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Luxury Resorts in Florida

Florida is the land of flowers and America’s sunshine state. It is a scenic land of white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and coastal breezes. Florida is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to its east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. To the south are Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean islands. The Bahamas are also easily accessible. Owing to historic settlers Florida has a rich history. Geography and climate make Florida a prime destination during the winters and for spring break. Decades of tourism have resulted in robust infrastructure and a tourist-friendly culture. Scores of theme parks, water parks, resorts, golf courses and event venues make Florida an infallible vacation choice for any time of the year.

# 1

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Located on a little isle set off of mainland Florida and accessible only by seaplane or boat, Little Palm Island is clearly one of the most exclusive and charming luxury resorts out there. A destination fit for celebrities and presidents, this resort has acres of tropical gardens with winding paths of crushed seashells. Fully air-conditioned thatched roof bungalows have been designed for romance, and an absence of cellular signals is excuse enough to start popping champagne by noon. Alternately there is always the possibility of a sunrise snorkeling trip among the corals. A small oceanfront restaurant is the one formal dining venue on-site, although resort staff can turn pretty much any spot on the island into a private fine dining venue upon request. Another highlight of the property is its Balinese spa which seeks to surprise patrons with exotic treatments and endeavors to leave them utterly relaxed. Wedding ceremonies are also organized on this private island with a dream setting. Florida Keys make for the ideal honeymoon destination. Visitors can also use Little Palm Island as their launch pad for activities such as scuba diving and back country fishing. The resort’s fully upgraded yacht is equipped with three state rooms, shower and kitchen, and can be reserved for private charters.

# 2

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

This resort occupies seven acres of prime beachfront adjacent to a private stretch of sand in Palm Beach Florida. Designer accommodations feature spacious balconies overlooking the sea. Club level accommodations come with additional perks such as the services of a dedicated concierge and daily food and beverage offerings. The club lounge also doubles as a social hub in this friendly land of like-minded holidaymakers. Suites have been custom designed for families and for visitors desiring extravagance. Suite bathrooms have mirrors with TVs built into them. Suite occupants also receive VIP pool service at the resort’s luxurious poolside. The property offers ground-level suites with expansive private terraces. An on-site spa is the venue to receive extended pampering and full body rejuvenation. There is also a beauty salon and a fitness room. The dining venues at Eau Palm Beach seek to masterfully combine fresh local ingredients with luxury imports to create modern as well as mainstream cuisine. A contemporary American restaurant specializes in seafood and meat delicacies paired with a selection of international wines. An oceanfront bistro is the venue for all day dining and small mid-day bites with Mediterranean flavors. Alfresco dining with Latin, Asian and local cuisine can be enjoyed at another of the resort’s restaurants, which also serves craft beer.

# 3

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

This classic Florida resort is a laidback tropical getaway that allows visitors to relax and escape without foregoing any of the modern comforts of the big city. The location is a beach of silky sand bordered by colorful tropical gardens. These colorful outdoors are contrasted by the pastel tones and neat lines of the home deco-inspired room interiors. Most accommodations overlook the sea or the resort’s gardens and pool. The structure is a U-shaped complex with four floors, with a central pool and courtyard providing a great view of the ocean beyond. The suites are designed to provide maximum comfort to families. The resort can accommodate many additional needs on request, including swim diapers, the provision of microwave ovens and refrigerators in rooms, and babysitting services. Pets are allowed at this resort, subject to their pet policy and certain size limitations. The resort’s heated outdoor pool is also a venue for daily activities. Residents can enjoy tennis, bicycle rides, weight training, watersports, Pilates sessions and private yoga lessons during their stay. Dining options include three restaurants and room service. An open-air poolside restaurant and a beachfront outlet are two venues that serve casual fare during the day and have barbecues during weekend evenings. The fine dining venue is a bar and lounge with a wide selection of cocktails.

# 4

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Acqualina was designed to evoke the feel of a grand Mediterranean villa and an opulent lifestyle focused on relaxation and leisure. There are no obstructions between the resort’s accommodation structures and the adjacent 400-feet long beach. The 98 rooms and 188 spacious suites are housed in a 51-storey tower. The largest residential unit is a three-bedroom oceanfront suite that can accommodate a maximum of eight adults in ample luxury. At 55.7 sqm, even a standard room is spacious enough for a small family. Visitors can enjoy a multitude of activities that fall into the categories of fitness, spa and beauty, shopping, wining and dining, organized resort events, beach fun, family fun, local excursions and golf. In addition to multiple dining venues, the resort has a food mini-market in its lobby. This Kosher take-away outlet is approved by the Orthodox Rabbinical Board, and is a prime choice for packed lunches for those planning to go out exploring. Befitting the Mediterranean ambience of the venue is an Italian restaurant with a rotating menu. Soft lighting accompanies evening fine dining. They also have a specialized children’s menu. Acqualina offers flexible meeting venues for hosting business and family events.

# 5

The Breakers Hotel Palm Beach Florida

Breakers Palm Beach strives eagerly to create pleasant and memorable stays for all its visitors. Established in 1896, this property has evolved continuously with the times while retaining the most important values from its rich history. Each of the several renovations completed over the decades has added new design aspects to the Breakers’ ambience. Intricate paintings by Italian artists on the long ceiling of the main lobby are among the more notable of these. The resort has four pools including an adults-only serene pool, a family pool, a large main pool and an infinity pool next to a collection of bungalows that are available for daytime rental. The property commands a stretch of beach nearly a half mile long, which is very suitable for water activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding. One can also enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving and catamaran cruises. An on-site indoor-outdoor spa can be a tranquil sanctuary for those seeking holistic body work. Breakers is also home to Florida’s oldest golf course. The resort’s active calendar of activities includes children’s camps and family events. Among the many dining venues at the resort is a steakhouse with classic interiors and a menu with that features USDA prime cuts.

