Florida's Best Luxury Hotels

by Megan DuBois

Florida's Best Luxury Hotels

by Megan DuBois
Smart Luxury

From stunning beachfront escapes to wellness-centric retreats, to golf getaways, The Sunshine State offers an array of splurge-worthy stays. Keep reading for 15 of our favorite luxury hotels in Florida.

From stunning beachfront escapes to wellness-centric retreats, to golf getaways, The Sunshine State offers an array of splurge-worthy stays. Keep reading for 15 of our favorite luxury hotels in Florida.

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Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club: Surfside

From 1930 to 2013, The Surf Club welcomed high-profile guests like Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor, and Frank Sinatra. In 2017, the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club brought the glittering beauty back to life. Staying here today is like stepping back in time to a golden age of travel. 

From 1930 to 2013, The Surf Club welcomed high-profile guests like Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Taylor, and Frank Sinatra. In 2017, the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club brought the glittering beauty back to life. Staying here today is like stepping back in time to a golden age of travel. 

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Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club: Surfside

Why we love it: Each accommodation is equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows and furnished balconies. While it might be tempting to admire the incredible views from the comfort of your room, you’re going to want to explore the rest of the resort, too. Don’t miss the Art Deco-inspired, palm-lined Champagne Bar, which boasts Miami’s largest selection of bubbly. 

Why we love it: Each accommodation is equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows and furnished balconies. While it might be tempting to admire the incredible views from the comfort of your room, you’re going to want to explore the rest of the resort, too. Don’t miss the Art Deco-inspired, palm-lined Champagne Bar, which boasts Miami’s largest selection of bubbly. 

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Faena Hotel Miami Beach: Miami Beach

Miami is home to an abundance of beachfront resorts, and Faena Hotel Miami Beach is among the most luxurious. The property is best known for its unique art installations, including a 24-karat sculpture of a mammoth skeleton called “Gone But Not Forgotten.” Vibrant pops of red and gold only add to the lively, arty atmosphere. 

Miami is home to an abundance of beachfront resorts, and Faena Hotel Miami Beach is among the most luxurious. The property is best known for its unique art installations, including a 24-karat sculpture of a mammoth skeleton called “Gone But Not Forgotten.” Vibrant pops of red and gold only add to the lively, arty atmosphere. 

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Faena Hotel Miami Beach: Miami Beach

Why we love it: Faena Hotel Miami Beach combines the glamour of a bygone era with traditional Miami Art Deco appeal. All guest rooms and suites offer coastal views and striking red accents. At the 22,000-square-foot Tierra Santa Healing House, you can choose from an array of shaman-developed treatments and rituals. Other spa amenities include a hammam, sauna, herbal steam room, and two-person marble ice parlors. 

Why we love it: Faena Hotel Miami Beach combines the glamour of a bygone era with traditional Miami Art Deco appeal. All guest rooms and suites offer coastal views and striking red accents. At the 22,000-square-foot Tierra Santa Healing House, you can choose from an array of shaman-developed treatments and rituals. Other spa amenities include a hammam, sauna, herbal steam room, and two-person marble ice parlors. 

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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa: Little Torch Key

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an adults-only oasis that's only accessible via boat or seaplane. Accommodations feature ultra-luxe touches like private decks, in-room soaking tubs, and outdoor showers, making your stay all the more memorable. 

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an adults-only oasis that's only accessible via boat or seaplane. Accommodations feature ultra-luxe touches like private decks, in-room soaking tubs, and outdoor showers, making your stay all the more memorable. 

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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa: Little Torch Key

Why we love it: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa feels like your very own private island paradise. SpaTerre is known for its innovative service offerings, which range from CBD treatments to Margarita Key Lime Pedicures. Want even more pampering? Splurge a private beachfront dinner at Sandy Point or partake in an intimate Chef’s Table experience. 

Why we love it: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa feels like your very own private island paradise. SpaTerre is known for its innovative service offerings, which range from CBD treatments to Margarita Key Lime Pedicures. Want even more pampering? Splurge a private beachfront dinner at Sandy Point or partake in an intimate Chef’s Table experience. 

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LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort: Naples

Whether you prefer to hit the beach, spa, or golf course, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort offers something special for everyone. The property — which is situated between the stunning waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Vanderbilt Bay — features bright and airy accommodations, as well as stylish public spaces complete with custom artwork and chandeliers.  

Whether you prefer to hit the beach, spa, or golf course, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort offers something special for everyone. The property — which is situated between the stunning waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Vanderbilt Bay — features bright and airy accommodations, as well as stylish public spaces complete with custom artwork and chandeliers.  

