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By: Shayne Benowitz

With inviting hues inspired by the Atlantic Ocean nearby and the promise of sun-soaked bliss, amazing pools are the crown jewels of Miami’s most exquisite hotels and resorts. Each offers an experience all its own. Lounge where 007 once sunbathed, sip a craft cocktail at a chic rooftop pool bar overlooking the sea, wade into a gorgeous Art Deco-inspired pool or opt for a poolside cabana surrounded by manicured gardens. Whatever your pool style on vacation, find it at one of these stunning Miami resorts.

1 of 3 pools at 1 Hotel South Beach
Choose from 3 different pools at 1 Hotel South Beach

1 Hotel South Beach

A Peaceful Oasis

An eco-chic luxury resort spanning an entire city block, 1 Hotel South Beach is a stylish oasis of tranquility boasting 600 linear feet of oceanfront real estate. Its poolscape is a chic playground with three different pools found on an elevated pool deck that cascades toward the ocean. Each offers sublime ocean views while you lounge, swim and sun by the pool. You can also enjoy fresh fish tacos from the Sandbox pool bar or vegan fare inside Plnthouse café, with seating on the pool deck. There’s also a rooftop swimming pool on the 18th floor for guests 21+ until 6pm, anchored by Watr at the 1 Rooftop bar for cocktails and inventive sushi.

Fontainebleau's movie-famous poolscape
The Fontainebleau poolscape has been the backdrop in many movies

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Take a Star-studded Swim

For a storied oceanfront resort where Frank Sinatra once held court and the first scene of James Bond’s GoldFinger was filmed on the pool deck, all signs point to the fabulous Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Designed by architect Morris Lapidus in 1954, it oozes Miami Modern style with curvilinear lines and one of the most lavish oceanfront poolscapes on Miami Beach. There are no less than 11 separate pools on the grounds, anchored by the enormous bowtie pool, a nod to Lapidus’ original bowtie marble floors that still adorn the lobby today. There are various cabana and daybed options, as well as a family pool with a waterslide. When hunger calls, enjoy oceanfront Mediterranean dining at La Côte or from the comfort of your lounge chair.

Mondrian South Beach's semi-circle pool
The Mondrian's semi-circle pool offers beautiful views of Biscayne Bay

The Mondrian

Take a Blissful Dip

Designed by Marcel Wanders to resemble Sleeping Beauty’s castle, the Mondrian is a dreamy, high-concept escape with a sublime swimming pool offering rare views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami sunset over the Downtown Miami skyline. The semi-circle-shaped pool opens up to the bay, surrounded by lounge chairs, daybeds and cabanas. You’ll also find an arcade of enormous hedges and an oversized cabana over a lawn, adding to the surreal beauty of the whole vibe. And, of course, the poolside bar and restaurant is always at your service.

Standard South Beach zero entry pool
The Standard's zero entry pool sits between Miami Beach and the mainland

The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Experience Seaside Serenity

Situated on Belle Isle on the Venetian Causeway and floating between Miami Beach and mainland Miami, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach provides an idyllic poolscape set directly on Biscayne Bay. The zero entry swimming pool is surrounded by lemon-yellow lounge chairs with a cold plunge and deluge shower designed to work out the kinks in your muscles. There’s also a terrace for mud baths and the Lido Bayside Grill servicing the pool with organic fare and frosé. Anchored by its third-floor spa with an arena-style hammam and wellness classes, the entire property takes on a hip, tranquil vibe.

Miami Beach EDITION replica of original diving platform
Miami Beach EDITION's pool features a replica of the original diving platform

The Miami Beach Edition

Discover Charming Gardens

Situated inside a historic mid-century modern building on a double lot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Miami Beach EDITION has retained the property’s throwback charm and blended it with modern luxury. The poolscape features a grassy rolling lawn with two swimming pools, one restored and featuring a replica of the original diving platform. The lawn is anchored by the Tropicale bar, which resides inside a cabana with a rooftop spire surrounded by cushions for optimal lounging. Order the lobster grilled cheese and a Tecate beer for the perfect poolside afternoon lunch.

Plymouth South Beach's cozy courtyard pool
The Plymouth offers a cozy courtyard pool in South Beach's Collins Park neighborhood

The Plymouth

A Playful Paradise

For a boutique hotel with a ton of charm in South Beach’s desirable Collins Park neighborhood, check into the Plymouth and check out its adorable courtyard swimming pool. The checker-tiled pool deck oozes chic mid-century charm with bougainvillea crawling up the walls and peach lounge chairs, striped umbrellas and awnings to match. It’s also home to Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill with a cocktail bar and menu servicing the pool.

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