Charity De Souza is a Florida native and travel enthusiast. Traveling to over 50 countries abroad and residing in 6, she has a passion for exploring new cultures. While Central Florida is where she calls home, her favorite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland and watching the sunset in Morocco.
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As a Florida native, I know that location matters when picking a romantic getaway in the Sunshine State. You want the perfect mix of beach vibes, top-notch service, and a long list of amenities that offer incredible value.
Thankfully, Florida’s white sand beaches, warm weather, and luxury beachfront hotels offer the perfect combination for a romantic getaway with someone you love. Plan a glamorous trip for two at one of these top-rated resorts in Florida and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Couples who crave adventure will fall in love with the 60-acre paradise that is Hawks Cay Resort, considered one of the best resorts in Florida. With a full-service marina and a boatload of activities offered, you certainly will not be bored during your stay. Enjoy activities such as snorkeling, diving, swimming with dolphins, or paddling to nearby tropical islands. After a day of thrills, lay back at the adult-only pool for a taste of one of their refreshing mojitos or book a relaxing body treatment at the spa.
Multi-bedroom villas, rooms and suites
Large resort village with spa, dining, stores and marina
One of the best spa resorts in Florida, Naples Grande Beach Resort sits on three miles of white sandy coastline where you and your loved one can dip your toes in the sand in the privacy of your own double-lounger. Take a swim in their adults-only pool, hop in a kayak to explore aquatic life up close and personal, or toast to a romantic sunset from the privacy of your own balcony. After soaking in the views of the Gulf of Mexico spend an afternoon unwinding at their tranquil organic day spa.
Bright and spacious, the tropical and lush decor in addition to its premier location make Cheeca Lodge & Spa a top hotel in the Florida Keys. The towering palm-lined beaches, first-class restaurants, adults-only pool, 9-hole golf course, a pampering day spa, and romantically lit tiki-torched paths give Cheeca an impressive resume and unique combination of laid-back vibes with ultimate luxury. Fishing is king in Islamorada, but couples can also go snorkeling, diving, kayaking, or bicycling.
Luxurious and secluded, the luxury cottages that make up Sunset Key Guest Cottages are on a quiet 27-acre island 500 yards from Key West. With an Old Florida vibe, you can feel the breeze of the salty air in the airy living quarters and relax on the grand porches that overlook the gorgeous sea. Swim in your own private plunge pool or have a romantic private dinner with freshly caught seafood and a glass of bubbly on the beach.
Private island with 24-hour boat ferry service from Key West
Homes and cottages with private plunge pools
Pool, spa, private beach and signature restaurant on-site
One of the best resorts in Florida with a private beach, South Seas is a sprawling oceanfront property on Captiva Island with a long list of amenities. In addition to access to Sunset Beach, a private stretch of natural sand with excellent shelling opportunities, the 330-acre property boasts renowned fishing and boating charters, as well as eco-cruises and nature tours. Post-hurricane Ian, the hotel now has refurbished accommodations of varying types, each steps from the pristine Gulf of Mexico, including beach villas and beach homes. Future plans include a new 12-hole Beau Welling re-designed golf course and pools with chaise lounges, private cabanas, and a poolside bar.
Ranked as one of the best resorts in the world, Acqualina Resort & Spa truly has it all. The Mediterranean-inspired hotel gives the full 5-star experience, offering an award-winning spa, an adults-only pool, and stunning views. With poolside service situated steps away from pristine beaches that offer a beach butler service, you are spoiled for choice in where you want to spend your time. Wrap up the day on your private terrace to the sounds of the Atlantic and watch the sunlight fade as you and your loved one can gawk at the glittery stars above the ocean.
For couples that want to get away from it all, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an absolute oasis. Only reachable by seaplane or boat, the blissful stand-alone thatched-roof bungalow suites are on an intimate stretch of land near Little Torch Key and surrounded by lush greenery. Stripped of electronic devices, experience the simple life with outdoor showers, hammocks, and private decks. Book a sunset sail on a 38-foot yacht, a couples massage, or indulge in a lobster dinner for two under tiki torches on what feels like your own private island. It’s easy to see why it’s consistently rated as one of the most luxurious hotels in Florida.
