Plan a weekend trip to Florida to relax on white-sand beaches, explore beautiful state parks, play golf and get massages at a luxury spa. Head to historic St. Augustine, browse romantic getaways in Miami, FL, or go on a family vacation to Orlando. Other popular Florida vacation spots include Sanibel Island, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, Daytona Beach and Key West.
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1. PGA National Resort & Spa - 1 hour 15 minutes from Miami
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The PGA National Resort & Spa is one of the most famous Florida destinations for golf enthusiasts, offering five championship golf courses where you can play some of the best golf in the U.S. The resort recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of its guest accommodations, the outdoor pool area, restaurants and the spa. Plan a romantic trip or bring the whole family for a weekend of fun and relaxation. Guest rooms and suites each come with a private balcony or terrace, letting you enjoy the best of outdoor living. Of the resort's five golf courses, the Champion is the most famous, home of the Honda Classic, a famous PGA event which takes place in February. Rooms start at $256 per night but don't forget to ask about Florida getaway deals. Read more.
400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach, Florida 33418, Phone: 800-863-2819
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2. Innisbrook Resort - 35 minutes from Tampa
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Innisbrook Golf Resort near Tampa is the site of PGA Tour's Transitions Championship. If you are looking for romantic getaways in Florida, this is a great place to visit.
The property has 608 guest rooms and luxury suites, a new 18,000-square-foot spa, and a selection of restaurants. The property offers 11 tennis courts, 6 swimming pools, water slides, children's activities and a choice of sports.
There is plenty to do for the whole family. Indaba Spa has soothing men's and women's relaxation rooms, steam rooms and whirlpool baths. Treat yourself to a massage after a round or while the kids are busy zooming down the waterslide.
36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, Florida 34684, Phone: 888-794-8627
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3. The Hotel Zamora - 35 minutes from Tampa
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The Hotel Zamora is the newest hotel in St. Pete Beach on Florida's west coast, featuring Mediterranean-style architecture and rooms with water views. Luxuries include walk-in spa showers, soaking bathtubs and plush bathrobes which invite you to relax and rejuvenate on your trip. Ask for a balcony with a view of the Gulf of Mexico or the Intracoastal waterway where you can have a romantic breakfast in the morning.
Castile Restaurant has a beautiful outdoor terrace with ocean views and serves contemporary cuisine with Spanish, Mexican and Mediterranean influences. The terrace is a popular spot for cocktails in the evening. During the day, relax on white sandy beaches, visit local cafes or take a trip to Tampa just across the bay. Read More.
3701 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, Florida 33706, Phone: 888-809-1588
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4. Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando
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The Villas of Grand Cypress is a luxury getaway in Orlando. The hotel offers 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf and is adjacent to Walt Disney World where you can take your family for fun in the sun. The property offers spacious AAA Four-Diamond Villas with spectacular views of the waterways or fairways of the North Course. Guest accommodations feature private terraces, high-speed Internet access, and a large-screen flat-panel television.
There are two pools, both with waterfalls and one with two waterslides for kids. The Academy of Golf is one of the best places to learn to play in Florida. The 21-acre facility is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology which is used to analyze and improve your swing. Rates start from $535 per night. Keep reading for more Florida vacation spots.
One North Jacaranda, Orlando, Florida 32836, Phone: 877-330-7377
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5. One Ocean Resort in Florida - 25 minutes from Jacksonville
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Located in Atlantic Beach, One Ocean Resort is a stylish getaway with a spa and a gourmet restaurant. The resort's 193 rooms and suites feature modern decor, a 42-inch LCD entertainment center, and ocean views from their floor to ceiling windows. If you like to wake up early, watch a spectacular sunrise from one of the Superior Balcony Oceanfront Rooms which offer private balconies facing the ocean.
