Florida is home to 825 miles of beaches, the theme parks of Orlando, an assortment of championship golf courses, and world-class shopping and dining. With its range of attractions, the state truly has something for every member of the family, from tots to adults. For travelers looking to visit the Sunshine State in opulence and class, luxury hotels can be found from north to south, offering guests premium amenities, service and activities.
Florida is the only U.S. state surrounded by water on three sides. With the waters of the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean flowing along the shore and the blanket of bright white sand on shell-filled beaches, it's no wonder that the state's coastline has attracted the most luxurious hotels. One such hotel is the Palms Hotel and Casino in Miami Beach. Decor throughout the property is chic and modern with nautical accents. Rooms offer views of the city, the ocean and the hotel gardens. The hotel helps guests keep fit with a heated swimming pool, a fitness center, free weekend yoga classes and Tuesday tai chi classes. For those looking to relax beachside, sun cabanas, towels, umbrellas and drink service are available. Additionally, the hotel concierge can arrange for boat rentals, scuba diving classes and deep sea fishing excursions upon request.
Without question, Orlando is a top family vacation destination. Theme parks abound, many of which offer all types of lodging on their own properties. However, one hotel stands apart from the rest as a national landmark hotel. The Peabody Hotel has towering marble hallways, a gallery of art displays and interior waterfalls. The hotel is perhaps best known for its daily parade of ducks at 11 a.m., when they march through the hotel's atrium to the central fountains, splashing and swimming there until 5 p.m. The Peabody has three dining options plus room service for hungry tourists. After a long day of theme park lines, the hotel's European spa helps guests unwind with facials, massage and beauty services. Guests who stay at the Peabody Orlando do not have to sacrifice convenience for luxury. The hotel is just minutes from all of the major theme parks, including SeaWorld, Disney World and Universal Studios.
Couples often visit Florida for a romantic getaway with a backdrop of picturesque sunsets and intimate candlelight dinners. As North Florida's only AAA four-diamond resort, the Watercolor Inn and Resort fills the bill. The property spans 499 acres, which includes a 220-acre lake for fishing and paddling. Concierge service is available, and resort guests have complimentary access to bicycles, canoes and fishing gear. For couples who want to trek off the beaten path, several hiking trails wind through the property. A private fitness center and spa are available at the Watercolor Inn and Resort, as are two dining options, one of which serves breakfast and dinner alongside the beach.
Golf and Spa
Golf and spa hotels are scattered throughout Florida. Guests need never leave these inclusive properties, content to spend the majority of their vacations driving golf balls and getting facials. For example, the Plantation Golf Resort and Spa in Crystal River has a 27-hole championship golf course, as well as an Aveda spa. Golfers play on the same greens that have hosted PGA professionals, and a school is available for those who need to brush up on their golf skills. At the spa, Plantation patrons have access to body treatments, beauty treatments and day spa packages. Other activities include tennis, croquet and swimming with manatees in Crystal River.
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