We’re the Ocean State, and Rhodies have an unquenchable love of water. But sometimes we want that water clear, jellyfish-free, and within reaching distance of a mojito. Here are four private pools that offer short-term passes for tan-seeking visitors.
Aqua in Providence
On a sunny day, you could almost convince yourself that Aqua was a Floridian resort. The pool is ringed with canopy beds. You can backstroke through a brick wall, deciding whether to swim indoors or outdoors. The bar pours a never-ending stream of tequila, and everywhere you look there’s a plateful of tapas. But this isn’t the Keys; it’s the Marriott Providence Downtown. The $20 getaway package gets you a day-pass, two sports bottles, and two signature cocktails.
Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth
Hillside’s kidney-shaped pool has the usual amenities: reclining deck chairs, a pair of kid-friendly slides, and a comfortable shower room. But few pools in the region are heated, and fewer still contain salt water. This country club is famously available to day-trippers, and anyone is welcome to apply for a season pass, which also entitles you to discounts on the golf course and Cristallo Spa. Day-passes depend on popularity, and you may have to join a wait-list. But if you find yourself in Rehoboth often, it’s worth signing up.
Harbor Lights in Warwick
Picture a wedding on the Rhode Island coast, and money is no object. What do you see? A marina full of sleek sloops? Grilled steak with views of the water? How about a poolside tiki bar? Harbor Lights has all of this, and you can visit any day of the week to catch some sun and a few cocktails by the infinity pool. A limited number of day passes are available for $20. Savoring the sunset? Stick around and enjoy live music four nights out of the week.
The Last Resort in Smithfield
The Last Resort is a sprawling establishment, with concert grounds, a massive tiki bar, and a vast swimming pool. This isn’t the kind of mild-mannered getaway you visit with your grandparents; describing itself as “Vegas-style,” The Last Resort is a place to kick back and party. Lounging in the crystal waters is the main draw, and you can score a day-pass for $10, but you may also enjoy some beach volleyball, pizza, or any of a dozen music acts each month.