List of the Best Boutique and Luxury Hotels in Florida

By Jonathan Howe January 24th, 2016 Posted in Best Luxury Hotels, Travel Blog 21 Comments

On our three-week road trip around Florida, we got to experience a lot of what  the Sunshine State of Florida has to offer – the city life of Miami, paddle boarding, swamp hiking and Tai Chi in Naples, wildlife and dolphin tours in Sanibel, mangrove kayaking in St Petersburg and of course, two days of Disney and Universal Studios in Orlando. Each destination is so unique in what it has to offer, but are all tied together by one unifying quality – luxury hotels. If you like your vacations with the perfect combination of outdoor activities, shopping, fine food, all with a luxurious hotel to go back to at the end of the day, then Florida has everything you’re looking for. Note: We are updating this list frequently.

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MIAMI – Circa 39 Hotel

“Circa 39, Miami Beach, located right next to Indian Creek Drive and one small street away from the beach, this revamped travellers’ boutique brings the Miami Beach art deco style into the present day, with a unique and international style, which flows throughout and a motto that symbolizes quite neatly how we feel about our travel lifestyle” – “Life is a Trip. Satisfy your wanderlust.”

Read our full Circa 39 Luxury Hotel Review

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DELRAY BEACH – Delray Sands Resort

The Delray Sands Resort is a secluded retreat about 10 minutes away in the extremely exclusive Highlands Beach area. The only hotel which enjoys direct, private beach access to Highlands Beach. With an almost deserted beach and the small, sophisticated town of Delray Beach just down the road, this luxury hideaway offers the best of both worlds.

Read our full Delray Sands Resort Luxury Hotel Review.

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NAPLES – Naples Grande Beach Resort

The Naples Grande Resort seems to rise up from the tree-lined street, surprisingly elegant for its size and mass, with its sloping roof, terracotta tiles and in-set balconies giving it a Mediterranean flavour. Three swimming pools, a luxury Japanese spa and the Gulf of Mexico just a short walk through a mangrove forest away.

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SANIBEL ISLAND – Sanibel Inn

Where nature meets the sea, Sanibel Inn is the perfect combination of luxury hotels, self-catering apartments and family B&B’s. White sand, rustic luxury and incredible sunsets, exploring in a kayak, relaxing on the beach, chilling in the pool, or an adrenaline kick with some high-speed water sports.

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ST PETERSBURG – Hotel Zamora

Hotel Zamora stands out straight away, with its bright white walls, the elegantly arched windows and wrought iron balconies, the repetition of decorative pattern, all create an air of simple sophistication, as if the building had been transported from the middle of a Toro vineyard in the Zamora region of northern Spain, after which the hotel is named. The 360 bar is a masterpiece, with views all along St Pete’s Beach on one side and across the Intra-coastal waterway, perfect for sunset cocktails.

Read our full Hotel Zamora Luxury Hotel Review

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ORLANDO – The Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Inspired by the original Waldorf Astoria in New York City, the hotel emulates the elegance and grandeur of this legendary hotel. An impeccable level of guest service is a nod to the New York City landmark, the hotel that set the standard for urbane sophistication. Set amongst 482 acres of Bonnet Creek protected natural habitat, real Waldorf luxury and style in a relaxed setting and Disney just down the road.

Read our full Waldorf Astoria Orland Luxury Hotel Review

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FORT LAUDERDALE – Lago Mar Resort and Club

A family friendly atmosphere quiet sophistication, attention to detail and a personal approach to every aspect of its service. 57 years later, Lago Mar Resort and Club sets the standard for everything a luxury hotel should be. Now in its third generation of family ownership and management and set in 10 acres of land and a 500 feet wide private beach, Lago Mar is a haven of relaxation.

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Note: This trip wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of Visit Florida, the official tourism office of Florida in Tallahassee, and especially Ms. Summer Gilhousen, who arranged the whole trip and coordinated with all the local tourism boards, private companies for our sponsored hotel stays, tours and car rental (all opinions and text are all mine) Thank you!Monkey Dividers

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21 thoughts on “List of the Best Boutique and Luxury Hotels in Florida

  1. It is good to note you were able to compile in one reading the best plaxea ever in Florida. Love the structures as well as the over all look. They wouldnt be considered the best in the first place if not with their interiors and services

  2. Love this post! That Circa 39 Hotel looks really quaint. I hope I can schedule a Florida visit soon! Bookmarking this post for future reference 🙂

  3. Those hotels are all catchy and amazing… I love the Waldorf Astoria and FOrt Lauderdale.. They got nice and picture perfect view of their water facility. Such a relaxing scene to behold. I wish to travel to this place someday and check one of these hotels..

  4. Waldorf Astoria looks amazing! I’d love to see Florida and hopefully stay at least a night or 2 in one of these hotels. A luxury hotel experience would be nice. Maybe someday! Thanks for your recommendations.

  5. I am curious on how the hotels you featured stacks up on TripAdvisor? How is it determined that these are the top hotels?

    Questions aside, the hotels you featured are all … just that, fine luxury hotels. Based on the photos, all of them are beautiful and priced accordingly (of course), but the one I think that is more my kind of hotel is Zamora. It looks more like a resort than a hotel.

  6. These are epic. We took a Florida tour with a Dodge Ram and a map. Visited Mount Dora and Fort Myers to name a few quirky places. Clearwater was our favourite beach but there was a quaint boutique hotel in Fort Myers that won our hearts. Great post.

  7. I’m so jealous, I’d love a trip to Florida!! I can’t wait to go on holiday again, the last time I went was over 3 years ago.

  8. I would love to visit Florida one day! Thanks for this post, I will keep it in mind for when I plan my trip and can splash some cash on fancy hotels 🙂

  9. It sounds like your trip around Florida was fantastic. There are some good hotel choices here. I like the look of Circa 39 in Miami. I might check it out for a stop over.

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Written by Jonathan Howe

Jon is the Old White Monkey. Born in the south of England, Jon spent much of his early childhood in Kenya and Malawi, before moving to the Lake District in North West England aged 13 where he acquired a northern accent and a love for lakes, mountains, waterfalls, black pudding and gravy! After 14 years of studying and working in various (very various!) jobs, he too felt the need to get out and see the rest of the world. He loves tropical beaches, surfing, hiking, the outdoors, yoga, adventure sports and motorbikes!

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