Waterparks are loads of fun, yet visiting one is an hours-long production that involves transportation, ticket counters and crowds. That’s why hotels with lazy rivers are such an immense pleasure. I can stroll from my room to the pool area, hop onto a tube and float blissfully for two minutes or two hours. No wait, no fee, no hassle … just tranquil time with refreshing water beneath me and, in Florida, the sun beaming its healing rays overhead. Palm trees frequently provide scenery and shade.
What’s more, when I’m with my kids, I can relax while they frolic. Most Florida hotel lazy rivers are small enough that I can keep tabs on the family from the comfort of my lounge chair. A rum punch, an umbrella and a birds-eye view of the action … perfection.
The manmade aquatic loops featured here are often parts of water complexes, together with glistening swimming pools, trickling fountains and/or steep slides. Together or alone, the recreational facilities are so escapist that even a single-weekend visit to a Florida hotel with a lazy river will feel like a true getaway.
Float on, friends. Let a tube take you on a lusciously lazy journey.