With private beaches and the finest restaurants, the Sunshine State’s no stranger to five-star hotels. Lots of them are super charged with family-friendly facilities, too. Here’s our round-up of the best luxury hotels and resorts in Florida – so lavish, you’ll never want to leave…
Want a Disney break with a touch of luxury? Look no further than the Four Seasons, which combines plush dining and facilities with transfers to the theme parks, so everyone’s happy. The hotel’s within Walt Disney’s grounds, tucked away from the hustle and bustle in a gated community. The resort’s set up for Disney fans with a coach service to the four parks. Plus, you can enter half an hour earlier than everyone else. The Italian restaurant hosts character breakfasts with Goofy and pals. Plus, the rooftop steakhouse gets stellar views of the nightly Magic Kingdom fireworks. And we’ll let you into a little secret – you can also see the fireworks from fifth-floor rooms on the west side.Check out our range of Walt Disney World Resort hotels.
You don’t have to sacrifice style on a family holiday. This Palm Beach pad has been around since 1896, so it’s perfected its chic, family-friendly offering. Looks-wise, it’s Italian-inspired, with tapestries, colonnaded avenues and antiques aplenty. It sits on a private plot of beach, just five minutes’ drive from the shops and restaurants of Worth Avenue. This place might sound sophisticated and grown-up, but it takes children into consideration, too. Take its eight restaurants, for example – they all come with kids’ menus. Its buffet restaurant wows with 30-foot frescoed ceilings, and there’s a family-style Italian restaurant. Elsewhere, there’s a separate family pool, as well as tennis courts and a kids’ club.
3. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton squeezes a lot into to its 20-acre site – including an aquarium, seven eateries and a gaming lounge for teens. The nearby sister resort has two golf courses, which you can reach via shuttle bus. You can take out jet-skis and kayaks on the beach, or stroll along the sands to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. You’re also in a handy spot for Naples Zoo and Fifth Avenue.Back at base, the Nature’s Wonders kids’ programme provides a fun-meets-educational experience for 5 to 12-year-olds. The VUE lounge is kitted out with games consoles and a big screen for watching films. Plus, there’s a dedicated family pool, along with a splash area for tots.
4. Acqualina Resort, Miami
This beachfront resort is on the grand scale. It’s home to an ESPA spa, a fancy Italian restaurant and four ocean-view pools. Plus, the standard rooms are a whopping 740-square-foot, making them big enough for the whole family. Another big tick for families is the kids’ club – it’s won awards for its educational theme days. This place sits in upscale Sunny Isles, the quieter alternative to Miami’s South Beach. But even locals are willing to make the trip to dine at Il Mulino – the hotel’s top-rated Italian eatery. And, when you want to see the city’s sights, you’re only an Uber ride away. Browse our Miami hotels.
If you’ve got older kids in tow, this period property should be top of your list. It’s got nearly 100 years of history, so you can choose to stay in the historic building or in the more modern tower. It’s the location that scores top marks, though. It’s right in the heart of Downtown St Petersburg, so museums, parks, shops and restaurants are just a stone’s throw from your doorstep. There’s also a dedicated private marina for boat tours and fishing trips. Or, you can relax by the pool, serve up at one of the 10 tennis courts, or take one of the hotel’s bikes out for an explore. Guests can also tee off at the 18-hole Vinoy Golf Club, five minutes’ drive away.
People flock to Marco Island for its beautiful beaches, and this hotel couldn’t be in a better spot. It’s smack-bang on a four-mile-long stretch of sand. Little ones can spend hours hunting for shells on the beach. Or, you can whisk them to the Everglades, just 40 minutes away. You might not want to leave, though, thanks to the resort’s two golf courses, Balinese-inspired spa and 12 eateries. Kids will love the waterslide at the pool, as well as the watersports offering – think kayaking and paddleboarding. Plus, they can become wildlife explorers at the Tiki Tribe Discovery Day Camp. Take a look at our Gulf Coast hotels.
7. Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale
This place is an all-suite hotel, so every room comes with a kitchen. It’s in Fort Lauderdale, which is known for its clear, warm seas, so it’s no surprise that the award-winning kids’ club is ocean-themed. Kids can head out on snorkelling lessons, scavenger hunts and beach clean-ups – all under the watchful eye of instructors with degrees in marine studies. And, while the kids are away, the grown-ups can play. There’s a swanky cocktail lounge, a spa, and activities like adult-friendly milk and cookie sessions. Food-wise, the poolside grill has a sky deck with sweeping Atlantic views. And if you don’t fancy rallying the troops, you can dine in your suite. Like the sound of this? Scroll through our Fort Lauderdale hotels.
Locations don’t get much better than this. The Sandpearl sits on its own private belt of sand, just minutes from Clearwater’s strip of restaurants and bars. It’s also less than 10 minutes’ walk to Pier 60, which hosts musicians, magicians and jugglers at sunset. You’ll want to head back to the hotel after, though – for its family S’mores nights around the fire pit, and poolside movies under the stars. Daytimes are just as fun. The Camp Ridley kids’ club puts on nature walks, scavenger hunts and arts and crafts. Plus, they run evening sessions, so you can schedule a dinner for two at the beachfront Caretta on the Gulf – the only AAA Four Diamond restaurant in the area.
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