There’s no better feeling than waking up in the Sunshine State in your own private apartment. From Pensacola to Palm Beach (and everywhere in between) Florida invites you to bask in the sun, dine on delicious, diverse food, and experience why it’s one of the top vacation destinations on earth. Ready to make yourself at home? Read on for our pick of the best apartments to choose from.
Only insiders know about ABAE, an exclusive hotel with one of the most desirable zip codes in South Beach (1215 West Avenue – the initials correspond to numbers in the alphabet). The decor is pure designer-Danish – curvaceous Arne Jacobsen chairs with everyday essentials including a kitchenette and washing machine. Beyond its secluded entrance South Beach is less than a mile away, and Ocean Drive only a little further. Splurge on a suite with a balcony view of the Miami skyline: perfect at sunrise with a Cuban coffee.
Make Biscayne Bay your Biscayne bae at Mondrian South Beach. We’re not sure what you’ll fall in love with first – the suites with their snazzy kaleidoscopic wallpaper by celebrated designer Marcel Wanders, or the mesmeric views of the bay from your balcony. Try not to spend too much time in bed; you’ll receive full access to the Spa at Baia Beach Club, which means uplifting morning yoga sessions, afternoon mojitos by the pool, and spruce-ups at the salon before hitting South Beach’s nightlife.
Whether you’re catching a Miami Heat basketball game or lounging on the shores of Miami Beach, you’ll be in your element at Seacoast Suites – coolly done up in pale Nordic tones, with room for up to eight in the premier master suite. Live like a local with the ocean only steps away. The amenities, including a volleyball court and mini spa are lovely – but the best way to experience the whizz of South Beach is to hire a private luxury yacht, which the concierge will happily help you with.
One of the very few boutique hotels in Fort Lauderdale right on the beach, the Atlantic Hotel and Spa cocoons you in a calm color scheme of beige and white. It also majors in personalized care which isn’t limited to humans – check out their exceptional Very Important Dog program for four-legged friends. Without realising it, you’ll be prised gently from work and worries as you idle with a margarita at the rooftop bar, or soak in the tub of your sumptuous oceanfront apartment suite. The weekend starts here.
Trade the crazy antics of Miami’s SoBe for Fort Lauderdale, and the peace and quiet of a North Beach apartment at Tranquilo. How you define relaxation is up to you: float in one of five pools or stroll a few hundred meters to Fort Lauderdale Beach. Hail a cab for a cruise down the coast or hop on a water taxi and shop downtown. When you’re not dozing in the icy-white surrounds of your plush king-sized apartment, you’ll want to explore the nearby Bonnet House Museum and Gardens (a historic 1920s artists’ estate) before a long, leisurely lunch of crisp calamari at a beachfront café.
Dive into comfort and swim in luxury at Aqua Hotel and Suites. This modern Miami Beach check-in makes convenience a priority: there’s a free shuttle service to and from Miami International Airport for starters. You’ll receive individual attention 24/7 and housekeeping in your chic and sparely furnished suite or daybed rental on the beach. The complimentary breakfast is lovely, but nothing beats chilling with coffee and scrambled eggs at one of the many cafés a block or less from your apartment.
Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa knows that you’re visiting Orlando for the theme parks – but it’s their mission to keep you here longer, hence the amenities and lavish program of activities (including karaoke and water aerobics). Whether you’re staying in one of the studio apartments or the presidential villa, you and your family will enjoy access to boat rentals and bicycles – a great way to get to know the place – and the Baby Otter swim school will teach your little ones how to paddle. Mom and dad can factor in spa treatments while the kids live it up in the Mission Control game room.
As one of Condé Nast’s top-rated resorts of 2019, Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek knows a thing or two about creating the ultimate family vacation experience. Settle in amid the jazzy kingfisher-blue and white tones of your Mediterranean-feel apartment suite, take time to idle in the whirlpool tub, and cook up feasts for all the family in the fully-equipped kitchen. This resort is really a theme park in disguise – as your children will soon realize, getting stuck into the miniature golf course, lazy rivers, game room, and outdoor movie screenings.