When temperatures soar above 100 degrees, it can feel like there’s nothing to do but hide indoors and seek shelter from the sun (or book a vacation out of the city). However, if you’re stuck in the valley of the sun long enough, you’ll recognize the value of a perfect summer day at the pool, a day that offers relaxation, refreshing water and just enough time outside to remember. what daylight looks like. Bonus points for a great cocktail by the pool.

To make the most of your summer, we’ve rounded up the best pools the Phoenix metro area has to offer for your tanning pleasure. Whether you want to experience the resort life for a day at a premier hotel, add a swim to a pampering day, or enjoy an unforgettable pool party, we have the experience for you.

Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale
Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale

paradise valley
Fun fact: Mountain Shadows’ signature pool is actually two 75-foot pools connected by a waterfall, but many are too distracted by the pool’s unique view of Camelback Mountain to notice. The sparkling pool offers an unforgettable luxury experience with cabanas outfitted with lounge seating, a mini-fridge, and even a TV, bringing all the comforts of their hotel rooms outside.
Cost: Cabanas from $295 for day guests

Lylo Swimming Club
Lylo Swimming Club

Downtown
Everything about the Lylo Swim Club is fun, from the crowds to the upbeat music to the bright tropical decor. Add the nostalgic and delicious dishes and drinks, like the Mochiko Fried Chicken Bucket and the grown-up version of the beloved Dole Whip, and you’re set for the perfect day at the pool.
Cost: Day passes start at $50

Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria hotel
Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria hotel

Biltmore
The historic Arizona Biltmore is home to seven pools, but something special is the Catalina Pool, known to be one of Marilyn Monroe’s favorites. It’s currently only available to guests, but you can get a day pass to experience the newly renovated Paradise Pool (with a triple slide!) or the adults-only Saguaro Pool.
Cost: Day passes start at $55

Lifetime Biltmore
Lifetime Biltmore | LifeTime.Life

Biltmore
Think you hate going to the gym? This high-end fitness center might change your mind. At Life Time, you can work out in one of the gym’s boutique-style fitness classes (think yoga, pilates, and cycling), sit in the dry sauna, relax in the steam room, and take a gourmet protein shake at Life Cafe. – all before heading upstairs to the resort-style rooftop pool with lounge chairs, cabanas, and stunning views of Phoenix.
Cost: Day passes start at $100 for pool access

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

Phoenix
If you need more excitement than a lounge chair by the pool, the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa has the pool for you. The seven-acre Oasis Water Park has a wave pool, a 950-foot lazy river, and a giant slide that will have you feeling (and maybe acting) like a kid all over again. The resort also offers a variety of different cabana options depending on the size of your group. All are equipped with an air cooler and complimentary bottled water to keep you cool no matter how hot it gets outside.
Cost: Day passes start at $55

Māyā day and nightlife
Māyā day and nightlife

Downtown Scottsdale
If you’re looking for more of a party than a pool, Maya Dayclub will give you the experience of a concert, but where you can wear your bathing suit and maybe splash a little in the pool. The pool is open Friday afternoons and evenings, as well as Saturdays, but for the real party come on a day when top DJs like Afrojack and Benny Benassi are playing.
Cost: GA entry starts at $10

Phoenix
Few things can beat the affordability of a public swimming pool on a hot summer day. For less than $5, you can enjoy a day at Encanto Pool, part of the vast historic Encanto Park. It’s a favorite with locals due to its cleanliness and friendly staff.
Cost: $3 for adults

The Phoenician Spa
The Phoenician Spa

Scottsdale
Valley hotel aficionados know The Phoenician is a luxury staple, and its expansive, tiered main pool lives up to its reputation. However, the rooftop spa pool is not to be overlooked. You can even turn a spa treatment into a relaxing day by starting with spa-recommended hot and cold contrast hydrotherapy (think sauna, steam, cold shower, and a dip in the hot tub). whirlpool) and ending the day lounging beside the stunning, serene pool.
Cost: Body treatments start at $205

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel

North Scottsdale
Want a beach vacation but can’t escape Arizona? The Sunset Beach Pool at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is the best there is: offering a 9,000 square foot white sand beach in the middle of the desert. For an added bonus, you can stop in for a snorkel movie where you can enjoy the cool water during an evening movie shown on a 35ft screen. This summer’s range includes favorites for children like Space Jam: A New Legacy, coconut, and Shrek.
Cost: Dive movie passes are $39 for adults and $29 for children, day passes start at $65 for adults

W Scottsdale
W Scottsdale

Downtown Scottsdale
Scottsdale’s iconic Old Town rooftop pool at W Scottsdale offers the perfect in-between for those who want more of a party vibe than you’d find at a typical resort, without finding yourself in a rage total by the pool. Additionally, the WET Deck recently opened a renovated poolside bar, the Cottontail Cafe and Lounge, which features a hip atmosphere, live DJs, and summer-appropriate craft cocktails like the Camelback Frosé.
Cost: Cabanas and daybeds can be reserved for a minimum drink charge

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Jamie Killin is a Phoenix native and Arizona State grad majoring in lifestyle and feature writing. You can usually find her at the spin studio, at a gig, or trying out new restaurants across the valley. Follow her on @jamiefayekillin.