Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Boca Resort

Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida

Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida

Perhaps it goes without saying but most luxury resorts in Florida have a sweet relaxed vibe to them. Many Florida resorts are located along the beach so you can almost roll out of bed and onto the sand. Florida is one of the few places where you can wear shorts and flip flops to resort restaurants. I know, because I did—and I do! Please, though, no wet swimsuits.

This list of relaxed luxury resorts in Florida is organized from north to south, as you might encounter them on road trips into the Sunshine State. I also included at least one special feature (a McCool Travel tip) for each property.

While I personally visited these relaxed luxury resorts in Florida, I realize there are many others. Leave a comment below with suggestions of other luxury resorts in Florida I should visit.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a massive 1,300 acre property, with tons of space to explore and play. All of their rooms face the Atlantic Ocean. Nine dining venues, all under the direction of Omni Executive Chef Daven Wardynski, offer a variety of culinary experiences.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

McCool Travel tip: try the honey made on the property—collected from more than 1 million bees—and especially sample the spectacular honey bourbon. A cool unique experience is the monthly dinner in The Sprouting Project (reservations required).

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort: website : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

All rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island have their own balcony—great for relaxing to ocean sounds and scents. The property has four restaurants, including SALT, one of only three AAA 5 diamond restaurants in the entire state of Florida.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

McCool Travel tip: If dining at SALT is not exclusive enough for you, book the Heaven in a Hammock spa treatment. It was created at this property and is offered nowhere else in the world.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, couples spa room

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: website : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

Epicurean Hotel, Tampa

Epicurean Hotel is inspired by Bern Laxer, founder of Bern’s Steakhouse (across the street) which houses one of the world’s largest wine collections (over a half million bottles). This is the only hotel I have been to with its own Cooking Theater—featuring culinary demonstrations, seminars, and competitions. Spend a pleasant evening sipping a craft cocktail at the rooftop bar.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: EDGE Rooftop Bar at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.

EDGE Rooftop Bar at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida. Photo credit: FuninFairfaxVA.com

McCool Travel tip: try the Bourbon on the Rocks foot treatment (my first pedicure!) at the onsite Spa Evangeline. Fortunately, you pass Chocolate Pi on the way back to the hotel lobby.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Spa Evangeline at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.

Try the Bourbon on the Rocks treatment at Spa Evangeline, Epicurean Hotel. Photo credit: FuninFairfaxVA.com

Epicurean Hotel: website : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

Inn on 5th, Naples

Inn on 5th is an esteemed Forbes Travel Guide 4-star rated hotel and the only luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown Naples. It is within walking distance of the beach, fantastic shops and amazing restaurants, and Tin City. For an enhanced experience, stay across the street at the Inn on 5th Club Level Suites, with a private rooftop deck (with pool and hot tub) and dedicated concierge lounge (great snacks and drinks).

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Inn on 5th Naples

Inn on 5th in Naples Florida: Club Level rooftop lounge

McCool Travel tip: an underutilized amenity is their shuttle service within 2 miles. Options include an upscale golf cart, an Escalade, and a Tesla (for Club Level guests).

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Inn on 5th Naples Tesla shuttle

Inn on 5th in Naples Florida: Tesla shuttle

Inn on 5thwebsite : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton

Boca Raton Resort & Club is not one but two magnificent relaxed luxury resorts in Florida. Choose the Beach Club, where rooms have massive ceiling to floor windows to tempt you to get outside. On the other hand, the Main Resort includes the Tower, Yacht Club, Bungalows, and The Cloister—the original classic resort from the 1920s but completely modernized and refurbished. Both resorts have a variety of activities and dining options.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Boca Resort

Boca Raton Resort & Club

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Boca Resort Beach Club

Beach Club, Boca Raton Resort & Club

McCool Travel tip: reserve a window table for dinner at The Blue on the 27th floor of The Tower—or at least have drinks or snacks in the magnificent panoramic setting.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: The Blue restaurant at Boca Raton Resort & Club.

