On The Shore On The shore TRAVEL — 12 August 2016
Pooling resources: Florida’s coolest pools

By Patti Roth

City & Shore Magazine

In a state famous for beautiful beaches, spectacular pools bask in their own share of the spotlight.

Loews Portofino Bay
at Universal Orlando 

Even though an ocean is miles away, the Beach Pool is enhanced with a sandy stretch for bare-footin’ and shovel play. Other highlights of the pool include bubbly pop jets in the shallow area, a Roman aqueduct-style slide that whisks riders through twists and turns, occasional dive-in movies and a staff that hands out refreshing treats like frozen grapes. 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-503-1000, loewshotels.com/portofino-bay-hotel

W Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale 

The pool on the fifth floor of the oceanfront resort is see-through, at least in strategic places. Plexiglass walls showcase the activity in the water from the stairs between the pool deck and the indoor lounge. From the lounge, overhead portholes look up into the pool. Cabanas, a gas-powered fire pit and occasional weekend pool parties add flavor to the deck. 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-8200, wfortlauderdalehotel.com

Venetian Pool, Coral Gables 

Built from a coral rock quarry, the historic pool is replenished every day with fresh spring water pumped in from the Biscayne Aquifer. Other highlights include waterfalls, a beach area and swim-through caves. A snack bar and landscaped path are on-site. 2701 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables,
305-460-5306, ventianpool.com

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes 

Lazy River Pool offers a wet winding route along tall rock features, waterfalls and lush foliage. The pool features a blend of open swimming spaces and narrower twists and turns, with inner tubes for kicking back and floating. 4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, 407-206-2300, grandelakes.com

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island

Two pools positioned in a tiered formation provide premium scenic vantage points of the Atlantic Ocean. The design also enhances the secluded ambience of the elevated adults-only pool. Amenities around the pair of pools include hot tubs, fire pits, a fireplace, a splash park for toddlers and poolside dining. The action at the family pool ramps up about 2 p.m. when staff and guests dance with Tanner the Turtle and frozen treats are handed out. 39 Beach Lagoon Road, Amelia Island, 904-261-6161, omniameliaislandplantation.com

Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront

The rooftop pool is perched on the 19th floor, with windows overlooking the St. Johns River and skyline. 225 E. Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, 904-588-1234, jacksonville.hyatt.com


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