Hotels in Florida
The three-year-old Miami masterpiece, boasting Yabu Pushelberg-designed interiors, hosts a well-manicured crowd keen on high-end shopping and beachfront yoga and fitness classes from cult trainers Tracie Wright Vlaun and Christopher Vlaun.
The sister property to the Casa Marina, features an outpost of the Strip House.All 150 breezy rooms at the Reach Resort have coconut-shell headboards, bathrooms with abstract art, and private balconies.
This oceanfront condominium complex rises 18 stories above Collins Avenue and houses units that range in size from 565 square feet to 1,480 square feet. The palatial architecture has a distinct Miami look, with its white facade and blue balconies.
Known for its affable British owners, the motel has kitchenette-equipped rooms right on the ocean, plus a heated outdoor pool and even a BBQ area.
One-third down the Florida Keys is Islamorada, known as the sport-fishing capital of the world and home to the Chesapeake, a 65-room property that has grown from an old-school seaside motel into a resort that caters to anglers and families.
Opened recently within the last several years, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is an all-suites venture with ocean-view balconies. Swing by the spa for a treatment or shop at the Saks Fifth Avenue at the nearby Galleria Mall.
Low-rise beachfront property with an old-world feel (sandstone flooring; marble staircase), plus a new 10,000-square-foot spa and completely renovated rooms, just 15 minutes from downtown.
Try the juicy burgers at Caliente Resort’s poolside restaurant.
Just past the Everglades is this six-room Art Deco villa. The husband-and-wife owners stay behind the scene—breakfast (papaya yogurt, tropical fruit pastries) is delivered to your door, and guests can barbecue on the two outdoor grills.
A 1940 Art Deco masterpiece that served as a backdrop for many Esther Williams films, this hotel delivers the grace and pure fantasy of old-line Miami. After an Andre Balazs update in 2002, it's now filled with wicker furniture and done in a color scheme of muted tans and olive greens.
With gas lamps and wicker chairs in this sprawling neo-Victorian manse, Cindarella, Prince Charming, and the wicked stepsisters feel right at home. There are, or course, thoroughly modern elements: suites big enough for eight, a walk-in pool with a waterfall, and after-dark kids' activities.
With an art deco exterior, the Albion hotel sits on James Avenue on Lincoln Road Mall, right in the middle of South Beach's hotspots. Having undergone a total renovation in 2005, the interior boasts modern touches like clean lined white sofas accented with orange and green pillows.
The latest proof that downtown Miami is heating up? The Beaux Arts, a hotel-within-a-hotel on floors 38 to 40 of the JW Marriott Marquis.