Surrounded by world-class golf courses, swaying palms and gorgeous mountain views, the pools at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort are as scenic as it gets. While the property has a total of four places to take a dip, the Oasis Pool (the main pool) is perfect for relaxing with your hunny. Expect exceptional service from the staff along with luxurious lounging options like cabanas, daybeds and lounge chairs. The Oasis Poolside Bar & Grille offers food and drink services to visitors as well.

Location: Palm Desert

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Fleur Noire Hotel

For the girlie girls in search of sun

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With gorgeous floral murals on nearly every wall, trendy, minimalist decor and all the desert flora one could conjure, Fleur Noire Hotel’s pool area is an Instagram girlie’s dream. This boutique hotel prides itself on its entirely original aesthetic that is both charming and whimsical, inviting loungers to slip on their suits and soak up the sun. The rectangular pool is small in size but simply adorable with its yellow fringe umbrellas and pink cushioned loungers. Each mural is hand-painted by renowned artist Louise Jones and swathes the pool area in an aura of beauty and timelessness. Add 21 uniquely designed bungalows and suites and you get one of the most darling hotel and pool areas in all of Greater Palm Springs. 

Local Insight: Fleur Noire Hotel is home to La Boisson—a speakeasy champagne rosé bar! Guests of the hotel can text in their orders to enjoy poolside or fireside.

Location: Palm Springs

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Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs

For the hipsters at heart

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A hotel born from hipster dreams has a continuously bustling pool scene, famous amongst festival-goers and weekenders escaping LA. With a distinctive boho style and retro flair, the Ace Hotel & Swim Club carries that musical vibe with DJ pool parties on the weekends. A poolside bar keeps the libations flowing (try the paloma slushie!) while guests cool off in the pool or lounge on a daybed. If you’re looking for a more tranquil water scene, there’s also a separate zen pool waiting for you.

Location: Palm Springs

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The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

For the honeymooners

Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
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When people hear the name Ritz-Carlton, they picture elegant ambiance, sweeping panoramic views, perfectly manicured grassways and all the other accents that have made this hospitality brand synonymous with luxury. So naturally, we had to include The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage’s two shimmering pool decks on our list. The main pool is open to all ages with a poolside bar and restaurant service, while the adults-only pool (perfect for lovebirds and honeymooners) offers picturesque views of mountains and desert scenery. Cabanas are available to rent with all of the necessary amenities, including Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, misters, seasonal fruit bowls, water, sunscreen and even a personal attendant. Slather on that SPF and lounge the day away with your boo–you’ll be there a while.

Location: Rancho Mirage

 

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

For the family in search of a tropical escape

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Kick back and relax Jimmy Buffett-style with a trip to one of Margaritaville’s two pools. The 5 O’clock Somewhere pool is nestled in the midst of all the fun, which your kids will love! The parents will love the full-service bar that’s ready to concoct a signature drink to immerse them into the Margaritaville experience. The Lone Palm Pool is for relaxing, but of course, there’s a tiki bar to enhance the R&R. Loungers, daybeds and chairs around fire pits offer plenty of places to chill with your fam. Guests can also enjoy daily specials on drinks and dining options as well as fun poolside games like Jenga and cornhole!

Location: Palm Springs

 

Sensei Porcupine Creek

For the wellness + self-care guru

Sensei Porcupine Creek
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When it comes to seeking serenity and being surrounded by nature, Sensei Porcupine Creek’s pool scene offers total seclusion. Nestled within the 230-acre property set at the foot of the gorgeous Santa Rosa Mountains, this lush and vibrant oasis places poolside loungers within a pristine natural environment dotted with towering palms and lush desert flora. With a focus on wellness and rejuvenation, Sensei Porcupine Creek offers some of the best spa treatments in the destination as well, allowing the pool to act as simply the first step in pursuing unparalleled relaxation and rejuvenation.

Location: Rancho Mirage

 

Parker Palm Springs

For the Insta-worthy girls trip

Parker Palm Springs
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Thanks to interior designer Jonathan Adler, this ultra-luxe hidden gem features a ‘50s vibe with a contemporary twist—a totally ‘Grammable spot, if you ask us. The grounds of Parker Palm Springs are lush with two outdoor pools: one tucked amongst the foliage and the other in the center of the resort. Both are equipped with spacious sundecks, padded loungers and striped umbrellas, and each one is outfitted in nostalgic glamour in a Wes Anderson kind of way. The Parker sums it up best: “A variety of pools for every mood.” An adults-only pool is also located indoors if you want to stay shady.

Location: Palm Springs

 

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa

For the parents with little ones

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort
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If you’re in search of some serious fun (for all ages), the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa’s HyTides Plunge water park is the place to be. Featuring a set of 30-foot-tall dueling water slides, a lazy river, a splash pad with water cannons, dumping buckets and more, this pool area offers gallons of insurmountable fun for the little ones. Shaded by towering palms and nestled up against the mountains, the HyTides Plunge water park, along with the resort’s nine expansive pools, makes for the ultimate year-round destination. You won’t hear a single “Mommy, I’m bored” here.

Location: Indian Wells

 

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

For the beach lovers

Renaissance Esmeralda
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While Greater Palm Springs may be located a ways from the beach, resort-goers will be happy to hear that sun and sand are right around the corner. At the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, guests can experience one of the very best and most spacious sandy, beach-entry resort pools in the area. Simply throw down a towel or pull up a lounge chair and indulge in a one-of-a-kind beachy poolside experience. On top of it all, Renaissance Esmeralda also boasts a sprawling pool complex that extends from the “beach,” featuring cabanas, daybeds, and a wonderful poolside bar known as the H2O Pool Bar—don’t worry, they serve more than just water.

