The Five Best Hotel Pools in Miami

No amenity or activity is as important as the pool at Miami hotels.

Hopper Editors - Oct. 26, 2017

Miami Beach boasts miles of saltwater shores but a dip in the Atlantic Ocean is not the only way to beat the heat. The pools in Miami are as plentiful as they are impressive, and whether looking for a party or a peaceful place to sunbathe in serenity, visitors can fulfill either vision when they visit Miami. From art deco classics to ultra modern wonders, some pools in Miami are works of art and have the power to stand apart from even the most famously designed hotels. Check out this list of the five best hotel pools in Miami to dive into.

5. Fontainebleau Miami Beach

The expansive outdoor facility at Fontainebleau is filled with pools, lounge areas and the hotel’s La Cote restaurant and poolside Glow Bar. Offering a pool for almost every type of guest, there’s the main freeform pool that takes center stage amidst a sea of poolside beds and luxury cabanas. The Round Pool, where visitors looking for a premium experience can rent the Island Cabana, which offers flat screen TVs and other first-class amenities. For more privacy, adults can sneak away to the Arkadia Pool, while guests with children are catered to at the family friendly pool and play area.

4. The Raleigh Hotel

A gem from the 1940s, the pool at The Raleigh is lined with lush palm trees and beams in all its uniquely shaped glory. This iconic art deco pool is so praised it is hard to find a best pools of Miami list that doesn't include it. Aside from its unusual shape and legendary status, The Raleigh pool is also well known for hosting swanky events, including the annual Mercedes-Benz Swim Week. But even on low-key days, The Raleigh pool is one of best spots to soak up the sun in style from morning to sunset.

3. Shore Club

Celebrities traveling to Miami, as well as young locals looking for a next level Sunday funday, head to the Shore Club for its end-of-the-week pool parties. But even outside of pool party season, the Shore Club boasts one of the best pools in Miami with its two elevated infinity pools and chic cabanas. However – if swimming a lap in luxury can’t be completed without spotting a starlet or two, travel to Miami in the winter since Hollywood tends to stay away from South Beach during summer months.

2. The Delano Hotel

The Delano is poolside luxury from start to finish. Beginning at the outdoor terrace of the Bianca restaurant, guests find themselves in a garden-like enclave only to step out into a 7,000 square feet outdoor oasis. The pool appears to extend forever, serving as a path directing towards the backyard beach. Eclectic accents, like tables and chairs perched in shallow areas of the pool, add to the hotel’s fantasy design, which has been described as Alice in Wonderland-esque.

1. The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

Although lots of pools are fabulous in their own right, not many pools In Miami can list ocean views as one of their appeals. The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is an exception, and featuring a certain amount of serenity, it’s also a favorite for solos and families wanting to book a room in Miami away from the boozy party scene. Guests at The Ritz-Carlton pool can be ensured R&R, as well as a front row seat to the Atlantic Ocean from the hotel’s elevated pools.

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