Hotel Pools

It is SO freaking hot in New York today! I’m talking nearing 3-digit temperatures. (Or at least it feels like it.) So rather than sit in an air-conditioned office, we figured we’d take a dip at one of these six refreshing NYC hotel pools. And if you’re not in New York — well, these pools should get you there now.

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Yesterday we showed off six bumping-but-kinda-gross pool parties that are ripe for participation — and today, we’ve got six more. While we may not be sweating as much as yesterday, we’re still thinking about putting on our bikini, grabbing a frozen drink, and letting loose at one of these raunchy fests. Pick your favorite hotel, then tell us in the comments section below why you wanna get wet and wild there now!

Moorea Beach Club Pool at THEHotel at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Moore Pool at the Mandalay Bay's sexy sister property, THEHotel, offers a raucous good time.

Although we just heard from our friends at HotelChatter that THEHotel at Mandalay Bay will be converted into a Delano property, for now it remains the sleek, urban sophisticate sister to its giant Vegas sibling, the Mandalay Bay. And even though you’ll have access to the Mandalay Bay’s pools at THEHotel, we recommend staying on-site for a raging good time at the Moorea Beach Pool. Rent a sexy daybed, lay topless, and even have poolside spa services upon request. While entry prices are steeper — $10 for women; $50 for men — you can’t really put a price on nudity, can you?

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You guys, it is hot outside. I’m talking seriously steaming. (Has anyone tried to fry an egg on the sidewalk yet?) And nothing cools us off quite like a dip in the pool, amirite? And even though swimming means your hair may look subpar, your cohorts will likely forget if you’re attending one of these wet and wild hotel pool parties. So before summer slips through your fingers, take an end-of-the-season vacay and get your party hats on — and perhaps your top off.

Rehab Sundays at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

Sunday Rehab Pool Party at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

Sunday Rehab Pool Party at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

If there were only one infamous pool party, it would have to be the Sunday Rehab affair held at the Hard Rock Hotel — nine years in the making, this wet fest features oil-slathered tan bodies, a scantily-clad waitstaff and what we imagine are tons of bodily fluids floating around those waters. (TMI? But we’ve seen them exchanged.)  The grotto pool features two sandy beaches and will cost you a pretty penny for entrance alone: $100 for the boys, $50 for the girls. Staying at the Hard Rock? You’re in for free — but don’t think that doesn’t mean you won’t have to wait in the (oftentimes quite long) entrance line. But once you’re in, the party is known to bring in renowned DJs from across the globe including Tiesto (who kicked off the party’s 2012 season), Paul Oakenfold, and Bad Boy Bill.

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Pool at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

Pool at the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

It may not be summer officially, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t dreaming about it. And of course when we think of summer, we picture gorgeous pools (to swim in, lie out near, fill in the blank here.) So here’s some eye candy for all of you dreamers. We found 12 beautiful pools — with drool-worthy features to boot. Check ‘em out!

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The Wildest Hotel Pool Parties

by Rachel on February 7, 2012

It’s time to get wet, y’all! With Spring Break just around the corner — and the rest of us here dying for a warm-weather vacation — we thought about where we’d wanna party in the sun. Check out the hottest pool parties around the globe, and then tell us: Which is your favorite pool party?

THE HOTEL: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino; Las Vegas, NV

The Pool at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Las Vegas, NV

WHY SPLASH AROUND HERE: Easily one of the most popular with the bachelor-and-bachelorette set, the weekly Sunday Rehab Pool Party is notorious for bringing in huge (but sexy!) crowds. An eight-hour affair (it starts at noon), the party is known to bring in top party DJs from around the globe including Paul Oakenfold and Bad Boy Bill who spin tunes that range from Top 40 pop hits to banging house beats.

