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10 Best Florida Resorts 2023

If you’re looking for a relaxing resort vacation or tropical honeymoon without having to leave the country, take a look at the Sunshine State. Florida is home to all sorts of fabulous resorts, from beachfront getaways to historic properties—even resorts where you can feel like you’re on safari or on a private Caribbean island.

It can be tough to choose from all these options, so here is our guide to the 10 best Florida resorts to help you find the perfect one for you.

Best Florida Resorts Quick Picks

Best historic Florida resort: The Breakers, Palm Beach

Best private island Florida resort: Little Palm Island

Most exotic Florida resort: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando

Best adults-only Florida resort: Henderson Park Inn, Destin

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando

There are plenty of Disney World resorts in Orlando that are great for kids and adults alike. One of the best—and most exotic—is the Animal Kingdom Lodge, where you can feel like you’re on safari without leaving the U.S.

You can book rooms, suites, studios, and villas here. Savana View accommodations have private balconies and overlook the Savana area, giving you the chance to see wildlife like giraffes and gazelles. Club-level rooms include breakfast and snacks, and all rates include transportation throughout Walt Disney World Resort and WiFi.

The Animal Kingdom Lodge features two huge zero-entry pools, one with a waterslide and both with lounges and bars nearby. There are 4 restaurants to choose from, serving both American and African specialties, plus 5 bars. There’s also a spa and fitness center onsite.

Google Rating: 4.8

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

The Breakers, Palm Beach

The Breakers stands as an elegant example of timeless luxury. Established in 1896 by the visionary Henry Flagler, this iconic Florida resort sprawls across 140 acres, offering a swanky beachfront experience along the Atlantic coast.

Opulent rooms feature plush furnishings and either sweeping ocean vistas or serene resort views. Each room has marble bathrooms with soaking tubs. For those seeking an elevated experience, expansive suites come with the added luxury of a dedicated concierge service.

There’s a huge variety of activities and amenities onsite. Dive into watersports, relax by one of the four pools, or indulge in a spa day. There are two golf courses and ten tennis courts. Each of the resort’s 10 distinct restaurants offers a unique experience. Guests also enjoy handcrafted cocktailss at the sophisticated lounges or the vibrant Beach Club.

Google Rating: 4.7

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

Henderson Park Inn, Destin, Florida

Enjoy privacy and luxury at this gorgeous adults-only Florida resort nestled next to pristine Henderson Beach State Park on the stunning sugar-white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. This uber-romantic, sophisticated sanctuary is the only all-inclusive resort in Destin and is only open to guests 25 and older, making it perfect for romantic honeymoons. Charming rooms and suites in the intimate inn feature ocean views, balconies, whirlpool tubs, and plush furnishings.

The award-winning fine dining restaurant has Gulf views from tables inside or on the veranda—or reserve the VIP Toes in the Sand candlelight dinner on the beach. There’s also a beachfront grill that serves lunch and cocktails.

Your stay at Henderson Park Inn includes breakfast and lunch, snacks and nonalcoholic beverages, daily happy hour, beach cruiser bicycles, beach chairs and umbrella, and access to the amenities at neighboring Henderson Beach Resort including an adults-only pool, a fitness center, and a spa. You can also add extras with the Romance or Celebrate by the Sea Package.

Google Rating: 4.7

TripAdvisor Rating: 5

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

This romantic Art Deco-inspired hotel in Miami is a swanky oasis with a glamorous pool and gorgeous beach, as well as unique amenities like a breathtaking gilded theater that offers original productions and cabaret shows. The entire property is designed to amaze and impress. The 22,000-square-foot Tierra Santa Healing House offers unique restorative treatments and spa services, there are live DJs every Tuesday night in The Living Room cocktail bar, and there’s a full fitness center as well.

Oceanfront rooms and suites have private balconies, elegant furnishings, marble bathrooms, and walk-in showers; suites also have separate living rooms with full dining tables plus soaking tubs in the spacious bathroom. Choose from an Argentinian fine dining experience, modern Asian cuisine with ocean views, an intimate sushi speakeasy, and two outdoor casual dining options.

For special getaways, Faena Hotel Miami Beach offers the “Suite Dreams” package which includes 2 50-minute spa treatments, daily breakfast for two, a $200 resort credit, nonalcoholic minibar beverages, early check-in and late check-out, valet parking, a 1-hour personal shopping experience, 20% off tickets to the Faena Theater’s latest show, and butler service (for suites above a certain level).

Google Rating: 4.6

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

Ocean Key Resort & Spa, Key West

Located on Key West’s waterfront overlooking the Gulf and next to the famous Mallory Square, Ocean Key Resort & Spa offers the perfect setting for incredible sunset views. All of the luxurious rooms and suites have private balconies and face either the water or Duval Street, the oceanfront pool has private cabanas and a bar and grill, and there’s a swanky spa.

For meals, choose the Hot Tin Roof Restaurant with water views, open air dining at Sunset Pier, or in-room dining. The resort offers daily events and live entertainment, and there are plenty of water and land-based activities in the area to enjoy, as well as exploring the fascinating town of Key West.

For honeymoons or romantic getaways, the Romance in Paradise package includes oceanfront rooms, a $100 food and beverage credit per day, a bottle of champagne, and a $100 spa credit per day.

