15 Top-Rated Resorts in Florida
Few states boast as vast an array of hotels and resorts as Florida. This is just as well; as the go-to destination for travelers seeking great sun-and-sand vacations in the US, the Sunshine State attracts millions of visitors from far and wide, all of them on the lookout for somewhere great to stay. From magnificent uber-luxury spa resorts offering world-class accommodations and pampering to smaller yet highly-rated and reputable resorts offering unforgettable family holidays, chances are you'll find what you're looking for with our list of the top-rated resorts in Florida.
1 Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Sunny Isles Beach
There are so many reasons why the Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is ranked as the top Florida resort that it's difficult knowing where to begin. The fact that it's luxurious certainly helps, as does its manageable size - you'll never feel as if you're lost in the crowd. Consisting of just 98 elegantly appointed rooms and suites overlooking the Atlantic, the accommodations are spacious and provide everything needed to ensure a memorable stay. Standard guestrooms feature king beds plus pull-out couches, classy furnishings, HDTVs, large marble-floored bathrooms with separate jet bathtubs and glass showers, and spacious terraces or balconies. The larger suites come with separate living rooms, full-kitchens with modern appliances, and a breakfast room. (Pets are welcome, but advise the resort prior to arrival.)
When it comes to conveying that sense that you truly are somewhere special, the on-site amenities do just as good a job as the guestrooms. Fine and casual dining is available to enjoy in one of the restaurants, al fresco on an ocean-view patio, or in the comfort of your room. Add to this the three heated, oceanfront swimming pools, each with optional cabana rentals; a well-equipped fitness center; meeting and function rooms; and a variety of great children's activities and educational programs and you've got the makings of a great vacation. Make sure you try the Acqualina Spa, too, popular for its special "suite for two" and private terrace with its own swimming pool.
Address: 17875 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Accommodation: Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
2 Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach
Pampering and luxury are also very much in the cards for those staying at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. This exquisite five-star property overlooking Florida's Atlantic coast features a mix of elegant suites and guestrooms ranging from standard-hotel sized affairs to magnificent two-bedroom units capable of sleeping groups. These larger condo-style vacation homes also come with great views from their two large rooftop balconies, and there's plenty of additional living space. All accommodations come with the same high level of service, from the inclusion of bathrobes and L'Occitane toiletries to twice-daily housekeeping and newspaper delivery. (Some pet-friendly units are available, but check restrictions prior to arrival.)
The Four Seasons' flare for providing unforgettable vacations extends to the resort's superb amenities, too. Highlights include the spacious, heated, outdoor swimming pool with its comfortable lounge chairs, umbrellas, and private cabanas, as well as a variety of attendant services provided down at the beach. Other perks include use of the house car, along with complimentary snacks and hot drinks. The resort also features on-site restaurants, a fitness center, full-service spa, plus a library.
Address: 2800 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, Florida
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach
3 Nobu Hotel Miami Beach
The Nobu Hotel Miami Beach adds a distinct touch of celebrity to a vacation. Founded by the legendary Robert De Niro in partnership with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, this new Miami hotel has certainly upped the luxury stakes in the city. Beautifully designed and modern, the hotel offers a variety of high-end experiences, from having your very own personal butler to elegant in-room dining, along with personal shopping assistance. A large, heated outdoor pool is available, complete with comfortable lounge chairs, private cabanas, and pool-side attendants.
The Japanese-themed accommodations consist of 206 rooms and suites, each elegantly appointed with custom wood furniture and artwork. Other options include a choice of king or queen beds. Some of the larger units feature bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers, along with large wrap-around balconies. There's also a huge 2,500-square-foot penthouse suite with separate sleeping, living, and dining areas. Some pet-friendly units are available, but be sure to make the necessary arrangements at the time of booking to avoid disappointment.
