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These 8 hotels provide tropical drinks, so you should try them for a tiki-lover like you

In summer, there’s always time for a drink or two. There is a spirit more perfect for the warmer weather than rum. It doesn’t have to be a tropical drink to celebrate this season of drinking, though

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Even if it may seem like summer is coming to an end, there is still time for one or two more drinks. Is rum the best summertime libation?

Fortunately, on August 16, the primary component of so many tropical cocktails, like rum punch, mojitos, and mai tais, gets its due. In case you didn’t get the memo, today is National Rum Day.

Even though an on-site rum bar isn’t a common hotel amenity, we’ve done the research to point you in the right direction if you’re looking for one.

These are some of our favorite hotel bars where rum reigns every day, from a swim-up bar in Hawaii to a surprise rooftop hideaway in Ohio.

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Grill and Tiki Bar Kane

It goes without saying that rum is best savored by the sea. You can do precisely that at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, just steps from the Gulf of Mexico. The Kane Tiki Bar & Grill in Southwest Florida has the customary palm-thatched roof over a long granite bar and an open-air, tropical ambiance that evokes Bali, the bar’s inspiration.

This is the place to try something new because the lengthy rum list draws from the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond (perhaps a Venezuelan rum or one from Mauritius or Guyana). Purists choose sample flights, but there are also many fruity cocktails and an array of Indonesian street snacks on the menu to help you drink more.

How to make a reservation: Cash rates at the JW Marriott Marco Island begin as low as $499 a night, however they tend to increase as the summer draws to a close. Due to the brand’s dynamic pricing, Marriott Bonvoy members can book an award night for just 70,000 points, while most nights cost closer to 100,000.

There are plenty of places to hang out in Rumbar Miami to get that Old Havana vibe. If rum is what you’re after, head to the Rumbar in the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami.

There are more than 85 different rum, pisco, and cachacas varieties available here (none of them Havana Club from Cuba, of course, but many other countries are represented). However, the bar is really reminiscent of vintage Cuba, with palmetto ceiling fans whirling leisurely, rich, dark woods, and historic photographs on the walls. The El Floridita, a drink created with Ron Cartavio 12-year-old rum from Peru, orange blossom water, and guava nectar, is the standard drink to order if you want to feel like Hemingway in Havana.

How to make a reservation: Nightly prices at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, begin at $440. For Marriott Bonvoy members, award nights cost between 50,000 and 70,000 points per night.

Bar Blackwell Rum

The Blackwell Rum Bar in Negril, Jamaica, may make anyone feel like a genuine pirate thanks to its coral rock staircase that descends close to the water’s edge. You may enjoy the best rums on the island, including Blackwell Black Gold Fine Jamaican Rum, while sitting at a bar within a cave with the Caribbean Sea thumping below natural windows cut by the elements into the granite walls (founded by Chris Blackwell of Island Records fame).

The Caves, an adults-only cliffside resort in Negril’s West End with just 12 cottage-style apartments and a magnificent house overlooking the blue lake, is beloved for many reasons, including the bar.

Book a room: Cash rates at this photogenic hotel start at $490 per night, and most dates have a two-night minimum requirement.

Barmacy and RumFire

The 151-room Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica debuted in 2019, making it the first actual five-star hotel on Nature Island. The resort invested substantially in one of the top hotel rum bars in the Caribbean as well as its pools, which include a lap pool, spa pool, adults-only pool, and main pool, to make up for the property’s modest black-sand beach.

A large patio with fire pits and seating places, RumFire Bar has a view of the Caribbean Sea. Just inside, at the Barmacy, you can choose your poison from a wall of Dominican rums infused with regional herbs, spices, and fruit (passion fruit, mango, star fruit, cinnamon, and more), all of which are thought to have therapeutic properties. Sounds very much like drinking morally.

How to make a reservation: Nightly rates at this Kempinski resort start at about $375.

Tavern Strong Water

At the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, you could almost suspend disbelief and imagine yourself sipping rum somewhere more island-like than Orlando.

The enormous array of island rums, available in flights Especially the excellent selection of rhum agricole (produced from free-running sugar cane juice) from the French Caribbean, which includes Martinique and Guadeloupe, is that good if you can’t chose. Strong Water Tavern offers a wide variety of rum-based cocktails and punches, and a “rum specialist” is available to assist you in selecting the perfect beverage. Aguachiles, grilled octopus, and seafood tostadas are just a few of the shared items on the menu that add to the overall conviviality of the experience.

How to make a reservation: This hotel’s cash rates begin around $250 per night.

doctor mai tais

an underwater rum bar. Now it is brilliant. Dr. Mai Tai’s is a vintage-style cocktail van that sits right next to the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina’s infinity pool. A “cocktail doctor on call” runs it, offering “rum-infused prescription elixirs.” Add us as new clients.

A variety of tropical drinks, including those made with macadamia nut syrup, passion fruit, hibiscus, and pure cane rum from Hawaiian distilleries, are available to imbibe while wearing your bathing suit.

Booking information: Four Seasons resorts are often more expensive, and this one is no different. Cash rates are often above $600 per night, although at busy times they are closer to $900 or $1,000 per night.

A Rum Runner

After drying off from the ocean, guests at Captain Don’s Habitat, one of the most renowned scuba-diving hotels in Bonaire, the world’s center for shore diving, head directly for the riverside tables at Rum Runners to sip something cold.

The King Rincon, which is prepared with white chocolate, mango, and Bonaire’s own Rom Rincon (made with the island’s profusion of flora, the kadushi cactus), is the one to try.

How to make a reservation: Cash prices at Captain Don’s Habitat start at $191 per night in the summer and $243 per night in the winter, respectively, for double occupancy.

Vaso Rum bars might not immediately come to mind when thinking of landlocked Ohio. But Vaso, the rooftop bar of the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin overlooking the Scioto River, might just astound you with its remarkable variety.

Even though it’s not exactly a rum bar, this place makes our list for its entrancing urban atmosphere and superb rum selection of more than 35 varieties, which includes Plantation from Fiji and Santa Teresa 1796 from Venezuela in addition to all the traditional Caribbean rums and specialty bottles. Additionally, there is usually a special Tiki cocktail available here to help you feel far away from, say, Ohio.

Cash prices for a night start at $170. For an award stay, Marriott Bonvoy members can exchange 24,000 to 30,000 points each night.

The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina provided the image for the featured image.

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