In Miami, a dip in a lavish pool always sounds amazing, regardless of the time of year. So, enjoy some frosty piña coladas and a little R & R at one of these spectacular hotel pools.
Originally the Dempsey-Vanderbilt Hotel, the 5-star Setai Miami Beach oceanfront resort has magnificent architecture and a stunning outdoor poolscape. A tropical jungle of towering palm trees surrounds the three glittering pools that are so beautiful they might bring a tear to your eye. A total oasis in the South Beach Art Deco District, the minimalist pools are flanked with rattan loungers where guests are pampered with flawless pool service.
The Biltmore in Coral Gables has one of the largest hotel pools in the continental U.S., sprawling over 23,000-square-feet (7,010-square-meters) and holding 600,000 gallons of water. Resurfaced with polished marble, the landmark pool is lined with roman columns and marble statues that exude old-world elegance. Swim a few laps while taking in views of the Biltmore tower, and then enjoy a decadent poolside lunch.
The intimate pool at the Freehand Miami is the among the coolest watering holes in Miami Beach. Relatively small, but a lot of fun, guests can linger about with a cocktail from the Broken Shaker, which is in the same courtyard as the pool. If hunger strikes, there’s always fresh food at the hotel’s 27 Restaurant.
Atop the Brickell City Centre shopping mall, EAST, Miami towers above the rest with views of the concrete jungle that is Downtown and Brickell. The poolscape boasts an industrial design with asymmetrical pools, waterfalls and two Jacuzzis all surrounded by orange loungers with umbrellas, which, along with the tropical vegetation, add some contrast to the sleek urban theme. Order craft cocktails poolside, or wander about the expansive courtyard to enjoy the sky-high breeze and the city-life energy.
Take your pick of private cabanas at any of the 11 pools at the Fountainbleu, and spend a relaxing day by the pool, where the hotel’s butler service caters to guests’ every whim. Aside from the loungers and day beds, guests can also relax in a lavish outdoor sitting area complete with ceiling fans and curtains for privacy. The pool area also has beach access, so your options are endless.