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LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort: Naples

Why we love it: Guests here can soak up the sun, swim in the ocean, and sip cocktails on the private beach. Alternatively, those who enjoy a challenging round of golf will want to make a tee time at LaPlaya Golf Club, which boasts a Robert Cupp-designed course. At the end of the day, make your way to the fire pit to watch the last drop of sunlight hit the water.

Why we love it: Guests here can soak up the sun, swim in the ocean, and sip cocktails on the private beach. Alternatively, those who enjoy a challenging round of golf will want to make a tee time at LaPlaya Golf Club, which boasts a Robert Cupp-designed course. At the end of the day, make your way to the fire pit to watch the last drop of sunlight hit the water.

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Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes: Orlando

The stunning Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is just a few minutes from the character-clad theme parks, but you'd never know it. The expansive resort has 10 bars and restaurants, a 40,000-square-foot spa, a Greg Norman-designed golf course, and three pools (including a lazy river). 

The stunning Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes is just a few minutes from the character-clad theme parks, but you'd never know it. The expansive resort has 10 bars and restaurants, a 40,000-square-foot spa, a Greg Norman-designed golf course, and three pools (including a lazy river). 

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Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes: Orlando

Why we love it: Whether you want to lounge by the pool or embark on a kayaking excursion, the property's dedicated concierge team can make it happen. Once you work up an appetite, you can choose from several on-site dining options. Knife & Spoon, which is led by acclaimed chef John Tesar, is a must-visit for its selection of dry-aged steaks.

Why we love it: Whether you want to lounge by the pool or embark on a kayaking excursion, the property's dedicated concierge team can make it happen. Once you work up an appetite, you can choose from several on-site dining options. Knife & Spoon, which is led by acclaimed chef John Tesar, is a must-visit for its selection of dry-aged steaks.

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The Perry Hotel & Marina: Key West

The Perry Hotel and Marina combines dark leathers, light-washed woods, and plenty of ocean blues. The result? A beautiful blend of colors and textures. Plus, thanks to the hotel's relatively small size (there are just 100 rooms total), you can expect individualized attention from staff members. 

The Perry Hotel and Marina combines dark leathers, light-washed woods, and plenty of ocean blues. The result? A beautiful blend of colors and textures. Plus, thanks to the hotel's relatively small size (there are just 100 rooms total), you can expect individualized attention from staff members. 

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The Perry Hotel & Marina: Key West

Why we love it: After catching “the big one” on a fishing excursion, take your fresh catch to the on-site Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen and Bar, where the chef will prepare it to your liking. Alternatively, those looking to relax and take in the ocean breeze can do so by the two waterfront pools. 

Why we love it: After catching “the big one” on a fishing excursion, take your fresh catch to the on-site Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen and Bar, where the chef will prepare it to your liking. Alternatively, those looking to relax and take in the ocean breeze can do so by the two waterfront pools. 

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The Alfond Inn: Winter Park

The Alfond Inn is located in historic Winter Park. Here, you’ll find 112 rooms, a rooftop pool, and an award-winning restaurant. After a day spent exploring the quaint town, retreat to your room and enjoy a glass of vino out on the balcony. 

The Alfond Inn is located in historic Winter Park. Here, you’ll find 112 rooms, a rooftop pool, and an award-winning restaurant. After a day spent exploring the quaint town, retreat to your room and enjoy a glass of vino out on the balcony. 

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The Alfond Inn: Winter Park

Why we love it: Art enthusiasts will especially appreciate the property's expansive collection from The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College. Throughout the hotel, you'll find beautiful stained glass, paintings, photographs, and sculptures.

Why we love it: Art enthusiasts will especially appreciate the property's expansive collection from The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College. Throughout the hotel, you'll find beautiful stained glass, paintings, photographs, and sculptures.

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The Don CeSar: St. Pete Beach

Along the shores of St. Pete Beach is The Don CeSar, which is famous for its pretty pink hue (hence its nickname, The Pink Palace). All 277 rooms and suites have been renovated to feature blush accents, whitewashed headboards, and funky patterned wallpaper. The private beach beckons you outside to soak up the sun during the day, but there’s plenty to do here once nighttime rolls around, as well. 

Along the shores of St. Pete Beach is The Don CeSar, which is famous for its pretty pink hue (hence its nickname, The Pink Palace). All 277 rooms and suites have been renovated to feature blush accents, whitewashed headboards, and funky patterned wallpaper. The private beach beckons you outside to soak up the sun during the day, but there’s plenty to do here once nighttime rolls around, as well. 