Address: 4525 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida
Accommodation: Nobu Hotel Miami Beach
4 The Breakers, Palm Beach
Not only is The Breakers one of the largest resorts on Florida's Atlantic coast, it's also one of the oldest. Founded in ritzy Palm Beach in 1896, The Breakers offers no end of fun things to do. Highlights include trying out the resort's four heated, outdoor swimming pools, one of which is for adults only; relaxing in one of the five hot tubs; or lounging and sunbathing on the resort's expansive private beach, where you can spend time hanging out within sight of the water in your own mini-bungalow (TVs and attendant service included). Also fun is wandering along the promenade that meanders through the property. Other features of note are the world-class spa, fitness center, watersports including kayaks and paddleboards (snorkeling and fishing trips can be arranged), plus an 18-hole golf course.
One of the highlights of a stay at The Breakers is kicking back in your luxury guestroom. Standard features of the resort's bright and well-appointed rooms include large marble bathrooms with separate walk-in showers plus tubs and expansive balconies with some of the best views anywhere in Florida. For a real treat, be sure to try the resort's in-room dining (especially nice on your balcony).
Address: 1 S County Road, Palm Beach, Florida
Accommodation: The Breakers
5 The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Located on Florida's northeast coast and once the haunt of pirates, lovely Amelia Island is a popular destination for those seeking a less busy beach vacation. Providing an added dash of class is The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, an exquisite luxury resort that offers guests no end of fun and relaxation. Highlights of a stay include spending time in the resort's full-service spa, enjoying a meal in one of the four on-site restaurants (including in-room options), or playing a round of golf. Guests can also make use of the resort's fitness center and tennis courts. Then of course there's the beach, which stretches for miles and offers plenty of opportunities for some quality rest and relaxation. Fun for the kids includes pirate-inspired treasure hunts and other educational programs.
Although a big resort, it's spread out enough to ensure you never feel part of a crowd (unless you want to). Boasting 446 guest rooms and suites of various sizes, there's plenty of choice when it comes to settling in for your stay. Popular options for couples include the bright king rooms with their floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to spacious balconies. If money is no object, and you've got a few others chipping in, why not splash out on a one-or two-bedroom unit? These condos come with up to three oceanfront balconies, a kitchen with modern appliances, separate dining and living areas, a fireplace, along with special privileges including access to the resort's executive lounge with all its perks.
Address: 4750 Amelia Island Pkwy, Fernandina Beach, Florida
Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
6 The Setai, Miami
Another of Miami's top-rated resorts, The Setai is located in the city's bustling South Beach neighborhood. It's certainly an interesting looking property, consisting of a fully-restored Art Deco building from the 1930s along with an attached modern building that houses the hotel's luxury accommodations. Popular room choices are the one-bedroom, ocean-view suites. Features include beautiful custom-made king beds, granite bathrooms with jetted tubs and separate rainfall showers, full-kitchens, and large balconies. Larger versions consisting of two-, three-, and even four-bedrooms are also available, along with an uber-luxurious penthouse.
As you'd expect from a luxury resort of this caliber, there are plenty of perks included in your room rate. Top among them are valet parking and airport shuttles, concierge services, fine dining (including in-room options), a spa, and chauffeur services.
Address: 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida
Accommodation: The Setai
7 Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
There's little doubt the brains behind the magnificent Four Seasons Resort Orlando are big Disney fans. Located just minutes from Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks, the resort is built high enough to ensure guests can, from the rooftop at any rate, enjoy the nightly firework displays at both locations. That Disney magic seems to be everywhere here, from the emphasis on kids - character themed breakfasts are a must-do - to families enjoying fun in the on-site water park, Explorer Island, complete with a lazy river and waterslides. Grown-ups can have fun of their own on the resort's golf course, tennis courts, or in its restaurants, spa, or adults-only pool and hot tub.
The guestrooms have much to commend them, too. Highlights include one-bedroom suites that come with elegant marble bathrooms with large bathtubs and stand-alone glass showers (plus decadent in-mirror TVs), HDTVs, and balconies. Those needing more space can combine two or more rooms to make larger units. Other services available to guests include in-room dining, twice-daily housekeeping, overnight shoeshine, plus a delivered newspaper.
