How to get a great spot by the pool at a resort...
Here's my secret... For our 2007 trip to a resort in Cancun, I made a simple bag for each of us and placed a magazine, newspaper or book in each. I left them on a lounge chair each morning that we planned to spend the day at the pool. This worked better than leaving a resort towel on the lounge. No one moved them. I made the bags to be functional with a little personality, but I really didn't care if they were lost. Here is a photo of one of the bags that still exists. The other bags, drawstring gym/book bags made of denim were donated to the Rescue Mission.
Tip: Don't put your bags out every morning, someone will catch on or assume they're lost. They may end up in the Lost and Found.