Where the water is cool but the action is hot
On Miami’s South Beach, pool culture isn’t just about getting wet. From private cabanas and chair side concierge services to DJs and afternoon-into-the-night parties, the best pools are places where the beautiful people mingle and indulge. Favorites come and go, but for the moment, these are the places to be.
Delano South Beach
Just steps from the sand, this classic infinity-edged beauty continues to hold a prime position on the A List of SoBe’s pool decks. Chaise lounges set under white market umbrellas provide a cool, breezy venue for relaxation or taking in the scene, while a flanking row of canopies provide private couches and day beds where one can order up libations, spa services and noshes from Chef Brian Massie’s award-winning kitchen.
At night, the scene takes a sensuous turn as subtle lighting transforms the Philippe Starck-designed landscape, and cabanas become settings for tete-a-tete meetups. Not to be missed are Privileged Sundays, which are the hottest ticket on the beach, with resident DJs, dancers and body-painted models setting the scene from mid day through sunset. Visit: https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/delano/delano-south-beach/pool-beach/beach-club
Nautilus South Beach, A Sixty Hotel
Following a sweeping renovation and update, this Collins Avenue classic quickly became a local’s favorite. Within the lavish landscaping of an expansive private garden, teak decks lead from beach to the Nautilus pool. This chic oasis enhances warm saltwater immersions with an in-water sound system. In addition to the requisite collection of poolside daybeds and lounges, there are eight private cabanas offering dining tables, minibars and entertainment system.
A lively waterside bar serves signature cocktails and tempting bites, and just steps away is the Nautilus Cabana Club. This signature venue features both indoor and outdoor dining experiences based on locally sourced ingredients. The pool deck is a favorite setting for special events, and a regular weekly highlight is Rosé Sundays Brunch, which is followed by a pool party with cabana rentals and DJ sounds. Visit: http://www.sixtyhotels.com/nautilus-south-beach/
1 Hotel South Beach
Guests at 1 Hotel have four pools and more than 50 daybeds and cabanas to choose from. But it is the newly reopened rooftop option that draws Miami’s in crowd. Perched atop this 17-story landmark property is a 110-foot-long pool that is Miami Beach’s largest rooftop water feature. Delivering stunning views of island and ocean, this adults-only setting features a quarter-acre deck served by a rooftop restaurant and lounge.
There are intimate two-person daybeds and cozy cabanas, plus a lavish rooftop living room cabana that can accommodate parties of up to 20. Show up for Organic Sundays to sample gourmet offerings and launch a day of sun and fun with a brunch that morphs into an all-day pool party. This event can draw a crowd, so it’s best to reserve a table or VIP cabana to ensure admission. Visit: https://www.1hotels.com/south-beach
The Miami Beach Edition
More than a pool, the decks and lushly landscaped outdoor spaces of Tropicale at the Miami Beach Edition were inspired by the classic beach clubs of Havana. The beachfront setting includes expansive lawn with games, outdoor movie nights and more. The property’s iconic 1950s-era swimming pool is now restored and includes a period diving board, while a second pool is surrounded by custom teak lounges and custom private cabanas with oversize daybeds, mini refrigerators, private safes and televisions.
The Matador Bar sits in the shade, surrounded by beautiful greenery, while the landmarked Sundial restaurant and bar offers a palate of fresh and light menu selections with the option of poolside or beachfront dining. For a refreshing change after the heat of the day, you can head downstairs to Basement, an entertainment complex that includes a nightclub, bowling alley and an indoor ice skating rink. Visit: http://www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach