On a recent visit to Florida, we realised how many Florida hotel pools we have visited (and loved). Together with the help of some of my fellow travel bloggers, here is a compilation of the best Florida hotel pools. We’ve included the best hotel pools in Florida for kids as well as adults. It is a universal truth that there is no age limit to the enjoyment of hotels with great pools in Florida! Check out this list which includes the best hotel pools in Orlando for Disney and the other theme parks, the best hotel pools in South Florida, and the best Florida Keys hotels for families.
- 1 Best Florida Hotels Pools: Amelia Island
- 2 Best Florida Hotel Pools: Cocoa Beach
- 3 Best Florida Hotel Pools: Florida Keys
- 4 Best Hotel Pools Miami
- 5 Best Orlando Hotel Pools: Disney
- 6 Best Hotel Pools Orlando (Non-Disney)
- 7 Best Florida Hotel Pools: Naples
- 8 Best Florida Hotel Pools: The Palm Beaches
- 9 Best Florida Hotel Pools: St. Petersburg Clearwater
- 10 Best Florida Hotel Pools: Winter Haven
Best Florida Hotels Pools: Amelia Island
This barrier island in Northeastern Florida is a firm favourite in the Conde Nast Traveller’s Choice Awards for the best US island best hotel. With 13 miles of glorious beach, you may wonder why you would even need pools. Some of the best hotel pools Florida has to offer may change your mind!
Omni Amelia Island
The Omni Amelia island resort has a perfect set up for multigenerational travel with plenty of things for adults and kids to do. For adults and older children, you have fishing, tennis and golf courses. The entire family can get on a Segway for a tour of the estate.
In terms of water fun, there are two pools, a splash pad, poolside dining, hot tubs and fire pits.The infinity pool is an adults-only space with great views over the ocean. The enormous family pool fronts onto miles of white sand beach.
Best Florida Hotel Pools: Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach is a great family-friendly destination in Florida. Only an hour east of Orlando, Cocoa Beach is home to the Kennedy Space Center. Of course, it makes sense that Cocoa Beach is part of the space coast of Florida.
Cocoa Beach also has one of the best hotels for kids in Florida at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort. In addition to being one of the Florida hotels with lazy rivers, there are two other pool areas, including a dedicated kids’ splash area.
Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort
“Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort has the perfect pool setup for families. The entire center of the resort is split up into three different water features.
There is a regular swimming pool surrounded by lounge chairs, games, grills, a jacuzzi, and a tiki bar.
Then there is a splash pad for the kids in the middle. The splash pad has several lounge areas around it where you can stay dry and still see the kids.
Finally, on the side closest to the beach, there is a lazy river with inner tubes where you can relax all your worries away. If you want a beach vacation but also enjoy relaxing in a pool, check out Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort for a perfect summer getaway!”
– by Christine Wheeler of Live Love Run Travel
Best Florida Hotel Pools: Florida Keys
Seconded by another travel-loving family, Hawks Cay Resort has appeared before in our list of favourite Florida Keys hotels for families. Depending on if you want a villa option or if you have younger children who want a dedicated family pool, one of these two Florida Keys resorts for kids will be perfect for you.
Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key
Located on a small island in the Florida Keys between Miami and Key West, Hawks Cay Resort is one of the best Florida Keys resorts for kids. We stayed at the hotel but there are also villas you can rent if you would like kitchen facilities.
With five pools at Hawks Cay, you will spoiled for choice. There are several resort pools as well as an adults-only pool and a children’s pool area based around a pirate ship theme. At the main resort pool, in the evenings, the hotel sets up a fire pit and movies by the pool. While strictly not a pool, there’s also a saltwater lagoon where you can snorkel and SUP.
Casa Marina Resort
Casa Marina is a luxury landmark hotel listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The resort has two swimming pools and is located on a private beach.
Among the Florida Keys hotels for families, we like this hotel because it is located in Key West near the nightlife and restaurants. Suitable for families with older children there are a lot of water activities available like scuba diving and snorkelling.
Best Hotel Pools Miami
A tourist hotspot like Miami would, of course, have some of the best hotel pools in South Florida. The Fontainebleau, the Four Seasons and the Casa Casuarina all have great Miami beach hotel pools.
The Fontainebleau has 8 resort pools and adding to the luxury are plenty of cabanas to hire as well as large day beds. The Fontainebleau is surprisingly family friendly for a hotel that wallows in its artsy cool.
In addition to the resort pools (one of which is shaped like a bowtie), there is a family pool with a shallow water area and a waterslide. The Fontainebleau is big on private cabana hire so there are plenty of those scattered around as well. Unlike many of the other Miami beach hotel pools, the Fontainebleau also has a beach with waiter service.
