By: Kara Franker
Head to one of these hotels on Miami Beach and kick back by the pool.
Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach
A retro-chic hotel that dates back to the 1940s, the Shelborne Wyndham Grand was recently renovated, but the pool still exudes a vintage-chic vibe. Soak up the sun by the old school diving board, which now serves as a serene water fountain. It’s not uncommon for the hotel to host a local DJ to keep the weekend pool scene vibrant and inviting. The Shelborne is also home to the Sarsparilla Club, an American dim sum restaurant. Pool cabanas are available for a fee.
The National Hotel
Stretching 203 feet in length, the National Hotel boasts one of the longest infinity pools in all of Miami. Walk along its border, and you’ll find private cabanas and plush lounge chairs peeking out of towering palms, tropical flowers and colorful bougainvilleas – all filled with posh jetsetters sipping on champagne and cocktails from the hotel’s Aqua Club. There’s also a heated pool near the hotel’s private beach, giving sunbathers two ways to do what they do best. Non-hotel guests can purchase day passes for $25 per day.
SLS South Beach
Known for its haute Swim Club Saturday pool parties, Hyde Beach at the SLS South Beach is one of the most popular places for locals and travelers alike to hang out in the scene. With its 70’s-inspired vibe, 8,000 square-feet of combined pool and beach space, killer DJs, endless pitchers of premium mojitos or sangria, and inviting cabanas with private staircases straight into the water, this pool is the perfect place for a Miami Beach escape. Stay awhile after the sun goes down, and Hyde Beach becomes a sultry lounge. Swim Club Saturdays at Hyde Beach is open to the public and starts at $1000 per day for a Hyde Garden Table.
Mondrian South Beach
Offering expansive views of enchanting Biscayne Bay, the waterfront Mondrian South Beach pool is the place for sunset. The pool area features lush, hammock-filled gardens, and a labyrinth trail with secret pathways, hidden lounge areas and sexy “kissing corners.” Head there on the weekends for hot DJ’s and perfect sunset views, do early-morning yoga on the pool deck on Sunday mornings, and for the ultimate luxury pool day, book a spa treatment in one of its private cabanas. Non-hotel guests are required to spend a $50 food and drink minimum to spend the day poolside.
The Delano South Beach
As posh as it is popular, a day at the Delano South Beach pool is nothing short of glamorous. With countless wooden lounge chairs, free-standing linen umbrellas, canopied daybeds and undeniable Alice-in-Wonderland-like charm, this 7,000-square-feet, oceanfront pool is where Miami’s hottest sunbathers go for fun in the sun. For a break from the sun, order a margarita rimmed with salt, or book a private cabana for a luxurious massage or pampering spa treatment. At night, this sexy pool gets even sexier, as the Beach Club becomes a hotbed of beautiful people-watching, late-night drinks and top DJ’s. Daybeds and cabanas are available for purchase starting at $1000.
Dream South Beach
Located in the heart of all the action, Dream South Beach has a rooftop infinity pool and bar, called Highbar, that’s known for its 70’s vibe, all-white décor, golden accents, and party-all-day mantra. Home to raved-about parties, it sits on top of the hotel and boasts clear ocean views. Open a tab and keep the drinks flowing because this pool is open to the public.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
When it comes to pool days in Miami, there’s nowhere more glamorous than the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach. On the weekends, head to one of the many tropically landscaped pools and you’ll find A-listers and celebrities sipping premium bottles in VIP cabanas, each of which have flat-screen TVs and WiFi. It’s not uncommon for local DJs to host pool parties in the 21+ Arkadia pool. With plenty of dipping pools and Jacuzzi’s to choose from, the Fontainebleau’s chic outdoor deck is the ultimate place to see and be seen. Cabanas at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for 12+ people start at $1000 per day.
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