Take the Plunge: Picks for Best Resort Pools

ByAAA Arizona Diamond Enthusiast
Posted on5/19/2015
Sonoran Splash at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
While summer temperatures soar, residents look for ways to cool off. And if there’s one thing nearly every Arizonan enjoys, it’s a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. Instead of the backyard kind, why not lounge by a world class resort pool and make a staycation out of it? Arizona is home to some of the best resort pools in the country, so residents and visitors alike have plenty of choices when it comes to selecting a refreshing and relaxing poolside retreat.
Since the sheer number of choices can make the selection overwhelming, below are four picks for the best Diamond-rated resort pools.
  • The Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort. Voted one of the Top 10 Resort Water Parks by the Travel Channel, this AAA Four Diamond resort in Phoenix is one of the country’s largest resort water parks. The seven-acre water park features three eight-story water slides which send guests down at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, a giant wave pool with weekend “dive in” movies, lazy river tubing that winds through the park, a giant hot tub, and a children’s water play area. The park boasts plenty of poolside loungers as well as private cabanas available for rent. The resort offers year-round discounts for AAA members and various summer specials which include dining and resort credits.
  • The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. Nestled against the foothills of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, you’ll feel as if you’re far away from city life. The recently renovated pool oasis features five sparkling pools, as well as the SlideWinder, a 177 foot long water slide. For a quieter experience, adults can lounge in the resort’s adults-only pool, or enjoy a refreshing beverage without leaving the water via Sabino’s Swim Up Bar & Grill. AAA members receive exclusive room rates, as well as a $75 resort credit per stay, valid on three night stays.
  • Sonoran Splash at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This luxurious AAA Five Diamond property in Scottsdale has something for every member of the family. The resort offers five pools, including an adults-only rooftop pool. Kids will beg to play all day at Sonoran Splash, which features two 200 ft. waterslides, which turns into a Techno Glo pool party at night, complete with fog, disco lights and music during the weekend nights. Weekend guests can also enjoy family-appropriate “dive in” movies, as well as poolside activities. New this summer is the Splashrider X-Treme, a constant wave which allows you to body surf or stand up and enjoy the ride. AAA members receive receive a 15% discount on rooms, food, beverage, golf, spa and retail purchases charged to their guest room during the summer. During the summer, the Sip, Savor and Splash package includes daily resort credits.
  • JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. This AAA Four Diamond resort will keep the kids entertained with four acres of swimming pools. A lazy river winds its’ way through the area and a fun waterslide will keep the kids entertained while the adults relax with a poolside beverage. A variety of poolside and resort activities abound during the summer months, while mountain views and desert vistas serve as stunning backdrops.  Ask for AAA member rates.
AAA has been inspecting and approving lodgings for nearly 80 years. Annually, AAA evaluates more than 59,000 lodging establishments and restaurants, and rates them on a scale of One to Five Diamonds. Visit aaa.com/diamonds for more information.
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