With music and cocktails, the adult pool offers the ultimate Miami pool party experience on weekends from noon through the evening. It’s a prelude to the clubs, bars and lounges that are an integral part of the Fontainebleau resort and nightlife scene.
Four Seasons Miami Beach
One of the best hotel pools in Florida is located on the 7th floor of the Four Seasons Miami Beach which is located in one of the tallest buildings in the city. Among the best hotel pools in Miami, it is perfect for an urban pool experience.
There is a two acre pool area which includes a resort pool, a kids pool and a Palm tree lined area with hammocks where you can swing in the shade of the Florida sun. It really is the ultimate in rooftop pools! Although the pool is not beachside like so many Florida hotel pools, these Miami beach hotel pools are gorgeous and have waiter service.
Villa Casa Casuarina (the former Versace Mansion)
“Arguably the most famous pool in Miami is the mosaic masterpiece by Gianni Versace at the former Versace Mansion. Only guests of Villa Casa Casuarina are able to swim in it, but you can get a peek if you make reservations at the restaurant.
The pool is made of thousands of 24-karat gold tiles and was actually made in Italy where it was broken down, shipped, and then reassembled in Miami. It is definitely one of the most unique pools to see in Florida.”
– by Ashley Jansen of Jetset Jansen
Best Orlando Hotel Pools: Disney
Here are some of the best hotel pools in Orlando conveniently located for access to Disney. Needless to stay these are also some of the best resorts for kids in Orlando.
Art of Animation Resort
The Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is fun for adults and kids alike. With perfect underwater theming centered around Finding Nemo and a splash pad area for younger kids, it provides perfect Disney fun.
– by Kris from Nomad By Trade
Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts
With four theme parks and two water parks on property, how could a hotel pool at a Walt Disney World compare? Stormalong Bay, the pool complex shared by the Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts is one of our favorite spots on property. It includes a water slide, lazy river, and a sandy-bottom pool.
The pool is open to adults and kids and is definitely worth visiting. You will need to be staying at one of the two resorts to enjoy it.
– Jodi Grundig of Family Travel Magazine
Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
The Beach Pool at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa checks all the boxes for adults and kids alike.
If you send up spending a night in the Grand Floridian Villas, you’ll be happy to find a huge waterslide for the adventurous pool-goers and a waterplay area themed after the Mad Hatter. The kids will run every time hat tips upside down or get soaked.
For the adults, the Grand Floridian Beach Pool offers rented cabanas allowing you to make all day a pool day with dedicated service, television, ceiling fan and even snacks!
– by Sarah Coble of Moment Mom
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
This resort is now an official Walt Disney World Hotel and our favorite when we visit Orlando.
The heart of this magical resort is the 3-acre pool area complete with a lazy river that winds through a lush tropical landscape that is only enhanced by the nearly year-round Floridian sunshine.
The resort’s family-friendly pool has features that all ages will love such as the zero-entry pool and cabanas decked out with all amenities imaginable such as refreshments, HD-flat screen tv’s and even a ceiling fan.
For the thrill seekers, plunging down the twisty water slide will surely bring a smile and definitely lots of giggles. The water is absolutely refreshing year-round and there are daily arts and crafts offered poolside as well as nightly movies.
With so many amenities this hotel will be hard to leave, so be sure to schedule time to enjoy Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
– by Lara Dorman of 2 Moms Travel
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Next door to Bonnet Creek and part of the larger Hilton umbrella brand, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando is a luxury choice among the Orlando best hotels. The Waldorf Astoria Orland has two pools including one that has a zero entry for young children. The hotel staff do poolside activities with the kids, too.
If you are looking for Florida hotels with waterslides and lazy rivers, you are in luck though because you have complimentary access to the pool area at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Villas
Tucked away behind Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, Kidani Village is a quiet low key resort area. These villas are intended to be your home away from home.
The pool area is designed to accommodate every age (the young and young at heart). But also be in one general area, so that the entire family can enjoy the fun together.
There are two slides that drop you off into the large main pool. One slide is especially for kids and the other is for both kids and adults.
Adjacent to that, is the splash pad or water playground area which has three distinct areas for kids. In one corner, is the mini playground and pool for the smaller tykes. Next to that is a leaky tower ready to wet whoever passes. At the end, is a waterfall area complete with water cannons and a slide.
– by Rachel from The RX For Travel
Port Orleans French Quarter Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is one of the most charming places to stay when you’re visiting Orlando, Florida. And one of the best features of Port Orleans French Quarter is the Doubloon Lagoon pool.This pool has tons of equipment kids will love, from a slide shaped like a sea serpent to clam shell jets. There’s even a kids only Aquatic Play Area just next to the main pool.But the Doubloon Lagoon has two more adult-friendly features: a jacuzzi and a bar called Mardi Grogs. So even if you don’t have kids, you can enjoy relaxing poolside with a Hurricane cocktail.
Wilderness Lodge Resort
Florida is home to some beautiful swimming pools. But my favorite swimming pool in Florida doesn’t have swaying palm trees surrounding it, nor does it have ocean views or beaches nearby. My favorite swimming pool in Florida is actually at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. This deluxe resort at Disney is designed to look like those iconic National Park Lodges (like Old Faithful Lodge at Yellowstone).
Being fans of Disney, we know that there are so many fun things to do at Disney World for adults. That’s one of the reason’s we enjoy visiting it so much. Not only is this resort stunning overall, but the outdoor pool area really is a favorite.
There is a stream that begins inside the hotel lobby, and continues outside. You can wander along the walkways next to the stream until it crashes over boulders in a waterfall and flows directly into the swimming pool. This is a family pool area, but I still love it because the calming sound of the waterfalls blocks out most noise transports you into a place of tranquility.
– Josh Wilson from Peanuts or Pretzels
Four Seasons Orlando
You can add the Four Seasons Orlando to the list of Florida hotels with waterslides and lazy rivers.
The Fours Seasons Orlando has a two acre water park with a zero entry family pool, splash pad, waterslides and a lazy river. They put on movie nights at the family pool. One of the hotels with lazy rivers in Orlando, you have the usual waterfalls, jet sprays and gentle rapids. The splash pad area is very cool and created like a crumbling mansion.
There is also a quieter adults only pool. If you pick a park view room, then you can watch the nightly fireworks over Disney without having to stay in the park.
Best Hotel Pools Orlando (Non-Disney)
Even if you skip Disney, there’s so many many things to do in Orlando Florida. My kids adore Universal Orlando primarily because they are big Harry Potter fans as well as lovers of waterparks. Some of the best pools in Orlando hotels are located near Universal Orlando. Of course, when you have Florida hotels with waterslides and lazy river, who needs a theme park? Just kidding. We can never have enough water fun and these are our choice for the best resorts for kids in Orlando.
Hard Rock Hotel Orlando
We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel for its early access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Although it also has early access to Volcano Bay, we switched over to the Cabana Bay Resort for easier access.
The Hard Rock Hotel has a enormous pool area with a kids play area as well as a water slide. My kids really enjoyed the speakers built into the pool so you can listen to music underwater. Poolside activities include hula hoop contests and ping pong tournaments.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
The Universal Cabana Bay Resort is one of the many Universal hotels that are operated by the Loews hotel chain. We loved the easy access from Cabana Bay Resort to Volcano Bay, easily one of the best theme parks we have ever visited. If you stay at Cabana Bay Resort, you get early access to both the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Volcano Bay.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort has two pool area separated by hotel buildings. The Cabana pool has a zero entry pool and waterslide and splash pad. Although thiis is another one of the Florida hotels with a lazy river, you will have to rent the inner tubes to use. The pool areas have sandy parts that adds to the beachside ambience.
The Grove Resort & Spa
Just six miles from Walt Disney World, it’s easy to see why The Grove Resort & Spa is one of the best-kept secrets.
It’s close, but not too close, and it’s got an incredible on-site water park called Surfari Water Park.
Here you’ll find a lazy river, dual water slides and private cabanas. The family pool is massive. It’s also zero-entry, making it easy for littles to ease in.
A dedicated children’s pool features three colorful kid-sized slides, as well as spraying water features and water cannons. It’s easy to laze all day here.
– by Erin Gifford of Kidventurous
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Orlando has one of the best pools in the state of Florida. It’s not just a pool — it’s an entire water park experience. Water fun definitely counts as among the best things to do in Orlando besides theme parks!
Guest can scale one of the seven water slides, swim the length of the Olympic sized pool, or wade in the zero-depth pool under the 400-gallon dump tank. There is also a separate splash pad just for the little ones.
If that isn’t enough, the on-duty staff – aptly named the Fun Squad- plan poolside activities like live DJ parties and competitions throughout the day to amplify the fun.
– by Montoya Hudson of The Spring Break Family
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The pool at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando simply took my breath away.
Not only is it expansive at 800,000 gallons, but it has 12 waterfalls, swim-through caves, a water slide and a rope bridge. Plus, we never saw this family pool busy, probably due to its location near all the theme parks.
If you are looking for a tranquil and picture perfect getaway, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is it.
