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If the heat and humidity of Florida’s summertime weather have you wanting to hop on a plane for a weekend getaway, consider staying close to home for a laid-back staycation in South Florida. A perfect destination for sleeping in, spending lazy days on the beach, getting pampered at a luxurious spa and sipping on cocktails, these alluring hotels offer the perfect amenities for rest and relaxation without the need of a long flight or road trip. Here is a snapshot of some of the best hotels in South Florida for a staycation.
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Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key is a 60-acre slice of paradise with a full-service marina and an abundance of water activities to indulge in, such as swimming with dolphins, snorkeling next to marine life and paddling around nearby tropical islands. Soak up the sunshine at the sparkling pool for a taste of one of their refreshing mojitos, explore the private lagoon, or book a body treatment at the Calm Waters Spa.
Take the family to The Breakers Palm Beach, as it sprawls across 140 acres of oceanfront space and features five swimming pools, two 18-hole golf courses and nine restaurants. There’s a Family Entertainment Center with a playroom, arcade, mini-movie theater and arts and crafts room. A Kids’ Camp is available throughout the day, where they can join golf lessons, guided snorkel tours and enjoy kid-friendly pools or rent kayaks, floats and paddleboards.
South Seas Island Resort is a sprawling oceanfront property on Captiva Island that offers a long list of amenities perfect for a staycation. It boasts 18 swimming pools, water slides and a golf course, full-service spa and nature center. Visit the ice cream shop, tiki bar and three on-site restaurants, then take a romantic cruise past Cayo Costa National Park, Cabbage Key and Useppa Islands, or go shelling and dolphin watching on a private sunset cruise.
If you love the idea of a romantic staycation trip, the Sunset Key Guest Cottages are a must. Luxurious and secluded, the 40 cottages nestled in Sunset Key are on a quiet 27-acre island. Feel the breeze of the salty air in the airy living quarters and relax on the grand porches that overlook the gorgeous sea, then swim in your private plunge pool or have a private dinner right on the beach.
Set on 23 waterfront acres on Florida’s Paradise Coast, Naples Grande Beach Resort boasts beautiful rooms that feature private balconies with direct views of the Gulf. You’ll have access to five on-site restaurants and bars, three heated outdoor pools, a full-service luxury spa and an award-winning tennis facility with 15 courts. Enjoy the three miles of beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico, pick up luxury goods at the Waterside Shops or don your snorkeling gear for a day of underwater adventures.
The Setai Miami Beach is a landmark Art Deco building that offers you the A-list staycation experience with a prime South Beach location. Celebrity sights are common, while the spacious suites have direct ocean views and offer luxury amenities such as deep soaking tubs. Enjoy three on-site pools nestled in the immaculately landscaped grounds that face the sparkling blue ocean waters. Unwind at The Spa at The Setai by THEMAE or visit the private beach area with day-beds.
You’re guaranteed a beach view at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, where rooms and suites at the beachfront resort are just steps from the sugary white sands of the sun-kissed Fort Myers beach. Nestled on 12 acres of lush landscaping, you can take a dip in the three resort-style pools with waterfalls and zero-level entry. Relax with a cocktail under a shaded umbrella, indulge in a pampering spa treatment or dine on farm-to-table favorites at Jack’s Farm to Fork.
You’ll find the ultimate laid-back staycation at Southernmost Beach Resort, an upscale property with spacious rooms that feature private balconies and beautiful ocean views. Relax on the private sunbathing pier, which features hammocks strung between palm trees on a tranquil part of the island facing the Atlantic. Enjoy beach chairs and paddleboards or visit the Southernmost Beach Cafe for frozen drinks and happy hour specials. Explore nearby attractions like the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum or the lively Duval Street dotted with popular bars, restaurants and shops.
Bright and spacious rooms, in addition to tropical decor and a premier location make Cheeca Lodge & Spa a top destination for a romantic staycation. Recently renovated after Hurricane Irma, the hotel dates back to 1946 and was one of the original luxury properties on Islamorada. Soak up the sunshine at the towering palm-lined beaches and adults-only pool, dine at first-class restaurants or tee off at the 9-hole golf course, while a pampering on-site spa will keep you feeling refreshed.
Combine your staycation with a bit of luxury at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach. This Mediterranean-inspired oceanfront resort offers you the 5-star experience while also catering to travelers with kids. Its award-winning spa will ensure you’re fully pampered, while kids can enjoy the pristine beach just steps away. Focusing on all things oceanic, little ones can also learn about the Coast Guard and ocean waves or play in the zero-entry pool at the kids’ program.
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa is worth adding to the list of staycation spots for its long list of luxury amenities and elegant accommodation choices. Here you’ll find spacious, well-designed rooms with private balconies, while a flat-screen TV and plush bedding ensures your overnight stay is comfortable. Enjoy its three outdoor pools, then wrap up your day with an island-inspired body treatment from the Spa at Sanibel Harbour or grab a sunset cocktail at Charley’s Cabana Bar.