- Audra Clemons
Endless stretches of pristine white sand make the state of Florida a beacon for visitors. Here are the 12 must-visit Florida resorts.
Vero Beach Hotel & Spa
Located in the quiet town of Vero Beach, along the Atlantic Ocean, the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa offers beachside service, divine cuisine, well thought out outdoor lounge areas, a top-rated spa, and delicious cocktails. This ideal location for a dream wedding is also a great place for an off-the-beaten path ‘staycation’ or vacation. Couples and families alike will enjoy the property.
Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, 3500 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, Florida, USA +1 (772) 231-5666
Casa Monica Hotel
One of the great marvels in old St. Augustine is the Casa Monica hotel, which was built in 1888. The Moroccan-themed hotel showcases an ornate lobby, fountains, fresco paintings and chandeliers. Dining at its restaurant, Costa Brava at 95 Cordova, is also a must. Make sure you place a reservation, as it is a popular locale. Casa Monica is part of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America, and is part of the prestigious Kessler Collection of hotels.
Casa Monica, 95 Cordova Street, St. Augustine, Florida, USA +1 (904) 827-1888
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, then this is the place. Tennis courts, a championship golf course, elegant poolside bungalows and on-site boutiques like Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer are just a few things that set The Breakers apart from any other hotel.
The Breakers, 1 S County Rd, Palm Beach, Florida, USA +1(561) 655-6611
Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
Surrounded by billowing oak trees and white sand of Fernandina Beach, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island luxury hotel offers southern hospitality and charm that holds true to its ancestors. Offering marble bathrooms and Italian linens, a luxury spa, four restaurants and tennis courts, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is second to none.
This high-end all-suite hotel is located oceanside, in the heart of the Art Deco District of South Beach. With a modern design and Asian touches like antique jade and teak accents, The Setai is sophisticated with an ambiance of peace. The Setai grill delights the tastebuds with flavorful cuisine. Meanwhile The Bar & Courtyard offers light bites and an open air space to enjoy warm Miami nights with near-nightly lounge music.
The Setai, 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida, USA, +1 (844) 292-1471
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Selected as one of the Top 10 US Small Resorts by the Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an intimate resort in the Florida Keys, accessible only by seaplane or boat. Guests of this property have access to their own private island. They also have access to a world-class spa and delicious dining as well as snorkeling and poolside lounging.
Within the community of Coral Gables, Miami, sits The Biltmore, a palatial resort built in the 1920s. Consistently topping the best of the best list since 1926, The Biltmore has housed guests as notorious as Al Capone and as noteworthy as Franklin D Roosevelt. The half-acre Biltmore pool is the largest hotel pool in the continental USA that complements an exceptional golf course and award-winning restaurants.
The Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, Florida, USA + (855) 311-6903
Island City House Hotel
The Island City House Hotel is the oldest operating guesthouse hotel in Key West. The property consists of the Carriage House, the Island City House and the Cigar House. Each building lends its own history and style to the property. Island City House is an interesting respite and only a four-minute walk from the restaurants and bars at Key West Bight Marina.
Island City House, 411 William St, Key West, Florida, USA +1 (305) 294-5702
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is located in Naples, Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. This family-friendly resort offers beach cabanas, pool cabanas with cascading waterfalls, a world-class golf course; fine dining, a spa, and activities for children. La Playa is a one-stop family vacation spot.
Laplaya Beach & Golf Resort, 9891 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples, Florida, USA +1 (239) 597-3123
Black Dolphin Inn
Nestled in a quiet neighborhood in New Smyrna Beach on Florida’s ‘Space Coast’, and just minutes from the ocean, one will come across the Black Dolphin Inn. This historic inn is set in a meticulously restored colonial style mansion. The Black Dolphin Inn is a charming boutique property offering bed and breakfast accommodation and a fabulous range of marine activities, in a welcoming atmosphere.