– by Christine Zelina of Treasured Family Travels
Margaritaville Resort Orlando
The Margaritaville Resort Orlando features two pools, both of which are open to families.However, the larger pool features a zero-entry side with an actual sand beach, lending to the illusion tht you are on an island instead of merely 10 minutes from Walt Disney World.The main pool offers cabana rentals, a poolside bar and restaurant, life-size lawn games, ping pong tables, and other family-friendly activities. All set to the sound track of Jimmy Buffett. If that isn’t enough for your thrill seekers, the Island H2O Live waterpark is also on property at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando.
Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate
The Omni Orlando Resort has some of the best hotel pools in Orlando. In addition to your standard pools, the Omni Orlando has Orlando’s only wave pool at a resort, whirlpools, lazy rivers, waterslides and hot tubs.
Among the attractions for the young (and young at heart) at this hotel in Orlando is a lazy river which meanders 850 feet through tunnels, waterfalls and rapids. There is a zero-entry family pool with splash pad for younger ones. Older chidren will appreciate the corkscrew waterslides.
The Omni Orlando Hotel also has an adults only pool in case you want some peace and quiet.
Best Florida Hotel Pools: Naples
We’ve been to Naples Florida many times because it is a firm favourite of the English side of the family. When they were toddlers, our daughter was terrified of pools and our son couldn’t get enough of waterslides. With its great sand beaches and resorts with water slides in Florida, Naples ticked a lot of boxes for our vacation needs.
Hyatt Coconut Point
In terms of resorts with water slides in Florida, the Hyatt Coconut Point really does exceed expectations. For the thing, the Hyatt Coconut Point is two resorts. There is the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point and next door the Hyatt Residence Club, Coconut Plantation. No, not confusing at all. We have been to both.
Both are Florida hotels with waterslides and lazy rivers so plentiful as to be water parks themselves. Having been through enough Florida resorts with lazy river, my kids pronounced the Hyatt Coconut Plantation lazy river the best lazy river in Florida. Sure they both had whirlpools, waterfalls etc but the Coconut Plantation lazy river had less wildlife (lizards and frogs) and less fallen leaves. You know life is good when you are able to make an educated choice among the hotels with lazy river in Florida!
If you are looking for a hotel with lazy rivers in Florida, the Hyatt is a great choice. Even though there were so many waterslides at these properties, we spent most of our time drifting along on the lazy rivers.
Inn on Fifth Avenue
The Inn on Fifth Avenue has a rooftop pool and jacuzzi area. Although small by Florida standards, the location of this hotel in the middle of all that Naples has to offer in terms of shopping and dining make us want to include this pool.
We would say the pool at the Inn on Fifth Avenue is best for older children and adults. We noticed some other families with teens at the pool area which has a fire pit as well. There really isn’t enough room for young children to run around.
The Naples Grande was a perfect choice when our kids were toddlers. The family pool has both a zero-depth entry for our daughter who refused to go in past her toes and a waterslide for our adrenaline junkie son. As parents we just stayed in the middle area keeping an eye on both of them.
There is also a restaurant on site and an adults-only pool which channels Miami cool. It was only on a recent trip that we made it to the adults-only pool which has great sunbeds and loungers.
There is also a walkway through a mangrove forest to the beach. The beach is lovely but it isn’t exactly watefront.
The Ritz Carlton Naples
The Ritz Carlton Naples is great for a multi-generational holiday. Older adults may like the quiet of an adult pool but not necessarily the Miami chic of the Naples Grande adult pool.
There are several pools including a family pool, a children’s pool and an adults-only pool. There is a walkway to the beach bar/restaurant which also leads onto the beach. Unfortunately on our last visit (October 2019) the beach and the restaurant were affected by the Red Tide issue but recent reports say the algae bloom is dissipating.
Best Florida Hotel Pools: The Palm Beaches
The 39 communities that make up the Palm Beaches have been a playground pretty much since the time that Americans decided that Florida was the perfect antidote to a Northern winter. So it goes without saying that the Palm Beaches would have some of the best resort pools in Florida. Yet, the pool scene is more genteel and not looking for hotels with lazy river in Florida.
The Breakers Palm Beach
The Breakers is the local Grande Dame luxury hotel in Palm Beach dating back to 1926 when it was created to resemble the Villa Medici in room. Since this hotel wasn’t cheap, we decided to stay put and enjoy the hotel amenities to the fullest. It seems other people had the same idea because it was pretty crowded poolside.
