We’ve recently explored rentable pools and luxe campgrounds. Today we’re switching gears to a new travel trend: daytime access to hotel and resort amenities, without an overnight room reservation! ResortPass is leading the charge, offering a platform where you can book passes for everything from spa treatments and swanky cabanas to meeting spaces and day rooms at some of the world’s top hotels.
Through this platform, hotels open their spaces to locals and visitors who may be staying elsewhere, but are searching for elevated experiences to add to their itinerary. It’s a great way for savvy travelers to enjoy the many hotel amenities usually reserved for registered guests.
They’ll be adding hotel partners on an ongoing basis, so check back for options in your own back yard, or whenever you’re in a new city. For now, here’s a taste of some of the best resorts and hotels in the South offering access through ResortPass.
The Property: Nestled along the Savannah River’s edge, where the Historic District meets the Eastern Wharf, this urban oasis is the perfect reprieve in one of the South’s best cities. Dip or soak on the sprawling pool deck, order bites from Bar Julian Rooftop Bar, Fleeting Restaurant, and Lobby Bar, and end the day with a hand-crafted cocktail and sunset views.
What You Can Book: The $30 Day Pass includes pool and fitness center access. Opt for a private, shaded cabana for four ($180), and you will also get comfy sofa seating, a dedicated server (Saturdays and Sundays), and complimentary bottled water.
The Property: The Joule gives the phrase “hanging by the pool” a whole new meaning. This urban resort boasts a unique eight-foot cantilevered pool that gives you the sensation of swimming beyond the edge overlooking the street below. You’ll also enjoy 360-degree downtown Dallas views and an indulgent menu of snacks and drinks — some included with your booking!
What You Can Book: At $50, this Day Pass includes complimentary valet parking and a free signature cocktail. It’s first come, first served around the outdoor heated rooftop pool, so spring for a cabana ($175 for two people or $350 for up to six) to ensure you’ll have a comfortable space to lounge. The small cabana includes a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, and the large one comes with wine and a pitcher of a signature cocktail!
Duck, North Carolina
The Property: A daycation at the Sanderling Resort is the perfect seaside escape whether you want some quiet “r & r” or fun activities with the kids. This Outer Banks gem sits beachfront between the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound. Dip in three pools, lounge on the private beach, play lawn games, and listen to live music at sunset. The Sandbar serves beachside cocktails and bar bites, and Kimball’s Kitchen is a culinary destination for steak, fresh seafood, and more.
What You Can Book: A $50 Day Pass gets you access to the outdoor family pool, indoor heated pool, adults-only pool, hot tubs, beach chairs and umbrella setup, outdoor showers, fitness center, lawn games, watercraft rentals (extra), and a discount on food and drinks. Add a spa pass for $40 to enjoy the spa amenities like the sauna, steam room, and relaxation lounges.
The Property: The Spa at Waldorf Astoria in Buckhead is the pinnacle of luxury and Southern charm. With a 60-foot saline lap pool, soothing vitality pools, dry sauna, steam room, relaxation lounges, and a premiere fitness center, this is the perfect escape from bustling Atlanta life.
What You Can Book: A $75 Spa Day Pass lets you use the pools, order food and drinks, and enjoy all the spa spaces listed above. You also get a Dr. Gross Mini-Facial Kit. Or book the Wellness Warrior Package ($450) for all the Day Pass amenities, a hot stone massage, a vitamin C facial, and a ginger-honey shot to top off the day.
Miraval Austin Resort & Spa
The Property: Miraval is one of the country’s cult-favorite wellness destinations, and we were tickled to see it on ResortPass. This dreamy experiential resort has two infinity pools, wellness classes all day, spa services, horseback riding, culinary workshops, and more. Set on 220 lush acres overlooking Lake Travis, you can truly choose your own adventure at this Texas Hill Country retreat.
What You Can Book: At $503, the Relax and Renew Escape Package gives you everything but a room at night! Soak in two infinity pools and use the spa’s lockers, showers, sauna, steam room, hot tubs, and relaxation lounges. You get unlimited daily yoga, meditation, fitness classes, and wellness lectures until 4 p.m. and a $250 resort credit to spend on any private session, fee-based activity, or spa service. A bevy of food is also complimentary, including smoothies and coffee, a gourmet lunch, poolside food, and nonalcoholic beverages.
Pensacola Beach, Florida
The Property: This luxurious coastal resort overlooks the bright blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico on the sands of Santa Rosa Island. The resort has multiple pools, relaxing hot tubs, outdoor cocktail bars, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an indoor pool.
What You Can Book: With your $20 Day Pass, enjoy all the pools, fitness center, beach access (chairs and umbrellas available for rent), and property cuisine. $150 cabanas for four people are also available on certain days.
The Property: This funky boutique hotel in the heart of downtown DC is the perfect place to spend the day. Enjoy the downstairs coffee and wine bar, a new open-air patio, the lively rooftop pool bar, and The Salon — an art gallery highlighting the work of local DC artists!
What You Can Book: A $99 Day Room includes a private king guest room from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. During your stay, you can use the rooftop pool, order drinks and food to your lounge chair, work and relax at BPM Coffee & Wine, or blow off some steam at the fitness center.
Charleston, South Carolina
The Property: The Wonderer is an adults-only resort club in the heart of Charleston, but ResortPass lets you check it out without a membership. Your private cabana plops you into Charleston’s sights, sounds, and flavors. Known for its music programming, the club hosts weekday and weekend concerts by international and emerging artists.
What You Can Book: A $500 Cabana rental includes access to a poolside cabana for up to ten adults for up to five hours. Dip in the outdoor heated and cooled pool and order food and snacks from a dedicated server. Note: Depending on when you book, there will be a food and beverage minimum.
Alto at Ace Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Property: Revel above the Big Easy at the funky Ace Hotel’s ninth-floor oasis, Alto. Soak up sunset views of downtown New Orleans while munching on fresh pizza and sipping frozen cocktails from the poolside bar. The Ace has eats, beats, and views for all!
What You Can Book: A Day Pass (starting at $25), or spring for a Lounge Chair (starting at $50 for four hours), or a plush round Day Bed (starting at $150 for four hours) for four people.
Miami Beach, Florida
The Property: The Confidante is a vibrant, Art Deco paradise in Miami’s Mid Beach area (so it’s a bit removed from the South Beach crowds). The property’s tropical gardens are filled with pools and lounging alcoves and have direct beach and boardwalk access. They also have a menu filled with casual cuisine, specialty cocktails, and excellent happy hour deals.
What You Can Book: A $25 Day Pass includes access to both pools (first come, first served for chairs), the indoor and outdoor gym, outdoor showers, food and drink service, complimentary popsicles, cold-scented towels, and sunscreen. For more space and comfort, book a day bed for two ($175), a colorful cabana for six ($300), or a built-in bungalow for eight ($450) with a mini-fridge, ceiling fan, free fruit and bottled water, and a food and beverage credit equal to the rental cost.
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