Location: Indian Wells

 

The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert

For the family who plans to stay awhile

The Westin Desert Willow Villas
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For a true home-away-from-home feel, The Westin Desert Willow Villas in Palm Desert offer spacious accommodations with amenities like full kitchens and outdoor fireplaces. The Mirage Pool Deck features three resort pools, including a family-friendly main pool with cabanas, a whirlpool spa and a 159-foot water slide. On the other hand, The Palo Verde Park & Pool has a large heated swimming pool, a whirlpool spa, four poolside cabanas, a kiddie pool and a food and beverage outlet. Guests of the resort can make a cabana reservation in advance through the Mirage Sun Shop.

 

Hotel Paseo

For the art connoisseurs

Hotel Paseo
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With an angular porte-cochère, marble-floored lobby and rotating art gallery, this stylish boutique hotel blends midcentury modern design with a California-cool aesthetic. Yellow sun umbrellas and splashes of blue add hints of color to the white canvas of the pool area, which is surrounded by the hotel’s guest rooms. Cabanas are also available for rent for some extra leisurely comfort. Be sure to get there early, as space is limited—there are only a few cabanas! The Lemon Drop poolside bar provides food, drinks and live entertainment, and the hotel’s new Larkspur Grill offers a fresh take on modern California cuisine. Another draw of this sleek hotel is its proximity to El Paseo—Palm Desert’s mecca for shopping and dining. Stroll through the nearby art galleries and take in all that this street has to offer.

Location: Palm Desert

 

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

For the jet-setters

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort
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Elegant, intimate and romantic and are just a few ways to describe this Indian Wells resort. The property is currently undergoing a rebrand, which will debut in late 2023 as Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort & Spa. This makeover will infuse the Tommy Bahama lifestyle and design aesthetic into the Mediterranean-inspired property, and guests can expect a new restaurant concept, a transformed bar experience, reimagined public spaces and more. The resort has remained open to guests, meaning you can still kick back on one of the many loungers around Miramonte’s signature two-level poolside deck. If that doesn’t sound fabulous enough, retreat into a cabana, where complimentary pitchers of margaritas (or beer) await. While you’re there, you’ll also want to book a treatment at The WELL Spa to experience its eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, relaxation spaces and hot and cold soaking pools.

Location: Indian Wells

 

Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa Oasis

For the one in need of relaxation

Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort
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Located in Desert Hot Springs—a healing oasis with some of the purest hot and cold mineral springs in the world—this adults-only retreat offers a relaxing hot springs experience. Whether you’re spending the day or a weekend at Azure Palm Hot Springs, you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and re-energized. While massages, body treatments and facials are offered, the real star here is the rich, healing, natural mineral spring water. Five mineral water pools are located at the resort, and they range between 85 degrees and 104 degrees!

Location: Desert Hot Springs

 

Sparrows Lodge

For the outdoorsy, adventurous one

Sparrows Lodge
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One of the original getaway destinations for Hollywood’s elite dating all the way back to 1952, Sparrows Lodge offers a rustic and serene space for visitors to relax, rejuvenate and cool off. The pool area features beautiful rocky water features, outdoor fire pits and access to the lodge’s exceptional bar and restaurant. After taking a dip, feel free to explore the grounds as well and check out its charming vegetable garden, multiple works of fine art displayed throughout the property and the gorgeous natural scenery surrounding the lodge. All of these aspects combine to make Sparrows Lodge the perfect poolside getaway for the outdoorsy traveler.

Location: Palm Springs

 

Arrive Palm Springs

For the millennials

Arrive Palm Springs
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Swim, float, eat, drink: it’s all possible at Arrive, as long as you’re 21 or older. The pool is the focal point with food and drinks available and DJ sets on Saturdays, making it an ideal location for a getaway with friends! The vibrant energy is enhanced through different patterns and textures decorating the patio, while fire pits invite guests to stay long after the sun sets. At Arrive, the beauty is in the details: poolside cocktails with fresh and unique ingredients, ample shade for every chaise lounge, pristine waters and perfectly positioned cabanas to allow for maximum scenery. Top it off with plush bathrobes, 100% Egyptian cotton bedding and warm fire pits to enjoy in the evening, and you have one of the most chic and modern resort experiences imaginable.

Location: Palm Springs

 

Trixie Motel

For the TikTok queens

Trixie Motel
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For all things pink and chic, the newly opened Trixie Motel is the way to go. This bubbly boutique motel is the dream child of Brian Firkus–better known for his drag persona, Trixie Mattel–and David Silver. With the help of the Scott Brothers, or The Property Brothers as they are colloquially known, Firkus and Silver brought this one-of-a-kind motel to life. The pool area is vibrant and flooded with stunning shades of pink, including their iconic pink heart-shaped floaties, which allow guests to enjoy this Barbie-esque paradise in style. While the pool is for guests only, it can be reserved for private events, making it perfect for bachelorette parties, bridal showers and, of course, the making of viral TikToks!

Location: Palm Springs

 

Hermann Bungalows at L’Horizon

For the one in need of peace n’ quiet

Hermann Bungalows
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For those looking to combine secluded serenity with pinnacle luxury, the Hermann Bungalows (located within L’Horizon Resort & Spa) are the way to go. With nine uniquely designed bungalows to choose from, each offering a variety of amenities and ambiances, these posh private retreats feature outdoor showers and private patios and are positioned around a stunning rectangular pool with deep blue waters. This secluded pool scene sits beneath swaying palms and the towering peaks of local mountain ranges, and the pool itself features loungers in the water–perfect for sun-seekers looking to cool off. The Hermann Bungalows at L’Horizon offer one of the most pristine and peaceful environments in Greater Palm Springs.

Location: Palm Springs

 

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