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Aquatic Attitude & Architecture

Icon Brickell’s 15th floor, two-acre pool deck is designed to mirror the Miami River, which runs parallel. The 300-foot infinity-edge pool captures breathtaking views surrounded by Philippe Starck-inspired scenery, including floating furniture, animal lanterns and outdoor fireplace. Two condo towers feature residences from $220,000 to over $1 million.

Just north, in true Arquitectonica style, Marquis Residences’ open-air sky pool deck passes through the signature eight-story open space, offering an enduring landmark for the Miami skyline. Residences are priced $550,000 to $15 million. Further north is the seemingly ”bow” and “stern” of Carlos Ott’s sail-shaped Jade Ocean, where two separate infinity pools create dramatically different settings—one facing east and the other west—for sunrise and sunset views. Sprawling oceanfront residences are priced from $500,000 to $9 million.

Famed for its free flowing shape and cascading waterfall, The Raleigh hotel’s pool served as a backdrop for Esther Williams’ water ballets. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Lawrence Murray Dixon’s Art Deco gem was named in 1947 “The Most Beautiful Pool in The World” by LIFE.

Floating amid panoramic views of the Biscayne Bay, the pool at Sonesta Bayfront Hotel becomes a viewing haven of Sailboat Bay and the charming village of Coconut Grove. The pool deck’s recent renovation has created an aesthetically pleasing free-flow between Panorama Restaurant and the pool, allowing for a new seating area from which to take in Miami’s breathtaking scenery. This summer, Florida residents can enjoy 20% off the best available rate and free valet parking.

Safe & Stylish Waters

It has been recorded that the pool at Icon Brickell is the world’s longest, making it the perfect challenge for the fitness obsessed, or those seeking pool vs. beach. Icon is home to Viceroy Hotel, a boutique destination designed by Kelly Wearstler—which also features a rooftop pool on the 50th floor. Floridians who stay at Viceroy Miami this summer can share Icon Brickell’s pool deck with residents for a special summer rate starting at $175.

For city dwellers seeking urban sights, sounds and sophistication, Marquis Residences embodies tropical life while keeping in full view of Miami’s busy ports and downtown vistas. Marquis Residences boasts the highest hot tub and terraces downtown as well as housing the recently developed hotel, Tempo Miami, A RockResort. Summer rates for Tempo Miami start at $134 for more than a three-night stay and $157 for less than three nights.

The pool at The Raleigh hotel is the perfect hunting ground for celebrities and designers. This retro destination hosts numerous style icons and fashion shows all year long, including Chanel’s Resort Collection and IMG’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim. The “Hey Neighbor” package at The Raleigh includes room rates starting at $170, free valet parking and a complimentary room upgrade upon availability.

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