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    Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    #1 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1159 reviewsTripAdvisor (1159)
    This spa resort doesn't take any of its five stars for granted, particularly when it comes to delivering first-rate customer service. Recent guests can't help but keep the compliments coming: Travelers say that the resort staff took extra care to personalize each experience. One problem you might face, however, is exclusivity. The Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach only has 98 guest rooms and suites, so be sure to book early for an upcoming trip to Sunny Isles Beach. The rooms come with flat-screen TVs and private balconies, as well as double sinks and glass-enclosed showers. Meanwhile, the property also features three in-house eateries, four pools, a spa and beach amenities. What's more, the hotel is part of The Leading Hotels of the World, meaning Leaders Club members have access to perks here. You'll find the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, about 11 miles north of Miami Beach.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
    Orlando, FL
    #2 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2346 reviewsTripAdvisor (2346)
    The first Four Seasons property to open at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, this resort – which sits about 5 miles southeast of the Magic Kingdom – aims to fill the park's luxury lodging void. And judging by its amenities, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort appears to be succeeding. With its own 18-hole golf course, 13,000-square-foot spa and rooftop steakhouse, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is well-suited for travelers who want easy access to the theme parks without the over-the-top kitsch associated with Disney-owned properties. That's not to say that the resort doesn't cater to little ones: The hotel also boasts a 242-foot-long waterslide, an 11,008-square-foot lazy river and the complimentary Kids For All Seasons kids camp. Plus, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers its own Disney character breakfasts, complimentary park shuttle service and a Disney Planning Center – a separate concierge desk designed for mapping out your park itinerary and purchasing tickets. Aside from its amenities, this Four Seasons excels in its accommodations, according to recent guests. Rooms are outfitted with large soaking tubs, flat-screen TVs, contemporary decor and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Recent travelers also appreciated the customer service team here, but were not as pleased with the pricey nightly rates.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
    Fernandina Beach, FL
    #3 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2720 reviewsTripAdvisor (2720)
    The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island promotes extreme relaxation in a luxurious setting. Though the resort hosts weekly activities that range from paddleboarding excursions to surfing lessons, the serene setting just might seduce you to participate in the area's best extracurricular activity – lounging about in one of the resort's Adirondack chairs. Meanwhile, young families and swooning couples (including some honeymooners) all unanimously agree that the Ritz's staff couldn't be more accommodating. Plus, kids can enjoy an array of children's amenities, such as a kids club, a game room and in-room treats and bedtime stories with a pirate, a princess or the resort's macaw mascot. The par-72 golf course is also a hit, and foodies rave about the award-winning Salt restaurant. Recent guests also attest that the rooms are just as peaceful as the grounds. Enjoy ocean views from your private balcony and get a good night's rest with the 400-thread-count Egyptian Frette linens and goose-down pillows. What's more, accommodations here feature high-tech amenities like high-speed internet access and flat-screen TVs. Keep in mind that the hotel is a bit of a trek from the airport though. Marriott Bonvoy members can also use and earn points by staying here.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
    Manalapan, FL
    #4 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1304 reviewsTripAdvisor (1304)
    Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is a little farther removed from the other luxury oceanfront properties of Palm Beach; as such, you can anticipate a little more privacy on your beach days. If you stay at this resort in Manalapan, Florida, you'll be about 12 miles south of West Palm Beach hot spots, like Clematis Street. This Preferred Legend property has taken the area by storm, with recent visitors raving about the resort's array of unique offerings. The spacious guest rooms feature beachy yellow and blue hues, and amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi access, soaking tubs and balconies overlooking the resort grounds or ocean. Meanwhile, travelers say the treatments and services offered at the serene Eau Spa are worth the extra coin; or, you can get your R&R fix alongside one of the outdoor pools. Eau Palm Beach also offers diversions for children, like the AquaNuts kids program (with physical activities for those ages 5 to 12), or the COAST teens lounge, where young lodgers can learn how to DJ and or simply hang out. And when you get hungry, try any one of the four on-site restaurants.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
    Bal Harbour, FL
    #5 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1697 reviewsTripAdvisor (1697)
