By Derek Brown
Sunglasses are required luggage to check into these hotels. The glistening pool water could be blinding. So pull up a chair, lather on the sunscreen and kick back at these 5 refreshing hotel pools.
Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Chic and classic 1950s style where the bathing suits might just be hotter than the summer dessert sun.
- La Valencia Hotel near San Diego
Relish the stunning Pacific Ocean views from the pool at this Mediterranean-style boutique hotel. Conde Nast Traveler magazine selected La Valencia for its 2010 Best in the World Top 100 list.
- Clevelander Hotel in Miami
Music and scene make this hotel and pool a scene where lounging is more stylish. Notice there’s a lot more bar and a lot less pool water.
- Terranea Resort in Los Angeles
Rugged Pacific coastline, beautiful pools and Southern California sunshine. This luxury resort has pools for kids and adults.
A tropical retreat for families. Splash in the pool around after a day of theme parks or lounge all day under palm trees.
Derek Brown, a member of the Orbitz editorial team, can’t wait to get back to a pool in Southern California.