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The Don CeSar: St. Pete Beach

Why we love it: From complimentary bikes and beach loungers to daily yoga classes and non-motorized watersports rentals, a stay at The Don CeSar comes complete with a handful of amenities. If you’re planning a spa day, take a moment to admire the coastal views from the rooftop garden terrace. 

Why we love it: From complimentary bikes and beach loungers to daily yoga classes and non-motorized watersports rentals, a stay at The Don CeSar comes complete with a handful of amenities. If you’re planning a spa day, take a moment to admire the coastal views from the rooftop garden terrace. 

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Acqualina Resort & Residences: Sunny Isles Beach

Acqualina Resort & Residences has a distinct Mediterranean feel with deep red accents and Baroque-style touches. Rooms start at a spacious 740 square feet and are outfitted with private balconies, whirlpool tubs, and plush seating areas. Outside, guests will find three pools, stylish private cabanas, and of course, a stunning beach. 

Acqualina Resort & Residences has a distinct Mediterranean feel with deep red accents and Baroque-style touches. Rooms start at a spacious 740 square feet and are outfitted with private balconies, whirlpool tubs, and plush seating areas. Outside, guests will find three pools, stylish private cabanas, and of course, a stunning beach. 

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Acqualina Resort & Residences: Sunny Isles Beach

Why we love it: The property is an excellent pick for families looking for an elevated experience. Don't miss the AcquaMarine kids’ camp, which has themed activities for children ages five to 12. While the kids are at play, adults can indulge in a spa treatment followed by a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean. 

Why we love it: The property is an excellent pick for families looking for an elevated experience. Don't miss the AcquaMarine kids’ camp, which has themed activities for children ages five to 12. While the kids are at play, adults can indulge in a spa treatment followed by a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean. 

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Omni Amelia Island Resort: Amelia Island

At Omni Amelia Island Resort, lush golf courses, nine on-site eateries, and a tranquil spa are all waiting to welcome you. What's more, the property, which is located along 3.5 miles of secluded beach, has plenty of sand and sun for everyone.

At Omni Amelia Island Resort, lush golf courses, nine on-site eateries, and a tranquil spa are all waiting to welcome you. What's more, the property, which is located along 3.5 miles of secluded beach, has plenty of sand and sun for everyone.

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Omni Amelia Island Resort: Amelia Island

Why we love it: Omni Amelia Island Resort has 402 ocean-facing guest rooms, each with private patios or balconies. The resort also hosts a handful of VIP, chef-prepared dinners followed by a tour of the on-site greenhouses, gardens, and beehives. Meanwhile, golf enthusiasts can perfect their technique at one of several courses.

Why we love it: Omni Amelia Island Resort has 402 ocean-facing guest rooms, each with private patios or balconies. The resort also hosts a handful of VIP, chef-prepared dinners followed by a tour of the on-site greenhouses, gardens, and beehives. Meanwhile, golf enthusiasts can perfect their technique at one of several courses.

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The Henderson, A Salamander Resort: Destin

With its low-rise build, elegant interiors, and charming guest rooms, The Henderson looks like it’s been plucked out of a quaint seaside village in New England. Highlights include a private beach, a kids’ club, and a 10,000-square-foot spa, along with hands-on craft lessons, four drinking and dining options, non-motorized watersports rentals, and a lazy river. 

With its low-rise build, elegant interiors, and charming guest rooms, The Henderson looks like it’s been plucked out of a quaint seaside village in New England. Highlights include a private beach, a kids’ club, and a 10,000-square-foot spa, along with hands-on craft lessons, four drinking and dining options, non-motorized watersports rentals, and a lazy river. 

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The Henderson: Destin

Why we love it: The Henderson is especially ideal for those searching for a luxurious, family-friendly getaway by the beach. Don't check out without enjoying a meal at the property's signature eatery, Primrose, which serves up seafood-centric eats and delectable sushi.

Why we love it: The Henderson is especially ideal for those searching for a luxurious, family-friendly getaway by the beach. Don't check out without enjoying a meal at the property's signature eatery, Primrose, which serves up seafood-centric eats and delectable sushi.

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Flagler Club at The Breakers: Palm Beach

The Breakers, which has been welcoming guests since 1896, is famous for its Renaissance Revival-style architecture. For an even more luxe experience, consider a stay at the opulent Flagler Club, a 25-room hotel within a hotel. Accommodations here feature plush linens and marble bathrooms. 

The Breakers, which has been welcoming guests since 1896, is famous for its Renaissance Revival-style architecture. For an even more luxe experience, consider a stay at the opulent Flagler Club, a 25-room hotel within a hotel. Accommodations here feature plush linens and marble bathrooms. 

