1 . Canyon Ranch Miami Beach

Miami Beach, Florida

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A historic hotel turned modern-day work of art is the only way to describe the Southeast Florida luxury hotel in our No. 1 spot. From the famous Miami nightlife and attractions to the delightedly unexpected, a host of pleasures on land and in the water await you at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach.

We promise you’re in for something special when you stay at this Southeast Florida luxury hotel, and it starts with the views. Stunning scenery surrounds you in every direction from Canyon Ranch’s all-suite accommodations. Deep blue Atlantic Ocean waters, lagoon-like intracoastal waterways and the glittering cityscape of Miami – all visible from your private balcony and begging to be explored. It’s all the style you’d expect from a Miami luxury hotel, with an added air of tranquility for complete peace of mind on your Southeast Florida vacation Of course, there's plenty of sightseeing to do inside the Canyon Ranch Miami Beach, starting with the David Rockwell-designed lobby. This four-story masterpiece – appointed with a suspended mangrove sculpture above and polished stone and shell floors below – ushers you in with style and hints at even better things to come. Like the original charm paired with modern-day comforts in the hotel’s one- or two-bedroom suites for an elegant blend of old and new. Or, the hotel’s exclusive Aquavana spa system that is sure to leave you with a healthy glow from head to toe.

Highlights

Spectacular oceanside dining and healthy, gourmet cuisine are highlights of the Canyon Ranch Grill.

Related Onsite Offerings

Live in the lap of luxury – and a spacious lap it is, with 70,000 sq. ft. of pampering spaces – at the Wellness Spa. There’s even a full-service salon, plus a health and wellness center!

Fun facts

Canyon Ranch Miami Beach is located in the beautifully renovated and historic Carillon Hotel.

2 . Doral Golf Resort and Spa

Miami, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (305) 592 - 2000

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The Southeast Florida luxury hotel in our No. 2 spot is so much more than just a hotel. It’s a full-service resort in a premier Miami location. It’s world-class golf in one of the game’s top destinations. It’s pampering and relaxation in the onsite spa. But best of all, it’s your destination for a trio of indulgences on your Miami vacation!

There’s a reason for the “golf” in Doral Golf Resort – this Southeast Florida resort is home to not one, but five golf courses! But these aren’t your average Sunshine State courses; they’re products of the meeting of the minds of world-renowned golf legends and noted course architects. Like the Blue Monster Course, originally designed by Dick Wilson and taken to a whole new level under the watchful eye of the PGA Tour. Or, the Greg Norman Signature Course, a par-72 and the only course in the Southeastern corner of the country that uses coquina – crushed shells – on every hole. Doral Golf Resort and Spa introduces you to a new kind of luxury on your SE Florida vacation, a style of luxury that centers on endless possibilities. Like more than 100 treatments in the European-inspired Spa at Doral. Choose your pleasure: deep tissue, hot stone, therapeutic or even Ashiatsu – barefoot massage – styles. Choose your location: poolside, under the shelter of a private cabana or in the comfort of your suite. Then again, this is a luxury resort, so who says you have to choose just one?

Getting there

Doral Golf Resort and Spa is a convenient 15-minute drive from Miami International Airport.

Fun facts

Host to the PGA Tour’s Franklin Templeton “Shoot-Out” in 2000, the Great White was rated as the best new golf course of 2000 by the National Golf Foundation.

Highlights

The Doral’s elegant rooms and suites are a sophisticated take on traditional resort accommodations. Each comes with Marriott’s signature Revive bed, plus great views of the resort gardens or golf courses!

3 . The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (305) 365 - 4500

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The hotel in our No. 3 spot blends relaxation, culture and adventure for a truly unforgettable Southeast Florida luxury vacation. Located on the barrier island of Key Biscayne, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is an island destination that only seems worlds away. In reality, the Art Deco districts and 24-hour nightlife of South Beach and Miami are just minutes away!

Surrounded by tropical palms and endless beaches, it’s easy to forget that you’re not actually on a deserted island when you stay at the Ritz Carlton. A tour of the hotel’s five onsite restaurants can only enhance this absent-mindedness; each features a different style of cuisine from gastronomic hot spots around the globe. Like the Tuscan-inspired Cioppino that pulls off a remarkable imitation of an Old World Italian eatery with signature dishes like Veal Scallopini. The Mexican-inspired Cantina Beach, with its thatched roofs, al fresco dining and the freshest fish tacos we’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. And the exotic flavors, rum flights and extensive cigar collection of the Old Havana-inspired RUMBAR. The Ritz-Carlton brings the outdoors in with its ocean-inspired guestrooms and suites. With an idyllic location on the golden sands and turquoise waters of Key Biscayne, who could blame them for being inspired? Mother-of-pearl wall coverings cast a shimmering glow on the en-suite baths, while silky fabrics mimic the fluid motions of ocean waves. But the true crown jewel of this tropics-inspired paradise is its signature Ritz-Carlton Club Level, where an unparalleled level of sophistication – and exclusive access to the ninth level lounge and oceanfront gazebo – redefines the traditional luxury hotel experience.

