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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 1017 reviewsTripAdvisor (1017)
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1017 reviewsTripAdvisor (1017)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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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 2233 reviewsTripAdvisor (2233)
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Orlando, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2233 reviewsTripAdvisor (2233)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
    Manalapan, FL
    #3 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1281 reviewsTripAdvisor (1281)
    Free WiFi

    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. 

    Manalapan, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1281 reviewsTripAdvisor (1281)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
    Fernandina Beach, FL
    #4 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2432 reviewsTripAdvisor (2432)

    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 with DVD players.

    Fernandina Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2432 reviewsTripAdvisor (2432)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
    Naples, FL
    #5 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2018 reviewsTripAdvisor (2018)

    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 5-star 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.

    Naples, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2018 reviewsTripAdvisor (2018)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
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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 2320 reviewsTripAdvisor (2320)
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Palm Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2320 reviewsTripAdvisor (2320)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
    Bal Harbour, FL
    #7 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1486 reviewsTripAdvisor (1486)
    Free WiFi

    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, both Starwood Preferred Guest members and Marriott Rewards members can earn and use points here.

    Bal Harbour, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1486 reviewsTripAdvisor (1486)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Miami Beach EDITION
    Miami Beach, FL
    #8 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1618 reviewsTripAdvisor (1618)
    Free WiFi

    Slightly removed from the noise and action of South Beach, The Miami Beach EDITION is a 3.5-acre beachfront resort-style hotel with a wealth of distinctive amenities. The hotel features the unique BASEMENT complex that includes a nightclub, a bowling alley and a 2,000-square-foot ice skating rink – all accessible for an additional charge. If you're more interested in relaxing, you can schedule a treatment at the spa; meditate in the relaxation lounge or at the outdoor Sandbox; lounge by the 1950s-inspired pool deck; or play in the sand on the hotel's 70,000 square feet of shoreline. Other activities include a 24-hour fitness center that offers group classes and personal training (for an extra fee), the Limited EDITION boutique gift shop and two bars. After working up an appetite, guests can enjoy Latin cuisine from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the Matador Room. Or, for something more casual, grab a bite at Market at EDITION or the hotel's alfresco eatery, Tropicale. When it's time to sleep, guests can retreat to their rooms where they'll find rainforest showers, flat-screen TVs, BEATS Bluetooth speakers and complimentary Wi-Fi access (which is covered by the daily resort fee). Recent visitors were impressed with the style and ample amenities at the hotel, as well as the top-notch customer service.

    Miami Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1618 reviewsTripAdvisor (1618)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
    #9 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 718 reviewsTripAdvisor (718)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    The northeastern Florida seaside community of Ponte Vedra Beach – due southeast of Jacksonville – is known for its super-luxe resorts. And like its sister property, The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club gets kudos for its attentive staff and choice amenities. Accommodations here are spacious and equipped with conveniences like fully-stocked minibars, flat-screen TVs and high-speed wireless internet access (which is covered by the daily resort fee). When you feel hunger pangs coming on, you can sit down to dinner at the Seahorse Grille, which serves up fresh seafood alongside spectacular ocean views. The Ponte Vedra Inn also has a pastry chef on staff with homemade ice cream, served in the bistro-style Gourmet Shop. And for a hearty serving of R&R, guests recommend spending time at the in-house spa; measuring 30,000 square feet. However, for many guests, it's the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club's customer service that makes them want to come back. Travelers describe the staff here as superb.

    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 718 reviewsTripAdvisor (718)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Breakers Palm Beach
    Palm Beach, FL
    #10 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2586 reviewsTripAdvisor (2586)
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Palm Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2586 reviewsTripAdvisor (2586)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
    Orlando, FL
    #11 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3144 reviewsTripAdvisor (3144)
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Orlando, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3144 reviewsTripAdvisor (3144)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Biltmore Hotel
    Coral Gables, FL
    #12 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1861 reviewsTripAdvisor (1861)
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    Free WiFi

    If you have a hankering for nostalgia, consider booking a stay at this landmark property. Everyone from Judy Garland and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to Al Capone has stayed at The Biltmore Hotel. Capone even ran an under-the-radar casino here, and legend has it that the 275 rooms and suites are still haunted by the ghosts of past lodgers. Either way, travelers are blown away by the beautiful European aesthetic of the hotel. Rooms carry on the luxurious theme of the hotel flawlessly, offering guests 340-threat-count Egyptian bedding, Frette robes and oversized picture windows with views of the pool, golf course or surrounding neighborhood. Amenities like the posh Palme d'Or restaurant and the 18-hole Biltmore Golf Course are just too good to think otherwise. But should you need to unwind outside your digs, recent guests said you can't leave the property without lounging by the expansive Italian Renaissance-inspired pool. You should especially make time for the Sunday Champagne brunch – that's when this hotel really puts its best foot forward. You'll find the lovely Biltmore Hotel in the city of Coral Gables, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Miami.

    Coral Gables, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1861 reviewsTripAdvisor (1861)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Setai, Miami Beach
    Miami, FL
    #13 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1139 reviewsTripAdvisor (1139)
    Free WiFi

    The Setai, Miami Beach blatantly spurns Miami Beach's neon reputation in favor of a classier ambiance, and recent guests appreciate it. Rather than funky decor and bright colors, the Art Deco era property is filled with classy Asian-inspired design elements. Meanwhile, guest rooms house a muted beige and brown color palette and are outfitted with amenities like Frette linens, flat-screen LED TVs and rainfall showers. Although The Setai's environment may induce relaxation on the spot, previous guests highly recommend a visit to the in-house spa, which offers a wide array of massages and skin treatments and houses a private bath, a steam room and a fitness center. Also on the property, you'll have access to not one, but three infinity pools, as well as gourmet Mediterranean or Asian cuisine at The Setai's three restaurants. But don't plan on spending all your time at the hotel: Travelers praise The Setai for its prime location near South Beach and the The Bass. And Leaders Club members you're in luck – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property grants perks like welcome gifts and upgrades.

    Miami, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1139 reviewsTripAdvisor (1139)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Waldorf Astoria Orlando
    Orlando, FL
    #14 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5022 reviewsTripAdvisor (5022)
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Orlando, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5022 reviewsTripAdvisor (5022)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
    Naples, FL
    #15 in Best Resorts in Florida
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1005 reviewsTripAdvisor (1005)

    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.

    Naples, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1005 reviewsTripAdvisor (1005)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating