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Florida ho­tels fea­ture some im­pres­sive pools

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Florida ho­tels fea­ture some im­pres­sive pools

Not all pools are cre­ated equal—some have fullser­vice ca­banas for a day of pam­pered attention, some have mas­sive wa­ter­falls with hid­den slides, and some are wrapped with a beau­ti­ful lazy river. Swim­ming pools can be en­joyed year-round in the Sun­shine State, so cap­i­tal­iz­ing on that, Florida ho­tels have cre­ated some fan­tas­tic wa­ter fea­tures. For a ho­tel pool to be counted as awe­some, it needs to ap­peal to ev­ery age group. Here are a few of my family’s fa­vorites. Keep in mind that all of these pools re­quire you to be a guest of the ho­tel (or pur­chase a day pass)— so, no sneak­ing in!

1. Fon­tainebleau

You can choose to play or re­lax at one or all of the 11 pools (yes, 11) at Fon­tainebleau on Miami Beach. This lux­u­ri­ous re­sort of­fers full-ser­vice ca­banas and pre­mium ameni­ties from any pool­side spot. The en­tire family will think the out­door area here makes a fan­tas­tic wa­ter day, from the small dip­ping pools to the large oa­sis pool or the in­ter­ac­tive chil­dren’s wa­ter­scape with a slide. 4441 Collins Av­enue, Miami Beach; 800-548-8886; fon­tainebleau.com

2. Gay­lord Palms Re­sort and Con­ver­tion Cen­ter

The heated pool at Gay­lord Palms in Kis­sim­mee fea­tures an Ever­glades-in­spired family wa­ter park that in­cludes a zero- en­try swim­ming pool with four slides, a mul­ti­level wa­ter-fun tree house and an ac­tive la­goon where kid-friendly mu­sic and games take place daily. There’s also a South Beach pool that is adults-only with a serene at­mos­phere and two hot tubs. 6000 W. Osce­ola Park­way, Kis­sim­mee; 407-586-0000; gay­lord­palms.com

3. Hy­att Re­gency Co­conut Point

There is no lack of wa­ter fun at this Hy­att Re­gency with a la­goon-style pool, adults-only pool, lap pool, 5,000-square-foot Ad­ven­ture Pool with a 140-foot corkscrew slide, and the Lazy River com­plex, fea­tur­ing three wa­ter­slides! The palm-tree-lined sun­deck of­fers ca­banas, lounge chairs and a cov­ered pavil­ion in case you want to trade in the sun for some shade. 5001 Co­conut Road, Bonita Springs; 239-444-1234; co­conut­point.re­gency.hy­att.com

4. Palm Beach mar­riot Singer Is­land Beach Re­sort and Spa or ht Man adrr Si opt ta Singer Is­land

This beach­front ho­tel has two great pools. While both are beau­ti­ful, the la­goon pool is ideal for kids with its zero en­try, large shal­low end and a fun wa­ter­slide. The in­fin­ity pool has more of an adult vibe—this is where you will find the hot tub and un­der­wa­ter mood light­ing. 3800 N. Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach; 561-340-1700; mar­riott.com/ho­tels/travel/pbisg-palm-beach

5. Semi­nole Hard Rock Casino and Ho­tel

You will feel like you are in Ve­gas at this rock-star-in­spired pool.

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