Florida has almost one thousand miles of sandy beachfront, and since the temperatures (on land and in the water) stay relatively warm all year, it’s one of the only places within the U.S. that swimming and sunbathing are viable options no matter the season. But not all Sunshine State beaches are equal.
Read on for our favorite Florida beach resorts, including Atlantic and Gulf Coast options.
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The Miami Beach EDITION is a sleek, minimal resort facing a vast swath of Mid-Beach inside the former Seville Hotel, a modernist icon built in 1955. Fully refreshed, it still exudes glamour, albeit in Edition’s signature muted tones and minimalist furniture. The best rooms are in the newly built “bungalow” building, which overlooks one of the two relaxed pools. Read our Miami Beach EDITION review.
This Surfside property, about 30 minutes by car to South Beach and right along a beautiful stretch of sand, blends chic, contemporary accommodations with high-touch service. Rooms are streamlined and sleek, without feeling impersonal or corporate, and the property pays continued homage to The Surf Club’s storied past. There is an intimate, though excellent spa and a beautiful pool near the resort’s stretch of beachfront. It’s ideal for both families and couples alike, showcasing sophistication and warmth across all service platforms. Read our Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club review.
From the mind of Argentine developer Alan Faena—and with the help of director Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catherine Martin (of Moulin Rouge fame)—Faena brings a dose of theatrics to Mid Beach. The double-height lobby has flanked gold-leafed columns, tropical mosaics and red textiles. Through the towering glass doors at the far end of it, a life-sized, gilded wooly mammoth statue from Damien Hirst separates the garden from the beach just beyond. The high drama continues at the resort’s pool area and beach set-up, which feature red-tasseled umbrellas and deck chairs. The resort’s elegant rooms and suites are decidedly more subdued than the public spaces, though still theatrical. For dinner (and weekend asado brunches), Los Fuegos from Francis Mallmann continues to be a hot spot in Miami. Meanwhile, Faena’s Tierra Santa Healing House is consistently regarded as one of Miami’s leading wellness centers. Read our Faena Miami review.
Stylish travelers looking for an effortless and airy feel will enjoy the neutral palette and serene aesthetic of this sprawling (400+ rooms), sustainable South Beach property. With the 1 Hotel’s signature emphasis on wellness and eco-luxury, there are eight on-site restaurants—all recognizing a desire for clean-eating options—a host of spa treatments and a fantastic gym equipped with first class machines and personal trainers for guests. There are four pools, including the largest rooftop pool in all of South Beach. 1 Hotel South Beach has something of a party reputation thanks to its popular pool bars, but it still caters to families.
Read our 1 Hotel South Beach review.
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The Breakers has been a mainstay for decades, harkening back to the 1960s Slim Aarons-era, bringing great service with facilities galore: a fantastic spa, lively restaurants, kids’ club and recently renovated golf course. It is a sprawling, Italianate-style resort with a large, private beach club to match. For hyper-specialized service, we recommend booking a room on the Club Floor. Read our The Breakers review.
Following an extensive renovation just before Covid, the Four Seasons Palm Beach summons a retro-chic, old-school Palm Beach feel, with rattan accents, tropical fabrics and colorful artwork. Its wide beach—one of the best in all Palm Beach—as well as the adults-only pool and revamped dining options, make it a great option for those who don’t mind being slightly removed from the shopping and dining scene, about a 15-minute drive to north.
Read our Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach review.
OTHERS (OFF THE BEACH) WE LOVE: White Elephant Palm Beach, The Colony and Brazilian Court are three fabulous Palm Beach hotels just a few minutes away from the beach itself. If walking directly from your room to the beach chair isn’t a top priority, consider these fashionable options as well.
This hushed, adults-only hideaway just offshore from Little Torch Key is only reachable by boat or seaplane, and primarily caters to couples. Standalone beach bungalows pepper the private island’s tropical gardens, and days can include a mix of active adventure (boating, snorkeling, eco tours and a plethora of water sports) and pure indulgence (a dreamy spa; reading under an umbrella or one of the scattered beach huts).
Read our Little Palm Island Resort & Spa review.
Families, especially multi-generational groups, love this classic resort that feels distinctly like a slice of Lilly Pulitzer-esque Florida with a country club-bent and a wealth of activities. Whether highly active or more stationary and relaxed, activities abound: Tennis can be booked on one of the seven clay courts; golf is available on the Pete Dye-designed course, and guides are ready to take anglers sport-fishing in the Gulf or the harbor. The main draw for many guests, of course, is the beach club with its direct access to the white sands and calm waters of the Gulf Coast. Read our Gasparilla Inn & Golf Club review.
Following an extensive renovation in July 2023, guests will love the updated rooms, glamorous Champagne bar and top-notch amenities at Ritz-Carlton’s flagship property. With true flop-and-drop appeal, Ritz-Carlton Naples has direct access to the powdery white sand beaches, four restaurants, a spa, tennis courts and golf. Plus, the newly added Ritz-Carlton Club Level provides extra perks for guests like separate check in/out, a fully staffed bar and dining room. Read our The Ritz-Carlton, Naples review.
A short ride from the Magic Kingdom, and within the Walt Disney World Resort, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a luxe, Mediterranean-style oasis away from the Disney hullabaloo. Rooms offer views overlooking the parks, golf course or lake, and the excellent Kids’ Club caters well to the Disney set without feeling overly kitschy. The most upscale option within the Walt Disney World Resort, Four Seasons has an excellent team that knows full well how to manage the intricacies that go into coordinating a Disney vacation where both parents and children have their own priorities. And while it isn’t on the beach, a lazy river, water slide, and multiple pools mean that water is always nearby. Read our Four Seasons Resort Orlando review.
Fifteen-minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort, The Ritz-Carlton is an ideal option for families and couples looking to experience all that Disney has to offer, but from a distance. Like the Four Seasons, it has an excellent spa, golf course and dining options, but its removed setting from the park allows an occasional breather from the Disney barrage. The property is a traditional Ritz-Carlton in style, with chandeliers, marble floors and plush furnishings, plus multiple pools as well as a lazy river. Read our The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes review.
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