Sink your toes into the sand as you breathe in that warm mango-scented air at these Florida (weekend) getaways.
Here’s our pick of the 15 best romantic getaways in Florida:
1. Ritz-Carlton – Key Biscayne
Bask in the luxurious intimacy of the Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne, an island off the coast of Miami. You’ll be off the beaten path of the city traffic of Miami, and will be able to soak up the gorgeous beaches with your own private balcony.
To get away from the vacationing families, you and your sweetie can take a dip in the adult-only tranquility pool on site. And to heed the call of the Caribbean, partake in the Ritz’s nightly tequila tastings.
Travel back in time to the Ritz’s 1940s Cuban bar and lounge, RUMBAR. As live Latin music fills the air, high ceiling fans and rich-dark wooden features bring you to the sultry heyday of Havana. Choose between over 85 rums, piscos, and cachacas at RUMBAR, with fresh fruits of the tropics for specialty cocktails.
2. The Biltmore – Miami
Sparkle in the elegance of the Biltmore, a 1920s, stunning hotel that looks like it was picked up right from Europe and taken to Miami.
The lavish gardens and courtyards complementing the marble columns, barrel vaulted ceilings, and carved mahogany designs swirl you into a Mediterranean dream. When the Miami heat weighs down on you, cool off in the country’s largest pool, located at the Biltmore.
3. The Tides – South Beach
Sneak away with your loved one at The Tides at South Beach, where you never have to leave your room if you don’t want to! The spa comes to you here, with masseuses on-call to make private appointments in your suite. And with delectable room service and a soaking tub for two that overlooks the Atlantic, couples can indulge in all the intimacy they desire at The Tides.
Of course, outside the lovers’ nest, you are just steps away from the beautiful beaches along the famous Ocean Drive. In this hotel established in 1936, featuring classic art deco paired with modern accommodations, it’s no wonder The Tides is known as “The Diva of Ocean Drive.”
4. The Villa Casa Casuarina – Miami Beach
Ever heard of the famous Italian designer Gianni Versace? You know, bags, accessories, clothing, that sort of thing? Well, Mr. Versace used to live in this Italian-style mansion himself, before it was converted into a boutique hotel. And Versace’s touch for design and elegance show everywhere. In The Villa Casa Casuarina’s thousand-tile mosaic swimming pool, you see accents of 24-karat gold throughout, just to give you an idea.
Tied in with the architecture, The Villa Casa Casuarina’s cuisine also reflects Italian inspiration. At Gianni’s, the location’s decadent restaurant, authentic Italian food will melt in your mouth as you dine under the stars. Savor a grilled octopus salad, delight in a fresh lobster pasta second course, and indulge in a filet mignon entrée, all prepared by renowned Executive Chef Thomas Stewart.
5. Mandarin Oriental – Brickell Key
Live large at the cosmopolitan Mandarin Oriental on the Brickell Key right off the coast of Miami. Staying at this exclusive destination will not only be an amazingly luxurious experience, but it will also give access to the only spot in Miami where you can find a private beach with both a water and a city skyline panorama.
This Asian-inspired hotel defines elegance. At the 5-star resort, bring your lover to the spa suite for a couple’s massage, champagne, and strawberries. On the private beach, let one of the hotel’s personal beach butlers pamper you. And when you’re ready to grab a bite to eat, you can sit down to the fusion cuisine of Peru’s most famous chef, Gaston Acurio.
6. B Ocean Resort – Ft. Lauderdale
Just steps off the gorgeous turquoise waters of Ft. Lauderdale, this gem makes for the perfect beach getaway for couples.
Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic from intimate balconies and patios in each sophisticated suite of the B Ocean Resort. When you’re ready to start the day, the Dos Caminos restaurant site welcomes you with a complimentary cup of coffee. Whether you and your significant other want to participate in Ft. Lauderdale’s famous water-sport scene or just sit back in the sun, B Ocean provides it for you.
7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Orlando
We can’t talk about Florida without of course mentioning anything Disney-related. In the state where Mickey and Minnie are royalty, there’s a place where adults can play, too.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll get wrapped up in the magic that encompasses the place. In an incredible blend of nature and architecture, you’ll roam through the resort with zebras, giraffes, elks, antelopes, exotic birds, gazelles, and wildebeests…like you’re straight-up in the Lion King singing about being born to be king.
