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These hotels have the best rooftops and pool parties this summer

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Sally Morgan
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22 May 2018
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Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

If you're still making your summer holiday plans you may want to plan around these incredible hotels, which are home to some of the best rooftops and pool parties. With performances from the likes of Mark Ronson and Fergie, chic décor and incredible views, these luxury resorts make for a truly memorable holiday experience…

The Pool at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore | Baltimore, MD

Located at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, The Pool, offers a beautiful elevated outdoor swimming pool perched over the Baltimore Harbor at the end of Recreation Pier, and will officially reopen for summer in timing with The Preakness, on Thursday, May 17. This year being the second race of the Triple Crown, the property will be selling fine crafted and cutting edge race hats during opening weekend in honor of the big race. Additionally, The Pool will kick off their weekly “Rye on the River” programming on the pool deck on Thursday, May 24 from 6pm to sunset with Sagamore Spirit Distillery mixing their famed Black-Eyed Rye cocktails. Every Thursday during Rye on the River, guests will find live music and entertainment alongside a selection of summer cocktails featuring Sagamore Rye and light pool fare, overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

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Hive & Honey Rooftop Bar at Marriott Irvine Spectrum | Irvine, CA

Orange County’s newest rooftop bar - Hive & Honey – is located on the 16th floor of the recently opened Marriott Irvine Spectrum. The perfect place for a sunset toast, guests can spend the evening at the sprawling 3,500 square foot rooftop bar & lounge, offering 360 degree views - sure to be the hotspot for sunset revelers, and enjoy craft cocktails, local brews, and inventive tapa-style bites from Executive Chef Paolo Buffa. All signature cocktails incorporate homemade honey syrup and boast cheeky names such as; Honey, I’m not Home, Pollination, and Bee’s Knees. Those looking for a bite of exclusivity will flock to Hive & Honey for the signature burger - only 25 available each night.

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Thompson Playa del Carmen | Playa del Carmen, MX

At Thompson Playa del Carmen, a luxury lifestyle hotel located on the famed La Quinta Avenida and Calle 12, it's always "rooftop season," but during summer, the property's 30,000-square-foot rooftop playground becomes especially electric. As the social mecca of the property (and the highest point in Playa), the rooftop is home to a luxurious infinity pool boasting a swim-up bar, chic ledge loungers, and panoramic ocean views perfect for relaxing — and some summertime partying. It is flanked on each side by dining options, including Cinco and NYC's wildly popular culinary concept CATCH. As the sun sets, nightlife on the highly-activated rooftop begins to heat up and CATCH transitions from dinner service to a dance party, featuring DJ sets and live performances from local talent, setting you up for an electrifying evening under the stars.

Pendry San Diego

Pool House at Pendry San Diego | San Diego, Calif.

Perched on the rooftop of Pendry San Diego, The Pool House offers a stunning outdoor pool deck and bar overlooking downtown San Diego. The premier rooftop lounge, embodies the essence of the Southern California lifestyle offering a sleek, open-air, indoor and outdoor space with light contemporary cuisine to pair. Kicking off on Sunday, May 6 at 1pm, the Pendry San Diego will launch it’s second season of Pool House Sundays, where guests can enjoy an afternoon of frozé, bottle service, poolside music by DJ Schoeny and DJ Aidin and more, while enjoying plush cabanas, day beds and lounge chairs surrounded by bright candy-striped umbrellas.

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Topside at Lido House | Newport Beach, CA

Capitalizing on the endless California summer atmosphere, Topside serves as Lido House’s captivating rooftop bar (and the first rooftop bar in Newport Beach). The playful yet chic scene features fire pits, communal seating and a full slate of libations, including craft cocktails, fine wines and local brews. Topside overlooks the saltwater pool, flanked by cozy lawn chairs and three private cabanas. Indulge in the property’s Summer Soirée package - and receive drinks for two at Topside with a destination package to explore and celebrate Newport Beach (bikes, surfboard rentals, beach chairs, etc).

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Spire 73 at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown | Los Angeles, CA

Set atop the property’s 73rd floor is Spire 73, the tallest open-air bar and lounge in the Western Hemisphere – featuring unrivaled panoramic views of the skyline and cityscape, atmospheric fire pits and fountains, next-level cocktails, top-shelf whiskey and an innovative menu of shared plates. Intimate starlight booths are the ideal spot to share tableside s’mores with house-made marshmallows. Take in cityscape views of Wilshire Boulevard and South Figueroa Street while enjoying creative libations at the 7th floor No Dive Bar, a white and blue-tiled swimming pool carved into the side of the building to represent a pool turned on its side.

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RAPTURE at The Mulia | Bali, Indonesia

The hottest, ultra-exclusive event of the summer is debuting September 1 in Bali, Indonesia. RAPTURE, The Mulia's ode-to-summer pool party, will set the world-class standard for daytime lifestyle partying. Featuring an acclaimed roster of international DJ's and top-tier entertainment (Fergie is already set to perform, with additional headlining artists to be announced in the upcoming weeks), extravagant dancers, decor, food and drink, RAPTURE - The Mulia's End of Summer Party will be brimming with VIP clientele and the who's who of Hollywood.

Located beachfront on the white-sand Nusa Dua beach, The Mulia is a one of the world's most luxurious properties offering breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, oceanfront pools and extravagant suites. To learn more about the biggest pool party of the season, view the website.

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