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5 of the World’s Best Waterpark Resorts

Looking to make a splash on your next family holiday? If you want to be the coolest parents around (in spite of the heat), take a trip to one of the world’s best waterpark resorts. Your kids will be happily entertained while you relax nearby – or join them for some wet and wild fun!

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Aqua Nick Waterpark, Nickelodeon Resort, Punta CanadaPhoto: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

1. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Debuting in the summer of 2016, the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana in Dominican Republic is the newest—and arguably the chicest—resort to offer an over-the-top waterpark experience. With waterslides, splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river, Aqua Nick is the perfect way to keep cool under the Caribbean sun. Hit the mark with a water cannon, join a Mass Sliming, or meet poolside for a Slime Time photo opportunity. The stunning waterpark resort reimagines the art of hospitality by offering upscale rooms and a Gourmet Inclusive Experience—perfect for Nickelodeon fans and luxe resort lovers alike!

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Grand Wailea Resort, MauiPhoto: ShutterStock

2. Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa, Maui

Paradise awaits you at Maui’s Grand Wailea, a stunning beachfront resort featuring nine sparkling pools, a lazy river, spa and exceptional dining. The highlights of the elaborate pool complex include four waterslides, whitewater rapids, caves, a lazy river pool, rope swings and a “water elevator” inside a man-made volcano.

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Mandalay Bay Resort pool, Las VegasPhoto: ShutterStock

3. Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Las Vegas is increasingly becoming a family-friendly destination, with waterpark resorts like Mandalay Bay offering a world-class aquatic playground for all ages to enjoy. Voted by Trip Advisor as one of the best pools in the United States, Mandalay Bay’s waterpark features 2,700 tons of real sand, a 1.6 million gallon wave pool and 100 rentable cabanas for your sunbathing pleasure.

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Leap of Faith waterslide, Atlantis Resort, BahamasPhoto: ShutterStock

4. Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Atlantis, Paradise Island—the most popular resort destination in the Bahamas—boasts the one-of-a-kind 141-acre Aquaventure water park. Adrenaline junkies young and old flock to the park’s 18 thrilling waterslides, including the iconic Mayan Temple’s “Leap of Faith.” Catch your breath in the resort’s 11 unique pools, then catch some rays on the world-renowned beaches. After a round of golf on the 18-hole golf course, try your luck at the largest casino in the Caribbean. Atlantis also offers a multitude of unique accommodations, including the impressive Royal Towers and the chic Cove Atlantis.

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Beaches Turks & Caicos waterparkPhoto: Beaches Turks & Caicos

5. Beaches Turks & Caicos

Looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation for the whole family? Dive into the all-inclusive Beaches Turks & Caicos. Situated on a 12-mile beach lapped by luminous turquoise waters, this waterpark resort caters to every demographic, with Sesame Street characters to delight the tots, and an Xbox Play Lounge and disco for tweens and teens. The resort’s Pirates Island Waterpark is a fantasy world filled with gigantic waterslides, kid-friendly pools and swim-up soda bars. There are also water cannons, whirlpools and lazy river journeys, as well as the Caribbean’s only surf simulator.

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