    Although it only opened its doors in 2012, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort has made a lasting impression on Miami Beach visitors. Travelers describe their experiences here as phenomenal, primarily due to the property's attentive staff and prime location. Overlooking the Atlantic from its seat in Bal Harbour (about 8 miles north of South Beach), this member of the St. Regis Hotels family provides a less frenzied setting much appreciated by couples and travelers with children. Guest rooms are spacious and feature pastel hues and private furnished balconies, as well as high-tech amenities like 46-inch flat-screen TVs with Blu-ray players and iPod docking stations. When you're not bedding down, you can pass the time at one of two outdoor pools, the 14,000-square-foot Remède Spa or the adjacent 1,000-foot beach. The resort also features four on-site restaurants, including one with a wine vault. And because The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort resides under the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
    Palm Beach, FL
    #6 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2339 reviewsTripAdvisor (2339)
    Like any Four Seasons worth its salt, this luxury resort on Palm Beach's South Ocean Boulevard offers plush cream-colored rooms, ocean views and quality customer service in spades. Although the beach is within easy reach, we'd be remiss if we didn't also highlight this hotel's grand freshwater pool area, where you'll be treated to ice water, Evian spritzes and chilled towels to keep you looking cool and refreshed all afternoon long. Should you happen to spend a little too long in the sun, previous guests highly recommend soothing your skin at the hotel's spa. Travelers are also fond of the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach's guest rooms and suites, which come dressed in contemporary furnishings, down bedding and plasma TVs. Although the resort does offer some business-friendly services and a few family-friendly perks (kids younger than 5 eat for free at the on-site restaurants, while teens can play pool or watch movies), this property is better suited for couples looking for an escape. For example, the on-site Florie's restaurant, with its contemporary health-conscious fare, makes a great venue for a date night.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Breakers Palm Beach
    Palm Beach, FL
    #7 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2621 reviewsTripAdvisor (2621)
    Travelers and critics alike gush over this Italian Renaissance-style resort. High on their list of perks are the gorgeous grounds, which feature two golf courses, four pools, a private beach and 10 Har-Tru tennis courts. And the genial front desk staff will probably recommend you spend a day in the relaxing spa. As for lodging, the spacious guest rooms come with custom furnishings and high-end linens, as well as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access. Yet not all travelers were impressed, noting that the resort can get crowded and advising guests to watch out for hidden fees. Reviews are much better for the on-site restaurants: Recent guests appreciated the variety of dining options, though some do say the prices here can be a little steep. Visitors suggest The Beach Club Restaurant for breakfast or lunch and the Flagler Steakhouse for an elegant dinner. You'll find The Breakers along Palm Beach's South County Road, less than 2 miles east of downtown West Palm Beach.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
    Naples, FL
    #8 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1093 reviewsTripAdvisor (1093)
    If you're looking for a more casual hotel than The Ritz-Carlton, Naples on Vanderbilt Beach Road, consider booking a stay at the homey-but-still-sophisticated Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, situated just a few miles inland. You'll sacrifice the outstanding ocean views of Naples' other Ritz property, but for golf lovers, it's worth it to be closer to the 36-hole Tiburón Golf Club. Those who like to unwind can get a massage at the in-house spa or lay out by the pool. Frequent guests also like the on-site Lemonía restaurant, which serves up regional cuisine with international flavors. And though the resort may be devoid of any ocean-facing rooms, accommodations overlooking the golf course are nonetheless top-notch. Rooms include private balconies, goose-down comforters and European toiletries, not to mention high-speed internet access and flat-screen TVs. This hotel participates in the Marriott Bonvoy program.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
    Naples, FL
    #9 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2181 reviewsTripAdvisor (2181)
    This Ritz in Naples, Florida, is a clear guest favorite. Travelers find its luxurious amenities and attentive staff to be in a class all of its own, even when compared with other top-notch properties. The only thing comparable is its sister property, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, which is located approximately 4 miles away (there's a complimentary shuttle that goes to the Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort). At this Ritz, you can relax at the massive spa and salon, which boasts 30 separate treatment rooms, or work up a sweat in the fitness center. Or, feast away at one of the seven decadent dining options: Recent vacationers describe the on-site Gumbo Limbo restaurant – with its Floridian cuisine – as the perfect place to grab a bite to eat. Some recent guests aren't as complimentary of the rooms, however. Some travelers say the rooms (which feature 42-inch smart TVs and marble bathrooms) are subject to late-night noise. Keep in mind that Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points by staying here.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    Waldorf Astoria Orlando
    Orlando, FL
    #10 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5170 reviewsTripAdvisor (5170)
