When you’re in the desert, you want a good place to relax by the pool and take a dip to cool down. Whether you’re vacationing with the family or a weekend getaway with friends, here are some of the best pools in Palm Springs and the surrounding area.
ACE Hotel & Swim Club
701 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Located in Downtown Palm Springs, it’s a modern desert oasis with two pools, one for fun, and one for rest. Visit the main pool for swimming and music on the weekends. Visit the Commune Pool for relaxing poolside in a peaceful atmosphere.
Disney Cotino (Coming Soon)
The Grand Oasis will be the jewel of the Cotino community . This crystal-clear body of water of approximately 34 acres with a depth of 12 feet, designed, constructed, and operated using Crystal Lagoons technology, will accommodate swimming, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and other small-scale, non-motorized recreational watercraft.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
44600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210
One of the best resorts for Palm Springs getaways for families. HyTides Waterpark features two 30-foot waterslides, a 450 foot lazy river, a splash pad, and 7 pools. If you’re looking for the ultimate on-site pool experience, this is the place to go.
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260
There are 5 outdoor pools at this resort plus whirlpools. One of the pools is designated for the spa, and is a relaxing spot to soak in the sun after your spa treatment. The others offer plenty of room for splashing or floating. There is also an entertainment center with games, and gondolas for romantic sunset rides.
Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs
100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
This is a great spot for a relaxing getaway with friends looking to unwind. Visit The Rowan and have cocktails at the rooftop pool, seven stories high overlooking downtown and the beautiful desert scenery as a backdrop. Features a poolside bar and cabanas.
257 S Patencio Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Here you’ll find two restored historic villas with lush gardens and two pools. This is the place to go if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway at a Mediterranean Villa.
La Quinta Resort & Club
49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, CA 92253
For the ultimate pool getaway, La Quinta Resort & Club features 41, yes 41 pools! One of these can be your very own when you reserve a casita with private pool and hot tub. The lap pool is great for your daily exercise, the main pool is perfect for families, and there is a pool for those 21 and over complete with lawn games, cocktails, and a sound system.
1600 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
There are two pools here at Margaritaville. The 5 O’Clock Somewhere Pool has a poolside cocktail bar and plenty of space to relax and cool off. If you’re looking for a quieter spot, head over to the Lone Palm Pool with a full service Tiki Bar.
Marriott Shadow Ridge I & II
9003 Shadow Ridge Road, Palm Desert, CA 92211
The Villages is a family friendly condo style vacation rental resort with four pools, an interactive water playground, and a waterslide.
The Enclaves is a premium vacation ownership resort that includes several outdoor pools and whirlpools, and a kids pool with a waterslide.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
This is another great destination if you’ve got the kids in tow. Guests can visit The Conchilla Valley Pool for all-ages fun, a splash pad, gaming cabana, and poolside bar. If the kids want more, head to Splashtopia, the on-site waterpark with 2 waterslides, and a lazy river, and a cliffside hot tub. The Azure Pool is adults only and is perfect for lounging poolside. For tranquility, the spa pool is a calming natural environment with underwater music.
562 W Arenas Rd., Palm Springs, CA 92262
If you’re looking for an adults-only escape, head to this retro-inspired boutique hotel. There is a saltwater pool, hot tub and fire pit. While the pool is small, the atmosphere makes it one of the best adults-only spots in town.
Palm Canyon Resort
2800 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Relax and cool down at this oasis like swimming pool with a waterslide, hot tub hidden behind a gently flowing waterfall, and sauna. This is a great pool area for both kids and adults.
44400 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210
Here you’ll find one of the biggest pools in the area complete with a sandy beach and poolside bar. There’s plenty of room for splashing here, plus enjoy fire pits, outdoor games, and a relaxing spa. When you’re done, take the kids to the onsite game lounge, Desert Glow Entertainment for VR, arcade, escape room, and boutique bowling.
Saguaro Palm Springs
1800 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
This colorful boutique hotel has a vibrant pool area with two hot tubs and reservable cabanas. Keep an eye on the calendar for the poolside events often hosted here. It’s the perfect destination for a playful poolside getaway.
1330 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Originally known as the Red Barn, this fully restored retreat is a rustic and charming destination with a soothing pool area, perfect for a relaxing getaway. Guests will also enjoy the outdoor fire pit, gardens, communal barn, and luxurious accommodations.
The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa
71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
There are three pools here to enjoy. Each pool has different themes and activities. If you have kids, you’ll enjoy the large Las Brisas pool with two waterslides. After the pool, enjoy the full service spa, head over to the golf course, or stop in to Pinz & Pints for family friendly duck pin bowling.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.