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Flagler Club at The Breakers: Palm Beach

Why we love it: Flagler Club, which spans across two private floors, is arguably The Breakers' best feature. Amenities include a chauffeured Tesla house car service and airport transfers, a fully dedicated team to assist you during your stay, access to the private lounge and rooftop terrace, cocktail hour, and use of The Breakers' vast facilities, including four pools, a private beach, and two championship golf courses.

Why we love it: Flagler Club, which spans across two private floors, is arguably The Breakers' best feature. Amenities include a chauffeured Tesla house car service and airport transfers, a fully dedicated team to assist you during your stay, access to the private lounge and rooftop terrace, cocktail hour, and use of The Breakers' vast facilities, including four pools, a private beach, and two championship golf courses.

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Ponte Vedra Inn & Club: Ponte Vedra Beach

This stately beachfront property is comprised of ten low-rise buildings. It's also home to four swimming pools and a beautiful spa. Plus, all 262 elegantly appointed accommodations are outfitted with private terraces or balconies. Consider booking one of the Atlantic House rooms, which have sliding glass doors that open directly to the beach.  

This stately beachfront property is comprised of ten low-rise buildings. It's also home to four swimming pools and a beautiful spa. Plus, all 262 elegantly appointed accommodations are outfitted with private terraces or balconies. Consider booking one of the Atlantic House rooms, which have sliding glass doors that open directly to the beach.  

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Ponte Vedra Inn & Club: Ponte Vedra Beach

Why we love it: Ponte Vedra Inn & Club features 36 holes of golf, a croquet lawn, and 15 tennis courts. (It's called the Official Tennis Club of the ATP World Tour for a reason!) Outdoor enthusiasts can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and beach bicycle cruisers.

Why we love it: Ponte Vedra Inn & Club features 36 holes of golf, a croquet lawn, and 15 tennis courts. (It's called the Official Tennis Club of the ATP World Tour for a reason!) Outdoor enthusiasts can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and beach bicycle cruisers.

 

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The Pearl Hotel: Rosemary Beach

The Pearl Hotel stands out from other Rosemary Beach properties thanks to its eye-catching exterior, which is accented with striped black and white awnings and Old World-inspired turrets. Prepare to be dazzled by the property's keen attention to detail and gracious customer service.

The Pearl Hotel stands out from other Rosemary Beach properties thanks to its eye-catching exterior, which is accented with striped black and white awnings and Old World-inspired turrets. Prepare to be dazzled by the property's keen attention to detail and gracious customer service.

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The Pearl Hotel: Rosemary Beach

Why we love it: From the moment you walk through the front door of The Pearl Hotel, you're treated like royalty. Upon checking in, you'll receive a signature sparkling cocktail. Additionally, a resort staff member will deliver a freshly baked treat to your room each night. It's worth noting that the property is currently in the midst of a guest room refurbishment, which is slated to wrap up in spring 2022.

Why we love it: From the moment you walk through the front door of The Pearl Hotel, you're treated like royalty. Upon checking in, you'll receive a signature sparkling cocktail. Additionally, a resort staff member will deliver a freshly baked treat to your room each night. It's worth noting that the property is currently in the midst of a guest room refurbishment, which is slated to wrap up in spring 2022.

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Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa: Vero Beach

The sleepy coastal town of Vero Beach is primarily known for its abundance of sea turtle nests in the summer and early fall. While the adorable animals are a big draw, a stay at the stunning Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa — which is owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan — makes a trip here all the more worthwhile. The resort’s Miami-inspired modern vibe is only upstaged by the hospitable service and amenities. 

The sleepy coastal town of Vero Beach is primarily known for its abundance of sea turtle nests in the summer and early fall. While the adorable animals are a big draw, a stay at the stunning Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa — which is owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan — makes a trip here all the more worthwhile. The resort’s Miami-inspired modern vibe is only upstaged by the hospitable service and amenities. 

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Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa: Vero Beach

Why we love it: Guests can choose from a variety of activities such as non-motorized watersports, beach bonfires, and yoga classes. Sundays are for brunch at The Wave Kitchen and Bar, while happy hour takes place every night. Those looking to get out and enjoy the water can take a guided snorkel tour over the top of the S.S. Breconshire shipwreck, which is now home to hundreds of beautiful sea creatures. 

Why we love it: Guests can choose from a variety of activities such as non-motorized watersports, beach bonfires, and yoga classes. Sundays are for brunch at The Wave Kitchen and Bar, while happy hour takes place every night. Those looking to get out and enjoy the water can take a guided snorkel tour over the top of the S.S. Breconshire shipwreck, which is now home to hundreds of beautiful sea creatures. 

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