Address: 10100 Dream Tree Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
8 The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
Naples has, in recent years, become the must-stay destination for the rich and famous visiting the Gulf coast of Florida. And there's plenty of excellent high-end hotels and resorts springing up to satisfy this demand. One of the top-ranking properties is The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. It's a big property, consisting of 450 bright and colorful guestrooms and suites, all featuring large balconies with beautiful gulf views, HDTVS, marble bathrooms (with bathrobes and toiletries), work desks, in-room dining, and twice-daily housekeeping.
Guests are also spoiled for choice when it comes to resort amenities. Highlights include a huge spa consisting of 30 individual treatment rooms offering everything from massages to wellness programs, a fitness center, and no less than seven dining options (including a number of alfresco opportunities). Also on-site are two large heated outdoor swimming pools (cabana rentals available), including a family pool and one for adults only, along with a kids splash pool; kids' programs and activities; a video games room; business center and meeting rooms; floodlit tennis courts; plus access to two championship 18-hole golf courses.
Address: 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, Florida
Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
9 The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Longboat Key
One of the largest and most impressive luxury vacation properties on Florida's Gulf coast, The Resort at Longboat Key Club is located on the southernmost tip of a beautiful 13-mile stretch of beach. The majority of its 223 rooms come with great views over the gulf, especially enjoyable from your private balcony at sunset. Popular with couples are the well-appointed standard rooms, each with comfortable pillow-top single king or two queen beds, spacious bathrooms (bathrobes included), and HDTVs. Families and larger groups may wish to consider one of the one- or two-bedroom suites available, which come with full-kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms.
Spread across 410 acres of beautiful oceanfront property, the resort offers plenty of fun activities and amenities. Guests are spoiled for choose for dining, as the resort has eight restaurants, and also offers in-room dining. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the golf courses on-site, as well as the floodlit tennis courts, plus water-based activities such as swimming and kayaking. The resort even boasts a large full-service marina that offers docking, along with rentals of boats and Jet Skis.
Address: 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key, Florida
Accommodation: The Resort at Longboat Key Club
10 1 Hotel South Beach
A highlight of any stay at 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami is spending time on the resort's gorgeous 600-foot beach. It's even better, of course, in your very own personal cabana, available to rent by the day and capable of handling groups of up to 20. Also worth the time is relaxing around the lovely rooftop pool (what views!), along with an excellent restaurant that also offers in-room dining. Other perks include complimentary bikes, as well as the assigning of a "personal guru" to assist with shopping and meal reservations, etc. There's also a large fitness center and a beauty parlor and spa.
With guestrooms as nice as those found at 1 Hotel South Beach, you could be forgiven for not wanting to leave the comfort of your room. Popular with couples, the spacious king hotel rooms come with good-sized bathrooms, authentic wood finishes, and beautiful views over the beach or the city from their balconies. Larger groups should consider the condo-style units, which come with such features as full-kitchens, separate living rooms, and even bigger balconies.
Address: 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida
Accommodation: 1 Hotel South Beach
11 Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Palm Beach
At the luxurious Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, guests can indulge in one of the largest spa facilities in ritzy Palm Beach, if not all of Florida. Covering an area of 42,000 square feet, this huge facility offers no-end of personalized pampering in a magnificent tropical setting, including romantic couples' massages in your own private cabana. Other facilities to enjoy include two heated outdoor swimming pools, one if which is for adults only, and a large well-equipped fitness center. There are also five restaurants on-site, a pleasant waterfront terrace with a fire pit, and tennis courts. When it comes time to hit the beach, be sure to rent yourself a private cabana.
One of the most popular accommodation options available here, the spacious
suites sleep up to four guests (there's a pull-out couch in the separate
living rooms). Also handy in such cases are the second bathrooms. Even larger units are also available, including extremely elegant executive and penthouse suites.
Address: 100 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan, Florida
Accommodation: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
12 The Pearl Hotel, Rosemary Beach
One of the newest vacation properties to have opened up on Florida's Panhandle - it welcomed its first guests in 2013 - The Pearl Hotel, Rosemary Beach, is also one of the most luxurious. Consisting of just 55 guestrooms, the resort offers guests a high degree of pampering and indulgence, from the daily treats left after turndown to the complimentary soft-drinks and the cool in-room "e-concierge" (dinner reservations are just a click away) to your own personal Apple TV device. These, along with other features, such as spacious bathrooms stocked with elegant toiletries and large balconies, are yours to enjoy regardless of whether you stay in one of the standard rooms or the larger suites.
