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By: Shayne Benowitz

There’s perhaps no better place on earth to lounge poolside in style than in Greater Miami & Miami Beach – whether it’s in a lounge chair, dayroom/daybed or private cabana. From trendy hotels lining South Beach to prestigious resorts on the mainland, the destination is home to a gorgeous collection of one-of-a-kind hotel pools. And with year-round sunshine, you can throw on your swimsuit just about any day of the year and head to a lush Mediterranean-inspired poolscape or a chic Art Deco throwback. No matter which of these hotels you decide on, expect to make a splash with tropical cocktails, trendy and comfortable patio furniture, concierge service and exclusive amenities. Contact the properties for information about day passes and cabana rentals.

Pool at The Biltmore Hotel
Relax by one of the largest pools in the country

The Biltmore, Coral Gables

A stunning Mediterranean Revival resort in Coral Gables dreamed up by George Merrick in the 1920s, The Biltmore is one of Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s most historic hotels. The pool is a true oasis surrounded by lounge chairs, cabanas and Roman-style sculptures in an area landscaped with palm trees, hibiscus and bougainvillea. Measuring 23,000 square feet and holding 600,000 gallons of water, the pool is one of the largest in the continental United States. You’ll find a sea of daybeds and nine private cabanas, each boasting teak wood chaises and loveseats, banana leaf ceiling fans, lounge chairs, outdoor rain showers and butler service.

Aerial view of Faena pool
Surround yourself with luxury & art at Faena Hotel Miami Beach’s pool

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

The brainchild of visionary hotelier Alan Faena, his eponymous hotel is an exquisite Miami Beach escape in a luxuriant color palette of red, gold and animal print. Faena Hotel Miami Beach’s pool scene is as lavish as the hotel’s interior, with red cabanas, umbrellas and lounge chairs offering a striking contrast against the aquamarine pools and ocean. Here, attendants will clean your sunglasses, provide sunscreen and even wash the sand off your feet. You’re also in good company with contemporary master Damien Hirst’s “Gone But Not Forgotten” sculpture of a gold-dipped woolly mammoth skeleton resting inside a glass case on the pool deck.

Supreme pool cabana at Fontainelbeau Hotel
Lounge in style at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the storied oceanfront resort where Frank Sinatra held court and parts of James Bond’s “Goldfinger” were filmed. Designed by architect Morris Lapidus in 1954, the Fontainebleau oozes Miami Modern style and boasts one of Miami Beach’s most lavish oceanfront poolscapes. With 11 distinct pools, you’ll have a choice between the Bowtie Pool (styled after the hotel’s original marble lobby floor design, still intact today), the children’s pool complete with a winding waterslide or any number of smaller pools across the oceanfront deck. Reserve a cabana and lounge in style with amenities such as high-definition TVs, Wi-Fi, lounges, a mini fridge stocked with fruit and nonalcoholic beverages, ceiling fans, privacy curtains and a digital safe, along with butler service.

Goodtime pool
Follow the palm sculptures to The Goodtime's pool area

The Goodtime Hotel, Miami Beach

Brought to you by superstar musician Pharrell Williams and Miami hospitality kingpin David Grutman, The Goodtime Hotel has injected new life into South Beach’s Washington Avenue. Its rooftop swimming pool spans an entire acre, with the adjacent indoor-outdoor Strawberry Moon restaurant serving elevated Mediterranean fare. With two pools lined with pretty pink cabanas and pale green palm frond sculptures by hospitality design superstar Ken Fulk, weekends play host to DJ-fueled pool parties with VIP cabana packages.

Aerial view of JW MArriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
Splash around at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, Aventura

When it comes to fun for the whole family, the perfect spot is the Tidal Cove waterpark at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa. The sprawling luxury resort in Aventura is home to seven twisty-turny waterslides, a lazy river and a Flowrider surf simulator. There’s even a Kid’s Cove with a splash park designed by local Miami art collective Friends With You. A day pass to Tidal Cove grants you access to the resort’s lagoon-style swimming pool, cabanas and multiple dining outlets. There’s also the Cascata Pool, designed for peace and tranquility inside a Mediterranean-style courtyard with cabanas shaded by lush palm trees. It’s perfect for an afternoon of relaxation.

EPIC pool cabana
Take in the panoramic views of the city from a cabana

Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Downtown Miami

Perched on the 16th floor, the Kimpton EPIC Hotel’s two swimming pools offer panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, the Miami River and the Downtown Miami skyline for a distinctly cosmopolitan feeling. Anchored by Area 31 restaurant and exhale Spa, this is the place to round out your afternoon with a barre class, spa treatment and poolside lunch. Stylish cabanas boast daybeds, mini-fridges and gauzy curtains for an idyllic way to spend an afternoon in Downtown Miami.

Moxy pool
Soak up the sun at Moxy's rooftop pool area

Moxy South Beach, Miami Beach

Another destination heating up Washington Avenue is the Moxy South Beach hotel, with its playful rooftop pool loaded with colorful inflatables, including a purple unicorn, green lime wedge, pink seashell and red lips that you can float on in style. There’s also an oversized porthole-inspired window on the pool floor overlooking the lobby for a fun photo opp. The cabanas and lounge chairs are typically first-come, first-served, so grab your spot in the sun early. The adjacent Serena rooftop bar and Mexican restaurant makes for a perfect afternoon lunch. There’s also an eighth-story rooftop lounge with a small wading pool, lounges and a movie screen with panoramic views of South Beach’s colorful Art Deco buildings and the Atlantic Ocean.

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