The spa offers luxury treatments inspired by the sea. Book one of the VIP suites and spoil yourself with a day at the spa on your weekend trip to Florida. A light spa lunch menu is available to spa guests. The beach resort Azurea restaurant serves gourmet meals in an elegant setting. Rooms start at $210 per night. Look for golf and spa specials which are frequently available, especially during off-peak times.
1 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233, Phone: 904-249-7402
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6. Bayfront Westcott House B& B in St Augustine - 45 minutes from Jacksonville
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The Bayfront Westcott House B& B in St. Augustine is an affordable couples' retreat, offering a selection of romantic rooms, some with water views. Victoria is a great room to book on a romantic getaway because you will be able to have breakfast on your private balcony in the morning overlooking the bay.
Rebecca is another great room featuring a unique configuration with a double Jacuzzi and a walk-in shower with dual shower heads. There is plenty to see and do in St Augustine, from music festivals to wine tasting and boat shows. If you are looking for inexpensive romantic weekend getaways in Florida, rooms are quite affordable, starting at
at $149 per night. Things to Do in St Augustine FL
146 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084, Phone: 904-825-4602
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7. Waldorf Astoria Orlando Near the Walt Disney World
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Waldorf Astoria Orlando is a family vacation destination offering an array of activities and proximity to the amusement parks. There is a complimentary private shuttle service direct from the hotel to Walt Disney World Theme Parks. In addition to everything the area has to offer, children can participate in kids' programs led by the resort concierge, including watersports, bike tours and golf clinics. Many interactive classes like cooking and art are both educational and fun.
While kids participate in age-appropriate activities, you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage or a round of golf on the Waldorf Astoria Golf Course, a championship 18-hole course designed by Rees Jones. Spa by Guerlain is a 24,000 square foot spa that includes 22 treatment rooms and a diverse menu of treatments, whether you a looking just a classical massage or a unique treatment from across the world. Room rates start at $179. The resort offers seasonal specials and packages, so be sure to check their web site and twitter page before you book. Things to do in Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821, Phone: 407-597-5500
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8. The Redbury South Beach
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Relax next to the stylish rooftop pool, have a romantic dinner at the restaurant and sleep in one of the Art Deco-inspired rooms at the Redbury South Beach. You will be right in the heart of South Beach, next to the hottest nightclubs, restaurants and shops. The hotel has 69 guest rooms and suites which measure at least 350 square feet in size and feature unique design elements such as a custom vinyl collection and bold accents. In the bathrooms you will find luxurious oval soaking tubs lit by natural sunlight.
One of the best romantic getaways in South Beach, The Redbury has a 12,000 square foot poolside deck, perfect for sipping drinks in oversized lounge chairs. Guests of The Redbury receive access to The Raleigh's beach, V Yoga.Fitness.Spa & FrankAndLeo Salon and the fitness center at SLS Hotel South Beach.
1776 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Phone: 305-604-1776
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9. Marco Beach Ocean Resort - 2 hours from Miami
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Marco Beach Ocean Resort is a luxury getaway set on four miles of white sand beach. The resort has 98 stylish suites, Clefs d'Or Concierge, a spa and fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool. Choose from 83 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom suites with spacious
living rooms, bedrooms and custom-designed furnishings. Luxury guest suites feature marble-clad bathrooms with separate enclosed showers.
Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to balconies or patios where you can luxuriate in outdoor living. The hotel offers a pre-arrival stocking of kitchen with preferred treats and a maid service twice daily. There are six different dining options to choose from, including a gourmet Italian restaurant with views of the Gulf. If you are looking for vacation spots in Florida with many things to do, activities at the resort include golf, tennis, beaches and boating. Room rates start at $195 per night. Find top things to do on Marco Island.
480 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, FL 34145, Phone: 800-260-5089
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10. Terrace Hotel in Lakeland - 35 minutes from Tampa
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The Terrace Hotel in Lakeland is a member of Historic Hotels of America. The property offers 73 guest rooms, including 15 spacious suites with separate bedroom and living areas. If you are looking for a getaway where you can feel part of the rich American history, the Terrace is a great option. Located in a historic building, the property first opened its doors in 1924. Book one of the 15 luxury suites if you need more space and privacy. Each has a sofa bed in the sitting room and a private bedroom.
