Florida may attract families and partiers in droves, but it’s also an excellent choice for couples looking to dial up the romance. From sexy South Beach hot spots and adults-only resorts to 19th-century bed-and-breakfasts and private-island retreats, here are the most romantic getaways in Florida, according to Oyster’s hotel investigators.
With its two 18-hole golf courses, 10 tennis courts, five heated oceanfront pools, and nine restaurants, this sprawling resort feels more like a Renaissance palace than a hotel. The 140-acre grounds are defined by historic architecture and elegant landscaping. The Breakers’ 540 rooms include all of the modern amenities -- minibars, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and iPod stereos -- but most feel a bit cramped for the price. The only major downside of The Breakers is its expensive, albeit delicious, on-site dining.
The 243-room hotel is an excellent choice for visitors who are indifferent to the South Beach party scene. Highlights include lavish decor, spacious guest rooms with oceanfront balconies, two infinity pools, extensive spa with sauna and steam rooms, and three on-site dining options. There is also food and drink service poolside and on the beach.
A striking, moody design; impeccable service; three pools (each a different temperature); and prime beachside location make the Setai one of the best hotels in Miami. The hotel’s 85 rooms are gorgeous, gigantic, and filled with luxurious amenities like deep soaking tubs.
Elaborate natural design flows through this stunning 312-room beachfronter. Large, modern rooms (with the best terraces in Miami, all overlooking the ocean); luxurious spa and a modern, well-equipped fitness center; and trendy trestaurant The Dutch from renowned chef Andrew Carmellini -- the W tops the Miami greats.
This 40-room resort caters to the upscale traveler with luxurious, beach-chic cottages and high-end amenities, including a zero-degree entry pool with two whirlpools, a gorgeous beach with palm trees and clear waters, and a pleasant spa. Its location, though idyllic and exclusive, might be somewhat inconvenient for travelers who want to be close to shops and restaurants (the hotel only has one eatery on-site).
A beautiful beach, two pools, upscale spa and fitness center, fine dining Matador restaurant, and underground nightclub/bowling alley/skate rink are some of the notable features at this hip luxury hotel. The 294 sleek guest rooms -- many with balconies overlooking the ocean -- feature light woods, white fabrics, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, walk-in showers with rain showerheads, and Le Labo toiletries.
Large rooms and lush courtyards characterize this glamorous, 1920s luxury property, which has an excellent on-site Cafe Boulud from celeb chef Daniel Boulud, a Frederic Fekkai hair salon, 24-hour concierge, and lovely (if small), greenery-surrounded pool.
Literally a one-minute walk from the beach, this trendy boutique hotel -- like many others in the area -- caters to a young, hip clientele. The lobby is decorated with a sleek black-and-white motif, the rooftop pool and bar are hopping late into the night, and house music plays throughout the property.
Originally opened in the 1950s, Casa Morada is an upscale and intimate boutique hotel that’s been completely renovated with elegant suite-style rooms, hammocks hanging between the trees, a serene pool deck and bar, and a Zen garden with rock grotto. There are only 16 rooms on the property, and each one with amazing water views and its own distinct decor and vibe.
Centrally located near many of St. Augustine's top attractions, the 138-room Casa Monica Hotel is a gorgeous, historic building dating back to 1888. The dramatic Spanish-villa-meets-Arabian-Nights theme includes details such as dim lighting, velvet headboards, wrought iron accents, and red carpets. Highlights include a sunny rooftop pool with large surrounding patio, spacious fitness center, on-site cafe, restaurant, and bar, as well as manicured grounds.
Gorgeous and regal, the Boca Raton Resort is an expansive hotel on 365 acres of land. Rooms of different buildings are designed distinctly, but all are large, elegant, and include flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and Keurig coffeemakers. A shuttle boat ferries guests from the main resort to its sister property, the Boca Beach Club, which sits along a private ocean beach.
Refurbished from 1884 conch houses, the Marquesa Hotel is a complex of buildings surrounding interior gardens and two pools. The 27 individually decorated rooms are light, airy, and feature flat-screen TVs and cozy sitting areas with ottomans. Suites have private terraces with cute wicker furniture and some are adjacent to one of the hotel's pools. An appealing on-site restaurant, Cafe Marquesa, serves fresh local seafood.
This antique-filled 19th-century bed-and-breakfast was originally built in the 1880s and is one of a handful of historic properties in St. Augustine's Old City. The charming house has beautiful views of the Mantanzas River, and many of its 18 rooms have jetted tubs, electric fireplaces, and outdoor seating areas. The rates do put the property in the splurge category, but they include a full hot breakfast and an evening reception with wine, beer, and snacks.
Lots of dark wood in the rooms and lobby and dim mood lighting give this 134-room boutique hotel a cool, chic vibe. Situated between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, the stylish hotel has beautiful views all around, plus a private beach with food and drink service. The renowned restaurant from celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein is a local hot spot, and access to two private golf courses is a nice perk.
On the site of the historic Clearwater Beach Hotel, the 253-room luxury Sandpearl Resort has Old Florida decor, an outdoor pool with private cabanas, spa, yoga classes, and nightly beachfront fire pit. The waterfront restaurant, Carretta on the Gulf, is the area's only four-diamond restaurant. The best rooms overlook panoramic vistas of the Gulf of Mexico with spectacular nightly sunsets.
Guests at this full-service, four-pearl hotel literally have all of Key West right at their doorstep, but they might not want to leave the property thanks to the lush grounds, white sand beach on-site, spa with steam room, pool and hot tub, and restaurant/bar. Rooms are simple and comfy with premium bedding, rain-style showers, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi; some have balconies and exquisite views. A well-stocked fitness center and ample event spaces are on hand as well. The oldest bar in Key West is also here and the proximity to Sunset Pier means guests can watch the sun go down in style.
The turn-of-the-last-century La Mer Hotel and Dewey House caters to adults wanting an upscale Key West vacation. The beachfront property consists of two conch homes with tropical, but elegant decor, and offers terrace dining and access to a sister hotel's pools, spa, and three bars. Guest rooms are beautifully decorated in a classic style, and have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers; some open to balconies. The property serves free breakfast -- including homemade quiche and waffles made-to-order -- and can arrange beachside and in-room spa services.