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San Alfonso del Mar, Chile

San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo, Chile

16 Incredible Hotel Pools

You have to see to believe

On a family holiday – what kid doesn’t love the pool? We have rounded up the best the world has to offer.

Slide past sharks

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
With an unofficial six-star rating, it is no surprise that Atlantis, The Palm goes above and beyond when it comes to its pool amenities. The Aquaventure Waterpark features Atlantis-themed temples, The Tower of Neptune slide that zips you through the Shark Lagoon, a wonderland of different pools, river rides, the Splasher’s Children’s Play Area, Shark Safaris... You’ll need to stay a whole week in order to explore it all! Should the adrenaline hit become too overwhelming, there’s also 700 metres of private beach to enjoy and cabanas where you can enjoy a peaceful rest in the shade.

Aquaventure Water Park, Dubai

Aquaventure Water Park. Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Sail a yacht in a pool

San Alfonso del Mar Algarrobo, Chile
Deemed the biggest pool on earth by Guinness World Records, San Alfonso del Mar’s pool is an undeniably impressive feat: one kilometre long, three metres at its deepest and eight hectares of excitement. As if that’s not enough, it’s bordered by white sands and dazzling blue ocean. With that much space, your family is able to enjoy nearly anything and everything – from diving, sailing and swimming lessons, to windsurfing and kayaking – and there’s always the option to simply take a leisurely dip! Attached to the glistening waters you’ll also find countless other gems including a giant slide, water currents and cascades, Jacuzzis and even Chile’s largest aquarium, filled with more than 42 species of marine life.

San Alfonso del Mar, Chile

San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo, Chile

Swim in the clouds

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Want to swim on top of the world? The closest it gets is the infinity pool that sits 57 storeys above ground atop the towers of Marina Bay Sands. Stretching 150 metres, it’s the biggest rooftop pool in the world, boasting some truly impressive views over Singapore. It is located in the Sands SkyPark – which is open to the general public – however, to be allowed in the pool you do need to be a guest of the five-star hotel. While not great for those with vertigo, it’s a truly memorable experience. Be sure to take some happy snaps; the kids will want some for show and tell.

Sands SkyPark, Singapore

Sands SkyPark, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Ride the world's first 'water elevator'

Grand Wailea Resort, Maui, Hawaii
The Wailea Canyon Activity Pool is made up of nine pools on six different levels and the floors connect via weaving slides, rapids, rope swings and even the world’s first ‘water elevator’. Yep, this pool will have your inner (and outer) child running rampant like a bull in a china store – with waterfalls, caves, Jacuzzis, slides, a swim-up bar and more. If that’s not enough to get you excited, the hotel is also the first in Hawaii to offer the Fishpipe: a unique water ride that puts up to three people in a rotating barrel. One ride on the Fishpipe is like going down a 1.5km waterslide!

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Grand Wailea Resort, Hawaii

Grand Wailea Resort, Maui, Hawaii

Get slimed

Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA
Who better to create a world full of fun when it comes to family poolside lounging than kid-favourite Nickelodeon? The Lagoon Pool complex at this sunny resort will have kids sliding and splashing while surrounded by familiar faces such as SpongeBob, Dora and Diego – plus so much more. Mums and dads may opt to relax in poolside cabanas with lounge chairs and flat-screen TVs, but kids are sure to make a beeline for the interactive four-storey water tower that houses climbing nets, water jets, whirlpools, seven slides and more. However, they better beware the trademark 400-gallon (that’s 1514 litres) slime dump that happens daily at 4.45pm! Adding to the mix of entertainment on offer is Nick Live Poolside where the enthusiastic resort staff host a range of interactive games suitable for all ages to enjoy. The only sure thing is that someone (or many people) are going to get messy. For a slightly more relaxed swimming experience, the Olympic-style Oasis Pool is a fun sanctuary with a kids’ play area with both wet and dry options and a bar serving up frozen drinks and snacks.

Nickelodeon Suites Resort, USANickelodeon Suites Resort, USA

Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA

Swim inside an airship hangar

Tropical Islands Resort, Spreewald, Germany
Europeans do ‘tropical’ a little different from the rest of us – as you’ll immediately find out when you visit the one-of-a-kind Tropical Islands, just 60km south of Berlin, known as Europe’s largest ‘tropical holiday world’. It’s found inside a former airship hangar – one of the world’s largest free-standing halls – and you’re able to set up your family’s base in accommodation that ranges from teepees to lodges. No matter where you sleep, you’ll awake in prime position for watery adventures. The complex is jam-packed with features including a kids’ pool packed with water games and play areas, tonnes of slides, man-made beaches and lagoons – not to mention extensive spa and sauna facilities for chaperoning grown-ups. Whether you’re braving Germany’s tallest waterslide tower or letting your imagination leave the country in the balmy Balinese-style Lagoon, it’s bound to be an experience your family holds onto for many years to come.

Tropical Islands Resort,Germany

Tropical Islands Resort, Spreewald, Germany

Watch the wildlife

Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti, Tanzania
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge embraces its location, culture and surroundings in a way few others manage to do. If your kids are into African animals, then the Four Seasons, Tanzania is not to be missed. You’ll relax pool-side surrounded by African-themed comforts, in beautifully clear water – while elephants and other animals of the Serengeti wander around only a few metres away.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Tanzania

Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti, Tanzania

Float in a lazy river

Beaches Turks & Caicos, Caribbean
This resort has been named the #1 Family Hotel in the Caribbean in this year’s TripAdvisor awards – and it’s clear to see why from its water park alone. Here, across 4180sqm, your kids will unlock aquatic heaven. Pirates Island water park is one of the largest, and most thrilling, in the region, boasting three gigantic waterslides, a number of smaller slides, a lazy river meandering nearly 200 metres and the only SurfStream® surf simulator in all the Caribbean. Young guests are made to feel extra special with their own kids-only swim-up bar (plus more for adults), and they’ll be constantly on the hunt for water cannons, splashtastic geysers and whirlpools to enhance their watery encounter. The Kids’ Camp also offers a plethora of ageappropriate fun, frequently water based... But be sure that all the action doesn’t stop you from checking out the bordering 19km beach with its soft sand and translucent blue water.

Beaches Turks & Caicos, Caribbean

Beaches Turks & Caicos, Turks & Caicos, Caribbean

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