Credit: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
Credit: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Make a Splash at the 16 Coolest Pools in Greater Palm Springs

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There’s nothing like posting up poolside at some of the hottest resorts in Greater Palm Springs. More than just your standard spots to take a dip, you can also enjoy nightlife activities like movie screenings, VIP cabana service and killer DJs. Whether you’re a seasoned sun worshiper or prefer to have it made in the shade, these 16 pools in Greater Palm Springs will keep you cool year round. Best Pools Palm Springs


Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa

Credit: Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

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. 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. 

Local Insight: The HyTides Plunge breaks the record for the tallest waterslides in the Coachella Valley.

Location: Indian Wells

Best Pools Palm Springs

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

With three stunning pool options, enjoy a thrilling escapade of sun-soaked fun at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa! Featuring two 100-foot long waterslides and a 425-foot lazy river, you’re never too old to enjoy Splashtopia, their redesigned on-site water park that’s perfect for both adults and kids. Or leave the kids at home and head straight to the adults-only Azure pool. The possibilities are endless, and the choice is yours!

Location: Rancho Mirage



Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Credit: Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

For those looking for some family-friendly fun in the sun, the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa’s Sandy Beach Pool takes the cake. Adjacent to its giant resort-style swimming hole is a man-made sandbar to keep the little ones occupied with all the castle-building and hole-digging excitement of a beach day. While you keep a watchful eye, enjoy an ice-cold cocktail from the comfort of your poolside perch. 

Location: Indian Wells

Best Pools Palm Springs

La Quinta Resort & Club

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With its stunning views, this iconic hotel got even more recognition in the last couple of years, starring in “The Bachelorette” and some other notable productions. It’s no wonder why this ethereal resort stole the show with its 41 temperature-controlled pools. The hotel offers five suites with private pools and spas if you’re feeling extra luxurious. White-washed silhouettes frame casita pools throughout the property, and kids can splash in the main pool while the parents chill out in private cabanas.

Location: La Quinta



Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage

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For an elegant and lavish escape, look no further than Agua Caliente. Although kids are welcome to go for a swim, this resort is perfect for adults. Sundrenched daybeds and eight glamorous cabanas outfit the area. The cabanas include internet access, flat-screen TVs, misters, ceiling fans and even mini-refrigerators. The pool area covers a vast 50,000 square feet, providing plenty of room to accommodate a large party like a bachelorette celebration.

Location: Rancho Mirage

Best Pools Palm Springs

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

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Relax amongst verdant landscapes and jagged mountains cutting into sapphire skies in 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. With more luxury to share, part of the spa package is the exclusive and secluded Well Pool + River Bench that features private waterfalls. Guests may be tempted to cancel all other plans and soak in the grandeur. 

Location: Indian Wells


Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs

Credit: Laure Joilet

The effortlessly cool Rowan stands tall in downtown Palm Springs, and perched atop is a small but noteworthy pool. The trendy rooftop area brings chic to the next level with a full bar—aptly named High Bar—steps away from the water. Unrivaled views of mountains and the desert landscape make this the perfect spot to soak in all of the desert beauty! This little gem is one of the most lively spots in town during peak seasons. 

Location: Palm Springs

Best Pools Palm Springs

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

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Delivering a rich experience like no other with lakes, pools and lush lawns, the JW Marriott in Palm Desert transports guests to a one-of-a-kind paradise. Upscale accommodations work for both families and travelers without children, and the resort is also a popular choice for business trips. Two large parallel pools provide more room to swim and plenty of space to sunbathe. Tucked towards the back of the resort is the third pool, and a saltwater pool can also be enjoyed with spa services.

Local Insight: Be sure to check out the flamingos at the property entrance!

Location: Palm Desert



Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs

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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 carries that musical vibe with DJ pool parties on the weekends. A poolside bar keeps the libations flowing while cooling off in the pool or lounging 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

Best Pools Palm Springs

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Credit: Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage

Sophistication and upscale design combine to create the ambiance at The Ritz. The main pool is open to all ages for family fun with a poolside bar and restaurant service. An adults-only pool 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 grab a book; you’ll be there a while. 

Location: Rancho Mirage

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

Kick back and relax Jimmy Buffett-style with a trip to one of Margaritaville’s two pools. The 5 O’clock Somewhere pool is at the center of the action with a full-service bar ready to concoct a signature drink to immerse guests 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 either solo or with family and friends.

Location: Palm Springs

Best Pools Palm Springs

Hotel Paseo

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A modern design with a minimalist style makes this hotel both chic and aesthetically pleasing. Yellow sun umbrellas and splashes of blue add hints of color to the white canvas of the pool area. 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 on the weekends, and a putting green offers some unique entertainment.

Location: Palm Desert


Parker Palm Springs

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Thanks to interior designer Jonathan Adler, this ultraluxe hidden gem features a ‘50s vibe with a contemporary twist. 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.

Location: Palm Springs

Best Pools Palm Springs

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 youthful energy is enhanced through different patterns and textures decorating the patio while fire pits invite guests to stay long after the sun sets. The glistening water is calling your name, and so is that cocktail…

Location: Palm Springs


The Saguaro Palm Springs

Credit: Josh Cho Photography – Saguaro | Palm Springs

One of the most recognizable hotels in Greater Palm Springs, thanks to its kaleidoscope of colors and vibrant atmosphere, is The Saguaro Palm Springs. Sitting center stage is the sparkling blue pool surrounded by sun-colored umbrellas and loungers. With regularly scheduled pool parties and other fun events, there is always something exciting going on. Bottle service, custom menus and more are available with cabana and daybed rentals. Claim your spot early; it fills up quickly! 

Location: Palm Springs

Best Pools Palm Springs

Azure Palm Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa Oasis

Credit: Azure Palm Hot Springs

Located in Desert Hot Springs, this adult-only retreat offers a relaxing hot springs experience. Whether you’re spending the day or a weekend here, 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 Azure Palm Hot Springs and they range between temperatures from 85 degrees to 104 degrees!

Location: Desert Hot Springs

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Based in Los Angeles, Kandace has spent the past ten years in the fashion and lifestyle space, and recently in entertainment at Sony Pictures Studios. She has a Masters in Journalism from Emerson College and has studied in Paris, Firenze, and Washington DC, beginning her career as a style editor and tastemaker for NBC. She is an internationally award-winning filmmaker, having studied screenwriting for film and television at UCLA, and her work has been celebrated around the world, in cities like London, Nice, New York, and Montréal. Paying homage to her French heritage, she is also the creator of The Chic American--a style and culture editorial destination for Francophiles, dedicated to the art of living an elevated, French-inspired lifestyle.


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