The 5 nicest hotel pools
1) The Biltmore
Renowned for its size – it was once the largest in the world – the Biltmore pool is 2137 square meters. It’s also where the original Tarzan, actor Johnny Weissmuller, worked as a lifeguard. For the most luxe experience, rent a cabana and take an outdoor rain shower under native palms after a dip.
2) Delano South Beach
The Delano is famous for its long, mostly shallow pool, which has cafe furniture actually immersed in it. In addition to admiring designer Philippe Starck’s tropically landscaped quirkiness, you can book spa treatments or have a meal and a cocktail next to it. Hotel guests only until 7 pm.
3) National Hotel
This pair of pools – one more of a square, the other a thin rectangle – includes the longest infinity-edge pool in Miami Beach. Fringed by palm trees and other assorted native foliage that provides shade, the pools are so tempting you might never make it to the beach. C’est la vida loca.
4) 1 Hotel South Beach
Deeply concerned with sustainability, 1 Hotel incorporates design with ecologically sound practices. This ethos extends to the South Pool, the Center Pool, the adult-only Rooftop Pool and the private Cabana Pool, where the day beds and cabanas utilize reclaimed wood and natural fabrics and all views of the ocean are pristine and panoramic.
5) The Raleigh Miami Beach
Honored by Life Magazine as ‘the most beautiful pool in America’ in 1947, the accolades haven’t stopped since. Any changes to this curving Art Deco diva have only been improvements – such as increasing Pool Bar services, and the fact that you can now email reservations for cabanas or lounge chairs to email@example.com.
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