Beat the Heat in 15 of the Best Florida Hotel Pools
August 12, 2021
This summer’s heatwaves don’t seem to be going anywhere. Record-breaking triple-digit temperatures have been battering the US, and the Sunshine State is no exception. For those seeking a reprieve, a cool pool (and frozen drink!) may provide the perfect respite. We’ve rounded up 15 of the best hotel pools in Florida to beat the heat, from Key West and Fort Lauderdale to The Palm Beaches, The Panhandle, Celebration, and more. Whether looking for a family-friendly escape, craving a posh infinity pool, or opting to float down a refreshing lazy river, we’ve got an oasis for everyone.
Ocean Key Resort & Spa – Key West
Nestled between Key West Harbor and Mallory Square, Ocean Key Resort & Spa overlooks the pristine waters where the Gulf of Mexico mingles with the Atlantic, inviting travelers to escape alongside warm breezes, breathtaking views, and luxurious relaxation. Exclusive to Ocean Key guests, LIQUID Pool Bar & Lounge sits alongside the ocean and brings a fresh new look of vibrant fabrics and furnishings, genuinely friendly service, and flavorful culinary delights. With spacious poolside cabanas, ample lounge chairs, and lively music at the famed Sunset Pier just adjacent to the pool, guests will have a true Key West experience all in one place. With daily complimentary treats like frozen, coco-mango twisted towels, fruit-infused water, frozen fruit skewers, and more, LIQUID is the perfect place to beat the heat!
Hotel Effie – Sandestin
As fun to go to as it is to say, Hotel Effie is the newest luxury hotel along the gulf coast. The Ara Rooftop pool is the only one of its kind in the area, making this a novel experience for those visiting. The gorgeous panoramic views overlook miles of golf courses, the Choctawhatchee Bay, and the stunning Gulf of Mexico, ensuring a nice view wherever you may set your sights. Guests can enjoy poolside service from the Ara Rooftop Lounge, which offers a long list of hand-crafted cocktails we know you want to try. The luxurious poolside cabanas are the perfect place to curl up with a good book, or you can check out the lifesized chess game for a little friendly competition if you’re feeling frisky. Overall, the Ara Rooftop Pool and Lounge at Hotel Effie is a serious must if you’re visiting the Panhandle.
Bungalows Key Largo – Key Largo
The luxury, adults-only oasis, Bungalows Key Largo—the first and only all-inclusive resort in the Florida Keys—is home to one of the most luxurious oceanfront pools in the destination. The Sunset Pool is unlike any other and exactly what you would imagine a resort vacation to be; infinite water views overlooking Buttonwood Sound, hand-delivered frozen drinks, delicious snacks, easy eats, and all-day relaxation complete with crisp cabanas and perfectly spaced loungers. Bring a book, claim a spot, and wait for one of the pool valets to wait on your every need!
This South Florida hot spot offers everything you need and more. Spend the day sipping cocktails at the Royal Palm Pool from the comfort of one of 18 private, crisp white cabanas, or soak in the sun from one of the canary-colored chaise longues surrounding the palm-lined pool. Another must mention is the 125-foot waterslide, so swimming is definitely a go for families, couples, and friends alike. Guests of this iconic Miami resort can also relish al fresco dining at the Palm Grill—this poolside restaurant features locally inspired ceviche, pressed sandwiches, and other traditional flavors. Pairing one of the most legendary luxury golf resorts in Florida with the exceptional Trump standard of hospitality, your expectations will be exceeded. Delivering personalized attention without intrusion, their signature service, Trump Attaché, transcends the traditional butler and offers customized service where requests are always anticipated.
The Pearl – Rosemary Beach
The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach is the closest you can get to feel like you’re in Europe without actually getting on a plane. The Pearl is coastal luxury personified, and the pool is no exception. It sits in a courtyard below the refreshing Havana Beach Rooftop Bar & Grill, which patrons can visit between dips. The attached restaurant boasts stunning views, allowing guests to feel they have finally arrived in a blissful state. The black and white aesthetic of the pool combined with the bright yellow umbrellas makes this pool one of the most Instagrammable ones on our list, so make sure you charge your phone before visiting!
Pelican Grand Beach Resort – Fort Lauderdale
Set among the soothing sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean lies Pelican Grand Beach Resort, a coastal-chic waterfront retreat situated in the yachting capital of the world and offering tropical healing within a refreshing escape for those wanting to beat the heat. Aside from the resort’s pristine beachfront and nestled under towering palms, lined with nautical blue and white lounge chairs, guests can cool off in the zero-entry pool or float down the only lazy river in Fort Lauderdale, slipping into total relaxation mode as the currents push you along.
Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village – Destin
As the name implies, this hotel pool is grand! Cool off this season, or if it’s wintertime, warm up in the Emerald Grande’s 2,500-square foot heated outdoor pool. The pool directly overlooks the Gulf of Mexico from the sixth floor, giving visitors a pure aquatic experience with breathtaking views. While enjoying the scenery, guests can choose from a spread of poolside bites, colorful cocktails, and more from the Grande Vista Bar & Grill. The Grande Vista Bar & Grill is known for its delicious local seafood, signature sandwiches, and mouthwatering burgers, so make sure to come with an appetite. The pool area also holds a jacuzzi so guests can unwind after a long day on the beach. Isn’t that what vacation is all about?
