The Best Resorts in Sarasota, Florida

Take your relaxation to the max with a stay at one of the best resorts in Sarasota
Take your relaxation to the max with a stay at one of the best resorts in Sarasota | © Julie Palermo / EyeEm / Getty Images
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9 December 2020

When it comes to Sarasota, Florida, it’s not hard to find phenomenal hotels. Beachfront boutiques sit alongside luxurious high-rises, offering unforgettable stays for travelers of all styles. Though great accommodations can be found around every corner, these resorts are simply the best Sarasota has to offer.

The Resort at Longboat Key Club

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The Resort at Longboat Key Club
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For the ultimate Sarasota getaway, look no further than the Resort at Longboat Key Club. Stretching more than 410 acres (166ha) against the Gulf of Mexico, this award-winning resort will spoil you from sunup to sundown. The newly renovated rooms also feature wet bars and private furnished balconies. Golf or tennis, spa or salon, lounging in the cabana or sailing the Gulf – whatever you desire, the Resort at Longboat Key Club can deliver.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

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The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
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Synonymous with luxury, The Ritz-Carlton exceeds expectations. Stay in an elegantly designed suite or room, all of which are washed with marine hues to match the neighboring Sarasota Bay. Guests enjoy access to the Beach Club on Lido Key, the Golf Club, the Ritz-Carlton Spa as well as the Ritz-Carlton Club. When you’re not unwinding on the beach or exploring boutique shops downtown, four restaurants packed with fresh, locally caught seafood insist you savor every bite while gazing at the sunset.

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Tropical Beach Resorts

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Tropical Beach Resorts
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Set a course for fun at Tropical Beach Resorts. You’re welcome to chill in your suite, watching hundreds of movies from their DVD library ,or spend the afternoon swimming in one of two beachside pools. But we have a better idea – how about jet skiing on the Gulf? Or parasailing high above the waves? You can have a memorable stay with your feet in the sand, but if you want a little excitement in your itinerary, Tropical Beach Resorts has it all.

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Captiva Beach Resort

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Captiva Beach Resort
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The team behind Captiva Beach Resort insists you enjoy their fabulous family-friendly amenities without paying a cent in resort fees. So with the cash sorted, you’re free to set your own pace and do as you please, whether that’s a game of shuffleboard or splashing around the pool playing Marco Polo. Featuring fewer than 20 rooms and exceptional service, this resort has the feel of a bed and breakfast. Just a short walk away you will also find the famous Crescent and Siesta beaches.

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Turtle Beach Resort

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Minutes from Turtle Beach, this bayside family resort encourages the whole group to relax in peace. Naps in the hammock, soaking in the hot tub, floating in the pool while dolphins and manatees splash near the docks – you name it. The cozy cottages at this award-winning resort are an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and if you need a little adventure, the resort also has complimentary kayaks, canoes and bikes.

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Casa Del Mar Longboat Key

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Casa Del Mar Longboat Key
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At Casa Del Mar Longboat Key, you’re spoiled for choice. Will you fire up the barbecue and grill out under the sun or savor a sunset dinner at one of Longboat’s best restaurants? What about your R&R? Will you settle under an umbrella on the white-sand beach or float end to end in the dipping pool? Whichever you choose, you can retire at the end of the day to a homely two-bedroom condo with a living/dining area and kitchen.

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  • Bali Hai Beach Resort

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    Bali Hai Beach Resort
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    An island-style sanctuary just a few minutes from downtown Sarasota, Bali Hai Beach Resort dares you to spend every day in your bathing suit. Wake up to handcrafted drinks at the Bali Hai Lounge before savoring every inch of their 300-foot (91m) private beach. Cool off in the pool then fall asleep during a massage in the Spa by Sea & Sol. Feel like cruising down to another beachside cafe? You can always rent one of their electric cars and tour the island in style.

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    Escape Resort & Marina

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    While technically south of Sarasota, in Nokomis, Escape Resort & Marina still keeps you close to the action around St. Armands Circle and Anna Maria Island. A relatively new spot, be one of the first to experience its luxury villa lodgings before it becomes the latest waterfront hotspot. Its buoyant saline pool, 15-slip marina and instant access to Casey Key and Nokomis beaches offer you a leisurely yet luxurious stay on a quieter key.

    Lido Beach Resort

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    Lido Beach Resort
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    What makes the perfect beachside retreat in Sarasota? Lido Beach Resort believes it’s a combination of relaxed condo-style suites, the freshest seafood on demand, and an effortless dive from the beach into the pool. Add a little personalized service and amenities such as a tiki bar, hot tubs and beach volleyball, and you’ve got yourself a perfect stay in Sarasota.

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    The Cottages at Siesta Key

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    The Cottages at Siesta Key
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    Far better than your standard cookie-cutter suites, the Cottages at Siesta Key put you up in what feels like your own little beach house. Your favorite guilty pleasures and comforts come standard in every cottage, including HBO/Cinemax, an NFL Sunday Ticket, private decks and a kitchen. As inviting and homey as they may seem, the 100-yard (91m) walk to the famous Siesta Beach will remind you that this limited-vacancy resort is more than just a beachside bungalow.

    These recommendations were updated on December 9, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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