Guest room amenities include plush cotton robes and free High Speed Internet Access. If you are planning a romantic wedding, here you can enjoy historic ambiance and attentive staff. The Terrace Grille, serves elegant dinners. The Terrace Bar, which offers club-like atmosphere, is a cozy spot for a light meal and cocktail. Rooms start at $139 per night.
329 East Main St., Lakeland, FL 33801, Phone: 863-688-0800
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11. Vero Beach - 2 hours 15 minutes from Miami
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Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is a beautiful getaway offering AAA four-diamond guest accommodations, relaxed atmosphere and pet-friendly services. The hotel is located between Palm Beach and Orlando. The white sand that fronts the property is spectacular and the perfect spot for a relaxing weekend escape. There are 113 elegant rooms and suites with light, West-Indies-style decor. Ask for a room facing the ocean for best views.
If you are planning a family trip, book one of the suites with a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen which will give you the flexibility of preparing your own meals. Rates at start at $199 per night. This is a pet-friendly hotel.
6410 SR-A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963, Phone: 772-231-8441
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About 4 miles from the Villa Vizcaya Museum and 12 miles from Miami Beach, in the Miami Coral Gables district, is Hotel Colonnade, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel that is a refined hotel with chic rooms and contemporary decor. All rooms have pillow-top mattresses, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Suites are decorated with crystal chandeliers and have spectacular views, living areas, and sleeping lofts while some even have balconies. The guests enjoy a range of amenities, including in-room spa treatments and 24-hour room service. The hotel has a grill restaurant, a café, a bar, a rooftop swimming pool, a gym, a business center, and spacious modern event space. The hotel offers its guests transportation to nearby attractions, shopping, and other popular sites.
180 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134, 305-441-2600
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13.Nuvo Suites Hotel
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Nuvo Suites Hotel is a luxurious all-suite hotel in the heart of Doral, Florida, located across the street from the Miami International Mall and offering convenient visitor access to the top attractions of Miami and Miami Beach. The uniquely-designed hotel showcases minimalist design elements and modern decor throughout its spacious suites, which are decked out with marble and wood floors, in-room kitchens and kitchenettes, and high-tech amenities such as flat screen televisions and complimentary wireless internet. Guests can make use of onsite amenities such as the hotel's outdoor pool and poolside bar, state-of-the-art fitness center with yoga courses, and rental car services to explore the region's attractions. On the weekends, live music performances are hosted at hotel-wide barbecues.
1750 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33172, Phone: 786-472-9095
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14. The Biltmore - 15 minutes from Miami
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The Biltmore is a fun weekend destination offering a variety of activities. Guests can play golf, work out at the fitness center, and get relaxing massages at the spa. There are 275 guest rooms, including 130 luxury suites. If you are looking for luxury romantic getaways in Florida, this is a great place to visit. The hotel has been popular with discerning travelers since it opened in the 1920s.
The resort is set on 150 acres of gardens with 10 tennis courts, an 18-hole Donald Ross-designed golf course and a beautiful pool with private cabanas. Nearby attractions include South Beach, and downtown Miami. Rates start at $339 per night.
One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803, Phone: 800-411-3812
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15. The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach - 1 hour 15 minutes from Miami
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Check into the Brazilian Court Hotel for a relaxing weekend vacation in the sun. Sample gourmet cuisine at the Cafe Boulud Restaurant, get massages at the spa and go shopping. The Frederic Fekkai Salon and Spa offers a menu of beauty and pampering services. The 1,600 square foot salon has ten stations and two treatment rooms.
The property offers 80 beautifully renovated studios, one, two and three bedroom suites. The private Beach Club is located on a sandy shore with a swimming pool and spa services. The hotel provides chauffeured car service to and from the club. Rent a private poolside cabana and relax in style. Rates start at $315 per night.
