Though families often don't agree on everything when it comes to vacation, there is one thing you and your children can certainly get behind: a great pool. A recent HomeAway Kidpinion Travel Survey confirms just that, with 77 percent of parents saying a pool is important to them during vacation, while kids ranked it highest on their vacation must list.
Whether you’re planning on taking your trip soon or just getting inspired for your next great family adventure, these are some of our favorite pools for every season of travel that are just as beautiful as they are kid-friendly.
The Don Cesar in St. Pete Beach, FL
This historic and iconic Florida hotel, dubbed the “Pink Palace,” has dreamy Mediterranean vibes set overlooking the white-sand beaches of St. Pete Beach. With two large heated pools and spacious accommodations, it’s an ideal year-round vacation spot for families. Additionally, the Don Cesar pool offers many kid-centric activities, including a competition for younger children around the pool called Kidz Kraze, along with “dive-in” movies on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., where you can experience the charm of a drive-in movie theater right in the middle of a pool.
Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne, MI
Open all year, Boyne Mountain Resort’s indoor-outdoor heated pool will be just as great on a lazy summer day as it will be during peak ski season. Your family will never get bored at Boyne Mountain either, with access to Deer Lake beach and all of its water activities, scenic biking trails and chairlift rides, and daily s’mores for the young ones (and let’s face it, you too!) during the summer months.
During the winter, skiing is the main attraction (Boyne is one of the largest ski resorts in Michigan), but your crew can also enjoy a variety of activities like ice skating, snow-tubing and fat-tire biking.
Massanutten Resort in McGaheysville, VA
You’ll quickly understand how Massanutten Resort could have a pool this large when you learn that the resort is set on over 6,000 acres. With its gorgeous mountain views, you could spend the earlier part of a day at the aptly named Peak Pool before making your way over to Massanutten’s indoor water park. It’ll be hard to pick between the two, though, because the pool’s private cabanas are perfect for some lazy family relaxation time, while the water park boasts a water fortress—an amazing playground jungle gym smack in the middle of a pool—and tons of body slides.
Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort in Monte Carlo, Monaco
Just down the road from the famed Casino Monte Carlo, this incredible pool is surrounded by a lush garden of palm trees and Mediterranean Sea views. Doubling as a swim club for local families in the summer and adjacent to an adorable ice-cream stand and a bar full of smoothie, juice, and snack options, it’s a very kid-friendly pool in an exotic location you’ll surely enjoy.
Split into multiple levels and sections, Monte Carlo Bay Hotel’s pool has a lagoon-like area where you and your little ones will be able to feel the sand beneath your feet just like you’re at the beach. There’s also a hot tub pergola where parents can sit and relax while they watch their kids in the adjoining pool, which is connected via three wooden bridges.
Bonus: Nestled in the beautiful Cote d’Azur, both Monaco and the South of France’s charming towns and cities will be at your family’s fingertips: Eze, Nice and the picturesque town of Saint Paul de Vence—which will bring Belle’s Beauty and the Beast village to life for your kids—and they’re all within an hour’s drive.
Red Sands Ranch in Mason, TX
If you’ve ever wanted to rent out an entire resort to yourself, this is the place to do it. Available on HomeAway for bookings, this special property is set on a half mile of riverfront and sleeps 35 people in eight bedrooms (some are separate, private cabins), making it a surprisingly affordable option if you’re traveling with extended family members or a few other families. There are so many amazing features of Red Sands Ranch, including riverfront swimming and lazy river access, along with a fitness center, lighted tennis court and walking trails so you can keep yourself and your family active on vacation.
The highlight, by far, though, is the pool area which resembles a water park. With a four-story water slide, private poolside cabana area for meals, and lounge chairs submerged directly in the pool, you and your children will never want to leave this private pool oasis.
Blue Hole Pool at Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas
Inspired by Dean’s Blue Hole, the second deepest blue hole in the world on a nearby Bahamian island (tip: It’s a quick 45-minute flight there if you want to take the kids to see the real thing), Baha Mar's pool will not disappoint. Home to Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and the soon-to-open SLS Baha Mar and Rosewood Baha Mar, this mega resort’s gorgeous pool has waterfalls and a swim-up aquarium filled with tropical fish, sea turtles, nurse sharks and stingrays.
Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, MO
Sitting on the shores of Table Rock Lake, this Midwestern resort is home to endless waterfront fun with its many different pools—four outdoor and one indoor to be exact—along with hot tubs and a lazy river. The adults will enjoy the 18,000-square -foot spa and its impressive indoor grotto while the little ones will want to spend their time at the popular Swimmin' Hole, where they can enjoy poolside snacks and drinks in a cabana-like setting.
Moon Palace Cancun in Cancun, Mexico
With over 5,000 gallons of water, Moon Palace Cancun's massive pool is one of the biggest you and your family will ever see. It's so big, in fact, that it is separated into three sections that are interconnected like a series of islands around thatched roof restaurants and five different swim-up bars.
While the highlight of this pool at least for you will be the lounge chairs submerged directly in the water (the perfect vantage point to watch little ones), your older children will want to take their turn at the FlowRider, a simulated surfing and bodyboarding experience adjacent to the pool area.
Casa Cielo in Arenal, Costa Rica
This three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is the perfect little oasis for families. Each morning, your children will enjoy a daily poolside breakfast on the patio, which is included in the rental fee; meanwhile, you’ll enjoy not having to clean up after yourself or anybody else, because the rental also comes with daily housekeeping.
A recent winner of the first ever Travelers’ Choice Awards for Rentals, which recognized some of the top rentals around the world, Casa Cielo comes complete with a view of a volcano, which will surely impress your children as they splash around in their own private pool.
Casa Cielo is Available for booking on TripAdvisor Rentals.
Turnberry Isle Miami, an Autograph Collection Hotel in Aventura, FL
If you or your partner enjoy golfing, you’ll already be familiar with Turnberry Isle, a resort just outside of Miami that is a favorite amongst U.S. golfers. But aside from its 18-hole championship golf courses, a highlight of this large resort is its massive pool area, which has a lagoon-style pool, lazy river, windy water slide and private cabanas. The hotel also features a wellness-based recreation program specially for kids, which teaches them the importance of nutrition and fitness through a variety of games and activities.
And while they’re enjoying said activities, you can enjoy a fun little activity of your own: a spa treatment at the recently renovated âme spa and wellness collective, which offers some of the most high-tech treatments in America. Highlights include: a soak and massage combo utilizing a swiss shower table, an Amethyst Himalayan massage on the Gharieni Quartz treatment table, cryotherapy, and a Himalayan salt and infrared therapy suite.