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    Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1159 reviewsTripAdvisor (1159)
    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 1159 reviewsTripAdvisor (1159)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
    Fernandina Beach, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    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.

    Fernandina Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2720 reviewsTripAdvisor (2720)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
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    Faena Hotel Miami Beach
    Miami Beach, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1193 reviewsTripAdvisor (1193)
    Free WiFi

    Recent lodgers said their stay at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach was next to perfect. Guests gushed about the staff's attention to detail and genuine friendliness. Accommodations received tons of praise as well, and were described by reviewers as spacious (the smallest rooms measure 400 square feet), well-appointed and downright chic. Rooms are decorated in a modern, South American style and come outfitted with sleek wood furnishings and colorful accents. Other amenities include flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access and marble bathrooms with walk-in showers. Some standard rooms are also equipped with furnished balconies, and most rooms offer ocean views. What's more, you'll have access to a Faena Butler to arrange any request. Dining here is also a big attraction. Travelers say you can't leave without grabbing a bite at Pao by Paul Qui (just make sure to reserve a table in advance). The hotel's other dining venues include Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, which specializes in South American grilling, and the Veranda, which serves breakfast, as well as a lounge and bar with live DJs. The Faena also boasts an Old Hollywood-style theater that hosts cabaret shows and the Tierra Santa Healing House spa. You can find this highly acclaimed hotel in the heart of Miami Beach. But be forewarned: guests say a stay here is pricey. However, Leaders Club members can enjoy perks like welcome gifts and free upgrades.

    Miami Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1193 reviewsTripAdvisor (1193)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
    Manalapan, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1304 reviewsTripAdvisor (1304)
    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 1304 reviewsTripAdvisor (1304)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
    Bal Harbour, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1697 reviewsTripAdvisor (1697)
    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, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.

    Bal Harbour, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1697 reviewsTripAdvisor (1697)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
    Palm Beach, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2339 reviewsTripAdvisor (2339)
    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 2339 reviewsTripAdvisor (2339)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Mandarin Oriental, Miami
    Miami, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2970 reviewsTripAdvisor (2970)

    If you plan on staying at this Mandarin Oriental hotel, don't plan on being surrounded by the raucous environment most visitors expect of Miami. This sophisticated hotel on the shores of Brickell Key on Biscayne Bay has an intimate feel that might make it hard to remember that you're in busy, buzzy Miami. Inside the hotel, you'll find rooms and suites featuring trendy decor and Asian design elements mixed with a bright beige and orange color scheme. Each accommodation also comes with a high-definition TV, a spacious bathroom (fitted with a separate soaking tub and a walk-in glass shower) and a private balcony that offers spectacular views of the city or the bay. As much as they love the rooms, recent travelers save some kudos for the staff as well as the hotel facilities, especially the infinity pool and the four on-site eateries.

    Miami, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2970 reviewsTripAdvisor (2970)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 791 reviewsTripAdvisor (791)
    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 $29 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 791 reviewsTripAdvisor (791)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    W South Beach
    Miami Beach, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4238 reviewsTripAdvisor (4238)

    If we only had one word to describe the W South Beach, it would be "stylish." This hotel's trendy slate-gray color scheme and gorgeous pool beckon to the young and hip. Add to that a glamorous spa and five mouth-watering restaurants and lounges, and you've got yourself a Miami Beach hot-spot. And did we mention the location? This W property dominates its central Collins Avenue address, making it a huge hit with guests. When it's time to go to bed (if it's ever time to go to bed in Miami), you'll find accommodations here to be both swanky and comfortable. Rooms feature ocean views, private balconies, high ceilings and kitchenettes or kitchens, as well as contemporary amenities like flat-screen TVs and on-demand movies. The W South Beach even has amenities for your pets. Lodging at this Miami Beach hot spot will put a sizable dent in your wallet, but if you're a member of the Marriott Bonvoy program, you can use points to cover the cost of your stay.

    Miami Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4238 reviewsTripAdvisor (4238)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    The Setai, Miami Beach
    Miami, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1255 reviewsTripAdvisor (1255)
    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 are 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 1255 reviewsTripAdvisor (1255)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Breakers Palm Beach
    Palm Beach, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2621 reviewsTripAdvisor (2621)
    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 2621 reviewsTripAdvisor (2621)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Betsy South Beach
    Miami Beach, FL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3142 reviewsTripAdvisor (3142)
    Free WiFi

    Miami Beach travelers appreciate that the beautiful Betsy isn't like the other hotels along Ocean Drive. As opposed to poolside parties and a lobby that doubles as a runway, this boutique hotel is decidedly quieter and more laid-back than its competition. And the 130 rooms and suites (some of which were recently added in late 2016) definitely aim for substance rather than style – though that isn't lacking either. In the accommodations, you'll find Thassos marble bathrooms with Malin+Goetz beauty products and walk-in showers with shower wands and rainforest shower heads. Techie touches abound here, too: Rooms and suites feature the basics, such as high-speed internet access, plus over the top perks like TVs built into bathroom mirrors. The Betsy also adds thoughtful extras, including fresh orchids in all accommodations. Despite some complaints of high room rates, recent guests claim to have thoroughly enjoyed their stay here, chalking their good experiences up to the excellent customer service. The Betsy's rooftop bar and in-house restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood, also garner praise, while previous guests said that lounging in The Wellness Garden & Spa helped ease them into a relaxing stay.

    Miami Beach, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3142 reviewsTripAdvisor (3142)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
    Naples, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    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.

    Naples, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2181 reviewsTripAdvisor (2181)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    The Miami Beach EDITION
    Miami Beach, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1938 reviewsTripAdvisor (1938)
    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, 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 1938 reviewsTripAdvisor (1938)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
    Key Biscayne, FL
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2336 reviewsTripAdvisor (2336)
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Key Biscayne, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2336 reviewsTripAdvisor (2336)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi