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By: Shayne Benowitz

There’s simply nothing more sublime than a day spent lounging poolside at a hotel in Miami Beach. With the promise of sun-soaked bliss and an ocean breeze, amazing pools are the crown jewels of Miami Beach's most exquisite hotels and resorts. And each offers an experience all its own. Lounge where 007 once sunbathed, sip a craft cocktail at a chic rooftop pool bar overlooking the ocean, 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 Beach resorts.

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

1 Hotel South Beach

A Tranquil 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 on an elevated pool deck that cascades towards the ocean. Each offers sublime ocean views for poolside lounging, swimming and sunning. Enjoy fresh fish tacos from the Sandbox pool bar or vegan fare inside Plnthouse cafe, with seating on the pool deck. There’s also a rooftop swimming pool on the 17th floor anchored by Watr at the 1 Rooftop bar for cocktails and inventive sushi. Set in the private landscaped beach below the pool decks, the Wave at 1 Beach Club serves Mediterranean fare on the weekends with plush daybeds for lounging.

Bowtie pool
The Fontainebleau poolscape has been the backdrop for many movies

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Take a Star-Studded Swim

For one of Miami Beach’s most storied oceanfront resorts – where Frank Sinatra once held court and the first scene of James Bond’s Goldfinger was filmed – all signs point to the fabulous Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Designed by architect Morris Lapidus in 1954, the resort oozes with Miami Modern (MiMo) style, curvilinear lines and one of the destination’s most lavish oceanfront poolscapes. There are no less than 11 separate pools on the grounds, anchored by the enormous bowtie pool, a nod to Lapidus’s 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 strikes, enjoy oceanfront Mediterranean fare at La Côte or from the comfort of your lounge chair, poolside.

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

The Goodtime Hotel

A Taste of the Good Life

From superstar musician Pharrell Williams and Miami nightlife impresario David Grutman, The Goodtime Hotel is an escapist retreat on Washington Avenue. The rooftop pool deck designed by Ken Fulk is playful and pretty-in-pink with two long, narrow pools mirroring each other, lined with cabanas and palm frond sculptures. Here, you’ll also find Strawberry Moon, a whimsical Mediterranean restaurant with poolside seating and a day club that hosts DJ-fueled weekend pool parties.

Miami Beach EDITION diving platform
Enjoy a luxurious pool day at Miami Beach EDITION's retro pool

The Miami Beach EDITION

A Chic MiMo Gem

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 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 a lobster roll and glass of rosé for the perfect poolside afternoon lunch.

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

Moxy South Beach

A Playful Rooftop Perch

The Moxy South Beach is a stylish, budget-friendly hotel catering to youthful travelers out to experience all that South Beach has to offer. Its rooftop pool deck overlooking Washington Avenue is a great place to soak up some sun and views of the Art Deco skyline atop playful inflatable floaties in the shapes of unicorns, lime wedges and pizza slices. Across the way, you’ll find open-air Mexican restaurant Serena with a variety of tables and lounges surrounded by potted plants and a cast iron canopy crawling with bougainvillea and twinkling lights. In addition to the main pool deck, an intimate rooftop bar on the eighth floor boasts a small wading pool, plush lounges and a movie screen with panoramic views that extend to the Atlantic Ocean.

Standard South Beach pool
Take in the water views from The Standard's pool area

The Standard Miami Beach

Experience Bayfront Zen

Situated on Belle Isle on the Venetian Causeway, 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 as well as a cold plunge and deluge shower for a subtropical, spa-like atmosphere. There’s also a terrace for mud baths, and the Lido Restaurant and Bayside Grill services the pool with organic fare and frosé. Anchored by its third-floor spa with an arena-style hammam and fitness classes, the entire property takes on a hip, tranquil vibe.

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

Plymouth South Beach

A Charming Courtyard Paradise

For a boutique hotel with a ton of charm in South Beach’s desirable Collins Park neighborhood, check into The Plymouth hotel and then 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 window 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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