Beat the heat by dipping your toes into some of the Lowcountry’s most luxurious pools.
By Daisy Dow
The Lowcountry boasts spectacular beaches, but sandy shores are just one of many ways to enjoy the water. Cool off from the summer heat without the hassle of sandy towels and armfuls of chairs by taking advantage of the area’s finest swimming pools. Local resorts and hotels offer a wide variety of swimming pools tailored to suit your every staycation need. Swim laps beside a rooftop bar, or splash down a water slide to get your fill of the water this summer.
Swimming Inn style
The Montage Palmetto Bluff’s Family pool and Spa Fitness pool give guests the chance to pick their pool-going mood. Whether you’re looking to burn some calories with an early morning workout or just want to blow off some steam with your loved ones, Montage Palmetto Bluff’s pools are manufactured to help you do just that. In August the River House Pool will reopen, adding yet another swimming opportunity for guests.
Swim there: As a Montage guest, you can dive into the Inn Family Pool starting at 6 a.m. and swim your stresses away until the sun sets. Spa Montage’s fitness hours are from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Rates start at $675.
Basically the beach
What could beat the thrill of running full speed into the ocean? Sonesta’s zero-entry lagoon pool gives the ocean a run for its money. With the Sweet Cane Bar and Grille offering poolside service, Sonesta’s luxury pool is your one-stop staycation location.
Swim there: Between its two heated swimming pools and hot tub, resort guests can be in the water from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. A standard guest room at the Sonesta costs $419 in the month of July.
Sliding into the Bleu
This outdoor pool is a perfect spot for the whole family to enjoy. Zoom down Shark Shoal’s covered waterslide (open seasonally April 1- November 1) for an adrenaline rush akin to seeing a shark. For a quick cool-off, guests can wade between palm trees in the sand play area within Bleu’s Lagoon.
Swim there: Guests have access to Bleu’s Lagoon as well as the Barony Beach Club’s additional three outdoor pools, whirlpools and indoor pool. A two-bedroom Oceanview Villa costs $631 per night in July.
Visit The Westin, Westin’s Cabana!
Take in the views from the north end of the island from the comfort of any of The Westin’s three outdoor pools. One shallow pool makes the perfect setting for the whole family to enjoy sunsets over the water, and poolside grille Splash means you sun bathe and dine without leaving your deck chair. Better yet, guests to the resort can book a cabana, beach chairs, a fire pit or a daybed to soak up the sun in the most comfortable way possible.
Swim there: A traditional island-view guest room with two Queen beds averages $502 for the month of July. The Westin’s outdoor pools are open every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for hotel guests. For those interested in booking a cabana experience, make a reservation in advance on The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa’s website.
The stars have aligned at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort making for a one-of-a-kind swimming experience. Ride the Water Tower Slide to feel like a shooting star flying into the Big Dipper Swimming Hole.
Swim there: Guests to Disney’s Hilton Head Resort also can swim in the shallow Little Dipper pool or the beach house’s H-shaped heated lap pool. While June availability is limited at this resort, its average room price is listed as $278.
Swimming in the Sky
If you want a bird’s eye view of Hilton Head, look no further than Courtyard by Marriott for a bit of sightseeing while sunbathing. With a rooftop pool overlooking Coligny Plaza and beach park, this pool boasts amazing views with the perks of a secluded deck.
Swim there: As a part of the hotel’s fitness center, this pool is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so hotel guests can enjoy the sun as well as the stars. An average night at the Courtyard in July costs $278.
Pool perks with ocean views
From any of the Omni’s three pools, you can splash around crystal-clear waters while looking out onto the crashing waves of the Atlantic. One adult pool lets grown-ups enjoy an ocean view, and three hot tubs offer the perfect setting to relax and unwind. Two family-friendly pools have shallow sections perfectly made for kids and adults to enjoy the heated amenities year-round. Enjoy a selection of snacks and beverages from either Buoy Bar or Breeze to satisfy your palate without leaving the poolside.
Swim there: Whether you are a guest of the resort or a local just looking for a place to swim, the Omni offers resort day passes for access to these pool services as well as the fitness center and private beach access. A resort pass can be purchased online for $35 for adults and $15 for kids. The pool is open from 8 a.m. until sunset, and poolside dining services run from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
A pool for all
Hilton Grand Vacations features two pools at the heart of its Ocean Oak Resort. Resort guests can seek shade beneath the palmettos, six of which encircle the zero-entry pool between the resort and the ocean. Ocean Oak has accessible facilities complete with pool hoist, ensuring that everyone who wants to cool off can have the chance this summer.
Swim there: For $483 you can stay the night in one of the resort’s suites. Just a short walk away from Coligny Plaza, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in and around the resort.