From foot-washing attendants to cabanas with verandas, here are our favorite poolside experiences and amenities from around the globe.
1. Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida
Pool life is the good life at this posh Miami Beach resort, where attendants cater to guests' every whim: from cleaning sunglasses to handing out carafes of lemon-infused water and complimentary snacks (curated daily by the hotel's chef, pastry chef, and bartender). They'll even wash your feet with a slow trickle of fresh water from a watering tin.
2. Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Become the bastion of Instagram envy at Oil Nut Bay’s three-tiered pool, where your own dedicated staff member will set up and take photos of you with floating props—including rideable unicorns and flamingos. If that's not your thing, fear not: the jaw-dropping backdrop of turquoise Caribbean waters is more than enough to make your friends jealous.
3. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Leave it to the world’s most opulent hotel to create the ultimate in poolside extravagance on its new, 100,000-square-foot over-water terrace. Here, you'll find 32 tricked-out, fully air-conditioned cabanas surrounding a duo of fresh and saltwater pools backed by the city's skyline. In true over-the-top Dubai style, eight 'Royal Cabanas' each have their own private bathroom, shower, and sea-facing veranda.
4. Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Los Cabos, Mexico
Throughout the day, pool attendants continuously make the rounds delivering alcohol-infused frozen delights (for free, no less) at this brand new Baja resort. Late afternoons arrive with the ultimate chill: aloe vera ice cubes to sooth your newly sun-kissed skin
5. St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Nayarit, Mexico
Be sure to order a “smoking champagne” when relaxing poolside at this Pacific Coast resort—this dreamy drink, a pioneer in crafty, shisha cocktails, combines fresh fruit, herbs, spices, and Champagne. The best part? You can request your bubbly, plus everything from Evian spritzes to suntan lotion—via Whatsapp. Just tap your phone, and a pool butler delivers.
6. Sri Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
At Sri Panwa’s new hotel-within-a-hotel enclave, the Habita at Sri Panwa, all 30 suites have a private pool, but that doesn’t stop the resort's main multi-tiered infinity pool from stealing the show. Grab a lounger and relax to the smooth DJ-led sounds of Bossa nova while you take in views of the Andaman Sea. As soon as you settle in, a staff member will come around with lemongrass juice and scented towels; then most impressively, he or she will offer to book your complimentary 15-minute poolside head-and-shoulder massage.
7. Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Choose from a trio of sleek, ocean-facing splash pads at this seaside resort (The Beach Club Pool, The Tranquility Pool, or The Recreation Pool), where sun loungers are equipped with mini-flagpoles that can be raised for any service request. Look forward to complimentary tropical treats every hour on the hour (think: frozen grapes and fruit smoothies), and a bar menu that includes coconut-water mojitos served in the coconut itself.
8. The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, California
Escape the L.A. “scene” and celeb spot on the down low around the cabana-lined swimming pool of this iconic property, first opened in 1912. Palm motifs enhance the cabanas’ retro-tropical design aesthetic—they’re etched in a banana leaf Martinique print on the wallpaper to compliment the hotel's pastel pink walls. For extra comfort, all come with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and seasonal "pop up refreshments" throughout the day.
9. Hotel Arts, Barcelona, Spain
It may be the ‘tanning butler‘ role that made headlines years back at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Miami (sadly, a position which has since been eliminated), but this sister Ritz-Carlton property in Barcelona offers a pretty fabulous poolside beauty cart, courtesy of Natura Bissé. Guests can sample skincare products to ensure a perfect Mediterranean glow—including a Vitamin-C rich sun cream with antioxidants.
10. W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
The six private cabanas at the Caribbean’s sole W resort on a tiny island off the East coast of Puerto Rico are designed for unapologetic languid pool days. Enjoy a custom massage treatment one hour, order bottle service the next, and look forward to several exotic surprises from your cabana attendant throughout the day (like scoops of avocado lime ice cream).