301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480, Phone: 561-655-7740
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16. Postcard Inn Beach Resort at Holiday Isle
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Nestled in the Florida Keys, the Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina at Holiday Isle is a luxurious oceanfront resort offering laid-back ambiance, modern amenities, designer décor and outstanding service. Classic nautical-styled rooms have private balconies with beautiful ocean views. Smooth wooden floors and crisp white linen add a special touch to these comfortable accommodations. Sip cocktails at the vibrant Tiki Bar and head to Shula’s 2 for succulent steaks and salads on the outdoor deck.
Jaws Raw Bar offers a selection of seafood, from raw oysters and coconut shrimp, to conch chowder and fish tacos. Enjoy an array of water sports, from dive trips, fishing charters, jet-skiing adventures, and sunset cruises. Take kite-boarding and paddle-boarding lessons or snorkel along one of the many colorful reefs around the resort. Rooms start at $167 per night.
84001 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036, Phone: 877-781-2690
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17. Sandpearl Resort - 35 minutes from Tampa
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Sandpearl Resort is a beach weekend getaway located on 700 feet of oceanfront in Florida. The resort offers 253 rooms and suites with balconies that overlook the water. Clearwater Beach and the Gulf of Mexico provide a relaxing setting, allowing vacationers to unwind in the sun on their beach vacation.
The spa offers an array of services and activities, including massages, facials, sunrise yoga and more. Clearwater Beach offers dinner cruises, deep sea fishing, sailing, kayaking and many other ocean-based activities. Dining options include Caretta on the Gulf, the only 4-Diamond restaurant in the city, Tate Island Grill and the casual Marketplace which overlooks the pool and serves light "to go" meals.
Room rates start from $199 per night in the summer, from $399 in the winter. Things to Do in Clearwater
500 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767, Phone: 727-441-2425
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18. Casa Marina in Key West - 3 hours 20 minutes from Miami
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Casa Marina on the southern end of Key West, Florida dates back to the 1920s and is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. The 1,100-foot private beach that fronts this luxury resort has plush lounge chairs and romantic ocean views. Activities include an array of water spots, fun on the beach with kids, Key West Golf and a luxurious spa. The hotel provides a great starting point for exploring the Florida Keys.
Spa al Mare offers massages right on the beach and treatments that range from Swedish to Deep Tissue massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology. Choose from special spa packages and enjoy some island yoga on your spa trip to Florida. There are two oceanfront pools and an oceanfront restaurant where you can sample gourmet cuisine in an open-air setting. There is a variety of equipment for rent. Consider the Water Sports Package which includes a half-hour waverunner rental, two-hour reef snorkeling trip and one parasail flight. You can also sign up for a 2-hour snorkeling trip with snorkel gear, instruction and refreshments included. Room rates start at $199. Things to Do in Key West
1500 Reynolds Street, Key West, FL 33040, Phone: 305-296-3535
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19. Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa
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Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is a luxury getaway in Palm Beach County, located along a secluded stretch of beach. The 168 guestrooms and penthouse suites are beautifully decorated in dark woods and cool tones to reflect the island surroundings. Private balconies offer sea or lush tropical garden views. Choose from a range of water sports such as scuba diving, surfing or deep-sea fishing, and relax by the oceanfront swimming pool as you soak up the views.
There is also golf, tennis and indulgent treatments at the spa. Sample gourmet cuisine in an elegant setting at Sinclair’s Ocean Grill. Sinclair’s Lounge offers cocktails, appetizers and live entertainment. Sandbar serves casual meals with a view. Rooms start at $220 per night.
5 North A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477, Phone: 561-746-2511
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20. Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
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Surrounded by miles of white sandy beaches and balmy Florida breezes, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is a luxurious home-away-from-home. Resting on the idyllic Sanibel Island, this all-inclusive resort offers comfortable accommodations, first-class facilities, and scenic ocean views. Low-rise condominiums range from simple studios to lavish beachfront residences. Nestled amidst lush tropical gardens, the rooms and suites are furnished in cool island style with modern amenities and beautiful views.
