Cocktail anyone? Nothing says holidays more than plunging into the cool blue waters of a pool and floating up to rest your weary bones at a swim-up bar. It’s an absolute indulgence and also a great way to meet people. Some of my best memories were conversations seated at a swim-up bar discussing destinations and travel tips with fellow holiday makers.

Here are eight of what we thought were some of the best and most exotic swim-up pool bars on the planet. Have you a favourite? Share the best swim-up bar encounter with us at the bottom of this story.

Lotus Pool at Intercontinental Resort, Tahiti

Lotus Pool at Intercontinental Resort, Tahiti

1.     Lotus bar, Intercontinental Resort, Tahiti

Adjacent to the stunning lagoon, the Lotus Bar has an amazing view of Tahiti’s sister island Moorea. It doesn’t get much better than watching a Tahitian sunset sipping a delicious pear vodka or mai-tai.

Flights to Tahiti

Book a stay Intercontinental Resort

Serenity Pool at the Four Seasons Maui

Serenity Pool at the Four Seasons Maui

2.     Serenity Pool at Four Seasons Maui

Ah feel that serenity… Hawaii may just be the birthplace of the tropical cocktail, laden with fruit garnishes and those tiny little umbrellas. The gorgeous Four Seasons in Maui continues the tradition quite beautifully with their own signature cocktails. The hotel’s Serenity Pool is situated in the most secluded part of the resort with views to West Maui’s dramatic mountains. Sip your drink then groove as you dip into the waters with the pool’s underwater music system.

Flights to Maui

Book a stay Four Seasons Maui

Pool bar at Indigo Resort, Mozambique

Pool bar at Indigo Resort, Mozambique

3.     Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa, Mozambique

Quintessentially exotic the Indigo Bay Island Resort on Bazaruto Island off the Mozambique coast, has an historic allure in addition to its spectacular location surrounded by the Indian Ocean. With a panoramic outlook over the bay, the pool bar is decorated with images depicting early Portuguese trade and is the perfect spot after a day of diving in the Bazaruto Marine National Park. A chilled long island iced tea or margarita are both very suited to a moment like this.

Flights to Mozambique

Book a stay at Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa

 

Pool bar at Anantara Rasananda Phangan, Thailand

Pool bar at Anantara Rasananda Phangan, Thailand

4.     Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan, Thailand

Amidst secluded gardens and towering coconut palms, the beachfront infinity pool is your tropical dream come to life. Neon lights make it difficult to leave when the sun goes down, as you float and sip and gaze at the clear starry sky. The only reason to hop out is to sample the beautiful Thai food or check out the very unique seaview wine cellar.

Flights to Thailand

Book a stay at Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan

Pool at Hotel Riu Palace, Cabos San Lucas, Mexico

Pool at Hotel Riu Palace, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5.     Hotel Riu Palace, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Now this is living. Cradled in the expansive natural beauty of Cabos San Lucas on the southern tip of Baja Peninsula in Mexico, you are served with crystal clear waters and a choice of the jacuzzi or pool bar to accompany your pinacolada. Meals and entertainment are included in your stay and the nightlife is spectacular. Arrriba!

Flights to San Lucas Mexico

Book a stay at Hotel Riu Palace

Pool bar at Grand Cayman Beach Resort

Pool bar at Grand Cayman Beach Resort, Cayman Islands

6.     Grand Cayman Beach Suites, Cayman Islands

Breathtakingly overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Grand Cayman pool bar applies a completely soothing balm to your senses. Details are everything and chlorine is minimal and the pool is thoughtfully wheelchair accessible too.

Flights to Cayman islands

Book a stay at Grand Cayman Beach Suites

 

Cave bar at Crystal Cove, Barbados

Cave bar at Crystal Cove, Barbados

7.     Crystal Cove, Barbados

You can’t get much more romantic than a waterfall encapsulated pool bar nestled in a cave. Fragrant frangipanis and pretty bougainvillea frame the rustic, natural surrounds – this is definitely a place to bring someone you love.

Flights to Barbados

Book a stay at Crystal Cove

Pool bar at Krabi La Playa Resort, Krabi

Pool bar at Krabi La Playa Resort, Krabi

8.     Krabi La Playa Resort, Thailand

The pool at Krabi La Playa Resort is unique. Apart from the lush magical gardens, you barely need to leave the pool. Cocktails, poolside massages and evening barbeques mean you may as well only pack your swimmers and a sarong. You’re unlikely to need anything else.

Flights to Thailand

Book a stay at Krabi La Playa Resort

What’s the best pool bar you’ve ever come across in your travels?

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