Relax in Luxe Without Traveling Too Far
By Katie Dressler
Get to know the Florida that millions travel the globe to enjoy. When planning your annual vacation, save on airfare and spend it on local luxuries. Whether it be a weekend retreat at a posh hotel where you’ve always wanted to stay and feel like royalty for a day (or two… or three!), or an adventure at an exotic pool locale, our very own back yard beckons for a summer getaway.
The Breakers Palm Beach
The Breakers Palm Beach has lured generations of discerning travelers to its Italian-Renaissance setting. Situated on the Island of Palm Beach, The Breakers offers five acres of oceanfront paradise. Overlooking turquoise waters and glistening beaches, this resort is ideal for an unforgettable tropical vacation. Relax at any of its four oceanfront pools, plan water and beach activities, and treat yourself to one of its three waterfront dining locations.
Each of the 411 EPIC Hotel guestrooms and suites has a private balcony, 18 to 30 floors into the Miami skyline, with a view of the sunrise over Biscayne Bay, Brickell Key and Brickell Avenue, and the sunset and the city lights of downtown Miami. Each bed is wrapped in soft Frette triple sheeting, and you’ll be surrounded by contemporary design and custom furnishings. Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as a World’s Best Places to Stay and Gold List 2012, the EPIC is the epitome of luxury accommodation. Located in the heart of downtown Miami, this waterfront hotel will take your breath away with its roof-top pool deck boasting spectacular skyline views, top-rated restaurants, chic spa packages and 24-hour access to the state-of-the-art fitness center.
The Atlantic Hotel and Spa
Celebrate The Atlantic Hotel and Spa’s 10th anniversary with the Suite Life staycation package. Guests will partner with a resort concierge to ensure that the experience is an intimate, customized and unforgettable escape. Enhance the package with a selection of exclusive, personalized services and experiences.
Can’t swing a night out? Not to worry! The Atlantic encourages locals to beat the heat by enjoying public access to its pool area. Enjoy captivating ocean views from the fifth floor Oceanfront Terrace while you feed your needs poolside at Ocean Market Grille.
W Fort Lauderdale
This luxury hotel on A1A across from the beach is renowned as the hidden playground of stars and starlets. This once legendary party Mecca has reinvented itself and emerged on the scene in the hottest comeback to hit the strip. Its 517 anything-but-typical rooms and suites offer unrivaled ocean or Intracoastal views. From afar, its two towers resemble the expansive sails of a sailboat coming about. Turn up the volume even louder on Salvation Sundays, an elevated WET experience, offered throughout the summer. Gather your friends for the amped up celebration featuring live DJs and handcrafted signature cocktails. The 21-plus event welcomes non-hotel guests for a $10 cover charge per person.
Inn on Fifth
Inn on Fifth, located in trendy downtown Naples, has two iconic structures that face each other across fashionable Fifth Avenue South. A sugar-white stretch of world famous beach is a short stroll down the avenue, with easy access to some of Florida’s most exclusive golf courses and legendary natural attractions. The Inn is home to 119 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, including 32 luxurious Club Level Suites in a separate private building. Each spacious room features stylish furnishings, contemporary design and luxurious bedding, with access to Juliet balconies or terraces for taking in the warm breezes or vibrant streetscape below.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Enjoy complimentary chairs and umbrellas on the beach at Pelican Grand and pamper yourself with a margarita or lunch delivered by its beach attendants. Not only is the Atlantic Ocean mere steps away from the Pelican Grand, you can also swim or float in the only Lazy River in Fort Lauderdale at this resort. And what’s any kind of vacation without ice cream? The resort has its very own 1950s-style ice cream shop, The Emporium.
The Angler’s Miami
The Angler’s Miami, located just steps away from some of the greatest beaches, offers a personalized stay in one of its spacious 45-suites in a boutique lifestyle setting in the heart of South Beach, with luxurious comforts with bamboo wood floors and white marble tiled bathrooms.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Surrender to the bliss of sun, sea and sparkling pools. Fontainebleau is as glamorous as when James Bond and Goldfinger sat by the pool for a heated game of gin rummy. Book your stay in a deluxe balcony category or higher and receive the third night compliments of Fontainebleau, through July 12.
Lago Mar Resort and Club
Lago Mar Resort and Club boasts a 500-foot private beach and secluded location encompassing 10 acres in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale. The Banks family has owned the resort for more than 50 years. It was the first resort in Broward County to be on Condé Nast’s Gold List Edition of the World’s Best Places to Stay. Lago Mar has been honored with the AAA Four Diamond Award every year since 2001 and Zagat has named it as one of the Best Resorts in Broward County. And to get there, you don’t have to go far.
Victoria Park Hotel
This little gem in our back yard, is an oasis in the middle of Fort Lauderdale. Victoria Park Hotel has been called “A charming, gated paradise in the heart of sunny Fort Lauderdale. Located in one of South Florida’s oldest, premier neighborhoods, its shady, old growth trees, tropical gardens and updated rooms sooth away stress.
Unwind in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale at historic Riverside Hotel. Its pool is a tropical oasis tucked behind the classic wing of the hotel where guests can relax under a palm tree, mojito in hand, and watch yachts, sailboats and ferries cruise along the scenic New River. Non-guests can enjoy the luxury, too, by purchasing a pool membership that includes towels, access to the gym, and discounted parking.