Friday, June 18, 2010
The Pool Crashers report: Four Seasons Resort & Club in Irving
Our personal favorite touch were the attendants who stopped by at regular intervals to bring us free water and frozen fruits.
There is no shortage of great hotels in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and under the hot Texas sun, and there's no shortage of hotel pools to cool a visitor down – or a couple of locals for that matter! From luxury to boutique, Dallas has a place for everyone, no matter your tastes or wallet size. Join us on our top secret tour of the Dallas area hotel pool scene. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and your hottest bikini!
Crashfest #1: Four Seasons Resort & Club
Located just northwest of downtown Dallas in lovely Las Colinas, the Four Seasons Resort & Club is probably best known as the host of the yearly Byron Nelson Championship golf tournament. There's no question, then, that the Four Seasons knows how to throw a great party. And they also have an excellent pool.
The moment we stepped outside, the accommodating staff was there to greet us, eager to set up our lounge chairs, towels, umbrellas, tables – anything at all to make us comfortable. The choice of where to place ourselves is overwhelming, alongside the beautiful and seemingly unending, twisting crystal blue waters covering approximately 25,000 square feet. But not to worry. No matter where you sit, you will never be too far from the full outdoor bar or one of several small stations of staff working very hard to make sure your drinks or your tummy are never empty. Our personal favorite touch (not counting our cabana boy Raul’s killer 100 watt smile) were the attendants who stopped by at regular intervals to bring us complimentary ice water and frozen fruits. If you want to feel pampered, this is definitely the place to be!
The scene on a Friday afternoon was a mixture of families, generally including at least one avid golfer, and your average business traveler. Outdoor speakers played low volume, appeal-to-the-masses pop songs, which seemed a bit out of place with the largely unsociable crowd. It's definitely not the place for singles to mingle, but I'd highly recommended it for groups or solos with a good book just wanting to unwind.
You will want to bring your expense account along, as room packages range from $150 to $425 per night. Pool side cocktails and snacks are on the high end of the pricing scale, and be prepared to tip well! Raul and the rest of the staff go out of their way to earn it.
Next stop on the Pool Crasher’s sun and fun patrol … Hotel Palomar!
A resident of Dallas for 23 years, Jill McCoy has done extensive research on swimming pools, cute boys, and cocktails. Someone's got to!
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