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Thinking about a vacation in Florida where you can enjoy loads of the sunshine, beautiful beaches, water sports, and key lime pie? These amazing resorts are sure to offer everything you’re looking for in a getaway and then some.
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If you’re looking for a luxurious romantic escape in West Palm Beach, The Breakers is the ultimate place to stay. One of the most famous properties in Florida, it feels more like a palace than a hotel, with its gorgeous oceanfront grounds, historic ambiance and magnificent landscaping, along with a half-mile of private beach, five swimming pools, 10 tennis courts, two 18-hole golf courses, an indoor/outdoor spa, nine restaurants and nearly a dozen boutique shops. You can spend all of your time right here with so much to do on site. The over 500 rooms include plenty of amenities too, including flat-screen televisions, iPod stereos, and minibars. If you really want to do it up, book the 1,700-square-foot Imperial Designer Suite that boasts jaw-dropping water views from its floor-to-ceiling windows.
This 300-acre beachfront property is renowned for its country club-style personal service and its wealth of amenities. It features 36 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts, a fitness center with over 100 weekly classes, four swimming pools, including an adults-only pool, a lap pool and a family pool with a waterslide. It also sits directly on a pristine, white sand beach. If you’d like to spend your days enjoying the sun, in addition to lounging on the beach, there are kayaks, paddleboards, and bicycles for rent. Afterward, soothe those sore muscles in the luxury spa with a menu of more than 100 services. Numerous dining options await as well, including the fine dining Seahorse Grille with a diverse menu that includes fresh seafood and steaks served up with dramatic ocean views.
Considered the best of the best when it comes to Florida Keys Resorts, this Gilligan’s Island-style resort can only be reached by seaplane or boat. It boasts 30 duplex units, all under a thatched roof, offering plenty of privacy for couples who are looking to connect. This five-star resort caters to high-profile vacationers seeking gourmet fare, a world-class spa, water sports, sailing, fishing and diving charters, a lagoon-style pool and a private beach. It’s also known for its number of thoughtful touches, including having your name in wood blocks above the door. By booking the Romance Package you’ll get a welcome bottle of champagne, all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), a snorkel trip, spa credits and complimentary access to non-motorized sports included in one rate.
*Due to hurricane damage, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa will be closed until 2020 for renovations.
Step into Hawks Cay Resort, and you’ll feel as if you’re entering a small village, with its massive size and long list of amenities, including its very own 85-slip marina. Many of the resort’s guests arrive by boat, as it’s located on the fairly secluded Duck Key, although driving in is easy too, a scenic 60-mile drive from Key West. Popular with families and for family reunions, it offers a multitude of activities, including a dolphin experience, a water slide shaped like a pirate ship, miniature golf and a kids’ club, as well as its multi-bedroom villas and a small beach that sits at the edge of calm waters. The diverse eco-system provides the chance for renowned fishing, and also brings the beloved Atlantic bottlenose dolphin right along the shore. Access adventure concierge services to arrange a kayak ride through mangrove forests and view a variety of marine life – and, be sure to explore the only living coral reef marine sanctuary in North America.
Located along nearly two-and-a-half miles of gorgeous Atlantic beach on the Palm Coast, the AAA Four Diamond Hammock Beach Resort is most famous for its stunning golf courses, including the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course, one of the highest rated in the state with six holes directly along the water. Families will have a great time here too, with the opportunity for kids to enjoy floating along the Lazy River and zipping down the water chute. A full-service spa with a sauna and steam room, a massive fitness center and a variety of dining options also await, including five restaurants and three bars. If mom and dad want to enjoy a cocktail at the lounge and some private time, or a game of golf, there’s a kids’ camp for the younger ones too.
Situated on 12 waterfront acres on Marathon Key, Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort features luxurious and tropical Victorian-style homes that are divided into multi-story two- and three-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and spectacular Gulf views. Each beach house includes a gourmet kitchen with a separate dining area, two-and-one-half baths and a living room. After a day of play, enjoy unwinding with a 42-inch plasma TV, complete with premium cable and wireless internet. The French doors, found on both levels, lead to expansive porches with jaw-dropping unobstructed water views of the Gulf of Mexico. Guests also have access to a private beach which includes an eco-friendly fence offshore that keeps this idyllic stretch of sand in pristine condition, free of seaweed and other ocean debris.
Epitomizing the glamor of a long-gone era, the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale is ideal for couples seeking a romantic retreat. The 192-room resort was designed to resemble an Art Deco ocean liner, from its marble lobby and filigreed banisters to the pool deck that gives guests a direct view straight into the ocean. You’ll enjoy impressive water views from nearly everywhere you go throughout the resort, along with plenty of classic luxury. The ocean view deck features an infinity pool, exclusive cabanas, and a skywalk connecting the waterfront, while the fitness center overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. The guest rooms and suites boast private balconies with views of the ocean or Intracoastal Waterway, as well as spacious layouts and luxurious bathrooms.
For couples and families who would rather avoid the party scene at South Beach, this glitzy Miami resort is considered one of the area’s most luxurious beachfront properties. It boasts two infinity pools, a spa, fitness center with personal trainers and exercises classes and three onsite eateries, including a Jean-Georges restaurant, along with an ideal location right on the beach across from the Bal Harbour Shops. Rooms are large and lavish, with balconies that face the ocean, and marble bathrooms. Choose a suite and you’ll get 24-hour on-call butler service too. Despite the glamor, kids are more than welcome – in fact, there’s a Children’s Club as well as childcare services available right onsite.
The Pier House Resort and Spa sits on a tranquil stretch of sand at the foot of famous Duval Street, offering an ideal quiet setting while still being close to all of the action Key West is legendary for, right at the edge of the historic district. Enjoy cozy, colorful rooms with a pool, garden or ocean view – or, choose one of the six high-end suites that extend right over the water, providing glorious sunset views. The picturesque courtyard is dotted with soaring coconut palms and hibiscus blossoms, while the expansive complex of weathered buildings includes an original Conch house. It stands out from the competition with its outstanding amenities that include an onsite spa, pool, restaurant, and bar – the oldest in Key West, as well as proximity to Sunset Pier for watching the sun go down in style.
Amelia Island, a barrier island off the northern coast of Florida is home to 12 miles of beautiful beaches and the breathtaking waterfront Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Resort. Ideal for relaxation and adventure, this luxurious resort hosts a range of activities, including everything from surfing lessons to paddleboarding excursions, as well as championship golf, world-class swimming pools, and practically endless dining options. It’s kid-friendly too, with perks like a game room, a kids’ club, in-room treats, and even bedtime stories with a princess, pirate or the properties macaw mascot. If that’s not enough, the island itself features miles of trails, the opportunity to go horseback riding on the sand, sailing, and paddling in the tidal creeks and marshes. After a day of fun, relax in your room with ocean views from your private balcony – luxurious beds with 400-thread-count Egyptian Frette linens and goose-down pillows ensure a fabulous night’s sleep.