The Most Memorable Hotel Pools To Visit In Miami
Miami is known for its sunny skies, palm tree lined beaches, and art deco buildings. But that’s not the only thing that makes this city popular. The beaches are great, but the pools are even better. In fact Miami’s luxury pool scene fits into its own glamorous category filled with celebrities, fancy cocktails, DJs spinning tunes, and colourful cabanas.
People have been lounging by Miami hotel pools since the 1920s. Whether it’s on a rooftop or a waterfall filled lagoon, here are the town’s best places to make a splash. Shades on – let’s go.
This is where you’ll spot a celebrity. The Fontainebleau is world-renowned for its A-list crowd and posh design. There are 11 pools at this resort — yes, eleven — all within a few meters of each other.
It’s complete with shallow kids pools, boozy adult-only pools, and a family pool with a waterslide, all surrounded by lounge chairs, cabanas, on-site restaurants, and access to the beach. There’s even an app for beachside food delivery — now that’s what we’re talking about.
If you’re up for a party, you’ll want to head to the adults-only Arkadia Day Club pool. It hosts weekend pool parties with resident DJs and wild themes. If you’re looking for a low-key relaxing day, the Bowtie pool is a quiet, little oasis.
Non-hotel guests can make use of the pools with the purchase of a day pass or a spa treatment of 50 minutes or more. The Fontainebleau is a scene in and of itself. You’ll want to commit a full day to this luxury Miami escape.
While not technically a hotel pool, the Venetian Pool is still more than worth a mention.
It was built in 1923 and is the largest freshwater pool in the United States. It was constructed from a coral rock quarry and is currently filled with spring water — so it’s a tad chilly. The 820,000-gallon pool is complete with waterfalls, caves, and deep and shallow areas for swimming.
Admission tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Once the pool reaches capacity, it stops selling tickets. It’s not as private as a resort pool, so it gets crowded on sweltering hot Miami days.
No kids under the age of three are allowed in the pool area (which is probably a good thing if you ask us). Opening hours depend on the season.
The National Hotel Miami
The National Hotel lies along Miami beach, next to other luxury chains such as the Ritz Carlton and The W. But what separates this resort from the others? An iconic 63-meter long swimming pool.
The National Hotel’s pool area offers heaps of space for lounging and swimming, plus an on-site bar for sipping a fancy cocktail.
Day passes start at $50 (AUD$70). You can upgrade to a cabana for $175 (AUD$244) and get a bottle of prosecco, fruit platter, and the hotel’s signature coconut water. Why not go all out and get a poolside massage while you’re at it?
The Biltmore Hotel is a classic and home to one of the largest swimming pools in the continental United States. The only way to gain access to this enormous pool is by reserving a cabana. Otherwise, you must be a member or a hotel guest.
You can rent a swanky cabana for a whopping $160-$250 (AUD$220-$350), depending on the day of the week and whether you’re seeking a deluxe cabana or a cabana suite. It’s furnished with chaises and love seats, pool beds, dining tables, outdoor rain showers, and flat screen TVs.
There’s even a certain ‘cabana etiquette’ you need to follow. Wait… is this a hotel room or a poolside cabana? We told you it’s swanky. The Biltmore Hotel is slightly removed from noisy Miami Beach. It’s located in Coral Gables, which, itself, is an alluring neighbourhood to explore.
You’ll find plush colours, sunny vibes, spacious cabanas, and two sleek rectangular swimming pools at The Confidante. It’s hard to resist snapping this place.
Fortunately, the resort is open to non-hotel guests. A day pass includes pool and beach access with a lounge chair at each area. Yes, it has direct access to Miami Beach.
A day pass at The Confidante is more affordable than other resorts, starting at $40 (AUD$56) for simple pool/beach access and $400 (AUD$558) to rent a bungalow. Don’t worry about kids running around this resort as one of the heated pools is adult only. Put your feet up and relax like a king or queen for a day.
Mondrian South Beach
Expect to go all out at the Mondrian South Beach. The seaside pool isn’t just restricted to hotel guests, but if you’re visiting for the day, it requires a minimum spend on food and drink. So, bring your appetite.
The poolside lounge chairs are on a first come, first serve basis — arrive early to snag a spot. Otherwise, you’re looking to shell out a few hundred dollars for a day bed or a cabana.
Plan your visit accordingly as the Mondrian usually throws day parties on Saturdays and Sundays with live DJs.
Conveniently situation right on Biscayne Bay, it offers jet ski, boating, kayak, and paddle board rentals.
(Lead image: Fontainebleau / supplied)
Published 23 April, 2019