You have bars and then you have swim-up bars. What is a swim-up bar, you might ask? Well, it’s basically a bar placed in the middle of the pool that requires patrons to swim to access it. The best part is – that most of the times, the bar stools are submerged in water so you get to enjoy your drink and bar snacks while literally sitting in water.
Beachfront hotels and resorts are all about relaxation, so when choosing your holiday accommodation an awesome swim-up bar is really a must. If you plan to spend your days soaking up the sun from the comfort of a refreshing pool with easy access to tropical beverages and cold brews, these options offer some of the very best destinations on the planet to do just that.
The Cave Bar – Barbados
Named one of the top ten swim-up bars in the world, The Cave Bar at Crystal Cove in Barbados has a waterfall that you must swim through before you find a submerged seat to enjoy your favourite cocktail.
Riu Cancun – Mexico
Riu Cancun is a majestic resort that soars above the Caribbean Sea in Mexico. The domes at the pools are decorated with intricate mosaics and have a Moroccan-Mediterranean ambience.
Sky Lagoon – Iceland
Iceland may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think about a swim-up bar, but the famous Sky Lagoon geothermal spa has one, featuring ice-cold slushies, beer and wine.
Lotus – Tahiti
The Lotus Swim-Up Bar at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is the only one of its kind in Tahiti. Located in a white sand-bottomed pool overlooking the lagoon, your mood will be lifted with fine French champagne and classic Polynesian cocktails. The sunset is unbeatable!
Room Mate Grace Hotel – New York
One of the best swim-up bars is located somewhere totally not beachy: New York City! At the Room Mate Grace, the Aqua swim-up bar is located in a pool in the hotel’s lobby. While the pool itself is small, it features a long bar where guests can order cocktails without toweling off. The bar has become a popular nightlife spot where people don their swimsuits year-round.
Bel Air Collection – Mexico
There are two swim-up bars at the Bel Air Collection Resort. If you’re looking for privacy while you have a drink, this is the place to find it. The bars have private in-water booths with tables, in addition to traditional bar seating. One of the best parts about the Bel Air in Cancun is that it’s for adults only, so you can expect to find some peace and quiet if you’re looking for it.