# 6

Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

This resort is located on the southernmost barrier island of the country and welcomes couples and families with equal enthusiasm. It even has two heated oceanfront swimming pools, one for families and a tranquil pool for adults. The property enjoys relative proximity to downtown Miami and the international airport. There is a luxury spa and salon on premises. Activity options include fitness, tennis, golf, watersports, cruises and visiting a number of area attractions. Key Biscayne is accessible by road via a causeway, and is a prime location for meetings and conferences. The Ritz-Carlton can host as many as 1,000 attendees.

# 7

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

The Grand Floridian seeks to combine Victorian charm with modern amenities to create a 21st century wonderland. Live orchestra plays in the lobby of the Cinderella castle while a monorail winds its way through the estate and children glide down a waterslide, splashing into a beach pool. Fine and casual dining options abound and room service functions round the clock. Adults can lounge under poolside cabanas surrounding the lagoon and 4 to 12-year olds get to set off on pirate adventures to look for hidden treasures. The most popular Disney movies are screened nightly on a huge outdoor screen for all to enjoy. From basketball courts to arcade games, the Grand Floridian has something for just about everyone.

# 8

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

Southern hospitality and serene surroundings come together on the long coastline of this eastern barrier island named Amelia. Cherishing the memories of a bygone era with a daily pirate toast, the Ritz-Carlton invites couples and families to make memorable holidays on the beach. Visitors are sure to find something to suit their needs from a collection of 446 rooms and suites. A spa, fitness center, tennis courts, and a private golf course count among a seemingly unlimited variety of recreation options. The resort also has a total of five charging stations for electric vehicles.

# 9

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

Another highly rated resort by Ritz-Carlton in the Florida Keys is their property in downtown Sarasota. A stay in one of its spacious and tastefully furnished rooms with all the modern amenities of a 5-star resort is accentuated by attentive and personalized service. Private balconies, great views, top of the line in-room amenities and a selection of complementary extras add to the experience. Resort guests get access to a famed 18-hole golf course and two tennis courts located a short drive away. The Ritz-Carlton is an ecologically conscious resort. They welcome pets subject to certain limitations, and can offer paid parking.

# 10

The Setai

The Setai seeks to be an intimate retreat in the center of South Beach, Florida. The rich history of its illustrative neighborhood is reflected in the resort’s architecture and interior design. A circa 1938 art deco building rubs shoulders with a 40-storey glass tower that rises above everything surrounding it, and offers unsurpassed views to penthouse occupants. The Setai has achieved notable hospitality accolades. One to four-bedroom oceanfront suites are among the property’s most private and personalized accommodations. The service as well as the cuisine at the Setai has been inspired by Asian cultures. An on-site spa offers revitalizing treatments using Japanese techniques.

# 11

The Ritz-Carlton Naples

A choice destination in Naples Beach, Florida, this Ritz-Carlton resort overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and offers 450 rooms to choose from. Each of these rooms has a private balcony, plush pillows, iPod docking stations, a minibar, and high speed Wi-Fi. The resort provides access to the three mile-long Naples Beach with white sands. Beach activities include parasailing and kayaking. The property has two heated outdoor pools surrounded by poolside cabanas with personalized service. There are four floodlit tennis courts, instructors and a pro shop. The resort also has a business center, fitness center, gift shop, and a spa.

# 12

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Marco Island Sunset Cove

The location of this premium resort is Smokehouse Bay on Marco Island, which is conveniently close to Gulf Coast in south Florida. Accommodations have been equipped with furnishings and amenities that facilitate maximum residential comfort. Each of the villas has a private balcony, a spacious living/dining area with a dining table, sofabed, a full kitchen, and a work desk. The property features a zero entry pool, a sun deck and a boat dock. The surrounding waters are said to contain an abundance of exotic shells owing to a mixing of currents. Eco boat tours allow visitors to get close to manatees and dolphins in the wild.

# 13

The Seagate Hotel & Spa

Located in Delray Beach, Florida, the Seagate benefits from its parent group’s extensive hospitality experience. Aquariums, a shark tank, dark wood furnishings, and fixtures inspired by marine themes add to the elegant ambience. Accommodation units are equipped with minibars, glassware, microwave ovens, coffee makers and iHome docking stations. On-site dining venues cater to every gastronomic need, be it a light snack on the way to the beach or an intimate candlelit dinner. As the name suggests, the property boasts a sizable spa offering a range of holistic treatments throughout the day. There are venues for corporate meetings and banquets to host as many as 600 attendees.

# 14

Loews Don Cesar Hotel

First unveiled in 1928, the Don Cesar is a member of Historic Hotels of America, and looks forward to 100 years of its operation in just another decade. This pink palace located conveniently on Florida’s Gulf Coast offers 277 rooms and suites. There are two heated pools, an award-winning seafood restaurant, and a sizable amount of meeting space on premises. Rooms have been colorfully furnished and many overlook the Gulf of Mexico from private balconies. There are six dining and lounging venues including the resort’s own ice cream parlor. Room service functions 24 hours.

# 15

Carillon Miami Beach

The Carillon positions itself as the preferred spa and wellness destination. Placed along a private stretch of pristine beach, this luxury resort invites visitors to invigorating workouts followed by sumptuous guilt-free dining. True to this ideal there are more than 200 exercise classes conducted every week. They have an indoor two-storey rock wall, a therapeutic igloo, and drinks menus featuring organic cocktails. The resort’s 150 rooms and suites offer views of the sea and the city. There are exclusive pools for families and adults. Paid parking is available for residents and visitors. The resort’s personalized concierge can arrange private transport. This resort also welcomes pets.

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