Amazing Resorts You Have to Book in Florida, USA

Indulge in a stay at the famous Breakers Palm Beach on your trip to Florida
Indulge in a stay at the famous Breakers Palm Beach on your trip to Florida | © Ian Dagnall Commercial Collection / Alamy Stock Photo
Audra Clemons

Endless stretches of pristine white-sand beaches make the state of Florida a beacon for visitors. With an average of 237 days of sunshine each year, there’s a reason people flock from all over the world to vacation here. From infinity pools overlooking the beach to private islands, here are the best resorts in Florida – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, for Marco Island amenities

Resort, Chain Hotel

Room at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
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Pristine private beaches, two outdoor pools, 12 (yes, 12) restaurants, a full-service spa, bike trails, water sports, outdoor tennis courts, two private championship golf courses – there’s nowhere quite like the JW Marriott Marco Island for a luxury Florida resort getaway. Luxurious guest rooms and suites feature their own private balconies, and keeping the kids entertained is easy at the Tiki Tribe kids’ club. For an adults-only escape, choose the Paradise by Sirene Experience complete with beach butler service and exclusive rooftop pool access.

2. The Miami Beach EDITION, for a boutique feel in Miami Beach

Resort, Chain Hotel

Modern bar at the Miami Beach EDITION hotel, surrounded by seating and tall plants
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A top Florida resort for hedonists, the Miami Beach EDITION offers resort-style amenities with boutique service. Sleek and sophisticated, the spacious rooms, suites and bungalows are a masterclass in clean, minimalist design. A luxury spa, two outdoor pools and a range of dining options – developed by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten – will delight any discerning guest. The party really gets going at Basement Miami, an underground after-hours, anything-goes space complete with a nightclub, bowling alley and ice-skating rink.

3. Acqualina Resort and Residences on the Beach, for seaside living in Sunny Isles Beach

Spa Hotel, Luxury

Serene room in white and silver with oceanfront balcony at Acqualina Resort and Residences on the Beach in North Miami Beach
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Sophisticated Sunny Isles Beach resort Acqualina is the best way to immerse yourself in seaside living. Tuck into the freshest seafood at the beachfront restaurant or indulge in a detoxifying body wrap with marine mud at the ESPA spa. Even the kids’ club has its own signature adventures, including alligator tag and jellyfish arts and crafts. Decompress in the lush gardens, complete with three oceanfront swimming pools and cabanas to rent.

4. Little Palm Island Resort and Spa, for the ultimate in seclusion on Little Torch Key

Resort, Spa Hotel

Room with a four-poster bed at Little Palm Island Resort and Spa
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Little Palm Island Resort and Spa is an intimate resort in Florida Keys, accessible only by seaplane or boat. You can truly escape the rest of the world here – there are no TVs in rooms, and guests are asked to keep phones on silent around the resort. Stay in one of the beachfront bungalows of this private island with thatched roofs, an outdoor shower and views of the big blue. Snorkel with tropical fish or soothe tight shoulders with a massage at the Balinese-style SpaTerre.

5. Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, for lazy seaside brunches in Vero Beach

Spa Hotel

Room at Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa
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Located in the quiet town of Vero Beach along the Atlantic Ocean, the Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa offers beachside service, well-thought-out outdoor lounge areas and a top-rated spa. Oceanfront dining is a given here – the tuna poke at on-site restaurant Cobalt is divine, and you’ll want to come back for the brunch burger complete with house-made chorizo. Every room is equipped with a yoga mat for your morning practice, and you can bring your pet along, too.

6. Casa Monica Resort and Spa, for a classy Moroccan-themed stay in St Augustine

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Room at Casa Monica Resort and Spa
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One of the great marvels in old St Augustine is the Casa Monica Resort and Spa, built in 1888. The Moroccan-themed hotel showcases an ornate lobby, fountains, fresco paintings and chandeliers. You’ll be treated to a glass of champagne at check-in, and the hotel has its own private beach, Ponte Vedra. Dining at the restaurant, Costa Brava, is a must – but make sure you reserve a table, as it’s a popular spot. There’s also the Cobalt Lounge, where you can sip moscow mules and listen to live jazz.

7. The Breakers Palm Beach, for St Tropez-style cool on Palm Beach


Room at the Breakers Palm Beach
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Located on the island of Palm Beach, the Breakers is an Italian Renaissance-style resort with a private beach. If you’re looking for a Mediterranean-style beach club that pays homage to St Tropez, this is the place. Tennis courts, a championship golf course, elegant poolside bungalows and on-site boutiques – including Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer – are just a few features that set the Breakers apart from any other hotel.

8. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, for Southern hospitality on Fernandina Beach

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Hotel

Room at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
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Surrounded by billowing oak trees and 13mi (21km) of white sand, the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island luxury hotel offers Southern hospitality and charm. With marble bathrooms and Italian linens, tennis courts and four restaurants, the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is second to none. Make sure you pay a visit to the spa – their signature Heaven in a Hammock massage combines traditional techniques with gentle rocking reminiscent of the movements of the tide.

9. The Setai Miami Beach, for a high-end all-suite hotel

Resort, Hotel, Luxury

Pool and palm trees at the Setai Miami Beach
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This high-end all-suite hotel is located oceanside, in the heart of the Art Deco District of Miami South Beach. With a modern design and Asian touches – including antique jade and teak accents – the Setai is sophisticated, with a peaceful ambiance. The Ocean Grill will delight your taste buds with flavorful Italian cuisine, from grilled octopus to Maine lobster spaghetti, while the Bar and Courtyard offers light bites and an open-air space to enjoy warm Miami nights with near-nightly lounge music.

10. Black Dolphin Inn, for historic style in New Smyrna Beach


Room at Black Dolphin Inn
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You’ll find the Black Dolphin Inn in a quiet neighborhood in New Smyrna Beach, on the Florida Space Coast and just minutes from the ocean. This historic inn is set in a meticulously restored colonial-style mansion, with gardens opening out onto a private dock. Each luxury room is decorated with vintage furniture, original art and spa baths. Breakfast is included, which on weekends includes a special grilled cheese breakfast alongside fruit, omelets and hot coffee.

Additional reporting by Lorna Turnbull.

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