Vacationist Hotel Deals: Spotlight on Florida
Summer may be off-season in Florida, but that means that airfare from major cities is discounted (we just spotted Newark to Miami International for $188), free outdoor activities abound—including movie screenings at Miami’s Frank Gehry-designed New World Center—and hotel pool scenes are buzzing. Looking to join in on the fun? This week, Vacationist is featuring deals on two Florida hotspots, both for up to 30 percent off. First up, Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, a 50-room property on a 20-acre island in Biscayne Bay that boasts a popular bay-front pool, or head an hour north to Delray Beach, where the Seagate Hotel in Palm Beach County will shuttle you from its pool scene to the private beach club in no time. Just grab the sunscreen and go.
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Grove Isle Hotel & Spa - up to 30% off
Coconut Grove, Florida
A four-acre complex on the northern tip of Grove Isle, this hotel is a true refuge, the polar opposite of hectic South Beach—though it's only a 15-minute drive away. It's also a thoughtful property, attuned to the soothing waters of Biscayne Bay: some of the 50 spacious rooms, done up in shades of cocoa brown and plantation green, have raised platforms for beds allowing for optimum views. And this is a dog-friendly hotel, winner of the CESAR Five Dog Bone Award: dogs love to scamper around the walking path and the beach area. Naturally, The Spa at Grove Isle is also blessed with relaxing water views, including a yoga deck on the water. The energetic can take a Pilates class, swim laps in the bay-front pool, or play tennis at the Patrick McEnroe Tennis Center on one of 11 Har-Tru soft courts or the U.S. Open hard court. And at night, Gibraltar—with a fire pit, torches, and a soft breeze—is a truly romantic setting. (Sale ends in 5 days.)
The Seagate Hotel & Spa - up to 30% off (above)
Delray Beach, Florida
The new Seagate Hotel & Spa feels like the type of grand hideaway you'd expect to find in the South of France...except it's set on happening Delray Beach, Florida, a lively resort neighborhood where families stroll the streets barefoot, and khaki-clad visitors—from wintering East Coast snowbirds to sun-kissed Floridians in the summer months—split their time between the beach and the locally run stores on Atlantic Avenue. Beach-chic abounds at the property; the two pools are often filled with jet-setters and stylish weekenders (all of whom stop into the hotel's Aqua Resortwear boutique for its well-edited selection of brands like Tory Burch and Burberry), and the private beach club serves up gazpacho and irresistible sweet potato fries to couples and families with ocean-loving kids. Come evening, the club offers a formal, jackets-only dinner service complete with an ocean view in its upstairs dining room, known for its veal chop. And, after a day in the sun, you can cool down with an evening aloe vera treatment at the property's 8,000-square-foot spa. (Sale ends in 5 days.)
From top: Photos courtesy of Grove Isle Hotel & Spa; The Seagate Hotel & Spa.