If you didn’t Instagram it, did it even happen? When you and your crew want the absolute best location for a weekend (or week) to celebrate your upcoming nups, the possibilities are endless, but for the most epic pools around the world, where photo ops, poolside libations, and chic cabanas abound, look no further than this list.
Six Senses Yao Noi, Yao Noi, Thailand
There’s a reason this island property off Phuket was just named the No. 1 resort in Southeast Asia by Travel + Leisure, and Six Senses was named the No. 1 hotel brand: Its resorts and experiences are unlike any other. Just imagine popping bottles of bubbly in front of these insane views of Phang Nga Bay, before you go diving amongst coral reefs and sunken shipwrecks, followed by a visit to an elephant sanctuary on the mainland. Or, treat the girls to Thai-inspired cuisine at Hilltop, the poolside restaurant where lunch is a full-on feast of healthy-meets-gourmet light bites and delicacies complete with crafted cocktails.
Faena, Miami, Florida and Buenos Aires, Argentina
With not one but two iconic locations in Miami and Buenos Aires, having your bachelorette party at a Faena Hotel will be one for the books. Faena Miami is a photographer (or aspiring Insta star)’s dream thanks to the gorge pool and Damien Hirst Gone But Not Forgotten piece—a.k.a. the gold wooly mammoth next to the pool that’s ideal for Instagram—and just steps away is Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann where traditional South American cuisine (and damn delish empanadas) await. For the South American Faena experience in Argentina, lounge by the pool that features a royal crown fountain in the middle ... because queens need their props for pics.
Gurney’s, Montauk, New York, and Newport, Rhode Island
At Gurney’s, you can take your pick between adult playground favorites Newport or the Hamptons, at one of its two locations on Montauk’s most pristine stretch of beach and on Lake Montauk. Another reason to check them out? Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is the only four-season resort in Montauk that features a 30,000-square-foot Seawater Spa (unlike any other spa you’ve seen) and it has the only pool of its kind in North America, which uses seawater that’s been drawn from Montauk’s coast, sand-filtered, and warmed to the perfect temperature. Meanwhile over on the Rhode Island side, Gurney’s Newport celebrates its second summer as the staple bachelorette destination with live music at the only outdoor pool in Newport, at The Pineapple Club.
Villa Marie St Barth, Gustavia, St. Barthélemy
St Barth for a bach? We couldn’t agree more. It’s your time to be extra, and that's not a problem at this intimate 23-room property from famed French hotelier and interior designer Madame Jocelyne Sibuet. Just imagine staying in your chic french friend’s house and that’s the vibe of Villa Marie Saint Barth, perched high above Flamands Bay. And smack dab in the heart of its beautiful tropical garden is the outdoor swimming pool, shaded by giant palm fronds and banana tree leaves. Although we also highly recommend the private pools in the villas for unparalleled views of the Caribbean Sea. A lack of social media content just isn't possible here.
1 Hotels, Miami, Florida and Brooklyn, New York
In Miami, you’ll literally feel like you’re sunbathing at cloud level, since this pool is 18 stories above the beach. Offering poolside cabanas (with an adults-only vibe), 1 Hotel South Beach is the only oceanfront hotel with a rooftop pool. While over in Brooklyn, it can boast about its covetable views of the Brooklyn Bridge and city from the sky-high piscine. There’s also the Bamford Haybarn Spa located directly downstairs where brides-to-be can relax with Bamford’s new facial menu, including the “Awake,” “Restore” and “Purity Detoxify” experiences—ideal to ease any pre-wedding jitters while also making skin camera-ready.
Viña Vik Hotel, Millahue, Chile
If you’re seeking a Chilean retreat for your last single soirée, Vik Chile should be first on your list. Located in Chile’s Millahue Valley, this is the ideal setting for any low-key bride who loves good food, good wine, good company, and a great pool. Given that it’s on top of a hill—nestled in between valleys and vineyards with the Andes Mountains in the distance—the vistas are pretty unreal and when you’re not swimming above it all, you can do yoga in the very same phenomenal spot.
The Adolphus Hotel, Dallas, Texas
If you and your besties are considering The Lone Star State for your bachelorette weekend, The Adolphus is where to be since its striking pool overlooks downtown Dallas and is always a good time. Surrounded by private cabanas, a full bar, and alfresco dining, it’s the ultimate backdrop for any bachelorette celebration, and every Friday night the property’s new series, “Sundown on Seven,” turns the seventh-floor pool deck into a party spot for night swims, dancing, a live DJ and more, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Cabo has long called to groups of girls just wanting to have fun, and when you want the crème de la crème for your girl gang, the One&Only Palmilla is no holds barred—and its pool options are top-notch. Choose from the Vista Pool (adults-only, infinity-edge with waterfalls and a swim-up bar), the Agua Pool (perched on a bluff with a meandering river) or the Villa Pools (Villa Cortez on the southern shore with four bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, a spa, fully equipped gym, infinity pool, and outdoor fire pits or Villa One, overlooking the Sea of Cortez with a kitchen, butler pantry, screening room, glass-walled infinity pool, and extra-large hot tub). Not too shabby.
