By Carlye Wisel
August 07, 2019
Courtesy of JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa may be best known for its high-end amenities and duo of 18-hole golf courses — but it won’t be that way for long. With its very own new Tidal Cove water park, you’ll be able to relax in the winding pathway of a serene lazy river, sip a frozen piña colada and scream for your life on death-defying slides just steps from your hotel room.

Courtesy of JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

If you’re imagining a pool with a couple gentle rides and good branding, think again. With seven on-site slides — including a state-of-the-art water coaster — that pack serious thrill power, this Aventura, Florida hotel provides the perfect way to land sun-soaked excitement beyond the hubbub of Miami traffic.

Reach the top of the property’s impressive 60-foot tall slide tower and you’ll have your choice of tamer escapes — like Whizzard mat racers and the hybrid tube-bowl Constrictor slide — or buck up for some serious state-of-the-art thrills. Generally only seen to this scale at full-fledged water parks, rides including the Master Blaster water coaster, which shoots riders up and down across a 486-foot journey and the show-stopping half-pipe Boomerango, which takes gravity into its own hands with a scream-inducing drop, turn a day at the pool into an adventure. And, if flying up the side of a slide wall while screaming with your loved ones isn’t enough for budding daredevils, you can also watch them plunge hundreds of feet from a retractable floor in Tidal Cove’s duo of Aqua Drop body slides.

Given that JW Marriott opened their own water park, it’s expectedly one with modernized amenities and photogenic touches. Order a fresh Tidal Cove-stamped coconut with rum, indulge in seafood tacos at the two-story Surf House Bar & Grill or grab end-of-day gelato from Freestyle cafe. Just try to get through Tidal Cove’s well-appointed shop without purchasing something too — from candy sushi and unicorn swimming caps to watermelon beach balls and neon towels, it’s a feature of its own. Everything can even be reserved online, including the hotel’s 25 private cabanas and $45 surf lessons on the FlowRider Triple Surf Simulator, the nation’s first of its kind allowing for even more lessons (and wipeouts) to happen concurrently. Just want to practice your moves? Enjoy — it’s included complimentary for all guests.

Although Tidal Cove is open to the public — admission for daily guests starts at $75 per person and hits $150 during holidays — Aventura’s new summertime destination has lots for everyone. Expect offerings for all ages, as evidenced by the cheerful sweets-themed water play area and supervised kids activity programs within the new 4,000-square-foot Kids Cove, additions that join the previously-existing zero-entry pool and serene river. There are also upgrades for more privacy; cabanas in four locational tiers range from $250 - $600 per day, while chairs at the “oasis pool” costs $50 each for hotel and day guests alike.

Courtesy of JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

Once you’re done in the sun, JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa offers more pursuits by way of its recent multi-million dollar transformation. Unwind in a sleek, upscale room within a new hotel tower that’s nearly doubled guest rooms on property, or head to Âme Spa & Wellness Collective' for trendy trampoline cardio classes and refined spa treatments that end with a visit to the Himalayan salt room or on-site float therapy tank. Be sure to hit the re-hauled lobby bar Soff’s, where crafted and tap cocktails like the Watermelon Mule are among the best-sellers and sunny Corsair restaurant, providing chef-crafted and inspired healthy eats all day.