World-class facilities at the resort include a state-of-the-art fitness center, six HydroGrid tennis courts, five heated swimming pools, and a full-service spa and salon. Explore the island on bicycles and kayaks, or play a game of golf at the Sanibel Golf Club. Have light meals and drinks at Turtles Pool & Beach Bar, dine on delicious tavern fare alfresco with stunning views at the Sea Breeze Café, or have a quick snack at Slice of Paradise. Sanibel Island Florida
1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957, Phone: 866-565-5093
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21. Hotel Biba in West Palm Beach
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Nestled in the historic El Cid district, Hotel Biba is a landmark boutique hotel in the heart of West Palm Beach. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the hotel is an artistic blend of retro-American history and modern design. Guest room are individually decorated with contemporary décor, modern artwork, sculptures, and an array of upscale amenities, including flat-screen TVs and complimentary wireless Internet access. Each room has a view of the gardens.
Wake up to freshly brewed Colombian coffee and locally-made Cuban pastries from the Biba Bar before heading out to explore the local area. Stroll along the nearby waterfront promenade towards downtown West Palm Beach where you will find local fairs, concerts, and festivals. Enjoy fine dining and a vibrant nightlife at one of the many restaurants and clubs within walking distance of the hotel. If you are looking for cheap Florida vacations, affordable rooms at Hotel Biba start at $89 per night.
320 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33405, Phone: 561-832-0094
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22. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort has been awarded a Five Diamond status by AAA. Among the luxury amenities and surely helped tip the scale in the hotel's favor are the luxurious private Oceanfront Day Villas. You will get a private butler to serve you drinks, delicious chocolate treats and pretty much anything else your heart desires. Order the Bloody Mary, the Signature Cocktail first created in 1934 at the St. Regis New York.
Each St Regis hotel offers its own signature interpretation of the famous drink. There are just nine Private Day Villas on property, all with ocean views. If you want to be sure that you won't feel crowded by the pool or on the beach, this is the way to go. While staying at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, don't miss a visit to Remede Spa where calm decor and a diverse menu of treatments will let you unwind and feel like a queen.
9703 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, FL 33154, Phone: 305-993-3300
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23.The Shores Resort - 1 hour 35 minutes from Jacksonville
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The Shores offers scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. This AAA Four Diamond Daytona property features chic accommodations with Italian marble bathrooms. The wellness center has intimate treatment rooms and unique healing rituals. Choose from signature treatments, facials, massages and other services. Chocoholics have to try the Chocolate Raspberry Delight treatment which includes a chocolate massage and a peppermint pedicure.
If you are planning romantic honeymoon in Florida, book a couples treatment, indulge in a private cabana, and have a romantic dinner with a view. The Bliss Couples package includes a 80-minute massage in the romantic couples' room. The massage incorporates French Lavender and Patchouli essential oils. After the massage, the couple is invited to relax in the beautiful claw foot bathtub infused with Sea salts and rose petals, surrounded by candlelight. Nearby activities include golf, cultural venues, NASCAR racing, boutique shopping and bistro dining. Room rates start at $109 per night.
2637 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118, Phone: 386-767-7350
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24. Naples Beach Hotel
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The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is a beachfront resort on the Gulf of Mexico with a golf course, tennis courts and a luxurious spa. The resort has 319 rooms and suites with private balconies and beautiful ocean views.
Chic tropical décor and local artworks give each room a classic Florida feel. First-class facilities include a multi-pool beachfront complex, 18-hole golf course, six championship tennis courts, a spa, and a complimentary Kid’s Club with daily planned activities. Dine on fresh seafood at the signature HB’s On the Gulf restaurant, have a beach grill under the stars at Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, and begin the day with a hearty breakfast from Broadwell’s. Rooms start at $242 per night.
