With those long, sugary beaches and crystal-blue Caribbean waters, is a hotel pool really necessary in the Bahamas? If you ask a kid, the answer is a resounding yes.

The beautiful chain of islands has become as known for its fabulous pools and waterslides as for its colorful snorkeling. Granted, many hotels sit in the shadow of the waterpark extravaganza at Atlantis, yet a few others offer nice, mellower alternatives—and one is even aiming to go splash-to-splash with the king. Here are four resorts where pool water definitely holds its own against salt water.