15 Best Resorts and Hotels with Lazy Rivers


What could be better than spending the day lounging in a lazy river with your family? If planning a family vacation is on your mind, parents with kids of all ages may want to make sure their hotel or resort has a lazy river on the property.

SmartFlyer travel consultant Abby Kastin told TODAY Parents that resorts with lazy rivers — a water feature that allows guests to float along a slow current — are popular among families.

“Adults looking for a resort or hotel with lazy rivers should keep in mind that the resort will most likely be kid-friendly and therefore there will be lots of children around,” said Kastin.

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15 Best Resorts and Hotels With Lazy Rivers

Kastin has shared 15 of the best resorts and hotels with lazy rivers across the United States and abroad.

“When you stay at a hotel with a lazy river, you don’t have to leave the hotel to go to a water park,” Kastin said. “It’s a built-in activity for kids, which has a huge ‘wow’ factor.”

Best East Coast Hotels With Lazy Rivers

  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Disney World
  • Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
  • Hammock Beach Golf Resort and Spa

Best hotels in Central America with lazy rivers

  • Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
  • Marriott Marquis Houston
  • MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Best West Coast Hotels With Lazy Rivers

  • Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
  • Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
  • Westin Kierland Resort

Hawaii’s Best Hotels With Lazy Rivers

  • Aulani, a Disney Resort in Oahu
  • Grand Hyatt Kauai

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Best Hotels Outside the US with Lazy Rivers

Families looking to travel outside of the United States to enjoy a property with a lazy river may not have to look too far. Kastin shared four destinations that feature lazy rivers:

  • Atlantis, Bahamas
  • Baha Mar, Bahamas
  • Dreams Playa Mujeres, Mexico
  • Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

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Tips for booking hotels with lazy rivers

Kastin said before booking, it is important to check two important factors.

“Always ask your travel consultant if the water park or lazy river has height requirements to avoid disappointment with young children,” she said. “Also find out if there are any additional charges so that you don’t have any unexpected charges on your bill at the end of your stay.”


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