When it comes to summer getaways people from across the US flock to Florida. Warm weather, sandy beaches, glamorous nightlife and the iconic Disney World make it perfect for couples, families and friends alike.
Whether you’re a Florida local looking for a mini-breakaway to shake off the cobwebs of daily life, or whether your Florida getaway involves a long plane or car ride, here are our 10 best summer getaways in the Sunshine State.
10. The Miami Beach Edition, Miami Beach
If you love nightlife and are looking to party like an A-lister, The Edition is unbeatable. Located along the Miami Beach Boardwalk, this hotel offers a choice of bars and restaurants as well as a nightclub on site, as well as two outdoor pools, an ice-rink, an outdoor movie theatre and a bowling alley.
The food isn’t to be scoffed at either, with guests raving about the delicious meals to be found 27/7. After a late night out, revellers can grab breakfast at The Market by Jean Georges – yep, as in the Michelin-awarded Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
As is to be expected, the rooms feature modern décor in spacious, airy surroundings and offer all the luxurious extra touches you’d expect from a hotel of this calibre.MORE INFO
9. Casa Monica Resort and Spa, St. Augustine
The oldest city in the US, St. Augustine was founded by the Spanish back in the 1500s and to this day the Spanish influence in the city is clear.
Marvel at magnificent colonial architecture and sit in a streetside café reminiscent of a European old-town centre. Casa Monica is the perfect base from which to explore this quaint town.
Each room is the epitome of old-school glamour and luxury, and with a heated outdoor pool for lounging around in (or next to), alongside a spa, cocktail lounge, Spanish-themed restaurant and a coffee shop serving Starbucks coffees, you’ll never be short of options for things to do.MORE INFO
8. PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Gardens
Offering five championship courses and professional golf tuition, the PGA National Resort and Spa is a place for golf enthusiasts to add to the bucket list.
If golf isn’t really your thing though, perhaps the multimillion dollar renovations will reel you in. The resort now features 19 tennis courts, a spa, yoga classes, salt mineral pools and seven amazing restaurants.
Classic rooms come complete with huge flatscreen TVs, iPod docking stations and sleek furnishings.MORE INFO
7. MB on The Canal, Miami Beach
Enjoy Miami in laidback style with your own luxury apartment. The modern two-bedroomed apartments are the perfect option for a group of friends, two couples, or a small family.
Paddleboard on the canal or just enjoy your morning coffee with a view. The Northern side of Miami beach is quieter than the Southern side, so if you’re looking for a relaxed break with plenty of cute sidewalk cafes and an easygoing vibe, this is the place for you.MORE INFO
6. Sunset Key Cottages, Key West
Just a five-minute ferry ride from the mainland, you’ll find al fresco dining, fresh seafood and luxury cottages which manage to perfectly marry quaint charm with upmarket splendour. Step into a bygone era with whitewashed walls and fences, old-fashioned tennis courts and service that will make you wish you could stay forever.
Each morning, a continental breakfast of freshly baked breads and fruits are delivered to your door along with the day’s newspaper. You’ll also have access to a sandy white beach, swimming pool and the incredible on-site restaurant. If for some reason you want to leave the island, the 24-hour launch service to Key West means you can explore the local sites at any time of the day.MORE INFO
5. Opal Sands, Clearwater Beach
The prime location of this ultra-modern hotel already makes it a winner. Guests opting to stay at Opal Sands will be smack bang in the middle of all the action that Clearwater has to offer. It’s only a minute from the beach, with an abundance of dining, shopping and nightlife spots in the immediate vicinity of the hotel.
The glass-fronted hotel has thought of all the details when it comes to little luxuries. Each room has a sea-facing balcony, coffee machine and a gym.
There’s no lack of resort-living perks either; guests can enjoy an outdoor terrace, waterfront Italian dining, poolside cocktails, bar snacks and wine with a view of the Gulf or wile away an afternoon in the luxury spa.MORE INFO
4. Atlantic Bay Resort, Key Largo
Two words; private beach. As if that weren’t enough to seal the deal on this amazing getaway, there’s also tons of activities for guests to get involved in. Fish, kayak and paddleboard to your heart’s content, then finish the evening off with a barbecue and sundowners.
The rooms are clean, well-appointed and comfortable. The outdoor pool adds a nice finishing touch, and the resort provides guest great value for money.MORE INFO
3. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Orlando
Orlando is amazing for kids, no doubt about it. But it isn’t JUST for kids. This hotel offers the perfect getaway for a family, with touches of luxury for the parents and loads of fun options on offer for the kids. Rooms are brightly coloured, fun but still classy, and have plenty of space.
If you’re staying here, you even get early access to Harry Potter World and Volcano Bay, as well as a free transfer to all 3 Universal Orlando theme parks and free Universal CityWalk. If that weren’t enough, there are two pools, a water slide, 10-lane bowling alley, and fitness centre.MORE INFO
2. The Inn on Fifth, Naples
For an affordable stay which is close enough for day trips to the Everglades National Park as well as nearby all of the attractions of Naples, the Inn on Fifth offers a comfortable stay with large rooms. It’s a tastefully decorated affair and oozes old fashioned charm, offers an outdoor pool as well as a spa.
Shop till you drop, take a trip to the beach and try the famous Florida Stone Crab while you’re there.
The perfect spontaneous weekend getaway for couples looking to spend some romantic time away together without breaking the bank.MORE INFO
1. Le Meridien, Tampa
Le Meridien hasn’t become an internationally famous hotel chain for nothing. With seriously slick and modern rooms, this hotel makes an exceptional choice for a city getaway. Expect granite tops, cool tones of blue and greys, and ultra-stylish bars and restaurants with bright accents.
Tampa is famed for its museums and cultural offerings, but doesn’t disappoint for animal lovers either. With it’s central location, you can easily visit all the attrations like Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo and the Tampa History Center from the Le Meridien hotel.MORE INFO