Ahh, Southern California Resort Life. The weather is perfect almost year round, and we’ve got some of the best destinations just a short drive away. From winter mountain cabins to summer beachfront resorts, you’ll find it all right here in SoCal. Of course everyone flocks here for our resorts and easy access to beaches and amusement parks. If having a great pool is on your list of must-haves for your next vacation, check out our list of the Best Southern California Resort Pools.
Want to stay for the day? Many of these resorts and pools can be accessed with a Hotel Day Pass!
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel
1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel has all the magic that you’d come to expect from Disney. There is a full service spa on site as well. There are three pools at this Resort, The Fountain Pool, The Redwood Pool, and the Mariposa Pool. The pool area comes complete with a waterslide, hot tubs, cabanas, and all the whimsy of Disneyland themes.
1150 West Magic Way, Anaheim, CA 92802
The pools at Disneyland Hotel include Mickey and Minnie spa whirlpools, two towering monorail waterslides, a water play area, and private poolside cabanas. Sure to be a hit for the whole family for a day by the pool.
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
21100 E Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
You’re just steps from the beach here, but you may not want to leave the pool area. The Driftwood Beach Club features two waterslides with a large pool, a sandy poolside beach area with fire pits, and private cabanas. The Huntington Tower Pool is spacious with views of the Ocean, a whirlpool, and private cabanas. After a day at the pool, head out for a walk to the famous Huntington Beach Pier.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
21500 E Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
There are two pool areas with hot tubs and cabanas at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, Mankota’s lagoon-style pool and Slyders Water Playground. Mankota’s is perfect for lounging poolside and enjoying the Southern California sunshine. Slyders Water Playground has three waterslides, two splash pools, a main swimming pool, a wading pool, and fire pits. Yes, you’re just steps from the sand, but the kids won’t want to leave.
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Set on 26 acres with hundreds of palms and succulents, this Newport Beach resort is an exceptional beachside getaway. There are three pools to explore here with a waterslide and splash pad so the whole family can enjoy the day poolside. There is also an adults only pool if you want to relax and refresh sans children.
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
The pool area at Montage Laguna Beach gives guests an unmatched ocean view. The pool itself is one of the loveliest in the area, with a mosaic tiled bottom. There are poolside cabanas, a whirlpool, children’s pool, and play area. This luxury resort stay will be a hit for both adults and kids.
Pelican Hill Resort
22701 S Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast, CA 92657
The Resort At Pelican Hill has one of the most unique pools around. The Coliseum Pool is a perfect circle, coming in at 136 feet in diameter, and holding 380,000 gallons of water. The bottom of the pool is intricately decorated with 1.1 million hand-cut glass mosaic tiles. This one is a must-see. The pool area also offers extraordinary panoramic coastal views.
Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach
1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629
The Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach has three pools to enjoy. The Monarch Pool faces the ocean and is perfect for a day poolside with the family. There is plenty of room for lounging, plus private cabanas are available. There are also two infinity edge hot tubs here. The family pool is perfect for kids to wade and swim, and features a Sprayground. There is also an adults only lap pool that can be accessed with the purchase of a spa treatment.
Bonus: Great Wolf Lodge
12681 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840
Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor waterpark. They do have an outdoor pool area as well. But the draw here is that you can spend a whole day splashing away in the wave pool, the lazy river, or dropping down one of the super fun water slides. There is an awesome splash and play area as well so there is plenty of fun for all ages.
Beyond Orange County
Harrah’s Resort Southern California San Diego
777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Funner, CA 92082
Everyone is in for a splashing good time at Harrah’s. With a lazy river, main pool, and swim up bar, you can’t go wring here. The main pool features two waterfalls, three hot tubs, fire pits, daybeds, and cabanas. The pool with a swim up bar is 21 and over. The lazy river pool also features two waterfalls, a hot tub, and cabanas and daybeds. This is a great destination for poolside fun.
The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Hollywood Roosevelt is an iconic hotel destination in Los Angeles, frequented in the Golden Era by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, Charlie Chaplin, and more. The pool here is on the list because of it’s unique design. The bottom of the pool is adorned with underwater artwork by David Hockney. The 60’s style pool area is the perfect spot for sipping cocktails and soaking up the sun, Hollywood Style.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
44600 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210
The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa features a magnificent pool area complete with a water park. Ideal for a family getaway, guests can enjoy a lazy river, splash pad, and dueling water slides. They also have the largest resort pool area in the desert, and HyTides Plunge takes the record as the desert’s tallest waterslide. There are seven pools on the resort grounds, so there is plenty of room for everyone.
Mission Bay Spa and Marina
1441 Quivira Rd., San Diego, CA 92109
This San Diego hotel is fun for the whole family and offers plenty of poolside fun. There are three pools and three waterslides, and private cabanas can be reserved. If the swimming pools aren’t enough water fun for you, they have an on-site marina where guests can rent jet skis, stand up paddleboards, boats, and kayaks.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
2100 Costa Del Mar Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92009
This beautiful Carlsbad resort destination has eight, yes eight, sparkling pools to choose from. The Edge Adult Pool & Terrace is exclusively for those aged 21 and over. So if you want adult time, this is where to go. The Splash Landing Pools feature 100-foot waterslides, a waterplay area, and a family pool. There are also two garden pools, a pool exclusively for villa accommodations, and a private pool for spa guests. Plenty of options for relaxing here.
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
This Omni Resort destination near Palm Springs has multiple pools and water activities for guests to enjoy. Splashtopia features a 25-foot lazy river, two water slides, a cliff-side hot tub, sandy beach area, and splash pad spray zones. The Conchilla Valley Pool is perfect for relaxing poolside with a gaming cabana and splash pad. If you want to escape the kids for a bit, the Azure Pool is for adults only. Finally, If you have a spa treatment, you get access to the exclusive spa pool, where you’ll be surrounded by comfort and tranquility.
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109
Paradise Point is San Diego’s getaway at Mission Bay on a 44-acre island with lush gardens, tranquil lagoons, and one mile of sandy beach. You’ll also find five swimming pools here. The Main Pool is the largest, and best for families. The other on-site pools include the Lagoon Pool, the Adults Only Lagoon Pool, the Meadow Pool, and the Waterfall Pool. Whether you’re looking for a fun family adventure or a relaxing girls trip, Paradise Point has a place for you poolside.
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Terranea is situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with breathtaking coastal views. This Resort has four swimming pools to enjoy. The Main resort pool is perfect for families and features a 140-foot water slide, splash pad, poolside games, and cabanas. The Vista Pool and hot tub are reserved for guests ages 13 and over and is perfect for sunbathing and relaxing in the pool. The Cielo Point Pool is the resort’s adults only spot, and the Spa Pool is reserved for spa guests. This is definitely a luxury getaway with plenty of family friendly poolside amenities.
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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.