Written by Erica Thomas
The dog days of summer are here and things are really starting to heat up outside. While you may have access to a refreshing pool, sometimes it’s more fun to grab your honey and relax in the lap of luxury without spending a fortune. Believe it or not, there are several Orlando resorts with summer bucket-list worthy pools where locals are welcome to come play like a tourist for the day. While there aren’t any resorts offering locals completely free access to their pools for the day (we wish!), booking a spa treatment or day pass is a great way to enjoy some of Orlando’s most luxurious resort pools.
In light of the recent launch of the fantastic Daycation Experience at Four Seasons Resort Orlando (we hope more local resorts will follow suit and offer packages like this), we’ve put together a list of Orlando resort pools offering spa and day pass packages that allow you to take advantage of resort amenities without booking an overnight stay.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando
10100 Dream Tree Blvd, Lake Buena Vista
This AAA Five Diamond Award recipient is bursting with ways to beat the summer heat, and offers irreproachable service in the process. By purchasing an 80-minute treatment at the Spa, non-resort guests are granted full access to the adults-only pool, family pool, lazy river, and water slides. Check-in early and relish your day of extravagance.
Alternatively, you can extend your pampering with the newly released Daycation Experience. The package is $285/person (Monday-Friday only) and includes:
- Choice of 80-minute Classic Massage, 80-minute La Floridian body treatment, or 80-minute Signature Radiance Facial
- $35 credit toward lunch at PB&G (taxes and gratuities not included)
- Access to the Spa amenities (steam room, outdoor whirlpool, experience shower, ice fountain, and more)
- Access to the Spa relaxation areas (indoor and outdoor co-ed tranquility lounges, co-ed solarium with zero gravity wave lounger chairs)
- Access to the Fitness Center and admission to any fitness classes offered on day of visit
- Guest service at pools with loungers and daybeds, plus complimentary umbrellas and poolside amenities, and poolside cocktail service
- Valet Parking
- 20% discount at the Spa or Salon on additional treatments experienced the same day
Call (407) 313-6970 to book your appointment.
6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando
Two resort pools (including one quiet pool) plus a 892-foot long lazy river await at this Hilton property near I-Drive and the Orange County Convention Center. Book the Poolside Cabana Package with Hilton Orlando’s Eforea Spa and you’ll receive all-day use of a pool-side cabana, two 50 minute custom massages, one appetizer & lunch for two from Tropic’s Pool Bar & Grill. Cabana amenities include: HDTV, wireless internet, mini-refrigerator with water and soda, a private canopy and lounge chairs. This is the only spa booking that includes pool access. Cost: $425/couple.
Reservations can be made by calling (407) 313-8600 or visiting beeforeaspa.com.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando
Retreat to the glistening pools at Waldorf Astoria Orlando while enjoying light fare and adult beverages poolside from Aquamarine restaurant. Patrons with a spa appointment are invited to loaf around the property’s two pools after their treatment for the day. Minimum booking: 50-minute treatment.
Reservations can be made online or by calling (407) 597-5360.
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando
Book a spa treatment at this swanky hotel and gain access to the stately spa lap pool, complete with a spray jet water feature and emerald foliage as the backdrop. The spa brings local ingredients to its treatments with organic herbs from the onsite garden, honey produced by native bees, and citrusy fruit collected at indigenous orchards. Minimum booking: any service qualifies for access to spa and spa pool facilities.
Reservations can be made by phone (407) 393-4200 or online.
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando
Splash around in one of five pools, melt away stress in a hot tub, or meander along the lazy rivers at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. Locals are welcome to use the pool facilities when purchasing a spa treatment. Don’t forget to check out one of the property’s restaurants while you’re there. Wake your sweetie up early for breakfast and spend the rest of the day pool hopping!
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee
The atriums of Gaylord Palms alone will leave you breathless and awestruck. Even better is an afternoon spent playing in the magnificent lagoons and pools. When a treatment at Relâche Spa is reserved, guests can access the adults-only South Beach Pool designed with upscale Miami flair. As an added bonus, you may also utilize the steam room, sauna, rainforest showers, co-ed lounge, and fitness center. Self-parking is also complimentary with your reservation. To book your reservation, call (407) 586-4772.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
1 Grand Cypress Boulevard, Orlando
By purchasing a day-use resort pass at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, you and your love can spend a day of pleasure in a magnificent oasis. Pool amenities include a water slide tower pavilion, water jet splash zone, 2 whirlpools, 12 waterfalls, a rock cave, a rope bridge, a sundeck with private cabanas to rent, and poolside lounge service. Not to mention the numerous other activities happening daily.
Rates are 50% off rate of the day plus tax and resort service fee. Day passes are based on availability and may be booked only on the day of arrival for use from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Restrictions and additional booking details apply. To get a day pass, see the front desk for day-of reservations.
Aloft Orlando Downtown
500 S Orange Ave, Orlando
Take Sunday funday to new heights at this posh downtown Orlando hotel. The splash pool at Aloft Orlando Downtown is the setting for ‘Float at Aloft’, a monthly pool party occurring on the second Sunday of each month from 3-6pm. Hosted by 101.9 AMP Radio, each event features live DJ music. Check the events calendar for upcoming pool party details.
Coco Key Water Resort
7400 International Drive, Orlando
While this water park may not be the epitome of elegant indulgence compared to other resorts, I wouldn’t rule it out as a viable option for beating the summer heat. Part of the water features are indoors, adding an extra cool factor. Appeal to your inner child with the many water slides, rides, fountains, and pools. Day passes are available for $26.95/person. Reservations are recommended as the water park does sell out. Hours vary depending on time of year. Call (407) 351-2626 for more information.
Disney Water Parks
While Disney resorts prohibit the use of pools for non-guests (and many are starting to require a MagicBand for pool access), another option for water fun includes a Water Parks after 2 Annual Pass at Disney. This pass is for Florida residents only and costs $75/person. The pass includes admission for one year to Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Blizzard Beach Water Park on any day after 2 p.m. Proof of Florida residency is required.
All images credit of the respective property
Feature image credit:Four Seasons Resort Orlando