Courtesy of the Morgans Hotel Group
Carla Torres
August 13, 2014

It’s no secret that Miami temperatures soar, especially in the summer season. There are several ways to keep your heat index to a minimum at the city’s most luxurious hotel pools, which are way more than just chlorinated water. At these upscale natatoriums, swimming a lap is just a fraction of the experience: at The Standard, dolphins swim up to the pool deck to create the illusion of a seamless oceanfront transition, while The Raleigh hosts models who strut their stuff as you practice the breaststroke. At the Biltmore, hide away in the private cabanas cooled by banana leaf ceiling fans. Whether you’re looking to soak in the sun’s rays alongside a historic swimming hole or would prefer to take a dip in an ultra-modern pool that thumps with edgy club beats and is chlorine free, Miami’s got a high dose of H20 to keep your cool level high. Don your bikini and jump into any of these for the ultimate swim.

The Standard

This bayfront darling earns top marks for its clothes-optional mud baths, soaking mineral bathtubs, a hot tub with a cascading waterfall, and an arctic 50-degree plunge pool. But the main attraction is the saltwater infinity pool, with views of the bay and subaquatic speakers that jam provide a lively soundtrack for your midnight dip. The pool is conveniently open 24-hours for tireless guests.

The Raleigh

The iconic, swirling Art Deco design of The Raleigh’s pool has served as a backdrop for runway shows by Chanel, Escada, and Donna Karen. Dip your feet and order a cocktail from James Beard awarded chef Michael Schwartz’s new namesake restaurant. Try the Esther Williams—a sparkling combination of Lillet blanc, strawberry, blueberry, basil, and lemon—inspired by the famous aquatic scenes she filmed here. 

The Biltmore

At a staggering 22,000 square feet, The Biltmore’s pool was once the largest in the world. When it was built in 1926, Johnny Weismuller was a swimming instructor and lifeguard long before he came to be known as Tarzan. Decades later, white ghostly sculptures keep watch over swimmers and pay homage to the Golden Era when their roosts served as diving platforms. 

The Mondrian

For a pool scene that’s off the beaten path, find your spot at The Mondrian’s bow-shaped aquatic haven. Sunbathe on oversized printed rugs with lounge pillows or play hide and seek in the lush gardens. Things to find: hammocks, lounge areas, secret pathways, and “kissing corners.” All of the above are key spots to take in the Saturday sunset with your custom-made Bloody Mary from the Mondrian’s lobby-level DIY bar. 

Shore Club

Potted plants, floor-lit lanterns, and a pond river set the mood for this exclusive hotspot. The Shore Club boasts dual infinity and elevated pools flanked by colossal tufted beds with hand-painted pillows and throws by artists Izhar Patkin and Kim MacConnel. Visit the poolside Rumbar to sample the selection of 75 rums on hand, including 12-year-old Zaya and aged Bacardi Añejo. 

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