High temperatures are here - which means it might be high time to book a staycation at Tucson while the rates are low.
If you're looking for a resort with a great pool for kids to splash, slide, and swim...you've come to the right place!
Here are our picks for the five best hotel pools for kids in the Greater Tucson area.
Hidden away on 850 acres at the base of the Tortolita Mountains in Marana, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain features a championship golf course, three tennis courts, fine dining restaurants, and a fun “activity menu” for the whole family.
The Ritz offers three swimming areas – the Turquesa Pool with Infinity entry, the Aventura Pool with splash pad & waterslide, and the Spa Serenity Pool (an adults-only venue with a 10-foot tanning island).
At 235′ feet long, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain ALSO boasts the longest water slide in Tucson! The only restriction for the slide is that you must be at least 42 inches in height.
Nestled in the Saguaro covered foothills of west Tucson, JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa offers a peaceful getaway in a secluded desert environment. The resort offers two unique golf experience options designed by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, a full-service spa (currently closed), a nightly complimentary tequila toast, guided morning hikes, and multiple trails for nature viewing + biking.
The resort also features a multi-level pool, including the Starr Canyon Lazy River, where you can borrow an inner tube and drift around the circle to your heart’s content. The Monsoon Falls Waterslide offers excitement for all ages as the 175-foot slide plunges into 85 degree water below! Little ones can play in the Dancing Springs (a small splash area) and a separate lap pool is available for adults at Hashani Spa (available for a daily fee or with purchase at the spa).
Located on more than 50 acres next to the majestic Pusch Ridge, El Conquistador Tucson offers a serene retreat in Oro Valley, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With hiking, biking, golf, and tennis nearby, El Conquistador offers a unique Southwest experience for the entire family.
This resort offers five glittering pools – the main resort pool, “Slide Rock” pool with 143-foot waterslide (must be at least 42 inches tall to use), hot and cold plunges, and a quiet, adults-only pool in the casita area. For the little ones, the resort’s children’s pool, “Shallow Springs,” is shaped like a fish with a cascade of water in the middle and water spout features in the tail.
All pools are open to guests year-round. Temperatures are kept 82°-84°.
Tucked in among 250 acres at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa boasts stunning desert views and fun for the whole family.
La Paloma features five expansive pool, including one with a 177-foot waterslide.
You must be 42 inches tall to ride the slide + anyone under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult/guardian (18 years or older).
Backed up to the stunning Santa Catalina Mountains, you’ll love the views from this iconic Tucson resort.
Loews Ventana Canyon offers two heated pools and a jacuzzi. One of the pools is an adults-only lap pool at Lakeside Spa. The other features a graduated entrance, private cabanas, and breathtaking mountain backdrops.
Families will enjoy star-gazing, hiking, playing tennis, dive-in movies, the Coyote Kids Club, and more with the resort’s Loews Loves Families program.
Note that we'd LOVE to see more kid-friendly upgrades to pools at Tucson-area resorts. For example, we'd cheer for these things: (a) a sandy beach, (b) a small waterslide for the preschool and elementary set, and (c) larger splash pad areas [similar to the ones at Rancho Sahuarita].
Which hotel pool in Tucson is YOUR favorite?