Hit one of these resorts for unexpected pool upgrades, like sky-high waterslides, pirate ships and lazy rivers for energetic kiddos and parents looking to relax.
The holy grail of family vacationing, this Scottsdale resort boasts a FlowRider boardsport simulator, 110-foot waterslide and a 900-foot lazy river, so parents can kick back while their kids cannonball in.
Tip: Parents, take a break at the adults-only quiet lap pool at Agave, The Arizona Spa.
Ka'anapali has been named America’s best beach, but the Westin’s pool is stiff competition. Adults can head to one of the resort’s handful of pools and lagoons, but children are captains at the dedicated keiki pool, where they can set sail on (and slide down!) a massive pirate ship, even in December, when temperatures still reach 80 degrees.
Tip: Head down to Ka'anapali Beach, which was named America’s Best Beach.
You’ve spent hours on your feet at Walt Disney World® Resort; the pool — and its lounge chairs — are calling. Camp out at one of the pool’s shaded lounge chairs while kids romp in the shallow splash pad or whiz down a waterslide.
Tip: Catch classic family films by the pool at evening dive-in movies.
San Diego, California
Take a break from the beach at the Sheraton La Jolla’s hideaway pool. Surrounded by a lush California greenery, the heated pool overlooks a koi pond and waterfall. We’re not sure who will like it better — you or your kids.
Tip: Pull up a lounge chair next to the gently flowing waterfall and koi fishpond.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
This tiny island has huge draw: namely, beautiful beaches and dreamy pools. Parents can snag a tropical drink from Splash Beach Bar, then relax at the lux family pool — a swanky respite your kids won’t appreciate enough.
Tip: Enjoy a little variety at the resort’s three swimming pools.
Take your pick at this Cancun Westin overlooking the Gulf of Mexico: a shallow kids’ pool complete with waterslide and lifeguard, or the dazzling infinity-edge pool with in-water sun loungers. Bonus: Pool weather temperatures all year long.
Tip: Parents, sneak away for a tropical massage in a private ocean-side cabana.
Two freshwater pools, a waterslide and fountain playground? Yes, please! Grab a book and lay out on a water chaise lounge while the kids roam at the Helumoa Playground. Trust us — the view of the world-class Waikiki Beach can’t be beat.
Tip: Reserve stand-up paddle boarding lessons from the Waikiki beach boys.