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Our Favorite Venues to Host the California Pool Party of Your Dreams

City rooftops, forest retreats and desert oases—we love California for its bounty of stunning settings for poolside entertaining. Whether you’re hosting an intimate evening affair or an afternoon packed with festivities, we’ve gathered the very best venues the Golden State has to offer. Think mingling and sipping cocktails by the pool instead of in...although there’s always time for that later!

Reporter: Erica Nichols | Venue: The Pond Estate

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Korakialearn more

This desert oasis brings a touch of Moroccan flair to your poolside affair. Fall in love with the architectural details, tiled accents and charming decor elements that surround the pool space, which can accommodate up to 130 people.
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$197 avg. room rate
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The LINE LAlearn more

Located in the heart of LA’s Koreatown, The LINE LA offers a cool, urban setting for your next poolside party. Take advantage of Openaire, the elegant greenhouse restaurant adjacent to the pool that features a menu from two-time Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin.
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$361 avg. room rate
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Belmond El Encantolearn more

We love a pool with a view! Belmond El Encanto delivers with breathtaking sights of the pacific from their expansive perch atop the hills of Santa Barbara. 
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The Pearl Hotellearn more

This vintage hotel captures the essence of western glam by effortlessly blending their natural rustic setting with a hip, retro-inspired design. Their saltwater pool may be small, but a dream spot for your close-knit gathering with a movie screen and sweeping twinkle lights across the pool. 
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The Pond Estate

Palm Springs, California
This romantic Spanish-style estate has indoor and outdoor pools to choose from, though their outdoor location is truly magical. Surrounded by a stunning desert backdrop and a dreamy pop of color, there’s simply no better venue for your intimate poolside party.
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Ace Hotel & Swim Clublearn more

Ace is everything a California pool party should be with mid-century modern decor, a desert backdrop and, oh yeah, two incredible pools to choose from. When hosting your next bash, look to the Commune, a private event space with glass walls that open up to a glamorous circular pool.
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Pepper Tree Estate

San Juan Capistrano, California
Pepper Tree Estate may be a farmhouse at heart, but their sleek tiles and wooden furnishings bring a refreshing, modern touch to the space. Take advantage of their outdoor fire pits and infinity pool, where you can add your personal touch with floating candles or flowers.
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Hotel Joaquin

Laguna Beach, California
Bright, beautiful and coastal-chic, Hotel Joaquin is the spot for a quintessential California party. Take advantage of the lawn space adjacent to the pool, which can be set up with tables or cocktail perusing before enjoying the cool, relaxed atmosphere poolside.
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$495 avg. room rate
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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbaralearn more

With hidden bungalows and winding paths among lush landscaping, the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore feels like its own tropical oasis. Their two pools each have their own unique identity, one perfect for small gatherings with peaceful foilage and a Spanish touch, the other for your grand affair overlooking the ocean beyond.

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Bottaia Winery

Temecula, California
Nestled in the Temecula wine country, the pool at BOTTAIA is the ideal setting for a modern, relaxing get together. The pool also has a full-service cocktail bar, vineyard views and house wine selections.

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Klentner Ranchlearn more

This dreamy California setting is contemporary rustic-chic and ideal for entertaining! Host your casual gathering poolside with ocean views—plus, you have the space to set up a tent for those extra sunny days!
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Triple S Ranch Napalearn more

This charming mountain ranch is an all-in-one boutique venue. You’ll love their pool, surrounded by shady trees and perched hillside overlooking the beautiful Napa Valley.  
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$399 avg. room rate
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Mr. C Beverly Hillslearn more

Mr. C’s offers a destination-style venue with panoramic views, private cabanas and a private yacht-feel. The teak deck adds to the elegant atmosphere, contrasting the shimmering, bright blue pool in the center.
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Mondrian Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Now that is a view! Mondrian’s Skybar Pool offers panoramic views of the city, plenty of lounge areas to gather round and room for DJs and creative activations for whatever you’re dreaming up.
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Broken Shaker at the Freehand Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
Millennial pink loungers and rooftop city views—what’s not to love about Broken Shaker?! The venue is ideal for your trendy city-chic bash, complete with a mod wooden pool bar and handcrafted cocktails.
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The Landlearn more

The Land is a tranquil, picturesque retreat tucked in the serene natural landscape of Northern California. While the entire property offers idyllic backdrops, the sparkling saltwater pool is where you’ll want to host, surrounded by sprawling meadows and lush forests.
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