As most of the US remains bundled up and longs for warmer temperatures, destinations in Florida, the Caribbean and Central America are breezy and balmy! Those looking for a mid-winter escape can find some inspiration below for places to enjoy a forever-summer state of mind with a drink in hand as they float into the sunset from these gorgeous hotel pools.
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel Flores, Guatemala
Located in the charming town of Flores, Guatemala, not far from the magnificent Mayan ruins of Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is the ideal jungle retreat for those seeking adventure and culture off-the-beaten-path. With activities that include trekking, ATV rides through the jungle, kayaking and visits to nearby Monkey Island, there is no better way for travelers to end an afternoon than with a refreshing dip! The hotel’s half-moon shaped infinity pool overlooks the Quexil Lagoon and offers the perfect setting to enjoy unobstructed views of sunrises and sunsets with a refreshing drink in hand, to the soundtrack of the jungle. To book a bungalow suite, visit www.laslagunashotel.com
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
After a two year, $20 million renovation, Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa just unveiled its upgraded (and PV’s largest) infinity pool along with a brand new, two-story swim-up bar with a full 180-degree view of Banderas Bay. The sleekly-designed and modern bar, Nosh, features specially made cocktails and fresh seafood caught right in the surrounding bay and is the perfect spot (grab a swing seat!) to soak in an iconic Puerto Vallarta sunset after a long day of relaxation. The expansive raised pool deck also hosts 700 new lounge chairs and cocoon daybeds for your use, as well as festive hammocks overhanging the pool to soak in the winter sun! To book, visit www.puertovallartamarriott.com.
Couples Tower Isle Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Situated on Jamaica’s north coast, Couples Tower Isle is a sun-splashed playground for adults only with its own au-naturel private island. Each of the resorts’ eight Oasis Spa Vilas come complete its own private sun terrace, personal plunge pool, and ample amount of space for the ultimate Caribbean experience. While indulging in their own secluded paradise, couples can also enjoy unlimited spa treatments and private access to the award-winning spa throughout their stay. To book, visit www.couplesresorts.com.
Playa Largo Resort & Spa Key Largo, Florida
Just an hour south of Miami, yet a world away, luxury meets beach chic at The Hammocks at Playa Largo Resort & Spa. Nestled between Florida’s rare natural hammocks and oversized gumbo limbo trees, the three-bedroom Beach House peaks through the foliage, revealing gorgeous views of The Florida Bay. The 4,000 sq. ft. house features three master rooms with gorgeous oversized soaking tubs, floor to ceiling shower doors, wrap-around balconies and a whimsical beach-chic design that draws inspiration from its Florida Keys locale. Outside, guests can soak up the sun from a chaise lounge at the private beachfront pool, which is large enough for swimming laps, but still small enough to feel intimate. The heated pool is surrounded by lush palms and hammock trees and features a sizable green space for entertaining. To book, visit www.playalargoresort.com.