For a sunny beach destination that's within easy reach of many U.S. cities, Florida is arguably the top option. From trendy, party-focused Miami to the laid-back Keys, there are numerous vacation-worthy spots to choose from. No matter which place you pick, you'll find some stellar luxury hotels, though not all are created equal. We found the posh properties that are actually worth their price, so you can feel good about spending your hard-earned cash. Keep reading for the best bang-for-your-buck luxury hotels in Florida.
Situated a bit north of hopping South Beach, The Confidante Miami Beach is a hip, retro-inspired hotel with tons of on-site features. A pretty beachfront with free loungers, two outdoor pools, multiple bars (with live music some nights), and a spa are all on offer here. The 354 rooms, including 14 suites, are chic and fun, with patterned curtains and carpets, mid-century modern furniture, and framed wall prints.
Located a 15-minute drive from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate is a destination unto itself. The expansive property houses 862 rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, an illuminated nine-hole course, five pools — including an adults-only option, lazy river, and waterslide — a kids’ club with daily activities, and a full-service spa and salon. Several dining options are also convenient. Rooms are elegant and equipped with all the necessary amenities, plus villas with kitchens are available.
Set on a calm stretch of sand just north of Jacksonville Beach, the One Ocean Resort and Spa is a modern, family-friendly property. The 193 rooms have a contemporary look with beach-y accents, and come equipped with flat-screen TVs, balconies, and minibars. The spa here is luxurious and popular with couples, while little ones can utilize the excellent kids’ club, which has a marine biology theme.
Housing 1,000 rooms, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando is a massive property with tons of amenities for guests of all ages. Set within the Universal Orlando complex, the hotel comes with an array of theme park perks, including free water taxis and early admission to some parks. On-site features are also impressive, consisting of a huge outdoor pool with a waterslide, two sandy beaches, kids’ areas, multiple dining options, a kids’ club, and a fitness center. There’s also a weekly Caribbean Carnaval-themed dinner show.
Romantic and luxurious, the 74-room COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is a gorgeous boutique property with stellar Art Deco flair. It’s located at the northern edge of South Beach, making for a quieter stay. Stylish rooms have a pistachio-and-gray color palette, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines, and free Wi-Fi. A pretty outdoor pool, fine-dining restaurant and bar, spa and gym, and rooftop hydrotherapy pool with ocean vistas round out the offerings.
Located on the topmost floors of the JW Marriott building, the 44-room Hotel Beaux Arts, Autograph Collection is in Downtown Miami’s Financial District. Guests have access to all facilities at the JW Marriott, plus an exclusive dining and lounge area. Rooms here have high-tech amenities, swish marble bathrooms with separate tubs and showers, and excellent views. The daily fee covers use of an indoor basketball court, virtual golf and bowling, an outdoor pool, and gym.
The 474-room Naples Grande Beach Resort is a huge property with an array of features for families, couples, and convention delegates. Its biggest draws are the pretty beachfront and 72-par golf course. Other draws include multiple pools — one with a large waterslide — a spa, several dining and drinking options, and a whopping 15 tennis courts. Accommodations range from classically decorated rooms to larger garden villas. A lot of indoor and outdoor meeting space is also available on-site.
The Four Seasons Hotel Miami is a stellar property in the Downtown area. Top-notch service, elegant and modern rooms with swish bathrooms, and high-end amenities are all found here. Some units also have great bay views. Two large pool areas, a sophisticated spa, a tasty steakhouse, and an elite fitness center are suitable for both leisure and business travelers.
Located along a gorgeous stretch of the beach, the EDITION is one of the hippest luxury hotels in Miami. High-end amenities range from two outdoor pools and a spa to multiple well-regarded dining options and an underground nightclub/bowling alley/skate rink. The 294 sleek rooms feature a clean, light design, Beats Bluetooth speakers, and swish toiletries. Many also have balconies and ocean views.
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is set midway between Universal Studios and Disney World, about a 20-minute drive from both. The 582 rooms and suites here are stylish and have luxe amenities such as glass-enclosed shower stalls and separate tubs, iPod docks, and Nespresso machines. A spa, modern fitness center, and 18-hole golf course provide adult fun, while kids and families may prefer the gorgeous pool, outdoor kids’ splash zone, and the Ritz Kids club. Four dining options are on-site, and the adjoining JW Marriott’s amenities are free to use.
Located in an upscale residential area that’s a five-minute drive to Estero Bay in Naples, the 454-room Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa is a luxury resort suitable for families and couples. Extensive features consist of a private beach, three outdoor pools with waterslides, a hot tub, full-service spa, 18-hole golf course, and kayak and bike rentals. Several restaurants and bars are also available. Rooms are contemporary and house private balconies, iPod docks, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs.
The 426-room 1 Hotel South Beach is a stunning, environmentally friendly property with direct beach access. As part of the eco-conscious 1 Hotel brand, this hotel features salvaged wood, hemp mattresses, and take-home socks instead of disposable slippers, plus many more eco initiatives. All the expected high-end features can be found here, including four pools, three bars, a fine-dining restaurant, and a spa. Gorgeous rooms have a natural design and modern amenities.
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort occupies a beautiful beachfront in the exclusive area of Bal Harbour. The 216 spacious rooms and suites are elegant and high-end, with five-piece bathrooms, high-tech amenities, and furnished balconies with ocean views. Suites add Nespresso machines, kitchens, and butler service. An elegant spa, two pool areas, a semi-private beach, three restaurants, and a kids’ club are just some of the substantial and excellent features on offer here.
Situated along Singer Island’s popular resort row, the 232-room Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is a top choice in Florida. Condo-style suites are packed with home-like features, including full kitchens, living spaces, jetted bathtubs, flat-screen smart TVs with Netflix and Hulu, and washer/dryers. The long list of facilities includes a semi-private beach, two pools and waterslides, multiple restaurants, and a spa.
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