851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples, FL 34102, Phone: 844-735-2022
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25. The Chesterfield Palm Beach - 1 hour 15 minutes from Miami
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The Chesterfield Palm Beach is a luxurious romantic hotel in the heart of Palm Beach, located just three blocks from a sandy shore and the ocean. Palm Beach is famous for its boutiques, jewelers, and department stores, including Chanel, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany and Saks Fifth Avenue. Other activities to try on your luxury vacation include concerts, the Palm Beach Opera, theaters and museums.
The hotel has several fine dining options, including the award-winning Leopard Lounge, the open-air Courtyard and by the pool.
Vacationers can order 24-hour rooms service and dine in the privacy of their own room. The Leopard Lounge serves international cuisine. The Leopard Bar offers live entertainment every night, and a selection of wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, and home-made flavored vodkas.
The property has 41 uniquely decorated guest rooms and 11 luxury suites. Rates start at $179 per night.
363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach., FL 33480, Phone: 561-659-5800
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25 Best Florida Weekend Getaways
- PGA National Resort & Spa - 1 hour 15 minutes from Miami, Photo: PGA National Resort & Spa
- Innisbrook Resort - 35 minutes from Tampa, Photo: Innisbrook Resort
- The Hotel Zamora - 35 minutes from Tampa, Photo: The Hotel Zamora
- Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando, Photo: Villas of Grand Cypress
- One Ocean Resort in Florida - 25 minutes from Jacksonville, Photo: One Ocean Resort
- Bayfront Westcott House B& B in St Augustine - 45 minutes from Jacksonville, Photo: Bayfront Westcott House B& B
- Waldorf Astoria Orlando Near the Walt Disney World, Photo: Waldorf Astoria Orlando
- The Redbury South Beach, Photo: The Redbury South Beach
- Marco Beach Ocean Resort - 2 hours from Miami, Photo: Marco Beach Ocean Resort
- Terrace Hotel in Lakeland - 35 minutes from Tampa, Photo: Terrace Hotel
- Vero Beach - 2 hours 15 minutes from Miami, Photo: Kimpton Hotels
- Hotel Colonnade, Photo: Hotel Colonnade
- Nuvo Suites Hotel, Photo: Nuvo Suites Hotel
- The Biltmore - 15 minutes from Miami, Photo: The Biltmore Hotel
- The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach - 1 hour 15 minutes from Miami, Photo: The Brazilian Court Hotel
- Postcard Inn Beach Resort at Holiday Isle, Photo: Postcard Inn Beach Resort
- Sandpearl Resort - 35 minutes from Tampa, Photo: Sandpearl Resort
- Casa Marina in Key West - 3 hours 20 minutes from Miami, Photo: Casa Marina
- Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, Photo: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa
- Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, Photo: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
- Hotel Biba in West Palm Beach, Photo: Hotel Biba
- The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Photo: Starwood
- The Shores Resort - 1 hour 35 minutes from Jacksonville, Photo: The Shores Resort
- Naples Beach Hotel, Photo: Naples Beach Hotel
- The Chesterfield Palm Beach - 1 hour 15 minutes from Miami, Photo: The Chesterfield Palm Beach
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More Weekend Trips & Florida Destinations
Florida Vacation Spots - Discovery Cove in Orlando
Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida is a tropical park where vacationers can swim with a bottlenose dolphin, interact with rays, observe 30 species of birds in the aviary, and swim in the pool. Admission to Discovery Cove is limited to 1,000 guests per day to ensure an experience with more personal attention. Upon arriving at Discovery Cove, guests are personally checked in and invited to walk through a nature trail with unique animals. Discovery Cove is home to lagoons, reefs, waterfalls and grottos which can be explored by the whole family. Among other attractions, visitors can explore the reef filled with exotic fish with a mask and snorkel.
