Plenty of all-inclusive resorts have swim-up bars. But not all swim-up bars are created equal…
Crystal Cove, Barbados
If Batman ever takes an all-inclusive break to the Caribbean, this is where he should go. The Cave Bar at Crystal Cove is built into a natural cave alongside one of the resort’s lagoon-style pools. Swim through the waterfall and you’ll find submerged seats where you can sit and enjoy one of many cocktails made with premium alcohol. It’s not a full-on party spot like the swim-up bars at some other resorts, but for stylish drinking from 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., the Cave Bar is hard to beat.
Coconut Bay, St. Lucia
A kids-only swim-up bar? That sounds kind of illegal, right? But don’t worry all you parents out there: Coconut Bay has done a great job making its beach-side swim-up bar one of the most family-friendly in the Caribbean. While adults can swim over for a signature mango piña colada, kids can head to their own swim-up bar to choose from an entirely separate — and completely non-alcoholic — cocktail menu. How about a Sponge Bob (lime juice, Sprite and simple syrup)? Or maybe a Puss in Boots (strawberry lemonade)? All good fun, and a great way to keep the kids entertained while you sample the premium liquors. Coconut Bay is also one of the best-all inclusives for water park lovers, making it even more family-friendly.
Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic
You’ll find two swim-up options at Dreams La Romana in the Dominican Republic (one of the best all-inclusive destinations for history buffs). You can bob around with unlimited top-shelf spirits at the adults-only Marlin Bar, or party all afternoon with ice-cold beer at Bar Manatees. Along with all the endless name-brand liquor on offer, you’ll also find some of the friendliest bar staff in the Caribbean at Dreams La Romana’s two swim-up bars.
Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas, Mexico
The Omni Cancun has three cascading pools with ocean views, all flowing into each other and dotted with fountains and whirlpools. “But where’s the bar?” I hear you cry. Don’t worry, just work your way up to the upper-deck pool and you’ll find a fully-stocked swim-up bar with extremely friendly bar staff. And when you need a change of scene, head down to the nearby beach and take a submerged seat at Kuku’s Jacuzzi Beach Bar, an adult-only area with its own Jacuzzi swim-up.
Hard Rock Cancun, Mexico
As you watch the sunset over the ocean from the lagoon-style pool at this self-proclaimed “rock star paradise,” you might just for a second channel the immortal spirit of Mick Jagger. Or perhaps Keith Moon, depending on how drunk you are. The main pool at Hard Rock Cancun is truly stunning, with two swim-up bars overlooking the beach and the sea. It’s also kid-friendly, so thirsty adults can leave their children at the Kid’s Club while swimming off for a sneaky drink or two (we all know you deserve it). Also attached to the pool are three outdoor hydro spa tubs — including one for adults only — making this Hard Rock experience both fun and relaxing.
Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico
If you’re looking for Cancun chic rather than booze-fueled Cancun craziness, then Le Blanc Spa Resort will suit you just fine. The pristine white property has wonderful sea views from its large infinity pool, where wellness and relaxation are promoted above all else. And with all that effortless wellness just flooding over you, it’s probably a good time for a drink. Swim up to the bar and you’ll be greeted by friendly barmen offering a variety of international brands: Jack Daniel’s, Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal, Grey Goose, Smirnoff, Beefeater, Havana Club, Don Julio and more. Perfect, and all without stepping out of the water.