Considering its motto is “tell only your best friends,” it’s only fitting you bring yours to Nikki Beach for one unforgettable pool party. With locations in the most glamorous parts of the world (like Dubai, Miami Beach, Saint Barth, Ibiza and Saint Tropez, among others), choosing which one you head to is the only toughie. Once there, you’ll be wined and dined with next-level sushi boats, the best rosé in the world, boho-chic decor, and musical and entertainment performances you won’t get to experience anywhere else. We suggest securing your spots for its Amazing Sundays brunch series and, of course, extending the festivities until the sun goes down.
Perry Lane Hotel, Savannah, Georgia
Savannah is always popular for bachelorettes and bridal parties, but the recently opened Perry Lane Hotel is rethinking the traditional Savannah experience with a whole new world of luxury and one very Instagram-worthy pool. This Southern-style retreat is within walking distance to the best shopping and greatest restaurants and bars to explore, before you return to home base: the all-weather, open-air Peregrin Rooftop Pool & Bar.
Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel, Monaco
Going the fancy route in Monte Carlo? The Monte-Carlo Beach Club is reminiscent of the Riviera’s golden era, and you just can’t beat its Olympic-size, heated, sea-water pool and high-dive. Plus, it offers packages, which will grant you access to its other Société des Bains de Mer sister properties (and pools) like the esteemed Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, and Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. Bacheloretting in the French Riviera never looked so good.
The Arrabelle, A RockResort, Vail, Colorado
As the only rooftop pool deck in charming Vail Village, The Arrabelle is ideal for scenic pics, given its 360-degree views of the quaint town and the slopes—both in the summer and winter. As the preeminent European-style ski village in the U.S., Vail is known for its stylish sophistication paired with rustic charm and The Arrabelle’s rooftop hot tubs and pool are no exception (with top-notch service). The hotel pool deck also offers an unrivaled vantage point of Colorado—where you can toast the bride to be.
The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Princeville, Hawaii
Hawaii is always a classic choice for a good old-fashioned girls’ getaway, but when you want to go big for your bach, you have to check out The St. Regis Princeville Resort for this pool that was practically built for Instagram. Clocking in at 5,000 square feet, its infinity design overlooks the mesmerizing Hanalei Bay and is surrounded by lush flora, fauna, and natural lava rock, and the best part—it’s open 24/7. So you can capture sunrise and sunset pics with your ladies.
The Beach at Dream Downtown in New York, New York
Find yourself living that Côte d’Azur life (in the heart of New York City) at The Beach at Dream Downtown. Not only is this one of the best options for large groups since it’s the largest hotel pool in the Big Apple, but it also has everything you and your squad could want or need like private cabanas with flat-screen TVs, real Hamptons-imported sand, and a menu of Instagrammable cocktails. While daily pool passes are available for purchase, consider springing for one of its new VIP Keyed In Membership cards, which allows you access to The Beach and pool (Monday through Friday), preferred entrance to PHD Rooftop Lounge and Electric Room (where you will most likely end up that night for dancing, post-pool), and a complimentary house margarita or glass of rosé.
Paradise Beach Resort on Nevis, Paradise Estates, St Thomas' Parish, St. Kitts & Nevis
Paradise Beach Nevis, a quick boat ride from St. Kitts, just debuted a new group of beach houses ideal for bachelorette getaways and with plenty of activity options for an active group (like sailing, scuba diving, zip-lining, horseback riding, kayaking, and more), plus copper plunge pools and private settings surrounded by manicured gardens, we have a feeling this will be a popular spot for bach parties ... or newlyweds honeymooning.
The Setai Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
As the first property in Tel Aviv to become a member of Leading Hotels of the World (it only opened in April 2018), you know you’re in for a killer time here. Initially constructed as a fortress in the 12th-century, the five-building complex features spacious rooms and suites, glistening views of the Mediterranean Sea, a full-service spa and traditional Turkish Hammam and, of course, and this major infinity pool on the hotel's rooftop.
Hotel Healdsburg, Healdsburg, California
Cute doesn’t even begin to describe Hotel Healdsburg, the acclaimed property located in the heart of Healdsburg, California. With a 60-foot pool that’s flanked by sun-shaded chaises and a garden of olive and fig trees, boxwood, hydrangea and roses, there’s no better place to unwind in Sonoma, while drinking wine of course.
Seven Stars Turks, Turks & Caicos Islands
If white sand beaches, palm trees galore, and the only saltwater pool on the island sound good to you, then consider the premiere resort in Turks & Caicos, Seven Stars Turks, for your fiesta. They have swanky cabanas around the pool, plenty of loungers, Seven Stars’ Coconut Shack just off the pool deck where a number of craft pops and pop-tails are served and wait for it—its pool attendants will also clean your sunglasses for free whenever they get smudged and serve you (non-alcoholic) sorbet shots and fruit kabobs throughout the day to keep you cool. Um, best ever?
