Splish splash! Who doesn’t love fabulous hotel pools? No wonder many travelers consider the swimming situation before booking a stay. If you fall into that category, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up the most gorgeous spots to take a dip in the Golden State. Refreshing waters, sweeping views, attentive service, loads of amenities—these hotel pools aim to please.
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Inspired by the iconic Roman landmark, the circular Coliseum Pool measures 136 feet in diameter and holds 380,000 gallons of chemical-free saltwater, heated to a temperature of 82 degrees. More than a million hand-cut iridescent glass mosaic tiles decorate the bottom. Classic architectural elements—including corniced columns and an amphitheater-style deck—are complemented by eye-popping panoramas.
Auberge Du Soleil
Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, Auberge Du Soleil is the epitome of a romantic wine country retreat—and its picturesque piscine is certainly no exception. Set on a sun-splashed terrace, the pool is surrounded by gauze-draped lounges and envy-inducing vineyard vistas. Local vino, farm-to-table fare, and five-star service enhance the exceptional experience.
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa
Equal parts playful and pampering, this revamped 1940s roadside motel brings an unbuttoned sensibility to Calistoga. The spa takes cues from an old-school bathhouse with three outdoor pools, fed by geothermal hot springs from deep below the earth. As you float in the mineral-rich waters and stare out at the Mayacamas mountains, your stresses melt away.
Monarch Beach Resort
Situated on a golden hill, overlooking the sand and surf, the expansive main pool at Monarch Beach Resort is the perfect place to catch some rays or go for a refreshing swim. The expanded patio displays 150 chaise chairs plus perk-packed cabanas. Think: dedicated hosts, cold towels, comfy couches, and fruit platters.
Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara
Ever dreamed of doing the front crawl where Esther Williams once swam? The Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara is steeped in history. Perhaps its most fabled feature is the larger-than-Olympic-size Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club Pool, with its 160-foot length, separate area for laps, diving board, and stunning oceanfront setting.
Post Ranch Inn
Favored by celebs and couples seeking a serene escape, this adults-only property is perched atop the dramatic cliffs of Big Sur (between San Luis Obispo and Monterey). The infinity-edge Meditation Pool is a slice of peaceful paradise. Relax in the warm 104-degree waters alongside your sweetie and soak in the spell-binding views.