Cool Pools

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

There’s something about lounging (or playing) by the pool at one of Scottsdale’s 70 resorts and hotels that makes the best vacation memories. Collectively, Scottsdale offers more than 130 shimmering, turquoise pools for your dipping pleasure and one of these is calling your name…we’ll save you a lounge chair. 

The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Ten swimming pools, 45 waterfalls and more than 2.5 acres of fun are yours at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s newly transformed Water Playground. The centerpiece of the complex is a three-story, high-speed water slide.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Hang-ten on Arizona’s first FlowRider boardsport simulator or take an inner-tube ride down a 900-foot Lazy River – both can be found at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Adventure Water Park.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Nothing says wet-and-wild thrills like waterslides and you’ll find two 200-foot towers of fun at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. On Friday and Saturday nights, the after-dark, Techno waterslide features fog, disco lights and music (seasonal).

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

For spectacular sunset, city and desert mountain views, take a dip at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa negative-edge pool.

Hotel Valley Ho

In addition to its olive-and-martini-glass design and retro-chic chaises, OH Pool at the Hotel Valley Ho serves up music every weekend during spring and summer, featuring Elvis Before Noon on Fridays and DJ Mr. P-Body on Saturdays.

The Phoenician

For the ultimate in poolside relaxation and romance, reserve a private cabana beside The Phoenician’s Relaxation Pool, which is elegantly tiled in mother of pearl. Cabanas include stylish amenities like computer hook-ups with WiFi, daily newspaper, bottled water, lip balm, ceiling fan and a welcome fruit basket.

W Scottsdale Hotel

For breathtaking city views, check out WET on the second floor of the W Scottsdale Hotel. Open 24/7, WET features underwater lighting and music, as well as 13 private cabanas.