The Beach Club at The Breakers is blessed with four pools, a restaurant and a beachside location. Among the family friendly pools are the main pool, an infinity pool and a zero-entry family pool. There are poolside activities for kids as well. Adjacent to the pool area is a private beach which has activities like scuba diving and snorkelling. There is also an adults-only lap pool which offers a quieter pace for rest and relaxation.
Four Seasons Palm Beach
The Four Seasons Palm Beach resort also serves up old school elegance in a beach front setting and a sizeable pool area. There is a family pool as well as an adults-only pool. We think the Four Seasons Palm Beach has one of the best hotel pools in South Florida primarily for the extraordinary service and facilities.
It’s a back to basics approach that skips the wave pools and waterslides. The Four Seasons have a great kids club (although we never managed to convince our kids to go to a kids club).
Boca Beach Club
Unlike the more traditional European elegance of the Palm Beach hotels mentioned above, the Boca Beach Club feels fresher, younger and more relaxed.
The Boca Beach Club has three pools located fronting the beautiful private beach and ocean. The Boca Beach is very family-friendly. You can take a water taxi cross Lake Boca over to the rest of the resort which is more fun than taking the shuttle. You can easily visit the many restaurants in Boca as well so that you have freedom of dining choices too.
The Boca Beach Club is one of the three parts that make up the Boca Raton Resort & Club. In addition to the Beach Club, there is the stately Cloisters and the all-suites Yacht Club. Both the Cloisters and the Yacht Club have their own pools too. All guests at any of the three hotels have access to all resort facilities.
Best Florida Hotel Pools: St. Petersburg Clearwater
St Petersburg Clearwater is a great area to visit in combination with Orlando which is only a couple of hours away. On the Gulf coast, you are guaranteed spectacular sunsets. Clearwater Beach is routinely named the best beach in the USA for its glorious white sand and family-friendly vibe.
Having opened in 1928, the Don Cesar is another grand institution in South Florida. It is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. I confess we booked in here because it is reputedly haunted. Unfortunately, we saw no paranormal activity whatsover.
My children did, however, engage in lots of activities poolside. There are two pools and a cafe which front onto the beach. Every evening the hotel rings a gong when the sun sets. The sunsets, by the way are spectacular.
We would rate this hotel as having some of the best hotel pools for kids in Florida simply because there is so much to do in and around the pool area. Next door to one pool there are lots of game tables (table football, table tennis etc) and on the beach there is a giant chess set. When the kids can amuse themselves and let me snooze on a day bed, I consider it a successful pool day!
Marriott Suites at Sand Key
For an all-suite accommodation in Clearwater Beach wer recommend the Marriott Suites at Sand Key. There are two pools including a children’s pool. There is a beach at Sand Key park.
The pools at the Marriott Suites at Sand Key are a perfect way to unwind at the end of the day after you have taken advantage of all that the area has to offer. For example, nearby attractions include the Dali Museum, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Florida Aquarium.
Hyatt Regency Clearwater
The Hyatt Regency in Clearwater is a Clearwater Beach icon. The famous pink hotel can be seen for miles along the beach.The Hyatt Clearwater is the epitome of comfort and relaxation with big comfy rooms and stunning views.The outdoor pool on the 8th floor is heated and overlooks the beach. It is open year round and also contains a secured kids pool. You can also enjoy a poolside cabana that is temperature control and secluded for privacy.The Hyatt Regency in Clearwater is the perfect choice for a luxurious stay.
Postcard Inn on the Beach
Postcard Inn in St. Pete Beach is a slice of Old Florida at its finest. The vintage-themed hotel located in the heart of Treasure Island offers a lively, laid-back vibe that is the perfect destination for a fun getaway with friends.
The beachfront pool at Postcard Inn is larger than most of its counterparts in the area, plus the pool bar is home to one of the best happy hours on St. Pete Beach’s Miracle Mile. While there are so many fun things to do in St. Pete Beach, hanging out here tops the charts. The pool is open to all ages.
– by Meredith Fulford of The Longest Weekend
Best Florida Hotel Pools: Winter Haven
Winter Haven is a small city in Florida between Tampa and Orlando. For Lego lovers, the city’s claim to fame is that it is home to the world’s largest Legoland.
So where else would you stay than the Legoland Hotel? This hotel makes it into our list of hotels with great pools in Florida thanks to its giant Lego pool toys.
“Travel to the family-friendly Legoland Hotel in Winter Haven, Florida, to find a pool fit for creativity. Not only is this a zero-entry pool so that even the little ones can wade around with you, but it’s got something that most pools don’t – giant LEGOs!
Kids and adults alike are actively encouraged to use these LEGOs scattered around the sides of the pool to build new creations and see what kind of wacky water structures they can come up with.”
– Kalyn Franke of All American Atlas
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