    Located in the southeast corner of Walt Disney World, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando feels a lot like its New York counterpart. You'll find similar design elements (like the infamous clock in the resort lobby) and notable dining establishments like Peacock Alley and the Bull & Bear steakhouse reproduced here. But this Waldorf Astoria property is decidedly Floridian, with citrus hues accenting the decor and on-site facilities that make the most of the warm weather and sunshine. The big draw here is the 18-hole championship golf course, perfectly accompanied by the natural wetland backdrop. And the cabana-lined lap pool and zero-entry pool are great for lounging and catching a tan. Meanwhile, guest rooms here come with 55-inch flat-screen LCD TVs, coffee makers and Italian marble bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and separate soaking tubs. However, some recent visitors said the customer service team could improve. If you're a Hilton Honors rewards club member, you can use or earn points here.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
    Key Biscayne, FL
    #11 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2336 reviewsTripAdvisor (2336)
    The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is pleasantly decorated, pleasantly staffed and pleasantly placed. It's true that the barrier outpost of Key Biscayne is a bit removed from Miami's activity, but the resort is close to area sights like the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and the Miami Seaquarium. On the resort grounds, you'll find two heated outdoor pools, the Cuban-inspired RUMBAR lounge (and three other on-site dining options) and the tranquil Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne – an ideal venue for a little extra R&R. Accommodations at this Ritz-Carlton property are bright and sunny with tropical decor, plush fabrics and ample space for lounging. Recent guests highly recommend requesting an ocean-view room when booking, but no matter which accommodation you choose, you'll find it equipped with amenities like Frette linens, mother-of-pearl bathroom vanities, LCD flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. And if the well-appointed rooms don't impress you, guests say the staff will blow you away. Keep in mind that this hotel participates in the Marriott Bonvoy program.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
    Orlando, FL
    #12 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3222 reviewsTripAdvisor (3222)
    As is the norm with Ritz-Carlton properties, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes pleases guests with its well-appointed rooms and fantastic customer service. Each of its 582 guest rooms and suites feature private balconies, marble bathrooms (with two sinks) and LCD flat-screen TVs. This immense property also boasts an 18-hole golf course, two pools and access to a massive lazy river at the neighboring JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes (the two resorts share grounds and activities). Craving more quiet relaxation than the kid-congested river can offer? Head to The Ritz's 40,000-square-foot spa, which boasts 40 treatment rooms and citrus-inspired treatments. And when it's time to refuel, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando features a plethora of on-site dining options, offering everything from casual alfresco eats to formal dining restaurants. If you're having trouble booking a room at the ultra-exclusive, ultra-expensive Ritz, consider giving the JW Marriott a try. Keep in mind that this hotel participates in the Marriott Bonvoy program, so members can earn and use points by staying here.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
    Sarasota, FL
    #13 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2497 reviewsTripAdvisor (2497)
    Lovers of the Ritz-Carlton brand are very much impressed by the Sarasota version. Even though they've come to expect top-notch service, plush rooms and classy ambience from these properties, travelers still can't stop gushing over the excellent customer service and the close attention to detail. At this Marriott-affiliated property, accommodations impress with amenities like private balconies, goose-down pillows and 55-inch flat-screen TVs. The resort also boasts an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course (15 miles off-site). For non-golfers, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota provides tennis courts; but if you'd rather kick back and relax, you'll also find a pool, a spa and a beach club (a 3-mile complimetary shuttle ride away). At the end of the day, recent travelers said a meal at Jack Dusty, the hotel's popular seafood restaurant, is a must. You'll find The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota on Ritz-Carlton Drive alongside Sarasota Bay. Plus, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points by staying here.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    Sunset Key Cottages
    Key West, FL
    #14 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 765 reviewsTripAdvisor (765)
    Free Breakfast
    This luxurious property is ideal for fulfilling your latest Robinson Crusoe fantasy, seeing as this resort is located off the coast of Key West on Sunset Key, a 27-acre private island. Families in particular loved the accommodations, which include one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom white-washed cottages, each equipped with a kitchen, private veranda, flat-screen TVs and complimentary internet access. Despite its amenities, some guests found the rooms needed an upgrade, but other features, such as the free 24-hour ferry to Key West and the views from Latitudes restaurant, were sincerely appreciated. The property also offers a spa, a pool, a fitness center, tennis courts and a private beach. For those looking to lounge beachside, travelers say be extra careful traversing the sands, as sharp rocks are sporadic.
