Updated July 2019
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.
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.
Budget-Friendly Option: Resort Pass
While many Orlando resorts offer pool access with spa treatments or offer individual day pass options, Resort Pass is a budget-friendly option for couples who don’t want to splurge on spa treatments. You can book day passes for several local resorts, including Omni Orlando Resort and Hyatt Regency Orlando, for around $20-$45 per person, per day. Make sure to also check sites like Travelzoo and Groupon, which frequently feature affordable spa and pool packages at notable Orlando resorts.
6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando
Two resort pools (including one quiet pool) plus an 892-foot long lazy river await at this Hilton property near I-Drive and the Orange County Convention Center. Book any spa treatment at Hilton Orlando’s Eforea Spa and you’ll receive all-day use of the family pool, quiet pool and lazy river. Spa guests also have access to the property’s basketball and volleyball courts, waterslide and fire pits. If you want to go all out, book a private cabana for the day for an additional charge. Cabana amenities include: HDTV, wireless internet, mini-refrigerator with water and soda, a private canopy and lounge chairs. Complimentary self-parking is included for all spa guests.
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 scheduled spa appointment are invited to loaf around the property’s two pools after their treatment for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation. Valet parking is complimentary with your spa appointment.
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. Any spa service qualifies for access to the 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 a 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.
The hotel utilizes Resort Pass for day pass bookings. Rates begin at $25/day (weekend prices are typically higher) and you have the option to purchase a regular day pass or upgrade to a private cabana for the day. The resort’s day pass program includes access to the half-acre outdoor pool (with 12 waterfalls, waterslide tower, and water jet splash zone), 2 whirlpools, poolside food and beverage service from On the Rocks Poolside Lounge, free WiFi, and more. Self-parking is available for $25.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando
8000 Fins Up Circle, Kissimmee
The 300-acre Margaritaville Resort Orlando continues to grow with its sprawling resort complex including the 184-room Margaritaville Hotel, vacation cottages, multiple pools and restaurants, Sunset Walk dining and entertainment complex, and the in-progress Island H2O Live! Water Park (opening this summer).
Book any spa treatment at the hotel’s island-inspired St. Somewhere Spa and you’ll be granted access to the resort’s License to Chill Pool. You can also use the fitness center. Spa perks include heated chromotherapy tables, customized music options, a Himalayan Salt Room, a tropical shower infused with Vitamin C, aromatherapy experiences and more. Note: booking a spa treatment does not include access to the larger Fins Left and Fins Right pools.
To book a spa treatment, call 407-479-0990.
Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach
918 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach
You can infiltrate Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach’s stunning oceanfront pool with a 1-day pool pass. One-day pool passes are available for $25 on weekdays and for $50 on Saturdays through the end of summer.
1000 Streamsong Dr, Bowling Green
Located about 2 hours from Orlando, Streamsong Resort is a haven for golf lovers and those looking to indulge in a luxurious spa day. And it’s perfectly suited for a day trip, too! The on-site AcquaPietra Spa boasts a variety of amenities, including couples suites, grotto-style pools, four heated whirlpools and out of the ordinary pool experiences like a 44-degree cold plunge pool. Book a treatment (check out these exclusive Florida Resident spa packages) to enjoy full spa access plus entry to the resort’s outdoor infinity pool and cabana area.
The spa also offers a day pass for non-resort guests for $40/person (no spa appointment necessary). With a day pass, check out the spa pool experiences, dry sauna and steam room, or head outdoors to relax poolside. AcquaPietra is a co-ed spa facility, so wear your swimwear!
Orlando Water Parks
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 $29.95/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 $89/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.
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Feature image credit: Hilton Orlando
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