The Raleigh's Art Deco swimming pool is one of the most iconic on Miami Beach
From hotel swimming pools to unique public pools, these are the best places to cool down when the temperatures rise.
There’s no shortage of amazing swimming pools across Miami and when the temperature heats up, there’s no better place to cool down. Follow along for our guide to the most impressive and historic hotel swimming pools in Miami, as well as incredible, one-of-a-kind public swimming pools. Take a dip… you’ll thank us later!
Hotel Swimming Pools
The Raleigh’s Art Deco swimming pool is one of the most iconic on Miami Beach. In fact, Life magazine called it “the most beautiful pool in America” in 1947. Designed by architect L. Murray Dixon, it takes on the outline of a baroque beveled mirror and was made famous in the 1950s by movie star and synchronized swimmer Esther Williams. Today, The Raleigh retains its mid-century charm with the beautifully landscaped pool and a lovely al fresco restaurant shaded by seagrape trees.
At 23,000-square-feet, The Biltmore’s swimming pool was once the largest in the world. Set amidst a stunning Mediterranean Revival resort in Coral Gables that was dreamed up by George Merrick in the 1920s, it’s one of the most legendary hotels in Miami. The pool is a true oasis surrounded by palm trees, lounge chairs, cabanas and Roman-style sculptures.
The Fontainebleau is a classic Miami Modern hotel originally built in 1954 by Morris Lapidus. Once a playground to the Rat Pack and a filming location for James Bond’s Goldfinger, the poolscape is iconic. With 11 distinct pool experiences spanning the spacious oceanfront area, the choice is yours between the free-form, bowtie-inspired pool (a hallmark of the hotel’s original lobby flooring still intact today) or the children’s waterscape complete with a winding waterslide. There are also multiple daybed, cabana and lounge chair options to choose from.
The Delano opened in 1995, ushering in South Beach’s renaissance as a playground for celebrities, models and the international jetset. Designed by Philippe Starck in collaboration with hotelier Ian Schrager, the hotel’s infinity pool is surrounded by an Alice in Wonderland-like poolscape with trees trimmed in the shape of gumdrops and an oversized chess set. At the far end, you’ll find a café table in ankle deep water and the rest of the pool is a level four-feet so you can traverse one side to the other and socialize without compromising a cocktail in hand.
With three wet-edge infinity pools spanning a two-acre pool deck leading towards stadium-style seating overlooking Biscayne Bay, W Miami claims the longest pool in Miami. This high-style hotel is a feast for the senses with breathtaking views and plenty of areas to lounge along this oversized pool deck. Expect a DJ spinning ambient house music on the weekend for a festive atmosphere.
The Miami Beach EDITION
The Miami Beach EDITION opened its doors in December 2015 restoring a historic property on 29th Street along with its original swimming pool complete with its decorative diving platform. They also built a second pool amidst the lovely, rolling landscape. The central Tropicale Bar features a circular rooftop space ideal for lounging with a frozen cocktail in hand. Surrounded by palm trees and hanging plants along the restaurant’s poolside patio, it’s definitely a chic spot to cool off.
Turnberry Isle is a gorgeous destination resort in Aventura boasting two unique poolscapes. The 7,500-square-foot Laguna pool features a sprawling lagoon pool with a 1,600-foot lazy river and a 35-foot high waterslide for an action-packed pool day with the whole family. By contrast, the Cascata Pool is designed for adults-only inside a Mediterranean-style courtyard, shaded by lush palm trees, perfect for an afternoon of relaxation.
Perched on the 16th floor, the Epic hotel’s swimming pool offers panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, the Miami River and the downtown skyline for a distinctly cosmopolitan vibe. Anchored by Area 31 restaurant and Exhale Spa, enjoy your afternoon with a core fusion barre class, a spa treatment and then relax poolside over lunch surrounded by an upbeat, yet mellow scene.
Public Swimming Pools
The Venetian Pool might just be the most unique watering hole you’ll ever dip your toes into. Built out of a coral rock quarry in the heart of Coral Gables. The 820,000-gallon pool is fed by natural spring water from an underground aquifer and is filled and drained daily. Bathers can enjoy grottoes, a waterfall and a sandy beach for relaxing. There’s even a signature Venetian-style bridge that will truly transport you to another world.
Grapeland Water Park
Located in Doral near the grounds of the International Links Melreese Country Club, the Grapeland Water Park is a fun-filled splash park with features designed by Britto, Miami’s own pop art impresario. It’s a family-friendly destination designed for kids of all ages. Come play on shipwreck-themed waterslides, a shallow water play area, water canons and Buccanneer Falls where a wave of water is unleashed at regularly scheduled intervals. There’s also a lagoon-style swimming pool and lazy river.
Miami is home to many public swimming pools including South Beach’s Flamingo Park Pool. With both a lap swimming pool for adults and a kids pool with a shallow water splash area, it’s a wonderful amenity for both the local community and visitors. Set inside lovely Flamingo Park, there’s also a community tennis center onsite.
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