Just because you’re heading to the beach doesn’t mean you can’t still get the red carpet treatment. If there’s one state that knows how to do sun and sand right, Florida is your place for an oceanfront luxury vacation. With an east coast, west coast, and islands to boot, you’re sure to find the right hotel for your pampered vacation.
There’s a reason U.S. News & World Report has ranked Acqualina as the #1 Best Resort in the Continental U.S. for the fourth year in a row. Situated just south of Miami-Dade county on a barrier island on 4.5 beachfront acres, you’ll find three oceanfront swimming pools, signature Mediterranean decor, and incredible ocean views, you will be immersed in luxury from the moment you step foot on the property. Or if you need to truly relax, take advantage of their 20,000-foot state-of-the-art spa which embodies the European Day Spa philosophy that every visit should be a tranquil journey. Be sure to experience their world-class dining beachside, and watch the sunset while you sip champagne and eat your gourmet dinner with your toes in the sand.
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If you’re a Disney lover and want to visit to see the Mouse in style, then check out the Four Seasons at Walt Disney World Resort. Nestled under towering palms and cypress, experience Florida nature amidst the opulence of this sprawling 26-acre resort. This is the perfect family vacation, with two onsite water parks and twice-weekly character breakfasts, you can make sure you experience all Disney has to offer from the convenient Disney Planning Center in the lobby. And if you’ve ever wanted to see the Disney fireworks without the crowds, be sure to book dinner at the Michelin-starred rooftop steakhouse Capa. This resort is also perfect for a trip sans kiddos, as you can relax in the adults-only oasis, book an ayurvedic healing at the spa, or tee off at the exclusive 18-hole golf course.
Are you looking for casual luxury and laid-back sophistication? Then you need to check out Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Costa d Este resort in Vero Beach Florida. The Estefan’s have infused this resort with their personal style, designing the resort to pamper and inspire their treasured guests. If you like water sports, then take advantage of their onsite paddle boarding and ocean kayaking. For the adventurous type, you can also snorkel the S.S. Breconshire wreck where you are sure to find exotic sealife and underwater surprises. And if you want to venture off the grounds, you’ll find great shopping at the boutiques on Ocean Drive and delicious craft beers at the local brewery.
You won’t want to miss the powdery, white sands of Lido Beach and Siesta Key. And if you want to visit these beaches while staying in luxury, then you’ll want to book your vacation at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. Experience coastal living fully equipped with the amenities the Ritz is known for. Urban and elegant, this gulf-front oasis is set right off downtown, take day trips to visit the world-class Ringling Art Museum or wander St. Armand’s circle discovering shops ranging from quaint to elegant. With your stay at the Ritz, you’ll have exclusive access to The Beach Club on Lido Key, as well as the award-winning Tom Fazio-Designed championship golf course. And if you want to elevate your stay and experience the finest in personal service, upgrade to the Club Level. Rooms and suites are spacious, decorated with a modern design, with marine hues paying homage to the tranquility of Sarasota.
If you want an adults only, lush, private vacation, then you need to check out the Little Palm Island resort. It is America’s only private island resort, and trust us, it won’t disappoint. Inspired by the British West Indies, this island paradise offers bungalows with tachted roofs, a nod to old world tradition. Find your zen in the indoor/outdoor exotic spa. If you’re searching for true privacy, you will find it here as the island is boat or seaplane access only. Enjoy cocktails at the on-shore reception, The Shore Station, when you arrive. Don’t worry about the cuisine, the resort has you covered, where you can dine oceanside with locally sourced, fresh seafood and quintessential culinary creations. This is true place for restoration, where you can enjoy the pristine paradise, with no television, no phones, and absolutely no distractions. A place to recharge and reconnect, and find your peace again.
If your someone who loves to vacation somewhere with history and tradition, then you’ll find your place at the Breakers Resort. Founded in 1896, this historic luxury hotel has weathered over a century of life, founded by the great American industrialist, Henry Flagler. And if you want to stay where the “who’s who” of 20th-century America have been, such as the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and Carnegies, then you’ve found your next luxury vacation. Stocked with all the amenities you’d want at a full service resort, like golf, tennis, the beach, pools, and a worldclass spa, you’ll find just what you’re looking for here. In addition to these fabulous amenities, The Breakers is known for glamorous holiday events, and one holiday in particular keeps guests coming back year after year for their Ultimate New Year’s Eve party. This is the place for you if you want history, atmosphere, and most importantly, a luxurious good time.
Dominique Richardson is a freelance writer for Broadry. She is a CPA turned CEO of YA by the Bay, a young adult book festival coming to Tampa, FL in October 2023. She’s a young adult author and freelance writer. Learn more about the book festival at yabythebay.org and follow her on Instagram @domwritesbooks.