Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida

It goes without saying that most luxury resorts in Florida have a sweet relaxed vibe to them. 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 Sunshine State road trips. I also included at least one special feature (a McCool Travel tip) for each property. and if you visit these fun relaxed luxury Florida resorts after Thanksgiving, their holiday decorations are amazing. See also Fun Tropical Christmas Decorations to Inspire a Florida Holiday Vacation

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

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Florida luxury hotel: 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).

the honey at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is made on site
luxury Florida resorts: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort: website : Facebook

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.

Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
luxury Florida hotel: 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.

Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
Florida luxury resorts: The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, couples spa room

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island: website : Facebook

For more Amelia Island information, please read 8 Great Things to Do in Amelia Island Florida.

Epicurean Hotel, Tampa

Epicurean Hotel is inspired by Bern Laxer, founder of Bern’s Steakhouse (located across the street from Epicurean Hotel) 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.

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 so you can indulge in more treats.

Spa Evangeline at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.
Bourbon on the Rocks at Spa Evangeline, Epicurean Hotel. Photo credit: FuninFairfaxVA.com

Epicurean Hotel: website : Facebook

Inn on Fifth, Naples

Inn on Fifth 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 Fifth Club Level Suites, with a private rooftop deck (with pool and hot tub) and dedicated concierge lounge (great snacks and drinks).

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).

 Inn on 5th Naples Tesla shuttle
Florida luxury hotel: Inn on Fifth in Naples Florida: Tesla shuttle

Inn on 5thwebsite : Facebook

For more Naples information, please read 8 Great Places to Eat in Naples Florida.

South Seas Island Resort

Occupying 330 acres of nature preserve with 2.5 miles of private beach, South Seas Island Resort is a tranquil but also adventurous (your choice!) waterfront resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Make sure you rent a golf cart to explore all of the hidden gems and secret paths. See our South Seas Island Resort review and click here for best South Seas Island Resort rates.

South Seas Island Resort balcony view
South Seas Island Resort balcony view

McCool Travel tip: catch a Captiva Cruises excursion to Cabbage Key and visit the alleged inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s Cheeseburger in Paradise. While there definitely try the Cabbage Key restaurant Key Lime Pie, made from the original recipe!

South Seas Island Resortwebsite : Facebook

For more information on the area, please read Fun Things to Do in Fort Myers Beach.

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.

Boca Resort is a classic Florida luxury resort
Florida luxury hotel: Boca Raton Resort & Club
Boca Resort Beach Club
luxury Florida resort: 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.

The Blue restaurant at Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Luxury Resorts in Florida: The Blue restaurant. Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria

>>> See the McCool Travel article: 8 Great Boca Resort Relaxed Luxury Features to Enjoy

Boca Raton Resort & Clubwebsite : Facebook

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) and 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.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: clean and comfortable bed
luxury Florida resorts: Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

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

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
Luxury Resorts in Florida: Margaritaville Beach Resort: cool beach bicycle

>>> See the McCool Travel article: Relaxed Luxury at Margarita Hollywood Beach Resort

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resortwebsite : Facebook

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.

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


 

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.

Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Cantina Beach tequila
luxury Florida hotel: 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.

USA's only Tequilier is at Cantina Beach at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
Tequilier at Cantina Beach at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscaynewebsite : Facebook

For South Florida road trips, please read 8 Great Scenic Drives in South Florida and 6 Best Miami Scenic Drives. See also Romantic Hotels in North America.

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.

Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida was originally published on 20 March 2017 for McCool Travel

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23 thoughts on “Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida”

  1. 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 🙂

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  2. 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…

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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!

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