Hotels with lazy rivers are growing in popularity as people seek a little more fun than the ordinary swimming pool.
A lazy river is classified as a water ride, but it is one of the most gentle and relaxing rides you’ll take in your life.
Constructed to mirror the structure of a river, the man-made pool weaves and flows, carrying guests on rubber tubes and rings.
These are the best hotels with lazy rivers around the world.
1. Marriott Marquis Houston, USA
Houston, Texas, is home to the luxurious-looking Marriott Marquis. This hotel boasts high-class amenities such as the Walker Street Kitchen, Biggio’s Sports Bar and Cueva Wine Bar. The hotel also has a 150,000 square-foot event space featuring meeting rooms, a grand ballroom, an outdoor terrace and a stunning rooftop terrace.
But the best feature of the Marriott Marquis is by far the Texas-shaped lazy river on the hotel’s rooftop. It snakes across the Parkview Terrace, six floors up, and meanders under a pedestrian bridge.
Grab a delectable cocktail from the hotel bar nearby and choose a lounge chair to soak up the sunshine before you float your way around Texas.
The western tip of the state-shape has an infinity ledge, where swimmers can pee over the edge to view the city beyond. The pool is most stunning at night, as the shape of Texas lights up for all to see.
2. Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hawaii
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, boasts one of the most exquisite lazy rivers in the world.
This gorgeous Hawaiian resort sits idly beneath mountains, with nothing but lush foliage to be seen for kilometres. It has stunning suites, a luxurious spa and a championship golf course.
Surrounded by tall palm trees, sprawling lawns and volcanic rocks, the lazy river meanders along in front of Shipwreck Beach. After bobbing along for as long as you’d like, hop out onto the island in the middle to enjoy a spa.
3. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Bahamas has several hotels with lazy rivers. One of the best is Atlantis Paradise Island. This mega-resort takes up a large chunk of Paradise Island, just off the coast of Nassau.
Guests access the island by ferry. Once you’re there, you won’t ever want to leave. The extravagant resort has 11 different pools – pick your favourite depending on your mood.
There’s the Grotto Pool, the Baths Colonnade Pool and the Mayan Temple Pool – just to name a few.
The best spot to cool off at Atlantis has to be the lazy river, which is more than 600-metres long. Guests can spend the afternoon meandering along on rubber tubes, admiring the scenery. The current is strong enough to keep your tube flowing down the river, but gentle enough that you’ll barely notice it.
4. Omni Homestead Resort, USA
Experience true Southern hospitality at Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia.
This resort truly shines in the summer. There’s a two-acre water park with slides and play zones for the kids.
Yet, the highlight of this resort has to be the lazy river, which spans more than 100-metres of the hotel grounds. The river is wide, allowing people to float by without bumping into each other. It has stairs at several points so visitors can get in and out where they please.
The Omni Homestead lazy river is fed by nearby natural springs. The exterior decor is a crisp white, contrasting with the green backdrop and blue water of the pools. Cabanas and deck chairs dot the banks and some have been dipped in shallow indents alongside the river.
5. Four Seasons Hotel, USA
The Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World, Orlando, is one of the coolest hotels with lazy rivers in the world. The resort is nestled between towering palms and surrounded by immaculate gardens. It offers complimentary transportation to the Walt Disney Parks.
The hotel’s lazy river features a nine-foot cascading waterfall. While most of it is gentle and relaxing, a bubbling rapids section offers a little more fun and excitement.
Four Seasons at Walt Disney World has two waterslides, one open-topped and the one dark ride. Both wind through the shrubbery, shooting you into the pool below.
This hotel also has a huge family pool, with a gradual, beach-like slope. The kid-friendly Splash Zone has interactive fountain columns and fog nozzles.
But if the action gets too much you can escape to the adults-only pool which has an underwater audio system and a spa.
6. Village Hotel, Singapore
The Village Hotel Sentosa is one of the newest hotels in Singapore.
The hotel has four unique pools, including the Pamukkale Pool, the Adventure Pool and the Children’s Play Pool. However, our favourite, of course, is the lazy river. The picturesque blue water flows gently through ferns and fronds, sparkling in the Singapore sun.