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa – Fort Lauderdale
When guests aren’t sunning on the largest private beach in South Florida, they can take a dip at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa’s sprawling 8,000 square-foot Tropical Lagoon Pool. Explore the Grotto, soak in one of the two whirlpools, dry off and throw a towel over a chaise lounge beneath palm trees, or kick back in one of the resort’s shady poolside cabanas and let the sounds of the waterfall lull you to sleep. Hungry? With just the raise of a flag, guests can order delicious seafood and craft cocktails from the on-site restaurant, Sea Level, conveniently delivered poolside.
Camp WaterColor – Watercolor Inn, 30A
Arguably one of the most beautiful destinations on the list, the WaterColor Inn provides a secluded and intimate setting perfect for the whole family. Nestled between the dune lakes and the green pine forests, the WaterColor Inn is the ideal location for patrons to enjoy themselves and their natural surroundings. Camp WaterColor is open to those staying at the Inn and boasts three pools; the Main Butterfly Pool with Monarch Slide, the Caterpillar Pool for the children, and The Lazy Lizard Pool for when you just want to be lazy. The lush pool area has plenty of lounge chairs for guests to relax and enjoy while servers are on call to fulfill any refreshment requests. Thanks to the lifeguard on-duty and nearby basketball court and playground, you won’t have to worry about safety or boredom.
The Brazilian Court Hotel – Palm BeacH
Tucked away on Palm Beach Island, the legendary Brazilian Court, with its Mediterranean style, rich history, and captivating charm, provides an intimate atmosphere with luxurious touches for an unforgettable experience. Across the threshold of this yellow-stuccoed, 1926 boutique hotel, a private enclave awaits with lush gardens, intricate courtyards, and a secluded shimmering pool oasis. Guests can swim laps in the picture-perfect pool, lounge under a canopy of palms in chaises lined in crisp white linen, and enjoy amazing drinks and even better food from the award-winning on-site restaurant, Chef Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud.
The Palm Beaches in Southeast Florida, known as America’s First Resort Destination, comprises 39 towns and cities from Boca Raton and Delray to Palm Beach and Jupiter. It offers the ultimate tropical vacation without the need for international trekking or a passport. For those looking to bask in the Florida sunshine and spend the day (or the entire vacation) lounging poolside, the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach boasts an iconic pool, perfect for slipping into full relaxation mode. Take a dip like never before in their refreshing waters, touting stunning 180-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and one of Florida’s dreamiest coastlines. Surrounded by palms, gardens, and an Egyptian sunny gold limestone terrace, there’s no better place to relax, revive, and renew.
The Wyvern Hotel – Punta Gorda
The Wyvern Hotel’s unique roof deck offers a heated pool overlooking a stunning view of the beautiful Charlotte Harbor of Punta Gorda, Florida. Bask in the glow of gorgeous fire pits or escape the heat and lounge under the umbrellas. Poolside service from the Perch360 bar and restaurant, featuring fresh ingredients from the rooftop herb garden, means there’s no reason to interrupt your relaxation.
WaterSound Beach Club – Watersound, 30A
The Watersound Beach Club is the creme de la creme of beach clubs everywhere. Two 7,000-square-foot pools and a 14,000-square-foot deck give guests plenty of room for leisure and recreation. Private club members can enjoy a luxurious private winding path to the secluded beach from the pool, where everything is taken care of for you, from the chairs to the drinks. Complimentary beach setups are available for members, along with preferred pricing on beach bonfires, perfect for enjoying some s’mores by the sea. Perhaps one of the best things about this private beach club is the casual dining options which range from the poolside burger experience to Costa Chica tacos and more, plus the Outdoor Sunset Bar which offers lunch and dinner daily. The WaterSound Beach Club’s attention to detail is unmatched, making this a one-of-a-kind experience.
Streamsong Resort – Bowling Green
Streamsong Resort is the hidden gem of Central Florida, presenting an unexpected luxury escape in an inspired and secluded setting. While known for its three highly acclaimed golf courses, Streamsong offers a luxe pool to help ease the stresses of everyday life. Become one with nature in the infinity pool that overlooks the lodge lake or relax in a poolside cabana while sipping on the perfect libation from Hemy’s Bar.
Overlooking Lake Rianhard, the polished Bohemian Hotel Celebration offers a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Orlando and transports guests to a more romantic atmosphere, where the spirit of Old Florida echoes all around. Inspired by Florida’s natural elegance, the decor of handmade poplar-bark tables, fresh orchids, and chic golden cream and wood will greet and captivate guests who are looking to mix fun with relaxation. After enjoying the charm of Celebration or experiencing the magic of nearby Walt Disney World and Universal theme parks, guests can cool off and end their days enjoying the tranquil views of the lake while relaxing in the sparkling pool.