Aside from featuring clever cocktail menus, the bars on the following list are surrounded by such scenic settings and chic design that they can be considered destinations on their own. So load up on the sunscreen, grab a pina colada and let your stress melt away when you dive into one of these cool pools.
At this luxury resort, set on Hawaii Island’s Kona-Kohala Coast, you can drink the resort’s signature “shave-ice” and nature-inspired cocktails at the adults-only, tension-edged Palm Grove Pool. Look out over the ocean-facing crescent edge while enjoying the aromatherapy benefits of the fragrant gardenia and plumeria surrounding the pool area.
You have approximately 14,000 square feet in which to swim in the Saltwater Lagoon Pool, which encircles one side of Le Méridien resort, plus a re-energizing waterfall to step under before you swim up to the bar for some ice cream, a snack or a creative tropical concoction. In addition to just the refreshing feeling of more buoyant saltwater, it’s also healthier than traditional chlorine pools.
Hotel Punta Islita
This tranquil hotel, nestled on a hilltop in the middle of a rainforest, features the country’s first infinity pool, built more than two decades ago. From the 16-and-over pool, you can sip on a signature cocktail, glass of wine or a refreshing smoothie from Harry’s Bar while taking in the panoramic views of the surrounding forest and the sparkling Guanacaste coastline.
Located on the Coral Coast of Fiji, this exotic resort features a swim-up bar at its larger Nadi Wing pool, which features great drink prices at happy hour.
Intercontinential Tahiti Resort
Four Seasons Resort Maui
On the southern edge of the property, you can find some peace and quiet at the adults-only Serenity Pool—except underwater, where you’ll be serenaded by an underwater music system (and impressed by the beautiful shimmering glass mosaic tiles). Order a specialty cocktail at one of the swim-up bars within the 2,600-square-foot pool, then—over the infinity edge—marvel at the views of Lanai and the West Maui mountains.