The world’s largest hot springs pool may not be as glamorous as a few other options on the list, but it’s just as relaxing. Not to mention: The naturally heated water is chock-full of 15 different minerals, including calcium, magnesium, zinc, and silica, to name a few, that do everything from relieving muscle aches to eliminating toxins and increasing circulation. In other words, the Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is like a trip to a holistic doctor’s office—in the best way.
If a deserted wonderland exists, it’s at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a majestic hotel in the heart of Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert. In most cases, we’d rather take a dip during the day for the sake of our tan, but at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, we’ll make an exception and wade in the water in the late afternoon to witness the amethyst-hued skies at sunset. One of six specialized pools, the newly renovated Princess pool is as fun during peak tanning hours as it is after the sun goes down. For instance, spend the day taking in the mountain views and washing back sweet sips and enjoying homemade delicacies, and the evenings soaking in an oversized hot tub and counting stars.
What Newport Beach lacks in white winters, it makes up for in five-star hotels. Case in point: The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. From one-story bungalows with private terraces and multibedroom private villas overlooking 500 acres of natural landscape, the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach doesn’t mess around when it comes to luxury. Most notable, however, is the sweeping resort’s Coliseum Pool, which, as its name implies, is inspired by Rome’s famed landmark. The 380,000-gallon Coliseum, one of the largest circular pools in the world, has a floor of 1.1 million hand-cut glass mosaic tiles that gives the chemical-free salt water that undeniable sparkle.