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
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    Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
    Boca Raton, FL
    #15 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2683 reviewsTripAdvisor (2683)
    The Boca Beach Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort abandons some of the stodgy pretentions that have now become associated with luxury accommodations. Instead, it embraces a concept they've coined as "barefoot elegance." The clean, modern rooms are a little more bright and airy than what would be found at your typical Waldorf Astoria resort; the white down bedding in the rooms – as well as the other textiles – are a little lighter to the touch. And according to those who've stayed, the hospitality staff is very friendly and laid-back. You'll also get the benefit of enjoying many top-notch amenities like a plethora of yummy restaurants and seven pools. You can also test the greens at two championship golf courses, located just a short ride away at the resort's sister property, the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The Boca Beach Club sits on South Ocean Boulevard in southern Boca Raton. If you're a Hilton Honors member, you can accrue or redeem points by choosing to bed down here.
    4.5-star Hotel Class
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    WaterColor Inn & Resort
    Santa Rosa Beach, FL
    #16 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 516 reviewsTripAdvisor (516)
    Free Parking
    Sitting on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Beach's WaterColor Inn & Resort will especially appeal to families. It has decent room rates to facilitate group travel, plus lots of amenities for keeping kids busy, such as bikes, kayaks, access to five pools and a kids day camp. However, The Gathering Spot and Fish Out of Water restaurants are best suited for romance thanks to their waterfront atmospheres. Recent guests appreciated the intimate feel of this resort, which only has 60 rooms, and say that the limited number of accommodations mean you can bask in more personal attention from the hospitality staff. Accommodations here feature a variety of modern comforts, including iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, walk-in showers and Keurig coffee makers. Plus, each features a balcony or patio that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. And if you need to get some work done, you'll find ample work spaces in the rooms, as well as high-speed internet access, the latter of which is covered by the property's daily $40 resort fee.
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
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    Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    Lake Buena Vista, FL
    #17 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4927 reviewsTripAdvisor (4927)
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    Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida, is as opulent as it gets when it comes to Walt Disney World accommodations. The Victorian era is revived in the decor found in the five-story lobby – complete with an open-cage elevator and magnificent chandeliers – and the plush guest rooms. Lodging options here come equipped with amenities like flat-screen TVs and complimentary high-speed internet; however, some travelers say that the rooms in Disney's flagship resort are beginning to feel a bit tired. And though the Grand Floridian is kid-friendly with loads of activities, the posh resort is the best bet for couples looking for a quieter place to stay. Extras like afternoon high tea and daily piano performances in the lobby lend an elegant tone, but there are still fun perks like character breakfasts for the kids. (Youngsters can also indulge in their own afternoon tea with Disney princesses.) Another perk about staying at the Grand Floridian: having an on-site monorail station that is just one stop away from the Magic Kingdom.
