Before season hits full throttle, why not take a deep breath with a mini getaway in our local paradise? No tropical retreat is complete without a pairing of sparkling pools and icy cocktails, of course. Chill with a signature concoction while lounging by the pool at one of these Naples beachfront resorts.
Guests and beach-club members have a choice of two heated swimming pools perched for a gorgeous view of the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The drink: The Naples Sunset, a fruity, rum-based beverage served on the rocks or frozen.
1 part Bajan Punch
1 part Bacardi white rum
1 part Peach Schnapps
1 splash of grenadine
Top with fresh squeezed orange juice and pineapple juice. For the frozen version, blend with ice.
The pool complex, just steps from the sand and surf, is a major draw for hotel guests.
A large recreational pool is perfect for play and exercise, while the smaller, more secluded, adults-only pool is just right for relaxing with a libation.
The drink: The Green Flash, a refreshing blend of melon liqueur, crème de banana, and lemonade in a nod to the legend that a bright green flash will appear on the horizon at the instant the sun sets on the Gulf when conditions are right.
1 oz. of Midori melon liqueur
½ oz. of crème de banana liqueur
10 oz. of lemonade
Shake and pour over ice.
Play in the Mangrove pool, with its twisting 100-foot slide and waterfalls, swim laps in the Hibiscus Hideaway pool, or relax by the serene Palm Terrace pool, just for grownups. Purchase a private cabana for the day, and enjoy pool concierge service.
The drink: The Blueberry Vo-hito, a quenching blueberry vodka and soda drink with fresh mint, lime, and blueberries.
1.5 oz. Stoli Blue vodka
1.5 oz. lime juice
1.5 oz. simple syrup
4 sprigs fresh mint, lime, and 7-8 blueberries
0.5 oz. club soda
Muddle blueberries and mint in lime juice and simple syrup. Add Stoli Blue. Shake and top off with club soda.
Unwind in tropical breezes as you bask alongside the two heated saltwater pools—a free-form family pool, and adults-only Junior Olympic relaxation pool. The Ritz also offers private poolside cabanas, which include butler service.
The drink: The Poolside Skinny, a tropical treat with rum, coconut rum, pineapple juice, coconut water, and fresh muddled pineapple and lime.
1 oz. Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum
1 oz. Malibu Rum
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. coconut water
Fresh muddled pineapple and lime
Serve over ice garnished with pineapple and mint.