To be able to swim with dolphins, visitors must be at least 6 years old (please double check this requirement before you go as rules may change). Children under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult to visit Discovery Cove. Kids 14 to 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian through the check-in process. All-inclusive pricing starts at about $249. If you skip the swim with a dolphin experience, prices start at $149 per person. For more information and reservations call 877-4-DISCOVERY or visit www.discoverycove.com.
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios Orlando
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios Orlando provides guests with easy access to the Universal theme park rides. This mission-style resort is set on 19 acres, featuring a 12,000-square-foot pool area with a 240-foot slide, twelve underwater speakers, a Jacuzzi, interactive fountains, private cabanas and a sandy beach. The resort boasts a $31 million collection of rock and roll memorabilia showcased throughout the public areas.
There are 650 elegant guest rooms and suites. If you are planning a family trip to Orlando, book one of the Kid's Suites with kid-oriented amenities such as twin-sized beds, a small table and chairs, Kids' Welcome Pack, television, and separate bathroom. There are two restaurants: the Palm Restaurant, and the Kitchen. Doubles start at $224 per night.
5800 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, Phone: 888-832-7155
Florida Vacation Spots - Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has introduced Florida's tallest roller coaster, SheiKra. The ride reaches 70 mph in speed, is 200 feet high and lasts about three minutes. SheiKra is currently the tallest dive coaster in the world. It also features a 138-foot dive into an underground tunnel and a water-feature at the end of the ride. Riders must be at least 54 inches tall. The coasted is located in the park's new Stanleyville area. After experiencing SheiKra, visitors can have lunch at the Zambia Smokehouse. For more information about Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, visit www.buschgardens.com. Find things to do and restaurants in Tampa.
Choose from a great selection of spas which cater to both men and women with unique and relaxing treatments.
- Doral: Doral has 52 treatment rooms and offers over 100 services, ranging from beauty treatments to wellness programs. The resort offers several packages. If you are a golfer, you will enjoy the resort's five championship courses for players of all skill levels, including the famous Blue Monster. After a day of golf, try the Blue Monster Massage, a revitalizing sports massage, to help you relieve muscle soreness.
- Boca Raton: The 50,000-square-foot Boca Raton Resort has 44 treatment rooms and a wide choice of therapies, including Native American healing rituals and European techniques.
Miami Spas and Day Spas
- Canyon Ranch: Canyon Ranch in Miami Beach brings the Canyon Ranch philosophy to Miami and offers its guests an extensive menu of services.
- Spa of Eden: Spa of Eden at Eden Roc offers a number of packages and individual treatments in Miami Beach, Florida. Guests must be 18 years of age for spa services. The spa is open Monday to Friday 6am to 10pm; Saturday & Sunday 8am to 8pm. For more information and reservations, call the Reception Desk at 305-674-5585 or Spa Package Reservations at 305-674-5580.
- Myra & Company: Myra & Company features a day spa, salon, spa cafe, and a movement studio featuring daily Pilates classes. At Myra, women and men can spend a full day of pampering and rejuvenation. The spa also offers Alternative Medicine treatments such as acupuncture and needle free acupuncture. The spa is located in South Miami. For more information and reservations, call 305-661-2381.
Florida Weekend Packages
Florida Vacation Spots - Setai Romance Package
The Setai is a beautiful resort in Miami Beach, Florida. Its architecture reflects the rich history of the area. Treat a loved one to the Setai Romance Package. The package offers a relaxing and memorable stay at The Setai. Guests are required to stay a minimum of two nights to avail this offer. Relax over a bottle of Louis Roederer champagne and chocolate covered strawberries after check-in. Included is a Setai Love Bath Ceremony at The Spa by Thémaé and guests have the luxury of breakfast in the suite each morning. The package offers a late checkout at 2 p.m.