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
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    Carillon Miami
    Miami Beach, FL
    #18 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1262 reviewsTripAdvisor (1262)
    Carillon Miami caters to those seeking more of a wellness retreat than a simple vacation. At this northern Miami Beach beach property, you'll find a mind-boggling array of spa treatments and intense fitness classes offered in the 70,000-square-foot spa, plus many nutritionists and physicians on staff. But despite its location on the bustling Collins Avenue, guests say Carillon Miami has all the makings of a good night's sleep. The resort's accommodations feature top-notch amenities, such as espresso machines, high-definition TVs and bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and walk-in showers. Suites are also outfitted with kitchens equipped with granite countertops and KitchenAid and Miele appliances, but recent guests raved about the beach service and nearby eateries so much that you might not even use this part of your suite. One thing guests couldn't stop talking about was the incredible service, with many saying it was one thing that made their stay truly unforgettable. Part of The Leading Hotels of the World portfolio, the resort welcomes Leaders Club members with various additional perks.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, A Noble House Resort
    Naples, FL
    #19 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2555 reviewsTripAdvisor (2555)
    You won't have to catch a shuttle to the beach at this aptly named Naples hotel ("La Playa" means "the beach" in Spanish) – many of the property's airy rooms offer picture-perfect ocean views. When you're lounging on the sands, take advantage of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort's beach butler service: Dedicated attendents will bring you everything from cold drinks to towels. This whimsically designed property also boasts its own 18-hole golf course, a major perk for the golfing set. And when it comes time to refuel, grab your special someone and head to the main in-house restaurant, BALEEN. Many visitors describe the ambiance of this eatery as "romantic," but the seafood-laden (albeit pricey) menu is what really gets hearts pumping. Or, settle in to one of the property's guest rooms, which are dressed in bright floral decor and come equipped with furnished balconies, pillow-top mattresses and high-speed internet access. You'll find LaPlaya – a member of the boutique Noble House family – along Vanderbilt Beach.
    4.5-star Hotel Class
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    One Ocean Resort & Spa
    Atlantic Beach, FL
    #20 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1287 reviewsTripAdvisor (1287)
    Travelers say that One Ocean Resort & Spa goes above and beyond when it comes to customer service. Someone will be on hand to unpack for you, steam your evening wear and shine your shoes. Valets remember your name and room number when you return from a busy day of sightseeing; the bartender in the Azurea Lounge has started mixing your favorite drink before you've even had a chance to order it. These little touches go a long way with vacationers. However, there are a few disgruntled guests that recall niggling resort fees for parking and for "snacking," too. Although the website touts that specially curated snacks and nonalcoholic beverages are included in the resort fee, recent guests don't appreciate the additional $33 per day charge. And the breakfast, though tasty, costs a pretty penny. Nevertheless, all 193 guest rooms and suites boast floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Atlantic Ocean, though standard rooms have limited views. Modern conveniences like flat-screen televisions, personalized amenity cabinets and plush beds are also provided in all accommodations. You'll find the One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach, Florida, about 15 miles due east of downtown Jacksonville.
    4.5-star Hotel Class
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    The Resort at Longboat Key Club
    Longboat Key, FL
    #21 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2198 reviewsTripAdvisor (2198)
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    Located off the coast of Sarasota, Florida – on a narrow strip of land sandwiched between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico – toasty Longboat Key is often thought of as a wintertime hideaway. And snowbirds aren't the only ones who can appreciate the appeal of the area's Resort at Longboat Key Club. The gigantic property boasts a private cream-colored shore, 45 holes of golf, 20 Har-Tru tennis courts, a spa and a variety of other ways to indulge. Those who vacationed here recently were more than impressed with the friendly and efficient staff. Past guests also commented on the expensive price tag but note that the splurge is worth all the luxurious amenities. Guest rooms and suites here are dressed in cream and beige hues and come with top-notch amenities like 42-inch flat-screen TVs, Bose Wave Radios, minibars and furnished private balconies that overlook the beach, lagoon or golf courses.