Fun facts

Key Biscayne is the only South Florida location to claim a spot on the list of “America’s Best Beaches” by Dr. Stephen Leatherman.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, boasts the largest Tennis Center of any Ritz-Carlton, with 11 courts designed by tennis great Cliff Drysdale.

Highlights

Ritz-Carlton’s guestrooms and suites are the epitome of luxury, with Frette bed linens, marble baths and plasma TVs.

4 . The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

Hollywood, Florida

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Let’s face it – when you vacation in Southeast Florida, you’re more concerned about the weather than your room. But that doesn’t mean you should have to forgo luxury for a few hours of sunshine. Fortunately, we found one luxury hotel that agrees: the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa.

Welcome to Hollywood, Florida – an intimate beach community that bears little resemblance to the celebrity-studded California city of the same name. But the two do have some things in common; mainly the same palm trees, beautiful beaches and a multitude of diversions both day and night. When you stay at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, you’ll even enjoy some of Hollywood’s signature star treatment, starting with the marble baths, glass-enclosed showers and Westin Heavenly Bath products found in your suite. And don’t forget to check out the see-and-be-seen scene of Nikki Beach, a coveted Hollywood hot spot that serves up cocktails, creative cuisine and endless entertainment with fashion shows, live music and more featured nightly! Most SE Florida hotels (and their guests) are content with the bare minimum when it comes to a pool. A little water, a few chairs scattered around and voila, a place to soak up the Florida sunshine. Luckily for you, the Westin Diplomat has an aversion to anything average, which means you get to enjoy a sparkling pool turned sprawling waterscape on your Florida vacation. It starts with an outdoor bridged pool, continues with an infinity edge and a see-through bottom, and comes to a delightful climax with waterfalls that cascade into the 240-ft. lagoon pool below for an unparalleled aquatic experience.

Getting there

From the north, take I-95 South to Exit 18 (old Exit 21). Turn left onto Hallandale Beach Boulevard and proceed 3.5 miles. Turn left onto S. Ocean Drive (Route A1A). The hotel is located on the right. From the south, Take I-95 North and follow the directions above.

Highlights

The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa gives guests convenient access to the full-service spa at its sister property, the Diplomat Golf Resort.

Fun facts

Hollywood, FL was voted Best American City in 2007.

5 . Lago Mar Resort and Club

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (954) 523 - 6511

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As writers, we have a serious distaste for numbers – don’t even get us started on math – that seems to come with our career choice. But even we were impressed by the figures put up by the Southeast Florida resort in our No. 5 spot. Like 500-plus feet of golden-hued sand, more than 300 palm trees and acre after acre of deep blue Atlantic water – all waiting to be explored at Lago Mar Resort and Club.

This aptly-named Ft. Lauderdale resort – “lago” is Spanish for lake and “mar” is synonymous with sea – boasts a title inspired by its location between the freshwater depths of Lake Mayan and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. True to its name, the Lago Mar Resort and Club boasts plenty of ways to enjoy them both. From fishing charters and parasailing to boating and jet skiing, your whole family will enjoy an array of wet-and-wild fun. For those who prefer to stay dry, the resort offers plenty of pursuits at the water’s edge, including shuffleboard, a putting course and even a giant outdoor chessboard! The Lago Mar has built a reputation of excellence by acquiring the most desirable piece of Ft. Lauderdale property, an accommodating staff and the most stylish, yet comfortable collection of rooms and suites you’re likely to find. It’s also one of the most versatile, with accommodations, activities and services that attract all types of travelers; and easily one of the most luxurious, with an assortment of above-and-beyond amenities, including an onsite day spa and the resort’s own private beach.

Fun facts

The Lago Mar Resort and Club was listed in the Conde Naste Gold List Edition as one of the World's Best Places to Stay.

Highlights

Lago Mar Resort’s rooms are finely appointed with luxury add-ons like granite countertops and down comforters.

Related Onsite Offerings

Lago Mar Resort’s impeccable comfort and service includes complimentary valet parking, wireless Internet access and eucalyptus-scented bath products.