8. Carillon Hotel – Miami
Beyond the limits of a standard vacation, the 5-star Carillon Hotel in Miami offers a wellness retreat for guests.
With your loved one, you can return to your center and melt the stress away under the Florida sun. Decompress at the largest spa in Miami—an astounding 70,000 sq. ft.—and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit with the plethora of “menu” items to choose from, from the Finnish Sauna to “Experiental Rains” and so much more.
Revitalize yourself and your relationship at this indulgent resort that caters to your comfort.
9. The Breakers Resort – Palm Beach
As their logo puts it, “Once you stay, you’ll understand.”
This idyllic, Italian-Renaissance resort allures travelers from all over to the beautiful banks of Palm Beach. Cool off from the hot Florida sun in one of the Breakers’ four oceanfront pools, or walk directly out into the ocean waters with the Breakers’ beach access.
For lovers craving extra privacy, slink into one of the private bungalows to claim your own little slice of heaven. All bungalows are poolside and offer concierge services at all times.
10. Cheeca Lodge & Spa
Escape from the swarm of tourists on this quiet island of Islamorada (translated as “the purple island”), commonly known at the “Sportfishing Capital of the World.”
You and your loved one can rejuvenate in the high-end suites, complete with marble bathtubs, private ocean-view balconies, and West Indies décor, while relaxing away from the crowds. Outside the spacious guest rooms, couples can enjoy the laid-back vibe of Islamorada. Explore why the island is deemed the Sportfishing Capital, with nearby charter boats that will show you up to over 500 species of fish right off the shore.
At the end of the day (or beginning—time is irrelevant in paradise), visit the Cheeca’s oceanfront Tiki Bar for a true taste of the Caribbean. The bar can concoct any signature drink for you, but the fresh lime agave margaritas and hand-crafter mojitos are the Tiki’s specialties.
11. Sunset Key Cottages
Nestled perfectly on the last of the Florida Keys, a stay at Sunset Key Cottages is the closest you’re going to get to Cuba while remaining on the right side of the law. And because Sunset Key is the furthest Key from the mainland, it’s also beautifully quiet and secluded—perfect for a romantic getaway with your loved one.
Away from the crowds, couples can stay in their own brightly colored, private cottages among lush tropical gardens and turquoise waters.
Pump up the heat with the Cottages’ “Time Stands Still” Package. In addition to the breathtaking views, upscale cuisine, and intimate surroundings, with this package, you will also receive a bottle of champagne and flowers upon arrival, and breakfast for two delivered each morning.
12. St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort – Miami
Travel to Hollywood without ever having to leave the East Coast when you stay at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami. Lined with luxury cars outside, decked out in glamourous décor inside, and worth $1 billion, the St. Regis exudes extravagance. Guests are greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne, and then escorted to their rooms by a personal butler.
Sip on your morning coffee with your significant other on your own private oceanfront balcony, and relax in the adults-only pool on site, or in the two-person cabana on the beach. And to wind down at the end of the day, soak in a two-person tub at the 5-star resort’s spa. When you’re ready for dinner, the ocean-view restaurant on site serves gourmet cuisine, while the St. Regis Bar hosts a live jazz band every night.
13. Barefoot Beach Hotel – Madeira Beach
On the other side of the peninsula, the Barefoot Beach Hotel sits on the beautiful shores brushed by the waters of the Gulf.
For the day, rent one of the hotel’s scooters and ride two blocks up to historic John’s Pass, the quaint fishing village full of unique shopping, fresh seafood restaurants, and water activities.
14. Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort – Hollywood
What came first, the Jimmy Buffet song or the hotel? At Margaritaville, located on the legendary Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, Jimmy Buffet’s lyrics come to life.
Often compared to the funky beach towns of California, Hollywood Beach attracts all those looking for a laid-back vacation to wash away all their troubles and just chill.
Dine at one of the restaurants and entertainment venues, “Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville,” or the “5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill.”
15. The Setai – Miami Beach
Slip into sleekness at the Setai, which Forbes has dubbed one of the “Sexiest Hotels in America.” Built in 1938 as the famed Vanderbilt Hotel and refurbished continuously, this 5-star hotel boasts modern luxury in style.
The Setai is so sleek that celebrities are known to frequent the spot, and the hotel even has a recording studio designed by Lenny Kravitz.