Health + Fitness

Poolside in NOLA: Saltwater Swims Without the Beach

The Country Club (Photo: Joshua Brasted)

If you are looking to make a saltwater splash while you’re on vacation in the Big Easy, the city has several non-chlorinated, skin-soothing options. Want to start your day with a bracing swim or cool down after hours of fun in the French Quarter? Dip into this list of the best saltwater pools in New Orleans to find your favorite.

The Country Club

For a truly decadent day spent sipping drinks and lounging poolside, there is no hotter spot than The Country Club in the Bywater neighborhood. Their restaurant happens to be one of the best brunch spots in the city as well (if you’re lucky, you can catch the ostentatiously fabulous performances at their twice-monthly Drag Brunch). What better way to top off a bottomless mimosa than with a leisurely full-body soak? This outdoor saltwater pool is open year-round and heated in the winter, so even if the temperature drops your fun won’t fizzle out.

JW Marriott New Orleans

Whether you’re relaxing in its shallow sparking waters or on the comfy poolside seating, this private hotel hideaway is perfect for when you just can’t get enough of basking in the balmy Louisiana sunshine. And with an 8th floor rooftop setting, you can feel the lively pulse of the New Orleans downtown action without ever leaving the pool.

New Orleans Athletic Club

Don’t miss a minute of the famous New Orleans old-world charm, even when you’re working out! One of the oldest athletic clubs in the country, NOAC can elevate your routine exercise to an elegant lifestyle choice with its expansive facilities complete with crystal chandeliers, light-filled ballrooms for practicing yoga, and (because you are truly in New Orleans here) a full in-house bar. Simply looking at their huge salt water pool, housed in a soaring two-story atrium supported by Greek Revival columns, might be exhilarating enough, but don’t be afraid to dive in. Different swimming styles are welcome with hours set for both laps and free swim. If you’re a guest of a hotel in the city, day passes are available for $20 with a room key and ID, but this refined French Quarter club is sure to make you wish you were staying longer.