6 . Newport Beachside

Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

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Minutes from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, the historic hotel turned landmark of Miami Beach luxury in our No. 6 spot is an exceptional blend of sand, surf and fun that’s perfect for family, romantic and even group Florida vacations. And with a stunning location in the aptly-named Sunny Isles Beach, the Newport Beachside practically promises sun-drenched adventures.

With athletics, academics and the accelerated pace of everyday life, it can be difficult to find time for family. Newport Beachside offers a solution to the rat race, with relaxing family vacations on Southeast Florida’s sun-kissed shores. You’ll find plenty of kid-friendly activities right on site, from water sports in the Atlantic to the beachfront playground, while nearby attractions like the Miami Sea Aquarium and Parrot Jungle Island offer adventure for all ages. There’s even a resort calendar to entertain the whole family – and offer a return to simpler times – with retro games, activities and more! You don’t need to travel with the family in tow to have a good time at Newport Beachside. Nearby Miami turns on the neon lights – and cranks up the heat – with a sultry nightlife scene that just won’t quit. Of course, you’ll need to fuel up beforehand if you plan to outlast this all-night action. That’s where Kitchen 305 comes in, with an eclectic menu of flatbread pizzas, seafood dishes and other fare that’ll start your night off right. Let the Atlantic sunrise serve as your cue to head home to the comfort of your suite, where you can enjoy a soothing Jacuzzi soak before catching up on some much-needed sleep.

Highlights

The Newport Beachside has a history of attracting entertainment’s elite players and the musically-inclined, including Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix and Sammie Davis, Jr.

Fun facts

The Newport Beachside was a landmark long before Sunny Isles Beach was granted city status 10 years ago.

Related Onsite Offerings

Both the resort and the town of Sunny Isles Beach have been treated to an extensive renovation, including all-new brick sidewalks, a restored fishing pier and even more Florida palm trees than before!

7 . Fisher Island Hotel

Fisher Island, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (305) 535 - 6000

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Tucked away among the flora and fauna of Fisher Island, the hotel in our No. 7 spot is a distinctly different style of Florida luxury hotel. Here at Fisher Island Hotel, you can leave the world behind – without sacrificing any worldly comforts – on your Southeast Florida vacation.

Fisher Island Hotel offers a truly exclusive island getaway – one of the few in all of Southeast Florida. Of course, visitors to Fisher Island should be prepared to drop a considerable amount of cash just to get there; this wealthy community is accessible only by auto-ferry, boat or helicopter! But don’t let the island’s reputation intimidate you. It’s all smooth sailing, sun-filled skies and hassle-free living from here on out. Set against the sparkling Atlantic and home to two deep-water marinas, we think Fisher Island Hotel is the perfect place to dock your yacht, escape to a spa-inspired weekend with the girls or just hole up in for a romance-filled weekend. With accommodations ranging from comfortable guestrooms to extravagant three-bedroom residences, Fisher Island Hotel offers you all the luxury with just the right amount of space. For a truly exquisite dining experience, residents and guests turn to the Garwood Lounge and piano bar. Housed within the historic walls of the 1920s-era Vanderbilt Mansion, this elegant eatery features a deliciously romantic ambience and opens to a courtyard aviary brimming with rare birds.

Related Onsite Offerings

One of the few resorts offering all three play surfaces, Fisher Island’s tennis center consists of 18 lighted Har-Tru clay, grass and hard courts.

Highlights

Designed by P.B. Dye, the Links at Fisher Island give guests the opportunity to play like the pros.

Fun facts

Carl Fisher bought the 216 acres that now bear his name from Dana A. Dorsey, South Florida's first African American millionaire.

8 . Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Miami, Florida

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The white sand beaches, laidback lifestyle and Art Deco that made Miami famous – all captured and presented in one sleek, sophisticated package by the luxury hotel in our No. 8 spot. A mere block off of Biscayne Bay, the Four Seasons Miami is a sophisticated glass-and-granite urban retreat in an ideal Miami location.

You’ll find Art Deco signatures throughout the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, but nowhere is this more apparent than in the hotel’s opulent lobby entrance. Marble floors, wood-lined walls, one-of-a-kind art works and even a 16-ft. waterfall grace this stately space. And speaking of fine art, we promise you’ll emerge a masterpiece after an hour in the indulgent onsite spa. This pampering parlor features private treatment rooms, a Turkish steam room and a redwood sauna. You can even treat yourself and that special someone to a couples’ massage in the privacy of a poolside cabana. When we first heard the Four Season’s suites described as “lemon-hued,” we couldn’t help thinking of the nearly-neon fruit. So we were pleasantly surprised to discover that it’s actually a subtle, elegant shade – more lemon chiffon than meringue – that graces these stately walls. The Art Deco décor and upscale amenities found throughout continue the Four Season’s tradition of good taste, with special touches like Venetian glass lamps and marble baths with deep soaking tubs. But by far the most breathtaking highlight of these chic guestrooms and suites is the view of Biscayne Bay or the Miami cityscape that awaits!

