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The 11 best beach hotels in Florida

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Is it any wonder that travelers head to Florida for a beach getaway? The waters are gorgeous, the sun almost always shines, and the party-filled cities from Miami to the quieter Jacksonville Beach. Choosing a hotel for your vacation can be intimidating, with many options. So we decided to make it easy for you and visit hundreds of hotels throughout the Sunshine State to see which are the best. Look at our picks for the best beachfront hotels in Florida, where you can find beautiful beaches, gorgeous pools, and comfortable beds, among other amenities.

1. The Breakers

Advantage

Prime location on a private beach

Beautiful European architecture and charming grounds

Two 18-hole golf courses, ten tennis courts, and ten boutiques

Five heated pools plus four whirlpools

Nine restaurants and multiple bars

Two gyms and a full-service spa

Beach cabanas with kitchenettes, Wi-Fi, TVs, and full bathrooms

Golf and tennis lessons, free fitness classes

Kid-friendly with a kids’ camp and babysitting services

Half-price rooms and many discounts during the summer

Complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas

Free WIFI

Cons

Costly food and drinks

Rooms can be noisy

Standard rooms are pretty small.

There is no food service on the beach or by the pool (only in the cabanas)

Valet parking only

There is a charge to use the tennis courts

No coffee makers in the room

Their armchairs are missing cushions

Summary

This lovely 140-acre resort feels more like a Renaissance palace than a hotel, and Its oceanfront property is defined by its historic architecture and elegant setting. Its facilities include swimming pools, two 18-hole golf courses, ten tennis courts, nine restaurants, and ten boutiques. The Breakers’ 540 rooms have all modern conveniences: minibars, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and iPod stereos, but for the most part, they seem a bit cramped for their price. The only significant drawback to Breakers is the high price of their in-house dining options, which are still delicious. A family of four would easily spend $350 on food without ordering anything special. But, as far as its competing Palm Beach hotels are concerned, nothing compares to the luxury found at this historic property.

2. W South Beach

Advantage

A modern beach hotel with fantastic sea views and a laid-back atmosphere

Stylish rooms with coffeemakers, minibars, and outdoor spaces

Suites have kitchenettes; some add extra perks, and pools

Two pools, including an adults-only semi-private pool

Two excellent restaurants include fine-dining Chinese and American restaurants

Bliss Spa with steam room, treatment rooms, and sauna

A 24-hour fitness center with free fitness classes

The resort fee covers Wi-Fi, beach chairs, and fitness classes

Pet-friendly (fee), plus doggy kits available

Luxury car rental available

Cons

Pool loungers go quickly in the high season

Visible wear in rooms

Loud music and DJs by the pool (pro for some)

Valet service only (daily fee)

Summary

The W South Beach is a modern luxury hotel with a sophisticated look and a relaxed atmosphere, popular with young professionals and families. The 401 rooms and suites are spacious and stylish, with minibars, furnished balconies, and Bliss products, though wear and tear can take away from the luxurious feel. The suite has additional extras, small kitchens, and plunge pools. The pool and beach areas are preferred, but expect loud music in the former and occasionally very few loungers. Free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour gym, a small spa, and delicious restaurants are available on-site. For a larger pool and a less lively atmosphere, consider the nearby 1 Hotel South Beach.

3. Sunset Key Cottages

Advantage

Luxurious cabanas with beach décor, porches, and flat-screen TVs with DVD players

All cabins have kitchens or kitchenettes; grocery shopping service is available.

Beautiful white sand beach

Pleasant and reasonably priced beauty salon and spa

Charming pool with in-ground access, shaded areas, and two Jacuzzis

Complimentary gifts include: breakfast basket delivery, morning paper delivery, Wi-Fi, and library rentals (books, movies, and music)

Four-bedroom cabins with plunge pools and washer-dryers

Two tennis courts on site

A 7-minute ferry ride to Key West; the ferry leaves every 30 minutes

Cons

Only one restaurant and poolside bar on site.

Four-bedroom cabins that are small

Most amenities are located at its sister property in Key West, the Westin

No pets allowed

Summary

This 40-room resort offers exquisite traveler luxurious cabins with elegant beaches and superior service. It is located on Sunset Key, a residential island near Key West. It is affiliated with the Westin Key West, with which it shares some features, such as a gym and restaurants (although only Sunset Key guests can use the services at the site, Westin guests do not have access to them). The hotel has terrific benefits, including a lovely swimming pool, a beautiful beach with palm trees and crystal clear waters, and a pampering spa. While idyllic and exclusive, its location can be a bit inconvenient for travelers who want to be close to shops and restaurants (the hotel only has one restaurant on-site).

