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Four Sunny Vacation Spots With Fabulous Private Hotel Pools

We know all about the VIP pool party, but what about a VIP party of one? The new wet trend in travel is the added luxury of a private hotel pool. Whether it’s a plunge pool on a villa terrace or a presidential suite jacuzzi — hotels and resorts are offering globetrotters the ultimate amenity for their relaxation needs. These four properties know a thing or two about luxury and the proof is in the pools.

Casa Palopo in Guatemala
For guests wishing to indulge in a more private, VIP retreat, the luxurious and modern Villa Palopo is located just 150 cobblestone steps above the main hotel. (Photo Credit: Casa Palopo)

For guests wishing to indulge in a more private, VIP retreat, the luxurious and modern Villa Palopo is located just 150 cobblestone steps above the main hotel. (Photo Credit: Casa Palopo)

Perched on the shore of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala is Casa Palopo, a private home turned luxury boutique hotel with room to host no more than seven reservations a night.

With brightly colored stucco walls and original Guatemalan paintings all throughout, the hotel evokes Guatemala’s rich heritage, with panoramic views of the lake and three volcanoes across the shore.

While the Villa Palopo’s guest rooms can be booked individually, guests who book the entire villa have exclusive access to the outdoor infinity pool, jacuzzi and outdoor palapa — with a real wood-burning fireplace that is perfect for the chilly Atitlan nights.

The Angler’s Boutique Resort in Miami Beach

the hotel's spacious, multi-level suites and villas feature luxurious in-room amenities that include private rooftop and outdoor patio jacuzzis. (Photo Credit: The Anglers)

the hotel’s spacious, multi-level suites and villas feature luxurious in-room amenities that include private rooftop and outdoor patio jacuzzis. (Photo Credit: The Anglers)

One of Miami’s timeless and most historic properties, The Angler’s Boutique Resortis a boutique property in the heart of South Beach.

With just 45 rooms, The Angler’s celebrates Old Florida charm while creating a fresh, sophisticated ambiance that appeals to the upscale traveler.

It’s a serene getaway in midst of the glam and glitz of South Beach.

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla

Look out upon views of the clear Caribbean sea and mountain peaks of neighboring St. Maarten. The Beachfront Villas feature expansive living space, private courtyard entry, state-of-the-art appliances and the main attraction - an outdoor patio with private plunge pool. (Photo Credit: CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa)

Look out upon views of the clear Caribbean sea and mountain peaks of neighboring St. Maarten. The Beachfront Villas feature expansive living space, private courtyard entry, state-of-the-art appliances and the main attraction – an outdoor patio with private plunge pool. (Photo Credit: CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa)

Tucked in to the tranquil Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla’s 5-star CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa exemplifies Caribbean luxury with pristine beaches, private villas, state-of-the-art spa and a Greg Norman designed 18- hole golf course.

A favorite of the resort’s celebrity and VIP clientele, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa’s Beachfront Villas provide the ideal respite for couples seeking an intimate respite.

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Florida

Check out this private outdoor terrace - a romantic spot to cuddle up a night. (Photo Credit: Marco Island Marriott)

Check out this private outdoor terrace – a romantic spot to cuddle up a night. (Photo Credit: Marco Island Marriott)

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Marco Island Marriott’s Presidential Suite is the ultimate Southwest Florida crash pad with unobstructed ocean views from an 1,810 square foot wrap around balcony and more than 1,800 square feet of indoor space.

The luxury suite is a locate perfect for VIPs, and was created as part of the hotel’s recent $225 million renovation.

The outdoor terrace is large enough to accommodate up to 75 people and features its own outdoor jacuzzi, fire rock pit and lounge seating.

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