For most of us, “private pool club” translates to a stocked cooler and inflatable raft on the porch. (Pro tip: “Porch roof” only sounds like a good idea.)
But some of your fellow Philadelphians will be cooling off in style this summer at posh getaways such as Arrow, a soon-to-open NoLibs swim club from Bart Blatstein and Nicole Cashman.
We checked in to get the details — and would happily take that old Slip ’N Slide off your hands.
1031 Germantown Ave.
Audience: An over-21 crowd looking to lay out with some cocktails
Basics: 1,380-square-foot pool; upper level sundeck; poolside food and beverage service plus Chenango, a bar and restaurant
Perks: Members will enjoy private events, poolside yoga classes, and free Wi-Fi with complete coverage, free parking, and the always-thrilling fluffy towels. Cabanas are available for reservations, and an additional fee will score you a gym membership.
2040 Lombard St.
Audience: Singles as well as families with children (reduced rates are available for children and sitters)
Basics: An 82.5-foot adult pool; children’s pool; full-service restaurant
Perks: Adult deck offers an escape with skyline views but the club is more than family friendly with baby changing rooms, children’s swimming lessons and art classes, and teen nights.
Sporting Club at the Bellevue
224 S. Broad St.
Audience: People healthier than you — in addition to a pool, memberships include access to a gym, basketball court, and fitness classes.
Basics: 82.5-foot indoor pool (limited hours for kids)
Perks: Lots of motivation to work up a sweat before dip. Cool-down involves whirlpools, steamrooms, saunas and yoga and meditation rooms.