Getting there

Miami International Airport is eight miles and approximately 20 minutes from the Hotel; Fort Lauderdale International Airport is 40 miles and approximately 50 minutes away. Both airports are served by all major airlines. The Port of Miami’s cruise ship terminal is just 10 minutes from the Four Seasons Hotel Miami.

Highlights

Four Seasons rooms and suites are fully appointed with DVD players, security safes, refrigerated private bars and high-speed Internet access.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Four Seasons Hotel Miami offers daily fitness classes and poolside services, including chilled towels and frozen fruit, at no added cost.

9 . Acqualina Resort & Spa

Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (305) 918 - 8000

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The sophisticated style of a Mediterranean villa meets the beautiful beaches and sparkling waters of a premier oceanfront location at the Southeast Florida luxury resort in our No. 9 spot. Set on white sands in Sunny Isle, the Acqualina Resort and Spa surrounds you with luxury, serenity and ever-present sunshine on your Florida vacation.

So many Southeast Florida resorts promise world-class spas, yet so few offer exclusive access to amenities like Finnish Saunas, Crystal steam rooms and Experience showers – plus a credit toward spa treatments every night of your stay. But that’s precisely what you’re treated to when you stay at the Acqualina Resort and Spa. Inside the dual-level, oceanfront ESPA, you’ll be subjected to pampering, pleasure and total body bliss like you’ve never experienced. Choose from an array of meditative, restorative and holistic treatments and say goodbye to worldly cares. And speaking of pampering, remember those ancient Greek paintings that feature a gowned maiden hand-feeding grapes to her beloved? That indulgent fantasy just stepped out of the canvas and onto the poolside scene, courtesy of Acqualina’s pool concierge. Don’t worry if grapes aren’t your thing; this aquatic butler comes prepared with fruit smoothies and other refreshing treats to tempt you. Inside the luxurious residences, you’ll find form, function, substance and style – all Acqualina trademarks. Even the most basic rooms come with their own private living room, mini bar, hideaway entertainment center and deluxe marble bath. After all, what good is beauty if it’s only skin deep?

Fun facts

Acqualina’s ESPA was named one of the best new spa getaways by Spa Magazine.

Related Onsite Offerings

Don’t have time for a full day of spa treatments? Acqualina offers convenient 15- to 30-minute reflexology services at three onsite pools.

Highlights

Beach butlers, chaise lounges and sun umbrellas are just a few of the many highlights that make Acqualina’s beaches worth coming back to time and again.

The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club has long been our go-to place for luxury escapes in Southeast Florida – and that was before its stunning $150 million transformation. Enjoy a whole new era of luxury on your Southeast Florida vacation!

The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort recently made a splashing debut when it reopened its doors to reveal a completely transformed resort. Magazines, travel guides and recent guests just can’t stop singing its praises, so we knew we were in for something special. All the press releases and news clippings couldn’t prepare us for what greeted us upon arrival. Like the private Ocean Club right on the Atlantic. Two championship golf courses completely redesigned with breathtaking results. And the waterslide, lazy river and private cabanas that let you slip, slide and snooze in style around the Fairmont’s all-new lagoon pool. The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort staff is too modest to brag, but we see no shame in doing it for them – beginning with the decidedly upscale suites. The epitome of understated elegance, these renovated suites are luxuriously appointed with designer colors and fabrics, rich wood furnishings and modern comforts like soaking tubs and flatscreen TVs. But it’s the Grand Presidential Suite that’s truly fit for royalty, with a formal foyer, powder room and even his-and-hers closet space. Forget vacations, we’d like to make the Fairmont our permanent address!

Getting there

The Fairmont is conveniently located between the two major international airports and seaports of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, and conveniently close to elite shopping venues, exciting nightlife and an array of cultural and sporting events.

Highlights

The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club was named one of the “World's Best” in 2008 by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Fun facts

Award-winning chef James Beard brings his signature cooking style and unique culinary vision to The Fairmont Turnberry Isle with BOURBON STEAK, A Michael Mina Restaurant.

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