The weather has been beautiful, gorgeous spring flowers are blooming all over and the summer heat awaits just around the corner. 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.
Note: This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated for 2021.
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. Eforea Spa is currently open Friday – Sunday from 9am – 5pm. Reservations for the spa can be made online or by calling (407) 313-8600.
Locals can also book a day pass through ResortPass starting at $25 per adult. The Day Pass includes access to the resort pools, lazy river, splash pad, poolside food and drink service on weekends and discounted parking for $25. Note that the locker room, steam room and showers are closed.
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando
Book a spa treatment at this swanky, recently renovated 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. All areas of the spa including locker rooms and showers are open.
Reservations can be made by phone (407) 393-4200 or online.
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, free WiFi and poolside lounge service. Not to mention the numerous other activities happening daily.
Enhance your tryst with a Day Room pass, which includes day passes for up to 4 people, and a guest room from 10am – 6pm. Want to work from somewhere fun? The Work Pass includes a day pass for one person, guest room from 7am – 7pm, high-speed wifi, access to the fitness center and more.
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando
Retreat to Blue Harmony Spa at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek before diving into an oasis-like pool to wash away stress. Locals are welcome to use the pool facilities when purchasing a spa treatment. Delight in a body treatment, facial, massage or book one of the half day spa packages. After the spa, enjoy water therapy in one of five pools or two lazy rivers on property. Locals with a booked spa treatment can also indulge in one of the restaurants while visiting. What better way to spend the day than being pampered and primed?!
Call (407) 390-2442 to make a spa appointment.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando
8000 Fins Up Circle, Kissimmee
The 300-acre Margaritaville Resort Orlando has been a perfect addition to Orlando 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 Island H2O Live! Water Park.
Book any spa treatment at the hotel’s island-inspired St. Somewhere Spa and you’ll be granted access to the resort’s amenities like Fins Up Beach Club. Sink your toes into soft white sand, float in the crystal-clear water or sway with the breeze in a hammock. There is a current deal on Groupon that includes a classic massage, detox facial, pool and resort amenities for $215.
To book a spa treatment, call 407-479-0990.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista
Allow the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin to be the place you escape the rat race…if only for the day. Whether you reserve your lounge chair at the Grotto pool, Spring pool, Dolphin Lap pool, Swan Lap pool or on the white sandy beach, you’ll have access to all the aquatic amenities with a resort day pass. Slip down the waterslide, wade under a waterfall or heat up in the hot tub.
Should you feel the need to slip away for some quiet time, hop onto one of the Swan paddle boats and glide around Crescent Lake. Burn off extra calories in the fitness center before or after you unwind. This is also a great property for a resort crawl sampling goodies from the fabulous on-site restaurants.
Reserve your spot through ResortPass with passes starting at $20 per adult. Discounted self-parking is $14.
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Boulevard, ChampionsGate
Escape to Omni Resort Orlando at ChampionsGate to splash your way around the resort. Bob with the waves at the only Orlando resort wave pool, propel down a corkscrew waterslide, float along the lazy river or relax among the quieter crowd at the adult’s-only pool. The resort’s day pass includes all of the aforementioned plus access to the family pool, kids pool, mini golf (with additional charges), arcade room, sports courts and complimentary self-parking. Rates begin at $60 per adult.
Alternatively, book a luxurious spa treatment at Mokara Spa for soothing salves to the mind, body and soul. Open Friday – Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm, clients can choose from a smorgasbord of services. The resort amenities are included with all spa treatments.
Spa reservations can be made by calling (407) 390-6603.
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee
The atriums of Gaylord Palms alone will leave you breathless and awestruck as you wander around the different Florida ecosystems. Even better is an afternoon spent lazing around the refreshing pools. When a treatment at Relâche Spa is reserved, guests can access the lap pool and South Beach Pool (designed with upscale Miami flair). To allow for social distancing practices, the South Beach Pool is no longer adults-only but family friendly. The steam rooms, showers and locker rooms are temporarily closed. Self-parking is complimentary with your reservation.
Note that access to the water park is for resort guests only.
To book your reservation, call (407) 586-4772.
Feature image credit: Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
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