Labor Day has come and gone, putting the unofficial stamp on summer’s end. But here in California, just because it’s back to school books and carpools doesn’t mean the vacation has to end. In fact, taking a vacation post Labor Day can have many cost benefits as seasonal rates begin to take a major dip. Pair that with warm weather that extends well into October, and you’ve got the perfect excuse to plan a post-Labor Day getaway. And what better way to while away the endless summer than poolside! From posh spots to coastal getaways, these are some of our favorite hotel pools.
Photo courtesy of the Montage Laguna Beach
Positioned alongside the Pacific Ocean, the Mosaic Pool at the Montage Laguna Beach provides the ultimate in relaxation. The resort’s centerpiece, the intricate mosaic design shimmers to pay homage to the Southern California sun. After a day of hiking through Crystal Cove State Park, rest your weary bones in the whirlpool or watch the kids splash around in the children’s pool and play area. For a few extra bucks, find some shade in a poolside cabana complete with fans, games, music, magazines, and a dedicated server. Top it all off with sparkling ocean views and stunning sunsets and you are in for one day of beachside bliss.
Photo courtesy of the Mondrian Los Angeles
Perched on the rooftop of the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, lies the infamous Skybar and pool. Set flush with a surrounding teak deck and featuring underwater music, this glam spot is perfect for lounging or soaking in LA skyline views. Styled to reflect an outdoor living room with lush landscaping and plush lounges, the space transforms into a magical romantic hideaway by night with flickering lanterns and expansive city views. While the stylish pool may not always be conducive to swimming, this fabulously chic rooftop Skybar is one of Sunset Blvd.’s most famous hangouts.
Chic Family Retreat
Photo courtesy of the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
If your idea of fun is plunging down a corkscrew waterslide into a sparkling, lagoon-style pool we’ve found the place for you! Located on Mission Bay, the largest aquatic preserve in the U.S., the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina features three swimming pools with just as many waterslides, separate children’s pool, and observation decks with panoramic water views. If waterslides aren’t your thing, curl up on one the plush lounge chairs overlooking Mission Bay and simply bask in the sun.
Photo courtesy of the Saguaro Palm Springs
With a gorgeous pool, cutting edge design and desert views, plus a bold color palette, think of the Saguaro Palm Springs as your Coachella Valley oasis. A mid-century Technicolor gem, the Olympic-sized pool features two hot tubs and hosts some of the deserts most colorful poolside parties. Heat up your pool routine with a jalapeño margarita and weekly entertainment including DJ sets, live music, and dive-in movies.
Tucked away in Truckee high amongst the Sierras, the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is the first and only AAA Five Diamond mountain resort in California. So it should come as no surprise that the Ritz pool is a lovely forest oasis. The large heated pool and jacuzzis are open year round and luxurious poolside cabanas are available seasonally. With views overlooking the mountainside and all the amenities you’ve come to expect from The Ritz, this is the perfect place to take a dip.