The resort's amenities are equally geared to spoil you. Highlights include a world-class spa, private beach (chairs and umbrellas provided), golf (two courses to choose from), and tennis privileges. There's also a fitness center and excellent kids' programming. Guests are also entitled to free bike usage, along with kayaks and canoes. There's also plenty of dining options, too, including alfresco and in-room dining.
Address: 63 Main Street, Rosemary Beach, Florida
Accommodation: The Pearl Hotel
13 The Marker Waterfront Resort, Key West
When your resort of choice is ranked as one of the best in a place like Key West, you know it's going to be good… very good. The Marker Key West only opened in 2014 and has already made a name for itself as the place to stay in this popular tourist destination in the Florida Keys. Guests can choose from a modest 96 chic, contemporary-designed rooms, each brightly decorated and beautifully appointed with custom furniture. Features include spacious, private balconies (or a terrace if you are on the ground floor); two queen beds or a king bed; mini-fridges; comfortable work desks and chairs; and roomy bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and good-sized bathtubs, along with plush bathrobes.
The resort amenities are equally classy and include three heated outdoor swimming pools, one of which has been designated a "tranquility" pool for use by adults only. Poolside lounge chairs are provided, and a number of comfy cabanas are available for rent. Other amenities include a large fitness center, on-site dining, valet parking (very useful as street parking is tough to find), and concierge services. Also handy is the hotel's location, just steps away from the city's busy Duval Street with its many restaurants, shops, and entertainment opportunities, and Mallory Square with its famous sunset celebration (a must-see event attended by hundreds daily).
Accommodation: The Marker Waterfront Resort
14 Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach
Located on beautiful Clearwater Beach - ranked one of the best beaches in the US - Sandpearl Resort offers those lucky enough to stay here an unforgettable luxury getaway. Guestrooms consist of your choice of a one- or two-bedroom condo-style unit, each featuring full kitchens and laundry facilities, large bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs, as well as roomy balconies with lounge chairs.
When you do manage to drag yourself away from your comfortable room, be sure to try the on-site restaurant, as well as the spa. Also available for guest use are a fitness center, business center, convention space, a full-service marina, and heated zero-entry swimming pool. And, of course, the beach mustn't be missed, so be sure to grab a lounge chair and umbrella (better still, rent a cabana) and enjoy! There's also much to see and do in the area, too, including boat cruises and fishing adventures, diving and snorkeling, as well as kayaking.
Address: 500 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, Florida
Accommodation: Sandpearl Resort
15 Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande
Located on a group of barrier islands between Tampa and Fort Myers, the historic Gasparilla Inn & Club has been around since 1913 and offers a unique and tranquil vacation on the state's beautiful Gulf Coast. Gasparilla Island moves at a distinctly laid-back, unhurried pace, experienced everywhere from the historic village of Boca Grande to the beaches. And Gasparilla Inn reflects that pace perfectly, nowhere more so than in its elegant accommodations, which invite guests to rest, reflect, and relax. Options include the 63 standard guestrooms, which come with a choice of queen, king, or twin beds. Better still for larger groups, opt for one of the large stand-alone houses. Ranging in size from 2,300 to 3,850 square feet, these elegant units come in either three- or four-bedroom layouts, each with its own well-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, and separate dining and living rooms. (Some units are pet-friendly, so be sure to make your preferences known when booking.)
The resort offers guests the use of a fitness center and swimming pool, while rentals of bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, and golf carts - the preferred mode of transportation around the island - are also available. There's also a golf course, and the inn has earned a reputation for its superb croquet lawns. For food, you can choose between the excellent on-site restaurant or café.
Address: 500 Palm Ave, Boca Grande, Florida
Accommodation: Gasparilla Inn & Club