Just in time for the late-spring swelter of Memorial Day Weekend, Fort Lauderdale Beach's haute hotels and resorts are opening their pools to the public. For those craving a hip place to take a dip, here are our top oceanside picks to plan a splashy daycation.
WET at W Fort Lauderdale
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
W Fort Lauderdale’s WET Deck pool now offers $25 day passes to the public (10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Saturdays, via Eventbrite.com), which includes a plush lounge chair, towel and free parking. If soaking up the rays stir up an appetite and a thirst, WET offers a full service bar and poolside bites —think soups and salads, sandwiches and wraps, colorful cocktails, domestic and import beers, and smoothies and shakes - so you can get right back to your cool poolside ways by the pool.
The Atlantic Hotel and Spa
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Have a soak in the Atlantic Hotel & Spa's fifth-floor pool, just high enough for jaw-dropping panoramic views of Fort Lauderdale’s coastline. Passes are available on resortpass.com for $40 ($15 for children). Day pass holders also receive free WiFi and valet parking plus access to the hotel’s whirlpool and pool bar. Pool hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. For the full experience (and an additional $15) you can book the Spa Pass, which includes the pool access pass, plus access to the relaxing and rejuvenating amenities at the Spa Atlantic or the Day Suite, a private day room with premium comforts and features.
Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach
551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Chilled drink in hand, take in all the action poolside as you bask in the good life on the Sky Deck and in indulge in flavorful fare at the Spinnaker Pool Grill at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. Located on the 6th floor, the Sky Deck offers three Day Pass options ranging from $50 pp for access to the pool, a towel, chair and water to the Summer Bliss package, ($415 for 4) which includes a daybed, two bottles of champagne, appetizers, ice cream and 15 percent off drinks at Spinnaker Pool Grill. Got kids? No problem, bring the kiddos and book a GO H20! Kids Club day for $89 and let them have fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while you bask in the sun.
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach
321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Enjoy the sparkling pool with breathtaking ocean views at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Day passes start at $40 on resortpass.com include access to their oceanview heated infinity pool with refreshing tropical drinks, specialty cocktails, and delicious lunch available from the poolside Waves Bar & Grill, plus complimentary WIFI and a discounted valet parking at a rate of $5 for up to 5 hours. TIP! Come early and you can also enjoy their complimentary Yoga Classes every Friday through Sunday starting at 9am. Pool: 9:30am - 7:00pm.