The Ultimate Summer Getaway: A Stay at a Fairmont Hotel

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As temperatures are on the rise, now is the time to start planning the perfect summer trip. From pristine pools to crystal-calm lakes and beautiful beaches, here are eleven unique ideas for how to beat the heat this summer at Fairmont hotels worldwide.

Pristine Pools

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: Scottsdale, Arizona

Cool down from the strong desert sun at one of six stunning pools at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, each with its own signature design and appeal. From the Princess Pool’s sweeping views of lush lagoons and manicured greens to the real, white-sand escape at Sunset Beach and the 200-foot, twisting waterslides of Sonoran Splash, the options for poolside fun are endless. When you’ve had your fill of poolside bliss, parents and children alike will revel in retro nostalgia with the resort’s extensive summer programming, which includes roller disco, laser tag, and access to classic arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Fairmont Mayakoba: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Relax beneath the swaying palms of the recently renovated Fairmont Mayakoba, nestled between the tropical jungle and ocean on the idyllic Riviera Maya. As the only luxury resort in the region to offer three pools located directly on the beach, guests have the unique experience of admiring the turquoise waters and calming rhythm of the Caribbean Sea while taking a dip or indulging in pool and beachside dining. Guests will also enjoy Las Olas, a 10,000 sq. ft. free-form pool with a swim-up bar and underwater seating, the Infinity Edge pool overlooking the Lagoon, and the Children’s Pool boasting a waterslide and wading pool. Visit the concierge to plan the ultimate water-filled summer adventure, from guided catamaran tours and paddleboarding to customized reef snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing lessons.

Fairmont Monte Carlo: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Located on the rooftop of Fairmont Monte Carlo, Nikki Beach creates a lively atmosphere around the pool with breathtaking views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. Soak up the sun all day with an exquisite selection of food and drinks available poolside, as well as at the Horizon Deck Restaurant. Before retiring to your newly renovated room, make these moments last forever with an exclusive Underwater Photoshoot under the guidance of Underwater Artist and Director Bastien Soleil.

Fairmont Austin: Austin, Texas

Cool down from the Texas sun this summer at Fairmont Austin’s spacious rooftop pool – the largest in Austin! Offering a resort-style experience with a sophisticated city center backdrop, no aspect of the guest experience has been overlooked. Not only does this vibrant pool deck offer the best views of the downtown skyline, but visitors can also enjoy an array of shaded cabanas and daybeds, ideal for indulging in some well-deserved R&R right in the middle of downtown. Locals can also access the pool with a coveted Day Pass, and all will enjoy a menu of refreshing seasonal cocktails and elevated Latin-inspired fare from the neighboring rooftop Rules & Regs.

Sparkling Lakes and Mighty Rivers

Fairmont Le Château Montebelle: Montebello, Québec

Located on the banks of the Ottawa River, the 300-acre Fairmont Le Château Montebello is the ultimate bucket list summer destination. Navigate the cool river waters aboard a kayak, canoe or paddle board through the resort’s nautical pavilion, home to a variety of water-based rental equipment exclusively for resort guests. New this summer on property is the world’s first BRP Experience Center, offering rental and guided experiences that showcase state-of-the-art watercrafts, like the Sea-Doo and Sea-Doo Switch, which caters to all types of outdoor adventurers. Families will also love the Summer Fun Package, which includes up to $100 in dining, spa and golf credits to make the most of a stay in Montebello.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: Lake Louise, Alberta

A trip to the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in summer isn’t complete without a paddle on the glistening aquamarine waters of the famous lake itself. For a unique way to learn about Lake Louise, hotel guests can opt for a Guided Voyageur Canoe Experience or the incredible Sunrise Canoe experience: a hotel guest-only excursion that allows you to canoe at the break of dawn while enjoying the stillness of the water, the crispness of the air, and the great photo opportunities with few people around. It’s no secret that the best way to see Alberta’s stunning Lake Louise…. is from Lake Louise itself. Check out the Summer Experience Guide for a full list of water and land activities available, from rafting to guided hikes and horseback riding.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge: Jasper, Alberta

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge wraps around the shores of the pristine Lake Beauvert, where guests can enjoy its crystal clear glacial waters from atop by renting a canoe, kayak, pedal boat or stand-up paddle board at the resort’s water equipment rental facility, The Boathouse. This historic property celebrated its 100th anniversary last year and is the perfect destination for multigenerational families and friends looking for a rustic, luxury summer experience set in the scenic Canadian Rockies. Complete your adventure with our vast range of seasonal activities including mountain biking,

Beautiful Beaches

Fairmont El San Juan Hotel: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Located at the award-winning Isla Verde Beach, just minutes away from downtown San Juan, Fairmont El San Juan Hotel is the perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful ocean escape mixed with lively urban vibes. Bask in the timeless island atmosphere of the El San Juan Beach Club, complete with luxury cabanas, live music, bottle service, and an exquisite menu of coastal cuisine. After a day of soaking in the sun, guests will be immersed in a new era of indulgence, whether that be sipping a cocktail at one of the elegant lobby bars, dancing the night away at San Juan’s premier nightclub, BRAVA, or enjoying non-stop gaming action at the 15,000 sq. ft. Foxwoods El San Juan Casino. Book the Summer in Style Package for special dining and spa discounts.

Fairmont Orchid: Kohala Coast, Hawaiʻi

Popping up this summer at Hawaiʻi’s Fairmont Orchid on the pristine Kohala Coast is the new pop-up beach bar: the SelvaRey Rum Bar. Inspired by SelvaRey co-owner and multi-Grammy award-winning artist Bruno Mars, this oceanfront beach bar offers guests a front row seat to panoramic ocean vistas overlooking the property’s private Pauoa Bay. This unique experience is part of Fairmont’s recently launched Beyond LIMITS series: a curated collection of boundary-pushing guest experiences available at the most iconic Fairmont properties worldwide.

Fairmont St Andrews: St Andrews, Scotland

The five-star Fairmont St Andrews sits atop the picture-perfect cliffs of the eastern coast of Fife, encapsulating quintessential Scottish luxury and breathtaking countryside scenery in the ‘Home of Golf’. Guests are encouraged to walk the Fife Coastal Path, which leads to the beautiful West Sands Beach. From there, pluck up the courage to try cold water therapy by swimming in the invigorating waters of the North Sea – a unique practice that offers rejuvenation and a deep connection with nature.

The Plaza Hotel: New York, New York

Take your stay at The Plaza to new heights this summer with the Elevated Plaza Hamptons Picnic package. A private helicopter will whisk you away to the sandy shores of The Hamptons where you will be greeted with a luxurious beach set-up and fresh glass of champagne. The picnic experience is complete with locally sourced seafood including little neck clams and peconic oysters, culminating in a main course of steamed lobster with lemon wedges and truffle butter. When the day comes to an end, fly back to the Castle on Central Park South while taking in the breathtaking beach and city scenery from the skies.

James Chung

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