Adults-only private island resort
Thatched roof bungalows and bamboo outdoor showers
One of the best beachfront hotels in Florida’s Panhandle, Henderson Park Inn was once ranked #1 Most Romantic Hotel in the US by Tripadvisor and #2 Most Romantic Hotel in the World by About.com. The hotel has an impressive resume, but with outstanding views of the Emerald Coast, luxury amenities, and top-notch service, it certainly lives up to the hype. This adults-only all-inclusive resort has a panoramic view of some of the most pristine white sandy beaches in Florida. Grab your complimentary wine, grapes, and chocolates and take in the surreal views of the sunset on your oceanfront terrace for a romantic weekend you both won’t soon forget.
Once voted #1 by Conde Nast Traveler as “Best Resort in Florida,” the Watercolor Inn is a fantastic getaway for couples. The gorgeous resort in Santa Rosa Beach has romantic rooms that face the aqua-blue Santa Rosa Beach. Here you can kayak or canoe through the unique coastal dune lake, bike through one of the lush trails, or get a couples massage at the Watercolor InnSpa before you retire to a day on the white powdery beach.
Beautifully landscaped with lush gardens and towering palm trees, The Palms Hotel & Spa is a luxury resort in Miami. With a focus on sustainability, couples can enjoy a fresh farm-to-table menu from the outdoor terrace of the resort’s restaurant Essencia. Book a nature massage and facial from The Palms Spa, grab a refreshing drink from the poolside Tiki Bar or stroll through the tropical gardens that lead you directly to the private beach for a truly relaxing getaway for two.
Nature massages and facials at on-site spa
Private beach and tropical gardens
Romantic dining on outdoor terrace at farm-to-table restaurant
One of the best beachfront hotels for couples in Florida, The Breakers Palm Beach is beach bliss at its finest in Florida. Not only does this luxe getaway offer a private stretch of beach but it also has a collection of beautiful oceanfront suites. Couples can take advantage of the four oceanfront pools, unwind in one of the private bungalows at the beach or book relaxing body treatments at the indoor-outdoor spa. It’s the ultimate in relaxation, while it also boasts multiple tennis courts, two championship golf courses and numerous on-site dining options.
Couples will find it hard to resist the allure of this pink-hued luxury hotel, mostly because The Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach is set on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach. You and your loved one can soak up the glitz, glamour, and Gatsby-era vibes at this historic hotel that dates back to 1928. Nicknamed Florida’s “Pink Palace” for its gorgeous Mediterranean and Moorish architectural motifs, this posh hotel boasts stylish rooms and suites with private balconies and ocean views. Unwind in a heated pool or book a massage at the on-site spa, then indulge in seafood cuisine at Maritana, cocktails at the beachside Rowe Bar or sweet treats at Uncle Andy’s.
The glitzy five-star Four Seasons Palm Beach is a luxury haven for couples, offering stylish rooms and suites with ocean views and top-notch service. You’re spoiled for choice in where you want to swim, as a freshwater pool area sits just minutes from the beach. Soothe your skin at the on-site spa or indulge in Meditteranean favorites at Florie’s. Take a break from the sunshine at Florie’s Bar with its menu of tasty garden-inspired cocktails, or relax under the canopy of sea grape trees at Seaway, which offers fresh seafood and beautiful ocean views. Make the most of its prime beachfront location by settling in for the day in a poolside cabana or reserve a beach day bed.
Freshwater pool with cabanas
Private beach with daybed reservations
Five-star salon and spa offering yoga and fitness classes
For 5-star pampering, book a couple’s stay at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Overlooking the sparkling ocean on a private beach, this hotel is just a stone’s throw from the action in West Palm Beach. Bask in the sunshine at the hotel’s resort-style pool, then get active with a surf lesson or reserve a private Oceanfront Cabana for a laid-back day of beach bliss. Feel renewed with head-to-toe treatments at the full-service on-site spa or enjoy a romantic dinner with farm-to-fork cuisine at Angle Restaurant. Afterward, recharge in a luxury suite and take in the ocean views from your wraparound balcony.
Private beach with oceanfront cabana rentals
Resort-style pool with private cabanas
Luxury on-site spa with salon and scrub and polish bar
Offering a picture-perfect beach location, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples lives up to its luxurious brand name with a range of 5-star facilities. From posh spa treatments inspired by the sea to 36 holes of championship golf, you’ll be spoiled for choice with activities. Bask in the sunshine at an outdoor pool, then fill up with seafood specialties at Gumbo Limbo or steaks at The Grill for dinner. While there are beautiful Gulf of Mexico views throughout the hotel, the luxury rooms and suites each offer a stunning view of the beach.
