Make a splash on your next family vacation with a wet 'n' wild ride down one of GAYOT's favorite water slides. Found in luxury resorts from Jamaica to Las Vegas, these slippery attractions boast body-twisting tube rides, exhilarating drops and even a few slides through shark tanks. Once you've had your fill of watery thrills, indulge in some top-of-the-line hotel amenities, from fine-dining restaurants to world-class spas to poolside cabanas where parents can relax while the kids enjoy some fun in the sun.
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Home to one of Orlando's largest heated pools -- a 12,000-square-foot, family-friendly oasis -- the Hard Rock Hotel entices guests with a palm tree-lined sand beach, an underwater stereo and a thrilling 260-foot water slide. After you've gotten your fill of thrills, spend the afternoon sipping margaritas in "The Yellow Submarine" or one of the hotel's other themed poolside cabanas.
Atlantis Paradise Island
Paradise Island, The Bahamas
For serious water slide fanatics, all roads lead to Atlantis. The resort's 141-acre Aquaventure Water Park boasts 18 slides, which range from kid-friendly to daredevil-approved. The pièce de résistance, the Leap of Faith slide, drops riders 60 feet down the face of a Mayan-style temple before shooting them into a clear tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon. Once you've regained your composure, head for The Abyss -- a 200-foot-long body slide that plunges guests into an underground cavern surrounded by prehistoric fish.
Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
A testament to old-school Vegas opulence, The Tank at the Golden Nugget belongs on every Sin City bucket list. Built into the center of the hotel pool, The Tank is a 200,000-gallon aquarium stocked with stingrays, hundreds of fish and six species of sharks. For an up-close look at these frightening fish, brave visitors can ride a three-story enclosed water slide running through the aquarium. Completely clear, it transports guests through the center of The Tank before depositing them into the pool. That's right -- we're talking direct eye contact with carnivorous sea creatures.
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Looking like something straight out of a tropical fantasy, the Grand Wailea resort boasts one of the best pools on Maui. A water park in its own right, the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool features four interconnected slides, an exhilarating whitewater rapids slide and the world's first water elevator. It's also home to The Fishpipe, a 90-second rotating barrel ride that reaches a top speed of 11 feet per second, making the attraction equivalent to a mile-long water slide.
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Located at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, the Sugar Mill Falls Water Park overlooks the turquoise waters of Jamaica's Montego Bay. The second largest water complex in the Caribbean, the park is a scenic labyrinth of waterfalls, terraced pools and landscaped lagoons. Most importantly, it has three impressive water slides -- including a super-twisty, 280-foot ride. If you prefer a lazier descent, try the smaller slides, which are broken up into three segments, each one splashing down into a different pool.
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