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Hotels with Swim-up Rooms that will change your holidays forever

Staying in a room with a swim-up or private pool is a game changer. We took advice from those of you who would never book a hotel without one ever again. We have featured some of the best options here so you follow in their footsteps.

What is a swim-up room/pool?

If, like some of the team here have never heard of a swim-up pool do not worry, you are not alone. Spending hours in the pool is something that so many children cannot wait to do on holiday. Can you imagine yourself in a position where you can literally step off your terrace and into your pool? Or sit on your own private terrace while the children play? If you have kids itching to get into the pool the second they arrive then you will know. The general hardship you will be under to get them in quickly enough in the morning and again removing them from their favourite location in the evening, can be a struggle.

A swim-up pool means you can, quite simply, swim-up to your room. This also means if you aren't ready to face the day (or the public) you don't have to in order for kids to make a splash at the crack of dawn.

Of course, safety is something to be considered, but with many having secure entrances this is covered. Adult supervision is required but this is the case no matter where your children are swimming, so nothing new there. Just make sure you keep your doors locked until you are ready to go outside and watch them!


Along with the swim up rooms, this hotel has four pools, plus a shaded paddling pool for kids and a splash pool filled with fountains. There are three restaurants, including a buffet with a section just for children. There are pool games, tennis and kids’ club activities, and there’s a spa where you can relax while the kids are occupied at the kids' club!

If you like to be first in the pool - then the 2-bedroom family room at the Tui Blue Lagoon Princess is for you. Sleeping up to 4 people - there's 2 double bedrooms - 1 of which has a bunkbed. There's a terrace outside where you can relax - plus there's direct access to the swimming pool.


This is a really luxurious hotel on the stunning island of Crete – there’s a state-of-the-art spa, à la carte dining, and super-stylish pool.

The room options are varied, with shared pools or private pools available you are spoilt for choice. Marble baths and APIVITA® bathroom toiletries add a little more luxury to some of the rooms here at Avra Imperial, and if you want to spend some time alone to enjoy the luxuries of the spa or your private pool, you can book babies and toddlers into the creche and send the older kids (4-11) to the kids club.

There are three main pools, with the enormous central main pool being slightly higher than the pathways around it, with glass infinity edges so you can see right through the water. It really is worth a look.


Perfect for families, the Ela Excellence boasts 7 restaurants, newly renovated throughout with refurbished rooms, bars, and a luxury spa. There are baby clubs, kids clubs and teen clubs so your children are covered no matter what their age. There are also seven bars, a nightclub and an amphitheatre. The main pool is an impressively huge lake-sized pool, and there are slides and a splash area for children. The activities agenda includes everything from paddle boarding to football and basketball.

Their Lake House swim-up double rooms have a terrace with a pool view. They come with all the mod cons and tea and coffee-making facilities. For a little extra comfort, there are also bathrobes and slippers. They can sleep up to 3 people with a double bed and a sofa-bed in the bedroom.


Offering guests both an outdoor and indoor pool, and a selection of restaurants and bars, this beachfront resort is in Paphos Town. For all summer all bookings (May-Oct, weather permitting) UNLIMITED access to the on-site waterpark is included. The waterpark offers 7 slides: Black Hole slide, Compact slide, Multi-slide, Free Fall slide, Rafting Slice and Space Hole. For young children there is a Splash pool featuring 4 slides, water jet and water gun.

The hotels swim-up twin rooms have a balcony with a sea view. They come with air-conditioning, a TV, Wi-Fi, a shower or bath, hairdryer and tea and coffee-making facilities. These rooms have direct access to a shared pool - perfect for those of you who want to get in first thing in the morning. Why not have a quick dip before breakfast with the convenience of getting out and getting changed right there in your very own room.


A gorgeous hotel surrounded by rugged mountains yet based right in front of a long pebble and sandy beach, the Akti Beach Club hotel is ideal both for a romantic getaway and an action-packed family holiday. A wide selection of 4-star facilities means that there is something for everyone here, while the private beach makes for the perfect retreat.

Rooms are bright and airy, and come with whitewashed walls and light-wood furniture. Double rooms can sleep up to 4, with a balcony or terrace. Family rooms sleeping up to 5 are available, and a few options with shared pools accessible directly from your room. There are even Adult's only areas - perfect if you are going away with a large family group or parents or relatives who don't have children and want somewhere quiet to retreat to.


The Orka Sunlife offers a range of different rooms - from family two bed rooms with swim up facilities to suites with privae jacuzzi's. This hotel runs an ultra all inclusive concept, with special cuisine which will appeal to different tastes.

There are a variety of sports activities available, in-hotel activities throughout the day and unlimited entertainment at night. This hotel has the convenience of the kids clubs, the luxury of the spa and the excitement of water slides. With two pools to choose from, including one with a handful of waterslides and there’s a small splash pool for littles to play in too.


The Jaz Macadi Aquaviva not only has the most luxurious rooms, sumptuous surrounds and delicious food on offer - it also has a waterpark included as part of your stay. If you make the decision to upgrade your room to a swim up room, it includes a terrace opening up to swim-up access to the pool. Perfect for an early morning or late night dip.

The waterpark has 50 different slides for both kids and adults. A 19-metre free-fall slide, tube tunnels, a kamikaze and a multi-lane racer to name just a few. There's a water play area, too, that has a pirate theme just for the little ones.

Adult only luxury?

While you may be looking for a family getaway, we know that a little bit of luxury on a family break is always welcome. The ultimate in privacy for a couples holiday. Here are some adult only breaks you may enjoy too.


This hotel’s location is a big draw. Walk for a minute or so through the grounds and you’ll come to a sandy beach. A 15-minute wander, meanwhile, takes you to the shops, restaurants and bars of Nissi Beach.

This place is geared towards adults. Days are all about relaxing by the hotel’s lagoon-like pool, or winding down in the spa*. Evenings, on the other hand, are taken over by à la carte dinners and live music.

The deluxe swim-up rooms have a satellite TV, fridge and tea and coffee facilities. You'll also have the added benefit of direct access to the pool, as well as a few extras like bathrobes, slippers and a fruit platter on arrival.


Another adult exclusive, the junior suite offers a private jacuzzi and there's also a junior suite option with a private pool and terrace. Home comforts are carried throughout the room with a TV, a fridge, and free Wi-Fi. Other features include air-conditioning, a safety deposit box and a terrace. The real wow-factor of this suite is the heated private pool.


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