When you think of Florida, surf, sand and sun immediately come to mind. It’s a great place to bring the family, that special someone or even for solo travel. With the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Gulf of Mexico to the west, virtually no part of the state is too far from the water, making it easy to enjoy a tropical vacation in almost any locale, at nearly any time of year. Diverse travel options run the gamut from the more secluded and cultural Amelia Island in Northern Florida to Orlando’s Disney themed family oriented entertainment, to the Florida Keys’ Caribbean climate and relaxed vibe.
When it comes to the sexiest beach hotels in the state, South Florida is the notorious for hot bodies, vibrant nightlife and romantic settings existing as just a part of day to day life. Miami, South Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach are all buzzing with energy and beautiful beachfront properties beckoning to visitors to stay, relax, unwind and let the warm breeze carry your cares away.
Here are our picks for the top five
hotels in Florida:
W South Beach:
The W brand is well known for its playful take on luxury mixed with contemporary design and trendsetting style. Celebrities and discerning travelers alike flock to stay in the funky guest rooms, dine at Mr. Chow and receive signature treatments at Bliss Spa. Located on Collins Ave., the hotel is just steps from the beach, museums and art venues, as well as the best shopping in town.
2201 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, Florida 33139; (305) 938-3000; WSouthBeach.com
The Breakers Palm Beach:
Stretching across 140 acres in the heart of Palm Beach, The Breakers has every amenity necessary to keep guests busy enough to never have to leave the property. Explore the half mile of private beach, get a massage at the oceanfront spa, dine at one of the nine restaurants on premise, play a round on the 36-hole championship golf course, shop at the ten on-site high-end boutiques or hang out at the Mediterranean-style Beach Club. The possibilities are endless.
One South County Road Palm Beach, FL 33480; (561) 655-6611; TheBreakers.com
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort:
Forbes called this property “the most anticipated hotel opening of 2012" and in true St. Regis fashion it is delivering quiet elegance and attentive service as only this brand knows how. All of the 243 guest rooms feature a glass-enclosed balconies offering up some of the best views of Miami Beach’s turquoise water and white sand beaches. Spend the day at the Remede Spa or experience a private fashion room filled with designer duds and personal shoppers ready to dress guests for any and all occasions.
9703 Collins Avenue • Bal Harbour - Miami Beach, Florida 33154; (305) 993-3300; StRegisBalHarbour.com
The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa:
Guests staying at the Westin Diplomat need only to choose whether they want a guest room surrounded by sand and surf or golf course greens before they can kick back and take in the beautiful South Florida weather. Charter a fishing boat, take a tennis lesson, ride jet skis, rejuvenate at the full-service spa, or lay in your private poolside cabana. At night, head to Hollywood Prime, the resort’s AAA Four-Diamond Rated steakhouse, for a memorable meal in a romantic setting.
3555 South Ocean Drive Hollywood, FL 33019; 954-602-6000; DiplomatResort.com
The James Royal Palm:
The oceanfront property is situated in the heart of South Beach where the scene is always vibrant and full of life. The James Royal Palm Hotel will keep many signature elements of the original architect's design intact. Unsure of where to visit while in South Beach? No problem. Their team will gladly assist guests looking for the latest cultural happenings around town or favorite local dives. Located only a few steps from Ocean Drive, the hotel has easy access to fine dining, luxury shopping and preferred tourist sites.
1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139; (786) 276-0100; JamesHotels.com