Google Rating: 4.6

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

The oceanfront Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is an ultra-luxurious dream destination. Set on 13 miles of pristine natural beach on a barrier island off Florida’s Atlantic coast, the resort features championship golf, tennis, a spa, wellness classes, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools with private cabanas, and even a Sandcastle Concierge. Guests can also explore the island’s waterways by boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard, as well as bike around the area.

All rooms and suites have ocean views and a private balcony, as well as marble bathrooms. Suites offer large living spaces and soaking tubs, and club-level accommodations include access to an exclusive lounge with breakfast, snacks, desserts, wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as personal concierge service.

Dining options include an elegant restaurant overlooking the ocean, coastal cuisine with an outdoor terrace, oceanfront seafood, and Lowcountry cuisine. There are two bars plus a coffee shop and café.

Google Rating: 4.7

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

Tranquility Bay Resort, Marathon, Florida Keys

Located in the heart of Marathon is Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort. Set on a long stretch of white sandy beach lined with palm trees and comfortable lounge chairs, this secluded resort offers a serene oasis that truly embodies its name.

Accommodations are meticulously designed with warmth and luxury. Whether you opt for a room overlooking the tropical gardens or a 2- or 3-bedroom villa with panoramic views of the beach, water, or both, comfort is guaranteed. The two-story beach houses, positioned just steps from the sand, offer unparalleled vistas from their dual balconies.

There are two dining options at this resort. The Butterfly Café offers a blend of world-class cuisine and local Florida Keys dishes. Guests can choose to dine indoors or relish their meal on the expansive porch. For a more laid-back setting, the beachfront Tiki Bar is ideal for a casual lunch or sipping on a tropical concoction.

Google Rating: 4.6

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.6

Little Palm Island Resort

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Florida

The only private island resort in the United States, the adults-only all-inclusive Florida resort Little Palm Island delivers barefoot luxury in a breathtaking setting. Just off the coast of the Florida Keys, Little Palm Island features thatched roof bungalows, lush tropical landscaping, and an indoor-outdoor Balinese-inspired spa.

Your island beach vacation begins at the Shore Station, where you enjoy a cocktail, then board the classic speedboat for a short ride over sparkling water. Each romantic bungalow is furnished in British West Indies décor and features ocean views, a private furnished deck, a separate living area, a soaking tub, and indoor and outdoor showers. Island Romance Suites also offer outdoor soaking tubs and an exclusive sand beach with a fire pit, for the ultimate privacy.

Savor water views along with delicious fresh cuisine at the beautiful restaurant, then head to one of the waterfront lounge areas to enjoy a peaceful evening by fire and under the stars. You won’t be surprised that Little Palm Island was named one of the best new hotels in the world and one of the top ten Florida resorts.

Google Rating: 4.5

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

Pier House Resort and Spa, Key West

Another peaceful and luxurious Florida resort is the waterfront Pier House Resort & Spa. Centrally located at the foot of Duval Street in Key West, this tranquil and romantic oasis features a private white sand beach, posh accommodations, and a swanky spa (the only full-service spa in Key West), as well as a pool overlooking the water, a fitness center, and 3 restaurants and bars (including The Chart Room, a classic local dive bar and the site of Jimmy Buffett’s first gig).

Lounge on the beach, swim in the ocean, relax at the beach bar, and dine overlooking the water at the outstanding One Duval restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Oceanview Suites have separate living rooms with sofabeds plus excellent water views from private furnished balconies. The unique Dockside Suite is located on the edge of the building for incredible sunset views from the expanded infinity balcony.

When you feel like exploring America’s tropical paradise, Key West, you’ll be easy walking distance to most of the major attractions like the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. Ernest Hemingway’s House, the Southernmost Point, President Truman’s Little White House, and Sloppy Joe’s Bar. You can also book excursions at the resort, including a romantic sunset sail with champagne.

Google Rating: 4.4

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

The Don Cesar Resort, St. Petersburg Beach

This iconic Florida beach resort sits on the sugar white sands of the Gulf Coast and has been fully renovated, offering elegant rooms and suites with ocean-view balconies in its storied “Pink Palace.” 

Enjoy two outdoor pools or the glorious beach. Choose from a fine dining restaurant, casual café, coffee and ice cream shop, a sophisticated beach bar, a glamorous lobby bar, and a poolside bar and grill that offers a “lookout deck” for stunning sunsets. Indulge at the huge spa with customized treatments, whirlpool baths, a steam room, and a rooftop oceanview terrace. Golf is nearby.

The Don Cesar Resort’s Life Rewards package includes a daily $150 food and beverage credit, a $250 recreation credit, bike rentals, WiFi, beach chairs, nonmotorized watersports, daily fitness classes, valet parking, and 2 $10 vouchers to a local brewery.

Google Rating: 4.4

TripAdvisor Rating: 4

Now that you’ve read our selections for the 10 best Florida resorts, which is your pick? Let us know in the comments! If you’re still trying to decide, these articles may help: 10 Florida Honeymoon Packages & Resorts 2023; 5 Best Honeymoon Destinations in Florida; Bayfront Marin House: Luxury in St. Augustine; and 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida Perfect for a Honeymoon.