The heavenly white beaches of Sarasota, Florida draw tourists of all flavors. So, it should come as no surprise that there are hotels catering to every type of traveler. Whether you’re flying solo, on a romantic getaway or a family break, you’ll find your fit at one of the hotels in Sarasota. Here are the best of the bunch.
When you’re pampering your partner, the Westin specializes in racing hearts and butterflies in stomachs. No need to leave the cozy bedding in your suite, when you can schedule an in-room couple’s massage and gaze at Sarasota through floor-to-ceiling windows. While you’re at it, order a romantic dinner and dessert to your room, or head to the Roof Bar and Eats to watch the sunset as you whisper sweet nothings while sipping sangria poolside.
Business travelers can mix a little pleasure into their trip with a stay at Hyatt Regency Sarasota. A full-range of business services include access to laser jet printers and a generous work desk in your suite. The fitness center, pool and restaurant will help you recharge after work. If you want to play hooky, throw on your out-of-office message and let the concierge set you up with a golf, fishing, boating or beach outing.
For the traveler who prefers the finer things, the Ritz-Carlton is an obvious choice. Luxurious suites with soaking tubs, private bay-view balconies and sleek modern furnishings await. Waterfront fine dining serves up a tasty fusion of coastal sophistication with local flair. The spa’s saunas and massages will revitalize you. Guests’ exclusive access to the Beach Club on Lido Key offers hours of clear blue skies and crystalline waters.
Creators take note: Art Ovation Hotel was designed with your creative spirit in mind. Floor-to-ceiling windows let you marvel at the world, but distraction can be instantly removed with blackout drapes. Jump into a cozy bathrobe and grab the in-room sketch pad to capture your inspiration when it strikes. Does your muse insist you make music? The ukulele in your suite is tuned and ready to play. With so much to do in your room, make a note to venture out and visit the art exhibitions throughout the hotel.
If you feel like authenticity and individuality is hard to come by in a luxury hotel these days, the Sarasota Modern will prove you wrong. They strive to deliver a uniquely curated experience that is genuine, not gaudy. Modernist-style rooms featuring clawfoot tubs are perfectly unpretentious. A pool deck with a hot tub and plunge pool are serene without seeming superficial. Whatever speaks to you – be it art, sport or food – the staff will help you secure enriching experiences around Sarasota that are honest and unforgettable.
Wellness warriors and fit families are welcomed with open arms to the independently owned Casa Limonada Boutique Motel. Private Brazilian jiu jitsu lessons are available, though you can also sign up for a standard yoga class. Burn calories playing golf or exploring downtown Sarasota on a bike rental. Alternatively, get your exercise on the water with scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. You and your crew will be so exhausted by the end of the day that you’ll be thankful you can prepare healthy meals in your in-suite kitchen.
Travelers who love to stay busy can easily fill their schedules at the Resort at Longboat Key Club. When you’re not hanging out on the beach or eating your way through five exceptional restaurants, you’ll be taking advantage of luxurious amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, a salon and spa, 45 holes of golf, 20 tennis courts and exciting events on and off the water. Still looking for more? They have the largest resort marina on the coast and will gladly let you dock your yacht during your stay.
Lido Beach Resort was built for the leisure traveler. Two Gulf-front swimming pools are ideal for when the private white sand beach heats up in the afternoon. Outdoor games like bean bag toss and ping pong offer fun for your entire family or group of friends. Interested in nothing but R&R? Spend the afternoon dozing on your private waterfront balcony.
For the art lover who wants to embrace the Downtown Arts District, Hotel Indigo Sarasota is heaven. Murals adorn the hallways and rooms, immersing you in the city’s artful soul. Take advantage of their complimentary shuttle service to visit galleries around town – it’s as easy as a paint-by-number picture. As you watch the sunset from your comfy king-sized bed, you just may be inspired to create your own masterpiece in the morning.