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 time: 1940. The place: Walt Disney World's version of the Jersey Shore, complete with a boardwalk, surrey bikes, and saltwater taffy. The rooms: think old-fashioned floral.
Unsurpassed in terms of luxury when oil tycoon Henry Flagler built it in 1896, the Breakers outdid itself in a 1926 renovation modeled after various Italian renaissance palaces and gardens.
Bunk at one of the island’s best B&Bs, housed in one of Fernandina’s signature Victorians with central tower, 12-foot ceilings, mahogany staircase, and heart pine floors.
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.
Hands down, the Ritz-Carlton is Miami's best full-service resort, with tropical gardens, a tennis center, a 20,000-square-foot spa, kids' programs, and a pristine beach.
Ocean Key Resort is adjacent to main attractions like Key West Harbor, Old Town, and Mallory Square — famous for its nightly sunset parties. Each of this boutique hotel's 100 rooms have a private balcony overlooking historic Duval Street or the ocean, plus jetted tubs and hand-painted furniture.
Brightly painted in retro greens and pinks, this classic motel has large rooms with kitchenettes and a vintage tiled pool with a basketball hoop for aquatic games.
Celebrating its centennial in 2013, this Gulf Coast island gem has never strayed far from its Old Florida roots.
The newest outpost of the London-based boutique hotel and social club, the oceanfront Soho Beach House Miami was created by local architect Allan Shulman and designer Martin Brudnizki. Expect a Cecconi's Italian restaurant, a Cuban coffee bar, and a 100-foot-long beachside pool.
Set apart from the teeming ocean side of South Beach, the Mondrian holds a plum spot on the isle’s opposite shore along Biscayne Bay, with views of the glass towers of downtown.