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
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.
THE HOTEL: Bahia Principe San Juan; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
WHY SPLASH AROUND HERE: Party-seeking, money-saving folks flock to this vibrant all-inclusive resort in the middle of nowhere — which doesn’t seem to bother its guests. In addition to its lively pool activities, the hotel features regular karaoke and a bitchin’ disco where plenty of people boogie down.
THE HOTEL: Room Mate Grace; New York City, NY
WHY SPLASH AROUND HERE: Well, for starters, Room Mate Grace offers New York City‘s only swim-up bar — practically in the lobby. (There’s also a 24-hour steam room and sauna to enjoy, too.) But the party to check out here is on Wednesday nights for the gay-friendly crowd; tales from nights here have been legendary. The hotel’s location isn’t so bad too, located smack in the middle of the city: The heart of Times Square.
THE HOTEL: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Los Angeles, CA
WHY SPLASH AROUND HERE: This iconic, literal LA landmark is not only situated on Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame, but is also a serious celebrity haunt, particularly so for its nightly pool parties. The velvet rope is difficult to get past, but if you do, expect to see more than one starlet making out in a cabana with her boyfriend of the week. Drinks are pricey, but alas, so is fame.
THE HOTEL: Breezes Trelawny Resort; Montego Bay, Jamaica
WHY SPLASH AROUND HERE: This value-minded resort (OK, the rooms are a bit dingy and dated) places its emphasis on its killer pools — including a kids-only one with an 84-foot waterslide. The all-inclusive spot has mediocre food, but lots of fun in the sun — the family pool features in-water billiards, tables, and other resort-organized activities. Head to the lobby bar at night to keep the party going.