Come on in, the water’s…perfect, actually. From historic Hollywood hotspots to intimate oceanside escapes with amenity-packed cabanas, read on for 10 of Southern California’s best resort pools.
The pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel has been steeped in Hollywood history and glamour for more than a century. Here, Rita Hayworth lounged poolside, Kathryn Hepburn jumped in fully clothed, The Beatles took a dip in the middle of the night and scenes from 1963’s “Move Over, Darling” and 1956’s “Designing Woman” were filmed. Today’s revelers can enjoy eats from The Cabana Café and dig into pop-up poolside refreshments–like chilled M&M’s and lemonade slushes–all summer long.
The Beverly Hilton’s Aqua Star Pool is as famous as the A-listers it has hosted over the last several decades. Most notably, in an iconic moment, Angelina Jolie jumped in after winning her second Golden Globe award (the hotel hosts the awards ceremony each year). Plus, it also happens to be the largest heated pool in the area.
The garden-surrounded pool area at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa looks as if it was lifted from the pages of a fairytale. The vibrant, green environment provides an intimate and whimsical nook for wading the day away in the heated saltwater pool and whirlpool. The top spot to savor one of Southern California’s best resort pools? The incredibly Instagrammable poolside cabanas and daybeds.
As a designated Historic-Cultural Monument, the Tropicana Pool at The Hollywood Roosevelt is the only place in the world where visitors can swim in a million-dollar work of art (!). The famed pool features an underwater work of art painted by David Hockney and valued at more than $1 million. And that’s not the Tropicana Pool’s only claim to fame, either: Marilyn Monroe was known to enjoy the glamorous cabana rooms.
It is one of the most adored resorts in all of the state, so it is no surprise that Hotel del Coronado, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, is home to one of Southern California’s best resort pools. The hotel’s Cabana Pool is perfect for local staycationers and travelers of all ages thanks to its variety of cabanas: premium, top-tier and cute cabanettes.
Bursting with charm in the heart of the coastal village of Del Mar, L’Auberge Del Mar is home to one of Southern California’s best resort pools. The intimate, upscale pool area overlooks the Pacific Ocean–which is especially enjoyable from the poolside cabanas where guests can munch on herb guacamole with salsa roja-spiced tortilla chips, fruit bowls with frozen blood orange juice and many other tasty delights.
Fun fact: The Mosaic Pool at Montage Laguna Beach is the only commercial pool in California without a white bottom! Instead, it is a work of art, comprising 500,000 mosaic tiles, showcasing the artistic expression of Laguna Beach–and it has panoramic ocean views, to boot. New this year, the Mosaic Pool is home to a virtual reality snorkeling experience that allows guests to travel to an international space station, dive through an ocean shipwreck, fly with dragons and more, all without leaving the pool.
The striking elevated pool deck at Surf & Sand Resort is the only thing to give the surrounding pristine white sands some competition when it comes to being Laguna Beach’s most beautiful. The pool area is not only positioned strategically to provide lounging guests the best Pacific views, but it also allows for optimal sun-worshipping. Plus, we’re big fans of the on-site restaurant, too.
At the Monarch Pool at Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club, guests can swim laps in the lap of luxury. The family-friendly pool is one of the best Southern California resort pools, brimming with chic daybeds, private cabanas, comfortable lounge chairs and, the cherry on top, gorgeous Pacific Ocean views. Kids will especially love the Sprayground splash pad! For the ultimate posh poolside experience, book a cabana at Monarch Pool with a dedicated cabana host, a fruit bowl, six bottles of sparkling Badiot, six Evian waters, towel service and more.
To see and be seen, the WET deck pool is about as trendy as it gets in Los Angeles. The hotspot is a known hotbed of celebs, models and influencers, making it a favorite for locals to cool off, listen to DJ-spun tunes and people watch–especially from one of the freshly renovated cabanas. Thirsty? Grab a refreshing poolside sip at W Los Angeles’ airstream-turned-bar.