By Melissa Locker
June 18, 2019
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There’s no doubt that the South is home to some incredible hotels. But if you live in Austin, you probably won’t be checking into the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, even though they have a lazy river right there at the hotel. And if you live in Nashville, you probably don’t take advantage of the waterfalls and flowing river built into the Gaylord Opryland. Same goes for the Le Meridien’s rooftop pool in New Orleans, the luxurious spa at Waldorf Astoria in Atlanta, or the wave pool at the Omni in Orlando. Those amenities are for tourists, because why would you pay to check into a hotel in the town you call home?

Turns out that you don’t need to be a tourist or even a hotel guest to go for a dip in the aquamarine waters in the pool at the Omni on Hilton Head Island. You just need a ResortPass. The service lets locals pay a relatively small fee to use the resort’s facilities turning any vacation day or weekend into a glamorous, fun-filled staycation.

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It’s easy to sign up for the service. Simply head to the website and register. Then pick a hotel to visit and with options like the Hyatt, Four Seasons, Hilton, St. Regis, and the Ritz Carlton, you can’t really go wrong. Once you’ve selected a hotel, choose the date of your visit and book a spa pass, pool trip, or go all in on luxury and book a cabana. Rates vary, but pool visits start around $20, day passes around $35, and cabanas are between $75 and $500 (glamour doesn’t come cheap, after all.) When the day comes, simply check in at the hotel and soon you’ll be staycationing in style.

That means, soon sipping poolside cocktails at the St. Petersburg’s renowned Pink Palace, hitting the three-acres of water fun at the Hyatt in Naples, or floating your way around the Texas-shaped (!!) lazy river at the Marriott in Houston. Thanks to ResortPass, locals are able to enjoy some of the best hotels in the South without leaving home.

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