4. The St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort

Advantage

Beachfront location in the exclusive Bal Harbor area

Full-service white-sand beach with daybed rentals

Elegant and luxurious rooms with ocean views and marble bathrooms

High-tech in-room amenities, minibars, and kitchenettes

Some rooms have butler service

Four restaurants, including a French service and sushi room

Bar with vintage wines, champagne, and live music

Two pools, including an adults-only area with a hot tub

Full-service spa with saunas and steam rooms

State-of-the-art gym and fitness classes

Beachfront villa rental with butler service

Club for children from 4 to 12 years old

Free property-wide Wi-Fi

Cons

Beach service can be slow

Expensive parking (valet only)

Daily resort fee (common for Miami)

Summary

The St. Regis Bal Harbor Resort is a fancy beachfront property in the exclusive Bal Harbor area. Its Marble floors, well-designed interiors, and upscale features draw wealthy guests, and its 216 spacious rooms and suites have a refined yet relevant feel with five-piece bathrooms, high-tech features, and contemporary décor. All rooms have furnished ocean-view balconies, while suites add Nespresso machines, kitchens, and butler service. Grand and beautiful spaces fill the property; the highlights are an elegant spa, two pool areas, and a lobby dining area. Big hits include the hotel’s day villas, semi-private beach area, vintage birdcage tea service, and champagne night saber. There’s also a kids’ club, fitness center, three restaurants, and free Wi-Fi with the resort fee. By comparison, the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbor also has an upscale feel but without the over-the-top vibe.

5. Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach

Advantage

right on the beach

All rooms have balconies, large flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks

Beautiful spa with whirlpool and steam room

Bathrooms have separate walk-in showers and (small) tubs

Pool staff provide sunscreen, water, sprays, towels, and fruit

Kids’ club has games and computers, plus free toys at check-in

Quality gastronomy in the restaurant

Great views at the Ocean Bistro and the Atlantic Bar & Grill

Free bike rental

Cons

Daily Wi-Fi fee charged.

Some think it is not surprising, especially due to its exterior facade.

The furniture on the balconies could be of better quality.

There have been complaints about its sub-par pool quality and poor beach service.

A 10-minute drive south of Palm Beach’s hottest spots

Summary

The Four Seasons Resort sits on a relatively quiet beach about a 10-minute drive south of the area’s main attractions. The 210 rooms are decorated in a sophisticated beach style, with shades of blue, white, and cream, and have private balconies. It has exceptional amenities for families; its chic spa is a plus point, and it pampers guests with extra touches like water misters and sunscreen at its (reduced) ocean-view pool. But some may find the property less than Four Seasons-like: The building’s exterior façade lacks visual appeal, rooms lack the wow factor, and some complained its beach service could be better.

6. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Advantage

Beautiful resort located directly on a long, white-sand beach

Elegant and luxurious rooms with solid amenities and spacious bathrooms.

Many rooms have ocean views, and some open now onto the beach.

Two 18-hole golf courses, one of them with ocean views.

Excellent restaurants consist of fine dining and casual options.

15 tennis courts and a large gym with free classes

30,000-square-foot spa with outdoor area and salon services

Four pools, including one for adults and one for children with slides

Seasonal kids’ club with indoor and outdoor activities and a playground

Beach bikes and non-motorized water sports available for a fee

Free parking and Wi-Fi connection throughout the establishment.

Ample meeting space, including indoor and outdoor areas

Cons

Fee for the use of beach chairs and umbrellas.

Some may find room decor a bit dated

Sprawling property means long walks to some rooms

Summary

Opened in 1928, the 250-room Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is a luxury beachfront retreat that caters to couples, families, and business travelers. Rooms look and feel sophisticated — though some touches like carpeting and floral prints can feel dated — and feature flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and spacious bathrooms — many with separate tubs and glass-enclosed showers. But what makes the resort stand out are its extensive amenities: two 18-hole golf courses, a massive spa, 15 tennis courts, four pools, a huge gym with free classes, and top-notch restaurants ranging from fine dining to haute cuisine to informal—snacks by the beach. For something more intimate, sister property The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra Beach is an excellent 66-room option located just a two-minute drive away.

7. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Advantage

Luxury hotel with a quiet beachfront location in North Beach

The largest spa facility in South Florida

Free thermal circuit, exercise classes, and wellness workshops

Sophisticated suites with washers/dryers, kitchens, and large bathrooms

In-room technology includes tablets, large flat-screen TVs, and Bose stereos

Relaxing beach with cabanas, hammocks, and loungers

Four pools, including an adults-only rooftop pool and hot tubs

Health-focused menus and organic cocktails

American restaurant and lounge bar, plus a poolside snack and juice bar

Outdoor gym and two-story rock-climbing wall

Non-alcoholic welcome drink

Free property-wide Wi-Fi

Valet Parking Available

Cons

Expensive daily parking fees

Some service issues have been reported

Summary

The 150-suite Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is a luxurious wellness property in North Beach, Miami. Its apartment-style rooms have kitchens, washers/dryers, and lovely big bathrooms with separate showers and tubs. The superlative wellness center offers a 75,000-square-foot spa with a state-of-the-art thermal circuit, more than 200 exercise classes, and wellness workshops. In addition, there are complimentary beach loungers, umbrellas, a fitness room, and a two-story rock-climbing wall for your engoyment. There are also four pools, one on the rooftop, and three restaurants with health-focused menus; even the bars serve organic cocktails. The luxurious Fontainebleau Miami Beach also has a good spa, nightclub, and kids’ club.

8. Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Advantage

Standard rooms of 70 square meters; are among Miami’s largest and most luxurious.

Excellent beachfront

The aquamarine kids club is excellent and educational.

Free access to the ESPA spa facilities, one of the best in Miami

Four beautiful swimming pools, some for adults and others for children.

Some of the best services in Miami

Free and fast WiFi in the rooms

Cons

There is no nightlife around the hotel.

The intercostal rooms face a noisy and crowded street.

$100 pet fee

Summary

Four pools, great Italian cuisine, a luxury spa, 98 huge modern rooms, and some of the best service in Miami: this is the best hotel in Sunny Isles. This is a wonderful luxury choice for families looking to stay in a quiet beach cot.

9. Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Advantage

Gorgeous oceanfront location with a half-mile of private beach

Three large pools with loungers and palm trees, including a lap pool

Large, modern rooms with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and iPod docks

Expansive 24-hour fitness center and 24-hour room service

Variety of ocean-view restaurants and bars on-site

Shuttle boat available from sister property Boca Raton Resort

Bungalows available with kitchens and private patios

Cons

Daily internet fee, gym access, and other guest services

No meals included

Summary

La Boca Beach Club sits on a half-mile stretch of private beach on South Florida’s Gold Coast. With three pools on-site, there are plenty of places to relax in the sun or take a dip. There is also a shuttle boat that transports guests between the Boca Beach Club and its sister hotel, the Boca Raton Resort, which offers more dining options, a spa, and a host of activities. Rooms are light and airy, with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. The Boca Beach Club tacks on a nightly resort fee for internet, fitness center, and other guest access services, though many inviting oceanfront restaurants and bars are on-site.

10. Sand Pearl Resort

Advantage

The hotel is right on the beach, on the site of the historic Clearwater Beach Hotel.

Several restaurants on-site, including an upscale seafood restaurant, a casual poolside grill, and a cafe

Deluxe rooms decorated in Old Florida style, with twice-daily housekeeping

Amenities include a spa, yoga classes, and a nightly beachfront fire pit

Kids’ club available daily during the summer and on weekends during the winter

Outdoor pool overlooking the water, with children’s area and private cabanas available

Cons

The nightly resort fee does not include using beach chairs and umbrellas.

Valet parking for a fee only.

Some guests have complained that service and attention to detail must be revised to luxury hotel standards.

Summary

Sandpearl Resort is a 253-room luxury hotel located directly on the white sands of Clearwater Beach and is popular with families, couples, and corporate meeting groups. The waterfront restaurant, Carretta on the Gulf, is the area’s only Four Diamond restaurant, and guests rave about the food. In addition, the room has the best panoramic views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, with spectacular sunsets every night.

11. Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort

Advantage

Quiet, scenic location on a 1,000-foot private beach

Eco-friendly seagrass netting offshore to keep the beach clean

Private two- and three-bedroom townhouse-style units with large balconies and ocean views

Many hotel amenities, including three pools (one for adults)

Water sports rentals are available on the beach

The private marina where boat trips are offered

Butterfly Café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Oceanfront tiki bar offers a great place to have a cocktail with a view of the water

Some rooms have full-size kitchens

Free Wi-Fi and parking

Cons

Will guests have a car to explore outside the resort and surrounding islands

No spa on the property, though massage appointments are available

Not all rooms have updated shower heads and bathroom fixtures

Room service is not served 24 hours a day (limited hours)

Rates go up during holidays and the high season

no valet parking is available

Summary

The Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort is spread across 12 oceanfront acres in the Florida Keys. It is a collection of luxurious Victorian-style homes divided into two- and three-bedroom suites with full kitchens and water views, while some rooms don’t have a sea view. The property is ideal for families on vacation, with a private beach, three pools (including one for adults only), and an array of on-site water activities. A beachfront bar is a picturesque spot to enjoy cocktails, but a car is necessary to explore outside the resort.

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