One of the best beachfront hotels on Florida’s Gulf Coast, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is an upscale resort perfect for a couples getaway, offering three miles of pristine private beach. Enjoy Gulf of Mexico views from a private balcony in one of the luxury rooms, then fill up at one of the multiple on-site restaurants that serve anything from succulent steak to gastro-pub favorites. Tee off at two championship golf courses, sip cocktails poolside, and get pampered at the on-site spa. Paradise by Sirene is a curated adults-only escape within the hotel for guests looking for romance in an adults-only rooftop pool, a private section of the beach and a daily complimentary breakfast for two.
Three-mile private beach
Two championship golf courses with instruction available
Adults-only section with rooftop pool and complimentary breakfast
One of the most romantic hotels in the Florida Keys, Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel & Resort in Marathon is also one of the best hotels in Florida with a private beach. One-bedroom rooms are cozy and feature garden views, while you can also bring the kids along or enjoy extra space in the two and three-bedroom beach houses, which overlook the Gulf of Mexico. Take a dip in one of the three swimming pools, enjoy in-room spa treatments, or sample fresh seafood at Butterfly Cafe. Pairing a beachside setting with a mouthwatering menu of frozen drinks, TJ’s Tiki Bar is the perfect spot to wrap up your day.
Private 2.5-acre white-sand beach and adults-only pool
You can expect five-star service when staying at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. It offers beachfront luxury for couples in Miami, located on a five-mile barrier island near Miami Beach, and the action in the downtown area. Dine on Florida-sourced seafood at Lightkeepers or Mexican favorites at the oceanfront restaurant Cantina Beach. In addition to a pampering spa, it boasts live music and rum cocktails at its lively 1940s Havana bar/lounge.
Caribbean-inspired resort spa and adults-only pool
Couples will love Casa Marina Key West, as it boasts a prime location less than a mile from Duval Street and is also situated on the largest private beach in Key West. Stay overnight at one of the posh Mediterranean-style suites for ocean views and a private balcony. As of October 2023, the renovated resort will feature a new, tropical contemporary style, transformed guestrooms, an airy lobby lined with windows framing the beach, two activity piers, enhanced food and beverage venues, and more.
Largest private beach in Key West
Mediterranean-style suites with ocean views
*Casa Marina is temporarily closed for renovations until October 2023.
Set on a beautiful beach, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is a sun-seekers paradise. Couples highly rate this beachfront hotel as one of Florida’s best, located across the street from the Bal Harbour Shops and at the northern tip of Miami Beach. Snag one of its spacious guest rooms and suites with oceanfront balconies for an overnight retreat, then take advantage of its two infinity pools and a 14,000-square-foot Remède Spa. Pick from one of the many gourmet dining options, then treat yourself to beautifully appointed Oceanfront Day Villas and signature St. Regis Butler service. Vino lovers will enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at The St. Regis Bar & Wine Vault.
Two infinity pools including adults-only tranquility pool
Omni Amelia Island Resort is located just off the Northeast Florida coast, nestled on 1,350 acres at the tip of a beautiful barrier island. Couples love its beautiful oceanfront accommodation options, as well as its world-class resort pools, championship golf and a full-service spa. Enjoy the peace and quiet at the infinity-edge adults-only pool, then enjoy a romantic dinner at Bob’s Steak & Chop House or hearty build-your-own burgers at Falcon’s Nest. There’s even an on-site shopping village with charming boutiques.
On-site restaurants and shopping village
Two championship golf courses and full-service spa
Located in Fort Lauderdale, Pelican Grand Beach Resort is a romantic oasis with oceanfront rooms and suites and a private beach. Float your worries away in the lazy river, cool off after a day at the beach in the zero-entry pool, or recharge with a massage at the spa. OCEAN2000 and its on-site O2KLounge boast a beautiful oceanfront veranda for libations and romantic dinners, while The Emporium is an ice cream parlor with sweet treats for an old-fashioned date.
In operation since 1928, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Jacksonville is an iconic hotel with a rich history. Couples will find a wide array of amenities at this hotel to keep them busy, from the 15 tennis courts and 36 holes of golf to the luxurious spa and four oceanfront swimming pools. Exuding opulence and stateliness, many of the luxe rooms offer dazzling views of the Atlantic Ocean and walk-out access to the beach. You have nearly a dozen options for when hunger strikes, from fine dining to cozy cafes, while stand-up paddleboards, fat tire beach bikes and ocean kayaks are available when you’re up for an adventure.
Golf courses and tennis courts on-site
Rooms and suites with beach access
Beach rentals with kayaks, bikes, paddleboards and more