Villa Casa Casuarina, Miami, Florida
When you’re vacationing here, you know what the dress code at the former home of late fashion designer Gianni Versace suggests, but what you’re not going to be able to get past is the “Million Mosaic Pool.” This opulent 54-foot-long pool dripping in 24k-gold tiles with the signature Versace Medusa head is definitely a bucket list dream come true and if you stay overnight, you’ll get to see it in all of its glory (and snap all of the pics) when dining al fresco at Gianni’s, where you can feast on Italian and Mediterranean signature dishes before hitting the Magic City.
W Austin, Austin, Texas
From sunrise to sunset, W Austin's WET pool deck is where the party’s at. Located on the fourth floor of the W Austin Hotel, there are private cabanas, lounge chairs, tanning shelves, a fireplace, and two outdoor showers to rinse off, but the real reason to bach there is for its lineup of events. At Detox.Retox.Repeat (Sundays, 11 a.m.), life is all about balance, and you can sip yourself happy post-workout with Juice Society and then get complimentary access to Soundwave Sunday (Sundays, 12 p.m. to sundown) to soak up the sounds of DJ Bird Peterson and guests and enjoy W Austin specialty cocktails.
Palazzo di Varignana Resort & Spa, Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy
La dolce vita can be found at Palazzo di Varignana Resort & Spa, a converted 18th-century Italian residence located on what just might be some of the most stunning grounds around these parts. An expertly crafted mix of Old World meets modern, the hotel (set in the Emilian-Romagna countryside) is meant for the one-of-a-kind bride who is looking for something unexpected for her bachelorette. Spend your days sunbathing by five outdoor pools and wandering around the resort’s labyrinth garden and luxury spa (with more sprawling pools). Whatever you do, make sure you check out the large main pool with a connecting waterfall. No big deal.
Revere, Boston, Massachusetts
Beantown brides-to-be (or visitors in pursuit of the local life in Boston) do it right at Revere, a hot spot known for it’s rooftop year-round indoor/outdoor pool and large format cocktails served in hollowed-out watermelons and copper pineapples for two. Um, bachelorette #propgoals much? The Rooftop@Revere also just introduced three exclusive cocktail coffers available at VIP cabanas and lounge couches, and large and small cabanas are available for daytime and evening rentals. Prices include day passes, towels, whole fruit, and bottles of water.
Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
There’s a reason why celebs like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Rihanna and Drake and Justin Bieber constantly flock to Casa de Campo, and that’s for the grandiose villas, the privacy, and the most insane pools overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Chavón River. It also throws seriously major weddings at the replica 16th-century Mediterranean hillside village Altos de Chavón, which includes a Grecian-style amphitheater and several romantic restaurants. So if you’re looking to roll your bach into your wedding, this is the place to do it.
Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo, New York, New York
When you combine one of the hottest lounges in NYC with a rooftop bar and restaurant on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side, a perfect day (followed by an even better night) is sure to be had. Plus, there are indoor and outdoor areas to keep the party going all year and a variety of seating options, including chaise lounges, banquettes, and high-top communal tables. And in addition to the craft cocktails (carbonated and bottled in-house), Mr. Purple also serves fresh cold-pressed juices and handcrafted coffee from Liquiteria and Irving Farm Coffee Roasters if you’re trying to be healthy before the big day.
The Camby in Phoenix, Arizona
If you enjoy spontaneous ping-pong games while partaking in refreshing margaritas, the Wade Poolside Bar at The Camby is for you. An urban oasis located in the middle of Arizona, The Camby ensures your bridal party won't run out of things to do. Plus, there will be plenty of photo-ops in this Instagram-worthy setting that features the best hotel pools in Phoenix, plus an expansive sundeck, outdoor games, and Skywall for movies at dusk,
W Los Angeles, West Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
L.A. is a no brainer for bach parties, just like this hotspot hotel. Set up camp poolside with adult beverages from the quirky airstream bar, or pack a little fitness in with your fun at Daydream, which offers poolside classes led by L.A.'s most popular instructors and studios including ModelFit, Pure Barre, Box Union, Knockout, and more. After the one-hour class, shower the bride with a complimentary drink at The Hideout by STK Los Angeles before a DJ starts spinning under the sun at noon. Did we mention there are also regular fashion pop-ups in the Trina Turk-designed cabanas, so you can shop while sipping on refreshing libations from the WET deck (LaCroix cocktails, anyone?)
Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Sicily, Italy
Getting your Zen on is a given at this Sicilian hotel, pinpointed on a private Mediterranean coastline with its own olive and orange groves. Obviously, that means there’s a state-of-the-art spa, but there are also tons of activities ranging from fitness to culinary, a 60-meter pool for relaxation and with uninterrupted views of the sea and four outdoor Thalassotherapy pools, each with varying salt densities, minerals, and organisms.