The lazy river boasts splashing water fountains and gentle rain curtains. Afterwards, relax on a deck chair and enjoy a snack from the Happy Camper, the on-site vintage Volkswagen food truck.
7. Aulani Resort, Hawaii
The Aulani Resort is an incredible Disney hotel on the island of O’ahu in Hawaii.
The Waikolohe Stream, meaning ‘mischievous river’ in the Hawaiian language, really does live up to its name. Guests are invited to grab a tube and gently flow down the river. It’s the best way to admire the rock formations and natural details inspired by the island it calls home.
Caverns and fountain springs are dotted along the course of the river, offering shade and a cooling splash on those, particularly hot days. The hotel’s laxy river and surrounding pools, are heated all year round.
Nearby, guests can find the Rainbow Reef, an 1158m saltwater snorkelling lagoon filled with colourful fish. Menehune Bridge has water slides and a giant play structure for the little ones.
8. Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, Jamaica
Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in Jamaica is one of our favourite Caribbean hotels with lazy rivers.
The hotel has four swimming pools. The infinity-edge beachfront pool is massive, with a swim-up bar, ocean views and submerged deck-chairs. the kids will love the splash pool and the activities pool which has a volleyball net.
Yet, of course, the best way to cool off at Iberostar is the lazy river. Grab a flotation device and hit the winding water as you look out over the Caribbean Sea. Flowing underneath two bridges, the river takes guests past palm trees and bright flowers, adding to the tropical ambience.
9. Coconut Bay Beach Resort, St. Lucia
Coconut Bay Beach Resort on the Caribbean island of St Lucia has 250 guest rooms, nine restaurants, seven bars, a fitness centre, spa and a water park.
It also has five swimming pools and an incredible lazy river that winds between immaculate lawns and coconut filled palm trees. Guests can bob along in a big inflatable doughnut ring. Hop in and out at your leisure, possibly to check out the spa in the middle of the beach-style pool nearby.
Other fun features include giant chess, a water playground for kids, the thrill-inducing Coconut Canon and many luxurious waterfalls.
10. Beaches Negril, Jamaica
Beaches Negril channels the tropical vibes of Jamaica, with wooden furnishings and flowing white curtains.
The real highlight of this hotel is, of course, its beachfront lazy river. At almost 200-metre long and styled with gorgeous white and blue tiles, the lazy river is beyond enticing.
A spa and children’s water-play park sits in the middle of the lazy river. Further down, the Pirates Island water park offers hours of fun for kids. The huge slides are thrilling, fast and adrenaline-inducing.
Beaches Negril offers tennis, beach volleyball, croquet, soccer and basketball on-site. If you want to hit the sea, try out a day of scuba diving, snorkelling or knee-boarding.
Not only does Beach Negril in Jamaica make it onto our top hotels with lazy rivers, but it also offers fabulous candlelit dinners, Caribbean adventure tours and a spa.
11. Barr Al Jissah, Oman
Barr Al Jissah, a Shangri-La resort and spa is nestled between a towering mountain range and the Sea of Oman.
The lazy river at Barr Al Jissah winds its way between Al Waha and Al Bandar. It is inspired by the falaj, a traditional Omani irrigation system. Dating back centuries, falaj systems bought fresh water to remote villages.
12. Turquoise Place Resort, USA
If you’re looking for hotels with lazy rivers in America’s South, look no further than Turquoise Place Resort Alabama.
With the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Cotton Bayou waterway on the other, you’d think guests would choose to swim outside of the hotel.
However, most guests are drawn to Turquoise Place’s incredible swimming pools. The main outdoor pool features a waterfall with a kiddie pool nearby. The indoor pools have underwater speakers, a sauna and two hot tubs.
The lazy river runs its course outside, on the fourth-floor amenities level in the west tower. At certain points, only a fraction of concrete separates the channels of this lazy river so you can high-five your friends on the way past.
13. JW Marriott Pheonix Desert Ridge Resort, USA
Hotels with lazy rivers as long as their name? Check out the JW Marriott Pheonix Desert Ridge Hotel, a luxury family resort in Arizona.
This hotel has five pools and two championship golf courses, designed by Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo.
The lazy river that winds around the grounds is punctuated by spurting fountains that take the edge off the Arizona sun.
14. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, USA
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.
This hotel’s lazy river is shrouded in palm trees and ferns. You’ll feel miles from anywhere as you meander through the water course.
If you can pull yourself away from the hotel’s lazy river, you really should check out the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. It is home to the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in America.
15. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, USA
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is right in the heart of Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s probably one of the glitziest hotels with lazy rivers on this list.
Typical Las Vegas high-rises dominate the view from the lazy river. The blue water contrasts against the desert-inspired decor. Lazy beds and wooden deck-chairs are dispersed throughout, offering a plethora of sun-baking options.
If you want to stay out of the sun, the river is shaded in parts by looming palm trees and bridges. Transport yourself to an inner-city desert oasis by grabbing a flotation device and relaxing along the lazy river.
16. Kingsmill Resort, USA
Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, is one of the most unique hotels with lazy rivers in the United States. Instead of a high-rise apartment block, Kingsmill offers village-style resort accommodation. The grounds feel like a community of its own, all set along the gorgeous James River.
The hotel has three championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, a spa, a marina and indoor and outdoor pools. Guests can also hire bikes and traverse the nearby bike trails.
The river pool is surrounded by immaculate lawns and it has a poolside bar where you can grab a drink or snack to enjoy by the water. If you’re not keen on getting wet, put your feet up in a chaise lounge chair and relax.
17. Four Seasons Resort, Mexico
Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita is a secluded paradise with ten tennis courts, two ocean-side golf courses, two secluded private beaches and a huge fitness centre.
The resort’s infinity-edge Nuna pool overlooks the ocean. It’s tempting to stay here staring a the sea, but you really need to check out the lazy river.
Hidden by palm trees, broad-leaved ferns and thick ground shrubbery, the water weaves itself around the resort grounds. The trees reach over the river, offering spotted shade from the tropical sun.
18. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, USA
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, on the outskirts of Pheonix Arizona, is a private getaway just minutes from world-class shopping, dining and entertainment.
Things can get a little too hot in Arizona, which is why this is one of the best hotels with lazy rivers we’ve found. The 33m lazy river winds past rocky outcrops, grassy islands and sturdy shady cabanas. It’s wide, deep and speckled with both shade and sun. Get your hands on a plastic tube and meander along the cool water under the Arizonian sun.
19. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, USA
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio Texas is a family-friendly resort with exceptional service, privacy and Southern charm.
The hotel is right next to SeaWorld, America’s largest marine park. Check out the resorts five-acre water park if you’d rather be the one in the water. With a two-storey water slide, a FlowRider Wave Machine and an epochal Texas-shaped swimming pool, you’ll have fun for hours.
The lazy river at the Hyatt is shaded green, radiating a tropical paradise vibe. Palm trees, crawling vines and waterfalls only work to enhance this. Choose to stay shore-side as you sip on a cocktail on a deck chair by the water.
20. Cabana Bay Beach Resort, USA
On the outskirts of Orlando, you will find one of the most exciting hotels with lazy rivers in the United States. The Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Florida offers vibrant and retro accommodation inspired by the architecture of the ’50s and ’60s.
This is a Universal hotel, so you will get the benefit of access and transport to Universal Studios, home of the biggest Harry Potter Wizarding world in the world.
Cabana Bay has a huge bowling alley, an arcade, two pools a dive tower, a fire pit and themed water slides.
But the main attraction would have to be the Lazy River which snakes through tall palm trees under the Florida sun. Water guns spotted around its edges heighten the fun. Grab a tube and enjoy the views of the Volcano Bay water park as you float along with the gentle current.
21. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, Mexico
In June of 2021, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts opened their newest resort Riviera Maya in Mexico.
The resort offers up to 280 ocean-front suites, all with views of the beach below. These rooms can fit families of up to five members. Spongebob art and green slime is splashed throughout the hotel, representing the Nickelodeon theme.
For adults, the hotel features a wellness spa retreat, six restaurants, a fitness centre and two swim-up bars. The hotel has one of the largest water attractions in the country.
The hotel’s lazy river courses through some of the park’s six acres, making for a relaxing ride amongst the chaos. If you want something a little more fast-paced, the has a faster adventure river.