Right in the heart of Miami, South Beach hotels are notorious for having the most lavish and sought-after swimming pools. Below are are some of the best places to cool off this summer, where it’s all about sun-drenched days, unapologetic lounging, strong cocktails and eye candy galore.
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Top 6 Hotel Pools in South Beach
Delano South Beach
The Delano South Beach hotel’s whimsical, “Alice-in-Wonderland” inspired outdoor motif extends to the massive infinity pool, located on the hotel’s back deck. Designed by Philippe Starck, the pool’s most iconic element is the wrought-iron table and chair display situated in the shallow end of the stretched-out pool. Featuring tasty food and cocktails, poolside spa treatments, relaxing cabanas and music playing underwater, Delano’s pool is an attraction in itself.
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Mondrian South Beach
Situated on Biscayne Bay in South Beach and surrounded by plush daybeds and ivy-covered cabanas, vibrant gardens and hammocks hung from palm trees, guests at Mondrian South Beach can take advantage of one of Miami’s most coveted poolside spots. The main swimming pool, designed by Marcel Wanders, offers unbeatable views of the bay and cityscape beyond while secret pathways lead to “kissing corners”. Spa treatments, cocktails and a special menu by chef Dustin Atoigue are also available poolside. Weekends at Mondrian South Beach include lounge-style pool parties that are a hit for locals and travelers alike with a relaxed reggae vibe and guest DJs.
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The rooftop infinity pool at Hotel Victor features private poolside cabanas, relaxing spa treatments by Spa V and delivery from Sugar Factory and Down N’ Dirty Tacos. With picture-perfect backdrops of the beach, it’s hard to determine which is more gratifying: the refreshing water or the uplifting views. Opt for a suite with pool direct pool access to conveniently dive in as you please.
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Hotel Breakwater’s aquarium-style pool design never fails to astound. The 40-foot-long pool is encased in glass and is the only one on Ocean Drive with views of the Atlantic Ocean. The pool reflects the original 1936 inspired design by Yugoslavian architect Anton Skislewicz and exudes a chic and sexy ambience for guests to indulge in.
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The Villa, Casa Casuarina
Perhaps the most extravagant and stunning pool belongs to The Villa, Casa Casuarina. During Gianni Versace’s $33 million renovation in 1992, he built the stunning 54-foot-long Million Mosaic Pool, lined with thousands of glittering 24k gold tiles. This literal crown jewel of the property is adorned with mosaics inspired by Versace’s “Marine Vanitas” collection and features ornate nautical patterns and mythological motifs including two-tailed mermaids and Poseidon, god of the sea. Whether swimming or luxuriating poolside, guests can bask in the warm glow of the South Beach sun as it reflects off the shimmering gold tiles of the Million Mosaic Pool.
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Gale South Beach
The Gale South Beach pool deck hosts full sun all day long. Gale South Beach offers a stunning swim escape, complete with a glossy, overflowing infinity pool framed by black marble and a smooth wooden deck. Beach tones color cushioned wicker lounges and cabanas, ideal for sunbathing with comfort. The unobstructed ocean view is the backdrop of the rooftop retreat, which goes best with a cocktail or snack from the Rooftop Pool Bar, courtesy of the pool wait staff.
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South Beach is one of the hottest spots to be and be seen in Miami. These swimming pools are the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the scene.
Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.