The Blue restaurant at Boca Raton Resort & Club. Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria

Please also see the McCool Travel article: 8 Great Boca Resort Relaxed Luxury Features to Enjoy

Boca Raton Resort & Clubwebsite : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Margaritaville Resort Hollywood Beach is a perfect example of relaxed luxury resort in Florida. You can put your toes in the sand in several places, chill in the spa, and eat very well. You bet I wore flip flops to their fine dining restaurant (JWB) but I definitely was not the only one! Guest rooms have comfortable bed and pillows, elegant but comfortable wood decor, and two adirondack chairs on the balcony.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: clean and comfortable bed

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: clean and comfortable bed

McCool Travel tip: ride a funky beach cruiser bicycle with an epic parrot horn for an hour each day.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Margarita Beach Resort: cool beach bicycle

Please also see the McCool Travel article: Relaxed Luxury at Margarita Hollywood Beach Resort

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resortwebsite : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove

With its Old World design and elegant marble and decor, the lobby of the The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove instantly transports your mind to Europe’s finest luxury hotels. Here, though, is a great location to stay when you sail from Dinner Key marina, visit the University of Miami, or attend the world famous Coconut Grove Art Festival. Treat yourself by relaxing in the salt water pool.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove lobby. Photo credit: FuninFairfaxVA.com

McCool Travel tip: ask the front desk for information about the self-guided art tour. The property houses over $1 million of art.

The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grovewebsite : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Close to Miami yet a world away is The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. The property has a large tennis center, extensive fitness center, amazing spa, but also a spacious, clean beach and two pool areas to relax.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Cantina Beach tequila

Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

McCool Travel tip: Have dinner at Cantina Beach and ask the only Tequilier in the United States to help you select from over 100 tequilas, including one blended specifically for this restaurant. Cantina Beach also hosts free tequila tasting sessions every day at 6pm.

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Cantina Beach Tequilier

Tequilier at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Cantina Beach

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscaynewebsite : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

 


Do you have favorite relaxed luxury resorts in Florida that are not yet included on this list? Leave a comment below and I hope to visit them and might include them in an article update.


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Most Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida are located along the beach so you can almost roll out of bed and onto the sand. Wear your flip flops to fine dining.

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23 Responses to “Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida”

  1. Sue Reddel March 25, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    Terrific list Charles. We loved the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando their Bull & Bear Restaurant is outstanding! I’d love to check out Epicurean Hotel in Tampa.

    • McCool Travel March 25, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

      Nice suggestion. I need to ‘splore all dem luxury resorts in Mickeyville.

  2. Jetsetter Jenn March 25, 2017 at 7:14 am #

    Any hotel that makes its own honey is cool in my book! These are all stunning properties… I wouldn’t even know what to choose! Thanks for putting these on my radar, I’ll bookmark this for the future. Happy travels 🙂

    • McCool Travel March 25, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

      Thank you for the note, JS Jenn. The honey is cool and that honey bourbon was amazing. Might have been the best thing I ate or drink in the last year.

  3. Carmen's Luxury Trvl (@carmensluxtrvl) March 24, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    I currently live in Florida and can definitely say that you picked some fabulous properties! I’m hoping to visit Amelia Island soon so I’ll definitely check out that Omni Resort. Thanks for sharing and happy travels 🙂

    • McCool Travel March 24, 2017 at 10:49 am #

      Thank you, Carmen. You probably know some other fabulous relaxed luxury resorts, especially in South Florida.

  4. Tami March 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

    I’d love to take the art tour at the Ritz Coconut Grove! How fun to combine that with a luxury stay! Great list… Wish I could visit them all…

  5. Sara Broers (@TravelWithSara) March 23, 2017 at 8:55 am #

    I love this! Florida is a favorite state of mine and you showcased some nice properties and all they have to offer. I enjoyed following your social media posts of these properties, as well. Thanks for a nice round up of these beautiful Florida properties.

  6. Sheena Leong March 23, 2017 at 7:59 am #

    You’ve personally visited all these resorts? Living the dream! Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort looks like an amazing property, I also really like the style of the Margaritaville Resort Hollywood Beach – one day!

    • McCool Travel March 23, 2017 at 8:03 am #

      Ha, yes, Sheena. Great places. I am hoping to visit (and cover) more relaxed luxury resorts in Florida soon.

  7. Patti Morrow March 22, 2017 at 8:22 pm #

    I love Florida and go frequently since I can drive to most of the areas. I’ve never stayed at the Margaritaville hotel — that’s going on the bucket list!

  8. mark wyld March 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    All these places look amazing. We would be happy to stay at any of these places. They all have facilities that would keep our kids occupied which is great.

    • McCool Travel March 23, 2017 at 7:24 am #

      Most of these resorts do have Kids’ Clubs and are quite family friendly.

  9. Donna Janke March 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    I feel as if I need to feel pampered at any one of these luxury resorts right now! Better yet, a few days at each so I could pick my personal favourite!

    • McCool Travel March 21, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

      Oh, yes. A tour of all the resorts is definitely the way to do it!

  10. Julie McCool March 20, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    The Heaven in a Hammock spa treatment sounds very tempting. Time I visited Ritz Carlton Amelia Island!

  11. Tam Warner Minton March 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    All look fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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