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The saltwater pool at the Residence Inn Washington, DC/Capitol

The saltwater pool at the Residence Inn Washington, DC/Capitol

Hot hotels – and even a lot of not-so-hot hotels – all seem to have a saltwater pool these days. (Want some examples? Click here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.) To the layman, a saltwater pool sure sounds like something special. I did an informal survey and found that most people assume that these exotic-sounding vessels are safer, healthier and/or more environmentally friendly than conventional swimming pools. Many figure the saltwater eliminates the need for chlorine, and some think it comes from the ocean itself – never mind that the nearest natural body of seawater may be hundreds of miles away. And some hotels encourage these ideas by making explicit claims to that effect in their marketing literature.

As you might have guessed by now, almost none of that’s true.

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Pool at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Main pool at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa, one of Hawaii's kid-friendliest resorts

If you’ve got school-age children, right now you’re likely bracing for a week of no school, no scheduled activities, and the kind of cold, wet weather that keeps kids indoors and bouncing off the walls. You’ll get through it, of course, but odds are the experience will leave you dreaming about a better — and warmer – way to spend the next school holiday. (That’s right — Spring Break is just about 90 days away.) To help with the planning, we pulled together this list of some of our favorite family- and kid-friendly resorts.

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Dashing through the…no. Not ready for the snow and freezing cold temps just yet? Give yourself an early gift and enjoy your last moments of sweet, pre-holiday freedom in Hawaii. Or better yet: surprise someone this holiday season with a sweet Hawaiian getaway at one of the top hotels on Oahu, Maui, or Kauai.

We’ll make this even easier for you: here are our picks for the best hotels in Hawaii — for anyone on your holiday gift list.

For the Pampered Prince or Princess

The Adult Pool at the Four Seasons Maui

The Adult Pool at the Four Seasons Maui

The Four Seasons, our pick for the Best Luxury Hotel in Hawaii, is quieter and more subdued than Maui’s more grandiose resorts, but a two-to-one staff-to-guest ratio means over-the-top pampering like nowhere else in Hawaii — poolside Evian spritzes, beachside yoga classes, and they even have someone to unpack your bags for you. The best part? It’s all free — gym and spa access, beachside cabanas, outrigger canoe outings, and even the kids’ club. No ugly “resort fee” surprises either, unlike at most Maui resorts.

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It wasn’t too long ago that the Standard Hotel in New York City threw some naked people in front of their giant windows and ignited a firestorm of silly newspaper stories about a “Manhattan Sex Hotel” (a title, by the way, that would be more appropriately given to other establishments) — but if nakey-time is your thing, head South to a city that will respond to your nudity with less scrutiny, fewer gawking tourists, and the understanding that the perfect tan requires a little extra exposure.

So, in which US city are the hotels known to welcome the topless tanners? Miami. Duh.

The Standard Hotel Miami's saltwater pool

The Standard Hotel Miami's saltwater pool

The Standard. Topping our list of the Best Hotels to Go Topless in Miami is the Standard NYC’s big brother, the Standard Miami. Considering the weekly party nights featuring promos like ladies and “bottoms” drink free, the pleasantly raunchy pool scene, and the coed sauna, your toplessness ain’t no thang here.

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The Equus Hotel Pool

The Equus' pool (according to The Equus)

Hotel's Photo

The Equus' Pool, shot by Oyster

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The Aqua Aloha Hotel Pool

Aqua Aloha Surf's pool (according to Aqua)

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Aqua Aloha Surf's pool, shot by Oyster

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Take a gander at the images above; the pictures on the left were pulled from each hotel’s website, the ones on the right were snapped by Oyster reporters. Yes, these hotels (The Equus on Oahu and the Aqua Aloha Surf on Oahu) appear to have slyly attempted the ol’ crop trick — which we first saw back in Miami with our surfing Mr. Model Man — in which a hotel’s pool photos are presented in an artfully-trimmed way so as to (perhaps) suggest that there is much, much more to the pool. But usually there isn’t.

If you suspect a hotel pool might be small because the photos on the website only show a teeny sliver of blue water, you’re probably correct.

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