5 Summer Hotspots to Soak in the Sun

Underwater Views at W Fort Lauderdale / Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and buzzing Fort Lauderdale beach walk, W Fort Lauderdale’s art-deco WET East rooftop pool is the hottest place to welcome summer with a refreshing cocktail in hand. With its black and white graphic tiling and lively beats from DJs on the weekends, WET is the perfect location for a sizzling and vibrant day under the Florida sun. Take a dip and strike an underwater pose – at no other W hotel will you find transparent pool walls, perfectly lending itself to your next Instagram masterpiece. Check out the deck’s infinity-edge hot tub for amazing views of the beach, recharge on a plush chaise lounger, or upgrade to one of the hotel’s daybeds with bottle service for an even more elevated poolside experience. Looking to switch it up? Soak in the sun by peddling along the beach on one of the property’s cruiser bicycles, or fuel your day with a beach bootcamp or yoga class, complimentary for guests. Live it up even after the sun has set by enjoying nightly themed entertainment and drink specials in Living Room, relaxing at the Bliss Spa, or indulging your tastebuds at any of the on-site restaurants from the James Beard award-winning chef, Stephen Starr.

Adults-Only H2Oasis at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino / Palm Beach, Aruba
Step into summer vacation mode on the sparkling shores of Aruba’s Palm Beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers travelers a picture-perfect retreat with the most spacious accommodations on the island. The resort’s adults-only H2Oasis pool offers guests an exclusive, colorful and tropical oasis that’s a perfect escape for poolside afternoon. The eye-catching layout of the pool is lined with palm trees, giving it a unique shape with alcoves who prefer their own semi-private pool area. H2Oasis also comes complete with its own bar, daily two-for-one cocktails starting at noon, and complimentary shots of the resort’s signature cocktails served up just before 5 PM, perfect for those looking to get a jumpstart on happy hour. After taking a dip, guests can stretch out under a palapa on the beach to get some sand between their toes, book a windsurfing lesson with Vela Aruba, take a UTV tour to explore the island’s desert side, or check out Aruba under the surface with a catamaran snorkel tour with De Palm Tours.

Infinity and Beyond at El Mangroove / Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica
Tucked between a gorgeous beach, tranquil bay, and tropical forest lined with virgin mangroves in Costa Rica’s coveted Gulf of Papagayo, El Mangroove offers a summer escape for guests looking to soak up some summer sun while enjoying the area’s stunning natural surroundings. Located just 20 minutes from Liberia International Airport, the 85-suite boutique hotel features a bohemian-inspired design with indigenous decor influences, a spa with outdoor bungalows, two on-site restaurants with farm-to-table and ocean-to-table international cuisine, and a sweeping outdoor infinity pool that features five private cabanas, a dedicated poolside concierge that can cater to just about any guest demand (including unlimited beverages and ice-cold aloe on a hot summer day), and howler monkeys that can be spotted in trees that arch overhead. Travelers who want to get out on the water can take advantage of the hotel’s two private boats on-site and opt for a sunset cruise or private beach hopping tour where they visit secluded beaches to swim and snorkel with local marine life.

Summer in the City of Angels / Andaz West Hollywood, California
As the days grow longer and the nights grow warmer in Los Angeles this summer, have an A-list experience at the Andaz West Hollywood, located in the heart of L.A’s Sunset Strip. With average summer temperatures around 85 degrees during the day, West Hollywood is the an ideal location to soak up the sun and explore everything the colorful neighborhood has to offer. Live like local and take in the rose pink light of dawn while hiking the winding trails of nearby Runyon Canyon. Make a splash at the highest rooftop pool in LA at Andaz’s Rooftop Pool, boasting 360-degree views of sunny downtown LA and Beverly Hills. This sexy, sky-lit sanctuary is also home to the (ANDAZ)RED Cabana. Live it up poolside while giving back, Andaz WeHo contributes 30 percent of the cabana’s rental fees to the (RED) foundation’s fight against AIDS. Or take a twilight stroll down the Sunset Strip and surround yourself with the best in L.A.’s art, culture and entertainment scenes.

Sunny Retreat at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa / Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Located between the lush Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay, Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for travelers looking to spend their summer days refreshing the mind, body and soul, while indulging in Mexico’s colorful, vibrant culture. Think peaceful beachfront sunsets, a spa that specializes in the ancient healing traditions of the local Huichol people and unique foodie programming such as Sunset Guacamole and tequila tastings led by the resort’s own tequilera — tequila sommelier. Fun fact: the resort grows its own agave onsite used to produce its own line of tequila. After a day in the sun, retreat to the Herb Garden, where a gorgeous hand-crafted wooden table is surrounded by fragrant local herbs and string lights. Here, guests can feast of the resort’s ‘Dine Around Mexico’ menu, featuring home-style specialties from different regions. Just 15 minutes away you’ll find Puerto Vallarta’s malecon, a beachside boardwalk where the city’s charm and local flavor thrive. This summer also marks a milestone in Puerto Vallarta’s history with the city celebrating its 100th birthday.



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