For a sunny beach destination that's within easy reach of many U.S. cities, Florida is arguably the top option. From trendy, party-focused Miami to the laid-back Keys, there are numerous vacation-worthy spots to choose from. No matter which place you pick, you'll find some stellar luxury hotels, though not all are created equal. We found the posh properties that are actually worth their price, so you can feel good about spending your hard-earned cash. Keep reading to find the best bang-for-your-buck luxury hotels in Florida.
The 426-room 1 Hotel South Beach is a stunning, environmentally-friendly property with direct beach access. As part of the eco-conscious 1 Hotel brand, this hotel features salvaged wood, hemp mattresses, and take-home socks instead of disposable slippers, plus many more eco-initiatives. All the expected high-end features can be found here, including four pools, three bars, a fine-dining restaurant, and a spa. Gorgeous rooms have a natural design and modern amenities.
Romantic and luxurious, the 74-room COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is a gorgeous boutique property with stellar Art Deco flair. It's located at the northern edge of South Beach, making for a quieter stay. Stylish rooms have a pistachio-and-gray color palette, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines, and free Wi-Fi. A pretty outdoor pool, fine-dining restaurant and bar, spa, gym, and rooftop hydrotherapy pool with ocean vistas round out the offerings.
The Four Seasons Hotel Miami is a stellar property in the Downtown area. Top-notch service, elegant and modern rooms with swish bathrooms, and high-end amenities are all found here. Some units also have great bay views. Two large pool areas, a sophisticated spa, a tasty steakhouse and an elite fitness center are suitable for both leisure and business travelers.
Located on the topmost floors of the JW Marriott building, the 44-room Hotel Beaux Arts, Autograph Collection, is in Downtown Miami's Financial District. Guests have access to all facilities at the JW Marriott, plus an exclusive dining and lounge area. Rooms here have high-tech amenities, swish marble bathrooms with separate tubs and showers, and excellent views. The daily fee covers the use of an indoor basketball court, virtual golf and bowling, an outdoor pool, and a gym.
Located in an upscale residential area that's a five-minute drive to Estero Bay in Naples, the 454-room Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa is a luxury resort suitable for families and couples. Extensive features consist of a private beach, three outdoor pools with waterslides, a hot tub, full-service spa, 18-hole golf course, and kayak and bike rentals. Several restaurants and bars are also available. Rooms are contemporary and house private balconies, iPod docks, mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs.
With 1,000 rooms, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando is a massive property with tons of amenities for guests of all ages. Set within the Universal Orlando complex, the hotel comes with an array of theme park perks, including free water taxis and early admission to some parks. On-site features are also impressive, consisting of a huge outdoor pool with a waterslide, two sandy beaches, kids' areas, multiple dining options, a kids' club, and a fitness center. There's also a weekly Caribbean Carnival-themed dinner show.
The 474-room Naples Grande Beach Resort is a huge property with an array of features for families, couples, and convention delegates. Its biggest draws are the pretty beachfront and 72-par golf course. Other draws include multiple pools -- one with a large waterslide -- a spa, several dining and drinking options, and a whopping 15 tennis courts. Accommodations range from classically decorated rooms to larger garden villas. A lot of indoor and outdoor meeting space is also available on-site.
Located a 15-minute drive from Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate is a destination unto itself. The expansive property houses 720 rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, an illuminated nine-hole course, three pools -- including a lazy river and waterslide -- a kids' club with daily activities, and a full-service spa and salon. Multiple dining options are also convenient. Rooms are elegant and equipped with all the necessary amenities, plus villas with kitchens are available.
Set on a calm stretch of sand just north of Jacksonville Beach, the One Ocean Resort and Spa is a modern, family-friendly property. The 193 rooms have a contemporary look with beach-y accents, and come equipped with flat-screen TVs, balconies, and minibars. The spa here is luxurious and popular with couples, while little ones can utilize the excellent kids' club, which has a marine biology theme.
(Editor's note: Oyster.com is an independent hotel review site that does not have any financial arrangement with the individual hotels reviewed.)