2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 888-625-7500
Prepay & Save Package at Innisbrook
Innisbrook is a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. This spectacular resort will relax and rejuvenate guests with their luxurious amenities. They are offering the Prepay & Save Package where guests receive up to 25% off their best available rate when they prepay at the time of booking. The prepaid amount is non-refundable and the reservation must be fully prepaid at the time of booking for guests to avail this discount.
36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684, 727-942-2000
Vacation Bonus Package
Sunset Key Cottages is an idyllic resort located on Sunset Key, a tranquil 27 acre island in Key West, Florida. The resort offers panoramic views of the waterfront, a private beach, tennis courts, fitness center, beautiful accommodations, a rejuvenating spa as well as dining options. The Vacation Bonus Package offers a free night and resort credit to make your holiday extra special. Guests receive the 5th night of their stay free when they check out and a $75 resort credit per stay.
245 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040, 305-292-5300
Family Package at One Ocean Resort
One Ocean Resort & Spa is a beachfront destination in Florida. This is one among the best destinations in the country for family fun. Guests can explore pristine beaches, historic sites, museums, natural reserves or indulge in adventure sports. The resort is offering the Family Package that is sure to make a memorable holiday for the whole family. Overlooking the Atlantic beach, the resort offers luxury accommodations with a turndown service with this package. Included is $100 resort credit that can be redeemed at the spa or at the restaurant.
1 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233, 904-249-7402
Uniquely Boca Inclusive Package
Boca Raton Resort & Club is an elegant oceanfront resort with modern and exclusive amenities in Florida. The Uniquely Boca Inclusive Package offers guests endless activities and savings. Included is complimentary parking and late checkout. Guests can relax and enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning. The package offers 15% off on golf green fees, but cart charges apply. Guests also receive 15% off on treatments at Waldorf Astoria Spa and tennis court time. The package is inclusive of resort fees, but a minimum of two night stay is required.
501 East Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432, 888-543-1277
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Golf Vacations in Florida
The state of Florida boasts 1,370+ golf courses, more than any other state in the United States. Golf getaway are especially popular in the winter when visitors from the East Coast escape south to enjoy warm weather. Palm Beach County has more golf courses than any other county in the U.S. Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach offers 36 holes of championship golf on its historic Ocean Course and the Breakers West course. The Ocean Course is Florida's oldest 18-course, originally laid out in 1896.
The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island features a course designed by Mark McCumber and Gene Littler and incorporates the natural surroundings of the island, including sand dunes, palm trees and oaks. Close to Miami International Airport and Biscayne
National Park, Doral features five championship courses and the Jim McLean
Golf School. The Ritz-Carlton
Key Biscayne, also nearby, offers golf privileges at the nearby Crandon
Plan a trip to Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate and play on two Greg Norman-designed championship golf courses. The resort can customize golf vacation packages that will let you play on many nearby golf courses as well. The National is an American-style course with lush fairways and fun par 3s. The International is an authentic links-style course with one of the highest difficulty ratings in the state.
In addition to great golf, the Omni Orlando Resort in Florida features an European spa, an array of dining options and proximity to the area's theme parks such as the Walt Disney World theme parks, Sea World Orlando and Universal Studios Florida, which makes it an exciting family vacation destination.
Driving Distances from Miami
|From Miami, FL To ||Driving Time|
|Palm Beach Gardens, FL||1 hour 15 minutes|
|Palm Harbor, FL||4 hours 30 minutes|
|St Pete Beach, FL||4 hours|
|Orlando, Florida||3 hours 30 minutes|
|Atlantic Beach, FL||5 hours 15 minutes|
|Marco Island, FL||2 hours|
|Lakeland, FL||3 hours 45 minutes|
|St Augustine||4 hours 40 minutes|
|Vero Beach, FL||2 hours 15 minutes|
|Daytona Beach Shores, FL||4 hours|
|Coral Gables, FL||15 minutes|
|Palm Beach||1 hour 15 minutes|
|Clearwater Beach, FL||4 hours 25 minutes|
|Key West||3 hours 20 minutes|