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The pool at Francis Ford Coppola Winery
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Five stylish Bay Area pools to make a splash this weekend

Sarah Medina

Dip your toes at these stylish pools around the Bay Area.

For the Instagram celeb

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

You’ll feel like a movie star as you sip a blended cocktail while lounging beside the legendary director’s Wine Country pool. While reservations for the chairs can sell out months in advance, day passes (which include fresh towels, poolside service and a grassy knoll for sunbathing) are first-come, first-served. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville (707-857-1471, Daily through Oct 6, Fri–Sun through Oct 28 11am–6pm; $35.

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For the wellness guru

Indian Springs Resort and Spa

This nearly Olympic-size pool is fed by mineral-infused geysers and kept naturally warm—around 102°F in winter and 92°F in summer. Guests flock to this Wine Country escape year-round to soak in the restorative powers of the thermal water (though the poolside cocktail service might negate any health benefits). 1712 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga (707-942-4913, Daily 10am–midnight; with spa service $25, for hotel guests free.

Warm days in the sweat at the palace!

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For the serious swimmer

The Palace Hotel

Ascend to the fourth floor of this San Francisco institution to find a sunlit, three-lane pool under an arched atrium. It measures in at a long, lean 20 by 60 feet—just right for logging morning laps before attacking afternoon tea in the historic Garden Court. At night, relax your sore muscles in the adjacent whirlpool. 2 New Montgomery St (415-512-1111, Mon–Fri 5am–10pm; Sat, Sun 6am–10pm. Free for hotel guests.


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For the partier   

Phoenix Hotel

This egg-shaped pool, with a Francis Forlenza mural across its walls and floor, is as close as we get to a venue for Vegas-style bashes in the Bay Area. Cool out-of-towners like the Red Hot Chili Peppers have even been spotted mingling with staycationing locals during parties hosted by Chambers Eat + Drink, the adjacent restaurant. 601 Eddy St (415-776-13880, Sun–Thu 9am–10pm; Fri, Sat 9am–midnight. Free for hotel guests.

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For the film buff

Claremont Club & Spa

The aquatics offerings at the Claremont include heated recreational and lap pools and an outdoor whirlpool to relax in. For those seeking sun, there are dozens of lounge chairs for getting your tan on. Bonus: Parts of Mrs. Doubtfire were filmed here. 41 Tunnel Round, Berkeley (510-843-3000, Daily 9am–10pm; $30.

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