Whether locals are looking for something for the family in Orlando, a luxurious escape to South Beach or an island retreat to the Keys, here are a few of my favorite Florida spots to get away this winter.
W South Beach Iconic design and swaying palms in the heart of South Beach, where pulsating worlds of music, fashion and design meet contemporary luxury. The W South Beach also has some of the largest guestrooms in South Beach, each room with their own private balcony and ocean views.
Classic Family Trip
With a quirky alphabet-themed design, Citrus 28; a charming market offering a retro-inspired candy bar, a newly refreshed lobby, float lagoon, pool area and guestroom design, and a Sunday Brunch with meet and greets from Disney Characters. Kids can also watch firework shows over Disney and Epcot from their rooms, and the property is a close drive to Walt Disney World.
Ultimate City Experience
In the heart of downtown Miami, Conrad Miami is the pinnacle of location and steps away from Brickell’s thriving restaurant and nightlife scene, this 36-story hotel has luxury suites with either bay or city views and amenities such as a full service spa, rooftop pool and tennis courts, and a 25th floor globally inspired restaurant and bar. The hotel recent launched a Stay Inspired program where guests can tap into the hotel’s local partnerships for insider guides.
A Romantic Beach Getaway
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, located on South Florida’s largest stretch of private beach, houses a 22,000-square-foot spa featuring a private pool, sauna and eucalyptus steam rooms, offering detoxifying treatments. Guests can dive into the tropical lagoon pool, enjoy a variety of beachfront sports or dine barefoot in the sand. The resort’s guestrooms will debut a new refreshing design this November.
Hilton West Palm Beach features a multitude of themed desserts and experiences from a peppermint bar and DIY hot chocolate bar in the hotel’s bar to customizable triple decker ice cream sandwiches, locals with a sweet tooth gravitate towards the hotel. This holiday season, the hotel will be creating unique ice cream cones shaped like Santa Claus, reindeer and more.
Historic Day Trip
Florida’s Historic Coast by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations in St. Augustine offers Victorian architecture along cobbled lanes, on foot and by horse-drawn carriage. Coast under the wispy Spanish moss of majestic oaks. Paddle through a tranquil salt marsh. And explore a 170-year-old fortress. Along the way, you’ll have sweeping views of the Atlantic, trace the route of the famed Intracoastal Waterway and savor good old Southern hospitality.
This past May, Casa Marina became the only hotel in Key West offering air service directly to the resort’s beach from all Florida cities with the launch of its Soaring Experiences package. At $6,250, the package features travel for two by seaplane from their preferred airport to the resort’s beach for a two-night stay. Guests are welcomed by the VIP Manager, bypass check-in and escorted directly to their suite where pairs of Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses and cocktails await.