Summer is here and that means pool time for relaxing, partying, or just enjoying the vibe. Where better than Miami to find that? Miami and pools go together like candy and sugar and If you’re looking for a sweet spot to chill by the pool in this town, these hotels will get you hooked.
1 — Goodtime Hotel
This new Art Deco-style property in posh South Beach is committed to creating an experience where your worries are checked at the door and only a true good time remains while inside. Singer, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer Pharrell Williams is behind this hotel that takes up an entire city block and, upon entering, includes the sprawling two-pool Strawberry Moon pool club and of course two open-air bars, a DJ booth, as well as private cabanas. If you are geared more for the oceanfront, The Goodtime Hotel has an exclusive stretch of beachfront with chaise lounge chairs to accommodate.
2 — 1 Hotel South Beach
This is an eco-friendly hotel done right, created for the conscious modern traveler. What’s better than a luxurious experience with the peace of mind that you are contributing to the environment? Some of the largest rooms in South Beach are found at this resort, executed perfectly offering beauty and comfort. Their commitment to sustainability and service makes environmentalism look easy. Expect reclaimed wood and materials throughout the building, no paper, water filters, and artisan products in order to help reduce waste and carbon footprint. In terms of comfort, they offer multiple pools, restaurants including a vegan option, and a bar.
3 — Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Beachfront Fontainebleau Miami Beach features scenic ocean views and 6 outdoor swimming pools surrounded by private cabanas. Two nightclubs, 9 restaurants, and a spa are located on site for comfort. Considered a grand mid-century icon that used to host big names like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, in 2008 they went through a $1billion overhaul. This massive property continues to be a playground for celebrities like Rihanna, the Kardashians, and Jamie Foxx who can often be spotted at the hotel and their nightclubs. If you are looking for entertainment and nightlife in Miami this spot is for you, but if you are in for a relaxing vacation we recommend looking elsewhere.
4 — The Standard Spa, Miami Beach
This low-key luxury and adult-only hotel definitely stands out in Miami. First, because it is located off the main streets in a quiet and residential area and, second, due to the holistic environment that transcends their famous spa. This remote location invites you to a stay of tranquility and peace. Feel free to lounge by the pool, hang out in the hammocks, learn to paddleboard, or even enjoy a game night. The point is that there’s something for everyone as long as you are an adult.
5 — The Miami Beach EDITION
One of the newest kids on the block, this is far from your average hotel experience. Conceived by Ian Schrager, co-creator of Studio 54 in NYC and known for conceptualizing a unique hotel experience. Perfect for the younger generation (or for the young at heart) this place brings fun and luxury together. This urban resort is the largest oceanfront property in all of Miami with the best address in South Beach and has everything you would want under one roof such as a Michelin-starred chef Jean-Geroges running their restaurant, outdoor movie theater, bowling alley, ice-skating rink, club, and more.
6 — Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Created by the Argetinian hotelier Alan Faena, this oceanfront property is the perfect glamorous urban experience. The second Faena hotel, after his Buenos Aires location, is just as ambitious as the first. Designed by Created by the Argetinian hotelier Alan Faena, this oceanfront property is the perfect glamorous urban experience. The second Faena hotel, after his Buenos Aires location, is just as ambitious as the first. Designed by a dream team of architects responsible for a one of a kind interior, this property is grand and bold and will demand your attention to the details. It’s a visual fashion that some describe as falling into the Wonderland rabbit hole. If you are the type of person that doesn’t like things half way done, then this is the place for you. You won’t want to miss hanging out by the pool and even snapping a picture by the 25-karat gold wooly mammoth skeleton sculpture.
7 — East Miami
East brings together all the things that make Miami great and unique—a vibrant energy, unparalleled views and a stylish property with high-tech hospitality. This Brickell location has a rooftop deck like no other and might make you want to stay poolside the entire day. Speaking of rooftops, its bar Sugar is one of Miami’s hotspots that brings together the best of the Miami crowd. This is the place if you are looking to explore Miami’s urban charm.
8 — Acqualina Resort
Located in pristine Sunny Isles Beach on 4.5 beachfront acres, Acqualina Resort & Residences features 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites and 188 residences with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. One of the most remarkable private communities in South Florida, it’s a world of luxury offering unprecedented accommodations and service. This resort has a world-class spa, amazing outdoor dining options, three oceanfront swimming pools, spacious meeting rooms, Rolls-Royce house cars and Sunny Isles Beach hotel’s innovative marine biology-based children’s program.
9 — The Setai
Asian-inspired guest suites with Far Eastern design aesthetics, Asian hospitality, and sophistication make this luxury hotel a world-class location. The Setai Miami Beach was inspired and influenced by Asian design principles woven into a restored 1936 Art Deco landmark building seamlessly allowing for balance, comfort, and warmth. The harmonious blend in design is taken a step further in that the hotel incorporates the traditions of Swiss medicine into its Valmont Spa and all of the best qualities of each aspect make for a special experience when at The Setai.
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10 — SLS South Beach / SLS Brickell
This hotel is playful and fun, and you will notice that in every room you walk into. Dedicated to the wild and unconventional types who wouldn’t mind and, in fact, would appreciate a 700-pound silver ducky by the pool, or mirrors above the bed, and champagne now button on the hotel app. The fact that Lenny Kravitz designed their villa suite says something about their style, making it the perfect choice for those looking for a good time and ideas that are ‘outside the box’.
This new property in Brickell Miami has quickly become a hotspot frequented by locals as well as business and leisure travelers. With a location in the heart of downtown Miami, it makes it easy to explore the different parts of Miami such as South Beach and Wynwood. This stylish hotel was designed by Philippe Stack and it caters to a luxury clientele. The 55-story tower was carefully curated to celebrate contemporary art and culture. The pool is located on the rooftop along a bar by José Andrés.
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