(CNN) — Sharks, hot springs, mountain vistas, water elevators — all without having to leave the range of room service delivery.
Amangani (Jackson, Wyoming)
Talk about a pool with a view.
It’s heated year-round and linked to a 10-square-meter whirlpool, so you can soak surrounded by snow-capped mountains even in the dead of winter.
Amangani, 1535 North East Butte Road, Jackson, Wyoming, 83001 USA; +1 307 734 7333
Amangiri (Canyon Point, Utah)
An idyllic desert retreat.
Ringed by king-sized daybeds and sun loungers, the pool offers insane views of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument during the day and swimming under star-filled skies at night.
Amangiri, 1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, Utah, 84741-0285, USA ; +1 435 675 3999
Enchantment Resort (Sedona, Arizona)
A breathtaking pool in the midst of the Canyon.
Recently revamped, the pool and patio were doubled in size and elevated three meters (for better sightseeing), and designed to blend into the natural surroundings.
Enchantment Resort, 525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, Arizona, 86336, USA; +1 888 250 1699
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (Big Island, Hawaii)
Guests can swim in an aquarium carved out of natural lava rock.
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Guests can snorkel and swim with more than 75 species of tropical fish, as natural springs and ocean water fill the pond through subterranean channels.
Four Seasons Resort, 72-100 Ka’upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, USA; +1 808 325 8000
Glenwood Hot Springs (Glenwood Springs, Colorado)
Glenwood has played host to a hot springs spa since 1888.
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The temperature in the smaller therapy pool is a steamy 40 C (104 F). Those looking to do some leisurely laps can dive into the larger pool, which measures more than two city blocks and is kept at a balmy 34 C (93 F).
Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, 415 East 6th Street Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, USA; +1 877 947 3331
Golden Nugget (Las Vegas)
Sliding into the jaws of a good time.
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Only in Vegas would you find a 200,000-gallon, shark-filled aquarium in the middle of a swimming pool.
Brave swimmers can get even closer to the predators by slipping down the Shark Chute, a three-story waterslide that shoots you straight through the tank.
Golden Nugget Hotel, 129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA; +1 800 634 3454
Grand Wailea (Maui, Hawaii)
There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Grand Wailea’s pool.
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With some 2,400-square-meters of aquatic fun, guests can float along a river of a nine interconnected pools (complete with whitewater rapids and lazy currents), shoot down four waterslides, rope swing into the Tarzan pool, swim through waterfalls or chill in one of three jacuzzis.
And that’s not even the best part. Grand Wailea has the world’s first water elevator; it’s built into a volcano.
Grand Wailea, 3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, HI 96753; +1 808 875 1234
The Grove Park Inn (Ashveille, North Carolina)
Grove Park’s therapeutic water pools and spa facilities make it a must-visit spot.
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Guests can enjoy thundering waterfalls, hot-and-cold plunge pools and a mineral and lap pool, complete with 6,500 fiber-optic stars embedded in the ceiling above and underwater music below.
The Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28804; +1 800 438 5800
The Joule (Dallas)
The neo-Gothic Joule has one of the world’s most striking infinity pools.
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Non-acrophobics can swim to the deep end and take in the views of downtown Dallas, 10 stories below.
The Joule Dallas, 1530 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 752201; +1 214 748 1300
Keswick Hall at Monticello (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Keswick Hall Resort and Hotel is located just outside Charlottesville in Virginia.
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Editor’s note: As of mid-May 2018, the Keswick is closed for repairs and is scheduled to reopen in 2019 according to its website.
Heated year round and with piped-in underwater music, this pool is for adults only.
Keswick Hall, 701 Club Drive, Keswick, Virginia 22947; +1 434 977 4171
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing (New York)
Admire the Adirondack Mountains as you swim under the sun.
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With 150-plus chaises, the 930-square-meter terraced deck has ample elbow room for poolside lounging.
110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, New York 12814; +1 518 644 9400
Sheraton Waikiki (Honolulu)
Palm trees — tick. Sun loungers — tick. Infinity pool — tick. Bliss.
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Additional perks include cold water mists, oshibori (moist towels), MP3s with Hawaiian music and unparalleled views of Waikiki Beach.
2255 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815; +1 808 922 4422
W Miami (Miami)
The perfect spot for a swim.
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Overlooking Biscayne Bay, a waterway connects a 90-meter infinity pool (Florida’s longest), an 80-person hot tub (the world’s largest) and a wading pool. Add it all up and you’ve got a gorgeous 15th-floor water complex that’s the size of a football field.
W Miami, 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139; +1 305 938 3000
Stephanie Orma is a San Francisco-based travel and design writer.
Editor’s note: This article was previously published in 2013. It was reformatted, updated and republished in July 2017 and again in May 2018.