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
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    Sandpearl Resort
    Clearwater Beach, FL
    #22 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2773 reviewsTripAdvisor (2773)
    This resort evokes memories of a classic Florida vacation. Located on resort-congested Mandalay Avenue, the Sandpearl Resort boasts plenty of activities for kids. The seasonal Camp Ridley will occupy your children ages 5 to 10 with arts and crafts projects and scavenger hunts for half-day sessions, freeing you up to sample a few spa treatments, rent a slip for sailing the Clearwater area or enjoy a leisurely lunch at the guest-praised Caretta on the Gulf. And when it's time to bed down, rooms include flat-screen TVs, minifridges, coffee makers and radios with iPod docking capabilities. Though most recent guests raved about the well-appointed rooms, they also bemoaned the tacked-on resort fee and extra charge for parking. The Sandpearl Resort sits on Caladesi Island, a barrier island off the coast of Clearwater, Florida. This property is affiliated with the Preferred LVX collection of resorts, meaning iPrefer members can earn or redeem points while staying here.
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    Bay Lake, FL
    #23 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7738 reviewsTripAdvisor (7738)
    Free Parking
    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, Florida, is one of the more unique Walt Disney World properties. No, it's not the lobby's thatched roof and the chandeliers made out of warrior shield reproductions – although the decor is worth noting – it's the four savannas right outside your door. The resort is set up in a kraal design (a semi-circular shape that's common in Africa) with balconies overlooking wild grasslands, making it all the better for you to see the ostriches, giraffes and zebras that roam the grounds. Guest rooms are pretty standard. Aside from decorative touches like carved wood furnishings and fabrics inspired by Kente cloth, you'll find all the usual makings of a high-end hotel, including complimentary Wi-Fi access, floor-to-ceiling windows and coffee makers. Meanwhile, the downstairs Boma - Flavors of Africa restaurant is highly regarded for its creative cuisine. And when you're not enjoying the park, previous guests recommend making use of the on-site pools and playground. As its name suggests, you can find this Disney-affiliated resort in the Animal Kingdom area of Walt Disney World.
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
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    Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort
    Orlando, FL
    #24 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 12568 reviewsTripAdvisor (12568)
    With its prime location less than a mile away from Universal Orlando Resort, the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort has chosen to entice with what it calls "South Seas" flavor. To that effect, this Loews outpost boasts of Emeril Lagasse's Tchoup Chop restaurant and the weekly Wantilan Luau all-you-can-eat Polynesian buffet (a particular favorite among visiting families), not to mention four other dining venues and character dining experiences. Themes aside, most guests keep coming back to this resort because of its attentive staff and clean, comfortable rooms. Accommodations feature a gray color palette with colorful accent walls and pillows and offer amenities like flat-screen HD TVs, iHome clock radios and Cuisinart coffee makers. But like its sister, the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, a stay at the Loews Royal Pacific comes attached to a high price tag. Add in additional fees for parking and you may find your vacation funds running low. That said, travelers who have stayed here say the extra cost might be worthwhile due to the property's easy access to the nearby Wizarding World of Harry Potter (at Islands of Adventure). Another bonus: You can enjoy extra perks and benefits if you participate in the Loews YouFirst rewards program.
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
    Amelia Island, FL
    #25 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5035 reviewsTripAdvisor (5035)
    Free Parking
    Settled on 1,350 acres of land on Amelia Island, about 35 miles northeast of Jacksonville, Florida, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a sprawling property that offers an enjoyable getaway. You likely won't experience any sort of boredom at this resort – this Omni property boasts a laundry list of amenities that guests can't get enough of. The property features an adults-only infinity pool, a family-friendly pool, eight restaurants and the Spa and Salon. You'll also find 23 tennis courts, three golf courses, a fitness center and bike rentals. This Omni resort's guests are also privy to the nearly 4-mile-long private beach, water sports equipment rentals and Segway tours. Once the entire clan is tired out from a day in the sun, head back to your digs, all of which are outfitted with 330-threat-count Egyptian cotten linens, flat-screen HD TVs and patios or balconies. Free Wi-Fi access, self-parking and resort shuttle service are also provided as part of the property's $25 daily resort fee. What's more, Omni Select Guests can earn qualifying stays or redeem free nights certificates here.
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking

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