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.
Marble floors polished to a high sheen, glittery Art Deco chandeliers, white Frette linens—taken together, the vibe at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale is sleek and airy, and is only enhanced by the sunlight pouring through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Catalina takes the value-added approach to South Beach nightlife and succeeds without feeling cheap or cheesy. Guests receive free VIP passes to clubs like Mansion and free frozen mojitos during the daily cocktail hour, served under the thatched roof of the Tiki Bar or in the sleek Red Bar.
Upon arrival at this 70-story, glass-and-granite edifice in the center of Miami’s business district, guests enter a cavernous lobby featuring a high arched ceiling, trickling water wall, and colossal sculptures that are part of the hotel’s $3.3 million Latin American art collection.
A re-creation of the exclusive Italian fishing village, right down to the jut of its ferry dock and the rusty hue of the buildings, Portofino Bay has some of Orlando’s largest rooms (at least 450 square feet apiece), with terrifically soft beds.
Nearly 10 years after its splashy opening, the Shore Club remains one of the top spots in Miami to ogle beautiful people modeling the latest designer swimwear.
The property is the largest clothing-optional resort in America. Tour the 70-plus lushly landscaped acres, then work on getting a tan-line-free tan at the pool. There’s also poolside aerobics and tennis. A 30-day membership is only $125 if you’re a clothes-shunning convert.
Besides the proximity to Orlando-area theme parks such as Walt Disney World Resort (there's a free shuttle from the resort), the main draw at Mystic Dunes is the 18-hole, par-71 golf course. Designed by Gary Koch, the links offer wetlands and cypress forests in the back nine.
If only all family-geared Orlando hotels were so fully conceived.
Mediterranean-inspired beachfront resort—Ritz-Carlton’s flagship near the Gulf of Mexico—with a 51,000-square-foot spa, access to premier golf, and a kid-friendly entertainment center (including 11 aquariums).
Where the Miami River meets Biscayne Bay, EPIC Hotel sits on a waterfront property in the heart of downtown.
This hip beachfront property is a window into 1950s Florida. Expect Midcentury Modern touches such as rounded walls and stylish wood paneling, plus built-in portholes that recall the Fontainebleau.