Ten Favorite Pools in Metro Phoenix
|Arizona Grand Resort|
IWhile this weekend might be your last chance to enjoy the cool weather, it's also time to start scoping out your go-to spots for when things really heat up.
Pool hopping is as much of a summer sport in Phoenix as people watching in the air-conditioned shopping centers.
So get out a notebook and grab your bikini (and your wallet). Here are our ten favorite pools in the Valley
10. Arizona Grand Resort
The Pointe at South Mountain wasn't too shabby, but $52 mil can buy some killer upgrades and an awful lot of water. That's why the remodeled luxury hotel, now called the Arizona Grand Resort, was a shoe-in for one of our favorite pools in town. There's an eight-story tower with three water slides, a huge wave pool with waterfalls, and a faux river perfect for inner tubing. Order a frozen margarita at the swim-up bar or relax in the 25-person hot tub while the little ones play beach volleyball in the kid-friendly Wild Cat Springs. The only downside is that Oasis Park is for resort guests only, so you'll have to sneak in, splurge for a romantic local getaway, or schmooze your way into a company freebie.
|Sanctuary Resort and Spa|
9. Sanctuary Resort & Spa
It's not the biggest pool in town, and it's not even the flashiest (you won't find any fountains or water slides at this serene spot), but there are still three good reasons why the pool at Sanctuary on Camelback is our favorite place for a swim: palm trees, clear water, and Camelback Mountain (Sanctuary also claims its pool has the biggest infinity edge in the state). People come from all over the country to stay at this stylish Paradise Valley enclave, but we're thrilled that we can go there anytime we want -- when we can scrounge up the cash, that is.
8. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa
The architects and designers of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale who designed the swim-up bar located in one of the ritzy resort's many posh pools deserve a huge pat on the back. Thanks to them, we can swim and drink (and swim and drink some more). Patrons of the resort (or anyone crafty enough to sneak in) can toss back a few adult beverages and handcrafted cocktails at the swim-up bar tucked away far from the kiddy-laden beach area without a care in the world.
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ
5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