The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne's pool faces the ocean and is perfectfor a dip after a trip to the beach.
With all the men wandering around in golf pants and sporting computer-monitor tans, it might be easy to dismiss the Doral Golf Resort and Spa as a corporate hangout that's anything but cool. Yet their Blue Lagoon is the spot to take your tots. This 85,000-gallon, zero-entry pool contains a gorgeous cascading waterfall. There's a Tadpool for wee ones ages 3 to 5. For older kids, the 125-foot water slide, The Blue Monster, thrills. If you're trying to avoid the squeals of youngsters, the Doral also sports an adults-only lap pool and heated outdoor pool. Dip tip: This month don't miss the hotel's Dive-In Movies, where filmgoers can grab a raft and watch old flicks such as Jaws. 4400 NW. 87th Avenue, (305) 592-2000 or www.doralresort.com.
Grand doesn't even begin to describe the magnificent pool at The Biltmore Hotel. Resplendent in its 1920s glamour, this Coral Gables landmark recently underwent a thoughtful restoration that took the old lady back to her former glory. Order up a Mojito at the bar (under the old diving platform) and gaze out at 23,000 square feet of the wet stuff. It is here that Esther Williams once starred in her famed aquatic shows. Johnny "Tarzan" Weissmuller was a swimming instructor among the Greek statuary and verdant bougainvillea. Sunset lights up the old hotel in brilliant golden hues while spotlights illuminate the pool and surrounding palms. Its beauty and size are legendary and attract even non-tourists such as William, a Miami resident, who says, simply, "It's my favorite pool in the U.S." 1200 Anastasia Avenue, (305) 445-8066 or www.biltmorehotel.com.
This article is from the June 2003 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.