Memorial Day weekend is around the corner, and for many summer lovers around the country, that means one thing: the start of pool season! Summer is also a high season for meetings and events, and just because there’s work to be done doesn’t mean attendees can’t enjoy a little fun in the sun. We rounded up five hotels with pool decks equipped for taking care of business—and getting a tan. Remember sunscreen, and remind attendees to dress down (no sweatworking here).
The Pearl, Rosemary Beach, Fla.
Full of bright yellow umbrellas and white chairs, the rooftop pool deck at this South Walton hotel has happy vibes, plus plenty of inspiration for meetings. The recently renovated space is equipped with Wi-Fi and has multiple communal areas that can be used for breakout sessions, including cabanas with screens and mobile fire pits (s’mores and strategizing, anyone?). Post-meeting, arrange a craft cocktail class for team bonding led by mixologist Cory Jernigan.
The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, Solvang, Calif.
Thirty miles northeast of Santa Barbara, this 10,500-acre working cattle ranch has 73 guest suites and is known for its group barbecues around the pool. Buyouts of the space are available primarily from September through May, and a private pavilion off the pool can be used for dinners, cocktail receptions and breakout sessions. A few years ago when Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone had an event at The Alisal, guests made s’mores while watching the movie “Australia” projected onto pavilion walls.
Hilton Anatole, Dallas
The massive 1,608-room hotel with more than 600,000 square feet of meeting and event space will officially debut its resort-style pool park, JadeWaters, on July Fourth weekend, with a soft opening in June. The $20 million development includes a leisure pool, a beach-entry family pool, a lazy river and a splash zone with two 180-ft. slides, plus luxury cabanas (equipped with Wi-Fi and AV) and a 23-seat swim-up bar. On the adjacent lawns, planners can hold events for up to 400 guests; the entire park can accommodate an event of up to 5,000.
Mr. C Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
This Italian-inspired hotel refreshed its 4,500-sq.-ft., yacht-inspired pool deck in 2015. The result rivals the most stylish California homes, with custom teak flooring, plush gray couches, and residential-style cabanas with mini fridges, couches, TVs, lamps and chandeliers. It’s no wonder the deck is a favorite for events among companies like Sony, Fox and Gucci. With space for up to 350 people, the pool deck is surrounded by large white walls allowing for projection of your company logo or video clips.
The Palms Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach, Fla.
The crown jewel of this 251-room hotel is its multiple alfresco meeting spaces, each taking advantage of South Florida’s balmy weather. Planners can choose from the restaurant pool terrace (lunches or casual dinners for up to 60 guests), the chef’s garden poolside terrace (fun for breakfasts of up to 40 people), the Grand Tiki cabana (breakout sessions) or the pool deck (max capacity of 300 reception-style or 120 seated), among others.