Swimming around an infinity pool while soaking up the rays is thirsty holiday work, right? That's why all the best hotels have swim-up bars these days. From Iceland to St Lucia, we've scoured the globe to find the best swimming pools with the coolest swim-up bars. Why? We just want to make darn sure that on your next holiday, you won't have that awful inconvenience of getting out of the pool when in dire need of a Tequila Sunrise...
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Fabulous swim-up bars around the world
Not only does one of the fresh water swimming pools at Grand Cayman Beach Suites have a cool swim-up bar, it has breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea too! Once you've had a refreshing cocktail at the bar, relax in the Whirlpool overlooking the pools for an afternoon of utter bliss at the Cayman Islands resort.
We love the romantic cave bar at Crystal Cove in Barbados. Guests swim up to it and pass through a waterfall before they can order their drinks. The all-inclusive hotel is a natural haven and you'll find lush gardens filled with frangipani and bougainvillea. There are three sparkling lagoon-like swimming pools so going for a dip is a must!
This intimate boutique hotel exudes an atmosphere of quality and exclusivity for guests at a cottage-style resort. East Winds Inn is located on one of St Lucia's most sheltered bays with thirty rooms, a yoga and pilates studio and a fitness track. When you're done being active and want to relax in the pool, head to the lovely swim-up bar for a drink. From £352 per night with Essential Hotel Collection
Located in 32 acres of gardens, the Polynesian-style Intercontinental Resort Tahiti offers views of unforgettable sunsets and volcanic peaks of sister island Moorea. The swim-up Lotus Bar in the Lotus sand bottom swimming pool serves delicious cocktails mixing ingredients such as pear vodka, hazelnut syrup, blue curacao syrup and banana juice. A seven-night stay at the Intercontinental Resort Tahiti costs from £2,977 per person, including flights and transfers from Holidays Please
The amazing pool area at Amathus Beach Hotel Paphos features a lagoon pool that loops around spacious terraces dotted with palms and lawns and is complete with a swim-up bar. It's a great place to keep the kids happy and if you tire of the pool, the beach is just steps away.
In Fiji, Warwick Fiji Resort and Spa is a beachfront resort with three fabulous options for relaxing with a drink. The swim-up pool bar is the place to go for a cocktail, the Sunset Bar overlooks the beach and lagoon and the Hibiscus Lounge & Bar is where you can enjoy live entertainment too. The resort even has a restaurant in water!
The elegant swimming pool at Krabi La Playa Resort in Thailand is where you can indulge in poolside massages, relax in spacious gardens and sit back and enjoy the Whirlpool. For a light meal and a drink on your lazy day by the pool, head for the swim-up bar and in the evening opt for a barbecue dinner and drinks from the Garden Bar.
As if Iceland's Blue Lagoon wasn't cool enough, it has a swim-up bar too! Go bathing in the geothermal pool and you don’t even have to leave the water when you get thirsty. You’ll find nothing beats an ice-cool smoothie, slush or ice-cream after some time in the warm pool. Unless, of course, it’s a glass of wine, beer or a delicious electric-blue cocktail! Fly to Iceland from London Gatwick from £95 one-way with WOW air
The world-famous Basil’s Bar isn't just a hangout for royals who flock to the paradise island of Mustique. This laidback bar sits right on the water’s edge and as the area is popular for sailing, people regularly jump off their yachts and swim over for a drink. It's a great place for a cooling rum punch or two along with a spot of celeb spotting.
Don't fancy sharing your swim-up bar with anyone else? Hidden bolthole La Vista in Ibiza is a stylish property with a private infinity pool complete with its own bar and sunken bar stools. Take in the spectacular sea views from the pool or stools and don't miss the dramatic Mediterranean sunset. A week's rental from £7,500 from Vintage Travel
This wonderful bar at One&Only Le Saint Geran in Mauritius is surrounded by the pool, giving the impression that it is on its own island. Guests can swim across, climb up and have a drink before hopping back into the pool and swimming back to their sun lounger. The bar is also connected to the restaurant via a footbridge so you can dine on a little island too.
Anantara Rasananda Phangan is located on the quiet bay of Tong Pan Noi Beach on Koh Phangan Island. Its swim-up bar overlooks the soft white sand beach and towering coconut palms - the perfect setting for sipping exotic cocktails. At the resort you can enjoy a selection of water sports, experience an eco-adventure tour around the island and indulge in treatments at the spa. A seven-night stay starts from £1,465 per person, including breakfast, transfers and return flights from London Heathrow to Koh Samui with Western & Oriental
You didn't think the most exclusive place in the British Virgin Islands would come without its own swim-up bar, did you? Necker Island's Pool Pavilion is located at Main Beach and can be accessed from the land and beach. There is a swim-up bar off the infinity pool with rocks in the pool for guests to sit and enjoy a drink, plus a Jacuzzi right on the beach. Within the pool complex is a thatched Crocodile Pavilion with a large solid teak crocodile table where guests can be served fresh food from the Pavilion’s gourmet kitchen.
Apparently 'barefoot chic' is the only way to dress on Young Island in St Vincent and the Grenadines and with the incredibly laidback theme in mind, a swim to the unique Coconut Bar is a must. Anchored just off the beach, this swim-up bar is the perfect spot for a refreshing afternoon cocktail or fruit punch. Coconut rum and coconut milk are just two of the special Caribbean drinks served at the bar.