In true Las Vegas bigger-is-better style, the MGM Grand lines up four supersized pools and a snaking lazy river, topped off with a handful of hot tubs. But that’s not why it’s made it onto our list of the world’s most amazing pools. Oh no. It’s the legendary Wet Republic pool parties that have earned it this distinction. Taking place in a dedicated party pool kitted out with daybeds, cabanas and bars, the events are headlined by big-name DJs, including Tiesto and Calvin Harris. They’re held every Thursday to Monday between March and November, starting at 11 in the morning and wrapping up around 7pm.
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As you’d expect from the hotel’s name, the pools at the TUI BLUE Atlantica Aeneas Resort pull out all the stops for family fun. Included within its six-strong line-up of pools, you’ve got one with a swim-up bar, one that’s perfect for paddling toddlers, and one with a pirate-themed, slide-filled splash zone. The main pool’s all geared up for underwater photography, too – even if you don’t have a waterproof camera – thanks to the specially-designed port holes. The most dedicated water babies can go one better and opt for a swim-up room. Unlike at lots of other hotels, the swim-up rooms here are connected to the main pool by a winding river. So you can travel from the main pool area back to your room without the need to get out of the water.
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Hard Rock hotels don’t do things by halves – you’ll feel like a rock star from the moment you check in to that first dip in the huge lounger-lined pool. It snakes its way beneath bridges and palm-topped islands – you could get from one side of the hotel to the other without getting out of the water. There’s waiter service, too, so if you don’t feel like moving a muscle, you’re still covered for drinks. And that’s not all. The Hard Rock Riviera Maya Heaven comes with a private cove-style beach with coconut-white sand and Bali beds perched on stilts above the water. There’s a natural rock barrier, so it’s like the hotel’s nabbed its own natural pool in the Caribbean Sea.
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Stay at the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort in Thailand and you’ll be able to swim in the longest pool in South East Asia. We’re not talking your standard, rectangular-shaped pool, either. It’s made up of a huge network of lagoons and canals which weave their way around the grounds, past palm tree-dotted islands, swim-up bars and rooms. The hotel really knows how to make the most of its watery landscape, too. Guests who stay in a swim-up suite can have room service delivered to them on a canoe.
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Why did this pool make the list? Just a quick glance at the picture should tell you all you need to know, but let’s get into the details. For starters, it’s a whopping 260 metres long. In-water sunbeds – 70 of them to be exact – whirlpools and jets are dotted throughout this salt-water pool. Plus, it unravels all the way down to the beach, where it merges into an infinity pool and you can swim with a backdrop of sea views. Top tip – head down here at sunset, and bring your camera.
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