Aug. 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM ET
No more drying off to dive into nachos or suspending a swim to sample sushi. From Mexico to Maui, these swim-up restaurants and bars offer food and drink not just poolside, but from the comfort of being immersed in the pool as well.
While the concept of swim-up bars is not new, these hotels have taken the swim-up concept further, with full meals served atop in-pool tables, and chairs and rounds of blackjack dealt to gamblers escaping the sizzling Las Vegas strip.
The Daily Meal presents a collection of cool pools where swimmers can swim-up to savory eats and sip delightful drinks all while remaining in the pool.
Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
Los Cabos, Mexico
Both pools at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort feature swim-up bars, including the Sun Fun Hut swim-up sushi bar. Swimmers can dine on sushi with a Mexican twist, like the Banana Roll, with crab, smoked salmon, cucumber and avocado on the inside and plantain and Baileys sauce on the outside, from the comfort of the infinity pool.
One of two pools at the Grand Wailea, the 25,700-square-foot Wailea Canyon Activity Pool has been a favorite hangout for the rich and famous, like supermodel Tyra Banks, basketball player Magic Johnson, and golfer Phil Mickelson.
The activity pool is actually comprised of nine separate pools on six levels, starting at 40 feet and dropping to sea level. From in-pool volleyball to a water elevator, guests can do virtually anything in this pool, including order drinks and snacks at the swim-up Grotto Bar. The bar, located in a grotto, has treats like "munchies and crunchies," naan bread and nacho chips with artichoke spinach hummus and zesty corn black bean mango salad with a side of guacamole, and tropical drinks like the mai tai ali’i.
The Tropicana indoor/outdoor pool is one of the most popular places to swim on the Las Vegas Strip. The heated, 1,500-square-foot indoor portion boasts a swim-up bar and, in the summer, swim-up blackjack, where up to 14 players can play at two waterproof tables without leaving the water. Bets are $5 to $10 per hand and plenty of towels are on hand to keep players’ hands and chips dry. Special heated drop boxes dry off players’ money.
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
Arenal, Costa Rica
After a year of renovations, Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens in Costa Rica, has reopened. Kali-Kali, its poolside bar, has seats in the pool as well as poolside in the tropical shade where guests can enjoy drinks and light snacks.
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