Orlando Hotel Pools #WorthDoing this Summer
Living in FLORIDA is amazing. It’s like a constant vacation with the palm trees, events, and #WorthDoing weather. The penance we have to pay for living in such a paradise is the hellish HOT summers. We’ve searched all over the city and found the HOTTEST pools to cool off in this summer. From the overall aesthetics to the really import must haves, like a killer bar. We’ve made sure these pics have all the must haves for a kick ass pool day.
Hydrate @ The Castle: 8629 International Drive. Make sure you HYDRATE this and every Sunday Funday by sipping on $5 poolside cocktails including Wells, Bloody’s, Mimosas, Sangria, and Craft Beers. NO COVER and FREE parking make the decision of where to soak up the raise this Sunday a no brainer. The Castle Hotel has a few tricks up it’s sleeve with new guest DJ’s every week. VIP and bottle service are available if you want to kick your Sunday Funday up a notch. READ MORE
Hyatt Regency Orlando 9801 International Drive, 407-284-1234;orlando.regency.hyatt.com
The newly rebranded sky-high hotel sports three pools, waterfalls, slides, a poolside grill and bar, as well as rental cabanas outfitted with mini fridges and flat-screen TVs. Requirements: To use the pool if you’re not a guest, you just need to rent a cabana. Gather some friends and rent one for a half-day ($95) or full day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $175).
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes 4012 Central Florida Parkway, 407-206-2400;ritzcarlton.com/orlando
Rent a cabana, dive into the 4,000-square-foot lap pool or go to the gun show in the fitness center, then order a blackened grouper sandwich from the poolside café. Requirements: Purchase a spa treatment to get access to the pool area. A $50 pedi might just be worth it to get to hobnob with the swanky set for the day; you wouldn’t want unsightly toenails out there anyway.
Hilton Orlando 6001 Destination Parkway, 407-313-4300; thehiltonorlando.com
Water slides, a zero-entry pool (walk right into the water like you’re at the beach) and a palm-lined lazy river are just a few of the amenities at the I-Drive hotel’s resort area. Stay on for s’mores at the two poolside fire pits. Requirements: Book a spa treatment and get access to the bars and slides outside, or splash out on a cabana package and lunch is included – along with HD flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge and Wi-Fi.
Coco Key Water Resort 7400 International Drive, 407-351-2626; cocokeyorlando.com
Sure, it’s gaudy and flashy and geared toward kids and families (small price to pay), but for a pittance you can wade in the shallow end, splash in mushroom fountains, jet down a slide or just park yourself on a lounger and people-watch. Florida residents get in for just under $22; friends from out of town will pay $30.
Hard Rock Casino Hotel. For a true VIP experience, rent one of there exclusive cabanas, which come completely equipped with a ceiling fan, HD plasma TV, refrigerator with 6 sodas and 2 waters, wireless internet, and of course, a server to bring you drinks all day long. Take it to the next level for an unforgettable day by upgrading to one of our themed cabanas and spend the afternoon in “The Yellow Submarine” or Stevie Wonder’s “Musiquarium.” Call (407) 503-2236 to reserve your cabana.
Reunion Resort & Club 7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, 407-662-1000;reunionresort.com
Here’s where making strategic friends can really come in handy – Reunion Resort & Club’s water park includes adult-sized slides and an eternally relaxing lazy river. The poolside grill boasts a full liquor bar (and food as well but, you know, liquid lunch), so you can sip Mai Tais like you’re in Oahu. Requirements: If you’re a member, you’re in. If you’re friends with a member (see above) you’re also in.