Is it just us, or does nothing work up an appetite quite like a day at the pool?
If dining and imbibing is at the top of your must-do list on vacation, allow us to guide you to 7 hotel eateries that are worth the trip. From tropical cocktails by the pool to Michelin-rated restaurants, these are the spots and dishes that shouldn’t be missed.
Inspired by 1930s Havana, The Canal Club at The Scott Resort & Spa offers up delicious cocktails and the coolest atmosphere in town. Dine at this vibrant spot all day long, where local favorites range from Cubanos to ceviche to Oaxacan pizza. You can’t go wrong with drinks, where ambitious ingredients and a variety of spirits are always in the rotation.
Ice cold margaritas are always on deck at The Saguaro Scottsdale, the most colorful hotel in Arizona. Sip and snack on poolside classics while you lounge in style. Start out with guacamole and queso fundido — that should pair nicely with the tacos you’ll order next. Choose from Baja fish, pork carnitas, carne asada and roasted heirloom carrots. Or choose them all. No one here is judging.
Classic meets contemporary at Blackbird, Hotel Californian‘s signature restaurant in Santa Barbara, California. Handcrafted cocktails and Mediterranean-influenced are featured all year long at this eclectic, stylish hangout. Blackbird was even included in the first-ever Santa Barbara Michelin Guide. We recommend the whole roasted branzino, the rib eye, and reservations.
Ahhh, dining al fresco. Nothing beats it. And nothing beats dining by the ocean while you eat fresh seafood and drink cold beers. After your pool day at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, head to Breeze Ocean Kitchen to relish in seaside fare. Live large with the chilled seafood tower for two, stacked with oysters, shrimp, poke, ceviche and seaweed salad.
Take it to the roof at High Bar, Kimpton Rowan‘s watering hole in Palm Springs, California. Perched on the seventh floor above the desert, High Bar is home to some of the best views of the city. The expansive bar serves up retro cocktails that pair perfectly with a few snacks after a day at the pool. Just make sure you stick around for sunset.
Order family style at Fi’lia, a buzzy Italian eatery inside Miami’s SLS Brickell. Handmade bread, fresh pasta and wood-fired pizzas are all on the menu at this chef-driven restaurant, highlighting honest ingredients and uncomplicated dishes. You can’t skip the tableside Caesar salad, tossed in a shower of shaved parmigiano from a roaming cart. Say when.
Big burgers, fresh poke, shaved ice and tropical drinks are all served up from a vintage surf shack at Hale Nalu, an outdoor eatery at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa. Let’s be honest, nothing tastes better after a day at the pool than a burger and fries, especially when you’re in Hawaii. Order up, chow down. Mahalo.
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