5 Epic Party Pools to Scratch Off Your Bucket List

Swim-up bars and remote tropical hideaways are all well and good, but sometimes you want to make a bigger, louder splash. While tons of hotels across the country boast fantastic swimming pools, only a handful of them cater to the bottle service and private cabana party crowd. If you’re into that type of scene or are curious to experience it once in your life, here are five of the most epic party pools in the country—ranging from Champagne showers and fist pumping to a chic desert oasis.

MGM Grand

In addition to the MGM Grand’s massive 6.5 acre Grand Pool Complex—which includes four pools, three whirlpools, waterfalls and a lazy river—its 54,500-square-foot Wet Republic pool is the best place to experience Vegas’s hot vibes while scoring some cooling relief from the desert heat. Expect music from top fist-pumping DJs like Tiesto and Steve Aoki while you sip Vodka Cranberries, get doused in Champagne showers and spot a celebrity or two. Spring for a cabana or VIP bungalow and enjoy the action with bottle service and a private dipping pool.

SLS South Beach

With a heavy following both in Vegas and L.A., Hyde Beach was bound to be a smashing success when it migrated to Miami. With more than 8,000 square feet of pool, beach and indoor space at the SLS South Beach Hotel, revelers can take their pick of EDM Saturdays or hip hop Sundays while they barely cool off in a pool packed with daytime partiers. Bottle girls parade around on the hour to soak everyone with Champagne, and a José Andres-curated food and cocktail menu is available for those who want to class it up.

The Standard DTLA, Los Angeles, CA

Don’t let the laid back vibe of The Standard’s Downtown L.A. location fool you—parties at their rooftop pool tend to get crazy when a band or DJ is throwing down. Hotel guests can enjoy the rooftop oasis anytime, and it opens up to VIP and guest list patrons from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Relax in the water, drink in hand, while you listen to live performances from the likes of The Juan MacLean, Figgy and Penguin Prison.

Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs, CA

Every year during Coachella, Ace Hotel & Swim Club hosts some of the biggest and best parties of the entire music festival. Even after the masses have departed, this Palm Springs favorite throws some of the best parties in the area, which most will be happy to know are slightly more low-key than the ones that go down during festival season. Hotel guests and swim club members can revel in mini music fests like Restless {In The Desert} and the pool’s monthly second Saturday party Dayclubbing.

Maya Day & Nightclub

Maya Day & Nightclub, Scottsdale, AZ

If you’re looking for a Vegas-style pool party in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Maya should be at the top of your list. The lineup is always killer and features huge acts like David Guetta and Diplo, just to name a couple. If you break a sweat dancing poolside, grab a fishbowl full of Maya’s signature cocktail the Deep Blue—a dangerous mix of gin, TY KU Citrus Liqueur, blue curaçao, pineapple juice and soda.