Dive In: Poolside Snacks from Hotels Across the Country
Check out some of America's coolest hotel pools, and try their poolside snacks at home with Food Network Magazine.
Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, Calif.
Its days as an underground brothel, gambling house and speakeasy are long gone, but this Spanish Colonial-style hotel, once one of Frank Sinatra's hangouts, hasn't completely let go of the past: The purple pomegranate granitas handed out at the pool are a nod to hotel founder and Detroit mobster Al Wertheimer, a member of the notorious Purple Gang. The treats are a big hit around the Olympic-size pool, and we're guessing they'll be just as popular in your own backyard. 572 N. Indian Canyon Dr.; colonypalmshotel.com
Get the Recipe: Purple Pomegranate Granitas
The St. Regis Princeville Resort in Princeville, Hawaii
When architects redesigned this resort, they surrounded the pool with lava rock that seamlessly blends into Kauai's Hanalei Bay, the backdrop for the classic film South Pacific. Swimmers don't mind getting out of the peaceful waters, though, when servers dole out complimentary shots of these smoothies, made with nothing but ice and fresh papaya, strawberries and banana. 5520 Ka Haku Rd.; stregisprinceville.com
Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
This hot spot is home to Food Network stars during the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and it attracts plenty of celebs the rest of the year, too. But the VIPs, who often hide out in rented poolside cabanas, aren't the only ones getting special treatment: Servers pamper every guest at the pool, on the hour, with aloe mistings and free snacks, like frozen grape kebabs. To make them at home, just slide grapes onto skewers and freeze for at least 30 minutes. 1601 Collins Ave.; loewshotels.com/miami-beach-hotel
Get the Recipe: Papaya Smoothies
The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Ray, Calif.
At this ecofriendly, chlorine-free pool overlooking yacht-filled Marina del Ray, sun worshippers can get close to the Pacific without giving up hotel amenities — including the chef's fancy poolside bites. Whole strawberries are filled with basil granita to make this refreshing treat. 4375 Admiralty Way; ritzcarlton.com/marinadelray
Get the Recipe: Strawberries With Basil Granita
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Scottsdale gets 330 days of sun every year, and this resort knows how to tackle the heat: with three pools and an army of staffers. Every guest gets a pitcher of ice water, and servers come by all afternoon with chilled hand towels, fruit kebabs and glasses of prickly pear iced tea, inspired by the cacti that dot the surrounding Sonoran Desert. The hotel even has a roaming butler who polishes sunglasses. We don't recommend pampering your own guests this much — they may never leave — but you can keep them cool with this easy treat. 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.; fourseasons.com/scottsdale
Get the Recipe: Prickly Pear Iced Tea