The Best Apartments to Book in Sarasota, Florida

A vacation in Sarasota is Florida’s Gulf Coast at its very best
A vacation in Sarasota is Florida’s Gulf Coast at its very best | © Richard Ellis / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

The results are in: a vacation in Sarasota is Florida’s Gulf Coast at its very best. World-famous beaches, venerated restaurants, shopping and entertainment combine to deliver an unrivaled experience. But why visit like a tourist when you can live like a local? Enjoy the Florida lifestyle by staying at an apartment in Sarasota. Here are the best.

1. Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota

Hotel

Hyatt Residence Club
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There are suites and then there are suites; the spacious condos at Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota are the latter. You’ll live a life of luxury here, with a spa-like bathroom with oversize jetted tubs, a chef’s kitchen and stunning beach views from your private balcony. Spa services, in-room dining prepared by chefs and a beachfront firepit deliver a resort-quality experience with all the comfort, privacy and livability of an apartment.

2. Hibiscus Suites Sarasota

Suite Hotel

Living room with black leather couch, thick area rug over laminate wood floors, heavy blue curtains and flatscreen TV at Hibiscus Suites
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Although only a short walk to Crescent and Siesta beaches, the location of Hibiscus Suites also offers you the convenience that locals enjoy. Right around the corner, you’ll find golfing, shopping and dining. Take your vacation at your own pace, exploring the sands or the excitement in the city. After, head back to your apartment where you’ll enjoy home comforts such as a kitchen, a sitting area with cable TV and a heated outdoor pool.

3. Casa Del Mar Beach Resort on Longboat Key

Resort

Casa del mar
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The dream of stepping out of your apartment onto pristine white sands becomes a reality at Casa Del Mar Longboat Key. Whether you’re traveling alone or with a group, your home away from home will have two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a dedicated lounging/dining area. The heated pool, basketball and tennis courts and barbecue grills offer simple pleasures, while the private beach will spoil you with its resort-quality serenity.

4. Bali Hai Beach Resort

Resort, Spa Hotel

Bali Hai Resort
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The very name of Bali Hai Beach Resort sounds tropical, and after one night in their apartment-style suites, you’ll certainly feel worlds away from home. Spend time on the private beach; drink a Whiskey by the Pool cocktail as the name suggests you should; let a seaweed body wrap embrace you at the spa before you scoot around Anna Maria Island in a rented electric car. With shopping, dining and the sweet sea breeze around every corner, you’ll wish your apartment at Bali Hai Beach Resort was your forever home.

5. Diplomat Beach Resort

Resort

Each of the condo-like suites at Diplomat Beach Resort faces the Gulf, ensuring you always wake to stunning water views. Both the one- and two-bedroom apartments have full kitchens and a living area cozy enough to call home (that is, if your home also includes a beachside swimming pool and tiki huts under which you can sip cocktails in the shade).

6. Escape Casey Key Resort and Marina

Resort

Escape Casey Key Hotel
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These luxury accommodations just south of Sarasota will tempt you to stay for weeks. Skip the hotel-style rooms and opt for a townhouse or villa with up to three bedrooms for you and your crew. Hang around the firepits after grilling out all afternoon, then watch the sunset and attend a drum circle on Nokomis Beach. If you have your own boat, you can rent a slip in their marina to enjoy a quick escape to the open water.

7. Lido Beach Resort

Resort

Lido Beach Resort
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Though the Tiki Building offers exceptional guest rooms with kitchenettes, you’ll want the full apartment-like experience found in the Palm Building. Beautifully renovated with luxurious touches, each suite feels like a condo in one of Sarasota’s most desirable high-rises. A Gulf-view suite is a must, not only because these have an additional bedroom for guests, but because the floor-to-ceiling bay windows and large balconies offer coastline views that can’t be beaten.

8. The Cottages at Siesta Key

Cottages

The Cottages at Siesta Key
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Dreaming of retreating to a cottage by the ocean? Look no further than the Cottages at Siesta Key. There are only 13 on site, so there’s the vibe of an exclusive neighborhood. Small touches, such as complimentary NFL Sunday Ticket, make the properties feel like home. These are balanced by lavish amenities such as a sprawling pool and super-fast access to Siesta Beach.

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