Best Luxury Hotels in Florida

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Go ahead, make a little joke about Florida. Good, now that that's done, you're ready to check out the poshest hotels that the state has to offer, from adults-only private-island resorts to renowned golf getaways to glitzy, billion-dollar Bal Harbour high-rises. Take a look at our top picks for luxury in the Sunshine State and get inspired!

  1. This is one of the most luxurious beachfront hotels in Miami. Notable perks at the 243-room, ultra-modern masterpiece include spacious, airy guest rooms (among Miami's priciest -- with good reason) with oceanfront balconies, two infinity pools, a white sandy beach, three on-site dining options, and a substantial salon and spa. The $1 billion property attracts a high-end crowd, though travelers looking to be more plugged in to the legendary South Beach party scene could try the comparably posh W South Beach.

  2. A dramatic Asian-inspired design; faultless service; and massive, immaculate rooms (they start at an astounding 600 square feet) make the Setai one of the top hotels in Miami. The oceanfront destination features three splendid pools, each a different temperature, and clean patch of beach that is as posh and sparsely populated as it gets in South Beach.

  3. No expense was spared for this Miami stunner. Located on the northern edge of South Beach, the elegantly landscaped, 312-room resort blends cute comforts and modern design (its large rooms feature terraces angled to overlook the ocean).

  4. This sprawling Italian Renaissance-inspired resort is a world unto itself. Defined by historic, old-world architecture and lovely grounds, the 140-acre property's features five distinct oceanfront pools (plus four whirlpools), 10 tennis courts, nine restaurants, a full-service spa, and what is thought to be the oldest 18-hole course in Florida. Standard rooms seem smallish for a property of this caliber, but have old-fashioned charm and modern extras, such as free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV. The only major downside? On-site dining is expensive (though delicious): A family of four could easily spend more on meals than on their room. As far as hotel competition in Palm Beach goes, nothing compares to the luxury found at this iconic resort.

  5. The Four Seasons is synonymous with superb service, and the cooly elegant, immaculately maintained Miami location is no exception. Inside a steel and glass tower in Downtown Miami's Financial District, the 221-room hotel is a sleek and well-oiled machine designed to meet the demands of sophisticated business travelers. Modern, spacious rooms have ample amenities (large flat-screen TVs, twice-daily turndown service) and luxurious bathrooms with terry robes, designer toiletries, and separate marble soaking tubs.

  6. Located on the beautiful Grande Lakes resort grounds, the 584-room Ritz-Carlton is one of the best luxury hotels in Orlando -- thanks in part to its swanky, up-to-date rooms with Frette linens; giant, undulating pools; and 40,000-square-foot spa. It's worth comparing rates to the adjacent, virtually identical JW Marriott, though (the two hotels share features).

  7. Fifteen minutes south of Disney, this meticulously groomed mini-city of a resort has 411 time-share rooms that are among the best condo units in Orlando. Its beautiful one-bedroom villas may have older TVs, but most visitors don't mind since there is a five-acre water park, 54 holes of golf, a six-court tennis pavilion, and excellent restaurants. Reunion Resort is one of Orlando's priciest condo resorts outside those at Disney, but its sizable rooms, vast amenities, and polished service make it well worth the price.

  8. With two acclaimed golf courses on-site, the elegant Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort is a golfer’s paradise. For the non-golfers, there are four tennis courts, an award-winning American restaurant, a fitness center, and a large pool with poolside service. Well-sized guest rooms have classic decor and modern amenities, but they’re a tad bland and feel less deluxe than those at other Ritz-Carltons. The beach and enormous spa are both located at the sister property, located three miles away (free shuttles run every half hour).

  9. Secluded on an island overlooking Brickell Bay, the low-key, 326-room Mandarin Oriental retreat is perfect for couples, business travelers, and anyone else seeking an escape from the crowd. Chic, tastefully minimalist decor; oversized rooms with water views; and an outdoor infinity-edge pool (a touch on the small side); and an uncrowded man-made beach are a few of the highlights. A few less appealing aspects include the occasional report of untrained staff members and uneven housekeeping, and the fact that South Beach is a cab ride away.

  10. After a complete renovation, this 426-room, eco-conscious hotel opened in March 2015. Salvaged wood, organic sheets, energy-efficient elevators, and Tesla car service are a few of the environment-friendly touches, while outstanding amenities include direct beach access; four pools (one being of the rooftop variety); and a Tom Colicchio-helmed restaurant. It's all about the zen here, so travelers looking for a bigger party vibe should check out the nearby Delano or Thompson Miami Beach. 

  11. It may look like a simple, Robinson Crusoe-style retreat from afar, but Little Palm Island Resort & Spa means business when it comes to lavish amenities. Located on a private island that's reachable only by boat or seaplane, the romantic, adults-only resort offers individual oceanfront villas with private sundecks, outdoor showers, secluded hot tubs, and panoramic views of the ocean. No wonder it's a favorite getaway for celebrities.

  12. The 311 neutral-toned rooms of the Casa Marina Resort have a sleek, sophisticated, but still island-y feel, and include great amenities, such free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and espresso machines. The beautiful grounds are marked by palm trees, lush foliage, large outdoor oceanfront pools, and -- rare for Key West -- a swimmable beach (it's too rocky to wade into the water, but a long dock extends to the sandier seabed) with great beachside service.

  13. Perched on the top floors of the JW Marriott building, this ultra luxe, 44-room hotel is even more upscale than the Marquis. All rooms have sleek decor (floor-to-ceiling windows, minimalist furniture), flat-screen TVs and iPads, illy Espresso machines with free espresso, free WiFi, marble bathrooms, and amazing views.

  14. Everything is big at this modern, 313-room hotel -- rooms have giant 52-inch flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs. The staggering lineup of amenities includes three restaurants, a pool, a basketball court, a virtual bowling alley, a 3D theater room, a golf school, and a huge fitness center. Travelers in search of even more luxurious digs may consider Hotel Beaux Arts, Marriott's boutique hotel on the top floors of the building.

  15. This 80-room, 1920s property has a ritzy, British Colonial vibe -- the two lush courtyards feature sparkling fountains, the lovely pool is surrounded by palm trees, and the lobby is capped with stunning rough wood ceilings. The glam hotel also has a restaurant from star chef Daniel Boulud and a salon from celebrity hairstylist Frederic Fekkai. One drawback is that accessing nearby beaches requires crossing busy roads; those hoping to be directly on the beach may consider staying at the trendy Omphoy.

  16. Set on Sunset Key, a residential island off Key West, this 40-room resort appeals to the upscale traveler with high-end, beach-chic cottages and impressive amenities, like a zero-degree entry pool, a gorgeous white-sand beach with palm trees and clear waters, and two tennis courts. The location, while idyllic, might be somewhat vexing for visitors who want to be close to the shopping and nightlife.

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