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Lounge at the Valley Ho in Scottsdale.

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.

  • Southern California charm at La Valencia Hotel.

    Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Chic and classic 1950s style where the bathing suits might just be hotter than the summer dessert sun.

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.

Music and scene make this hotel and pool a scene where lounging is more stylish.  Notice there’s alot more bar and a lot less pool water.

Terranea Resort is on a peninsula, but its pool is a main draw.

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.

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Derek Brown, a member of the Orbitz editorial team, can’t wait to get back to a pool in Southern California.

Tagged: California, Florida

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Derek Brown

Derek Brown

Derek is a producer, travel writer and explorer who recently moved to New York City from Chicago.

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