Head South for the Spring

As we begin to barrel out of winter and into the in-between before spring, we are all due for some vitamin D. Now that the snowbirds have flown away, a quick getaway to South Florida is exactly what the doctor ordered to warm up our bones after the long cold spell. However, South Florida is notoriously cluttered with hotels, so how do you choose?

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On your next Florida jaunt, opt for a genuine slice of intimacy at a posh, unique retreat. Here are three not-to-miss luxury hotels, from Sunny Isles to Naples and South Beach. 

The Palms Hotel & Spa

Just minutes from the South Beach scene, The Palms Hotel & Spa is a seaside oasis offering a tropical and secluded ambiance that’s unparalleled in Miami. A green, sustainable philosophy and a laid-back sophistication permeate throughout the resort’s offerings, from the fresh natural gourmet fare at Essensia Restaurant, helmed by Chef Julie Frans, to the luxury Aveda Spa. 

Surrounded by lush botanicals, the resort’s pool is the perfect hideaway for a day of ultimate sunbathing and relaxation. Spacious one-bedroom suites offer a bedroom, living room, and expansive balcony that overlook Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean beyond the spectacular pool and gardens.

Insider Tip: Ask The Palms Hotel’s Aveda about their coveted HydroCapsule. One of the only in the region, it’s designed to contain body treatments in a personal pod-like chamber, which allows treatments to be self-contained for privacy and cleanliness. Guests can receive and wash off scrubs, essential oils, creams, etc. without having to stand up.


Acqualina Resort & Spa

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is a place where the charm and warmth of a Mediterranean villa meets quiet sophistication on the beach. The seaside luxury haven is located on 4.5 beachfront acres in pristine Sunny Isles Beach and features 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms. Noteworthy is the resort’s  “No neighbors” feel while you’re in your room or suite, as there are no more than five rooms per floor. You’ll step into a world of old-world luxury with unprecedented accommodations and service, three oceanfront swimming pools, and world-class dining that includes Il Mulino New York and AQ by Acqualina.

Acqualina is just five minutes from the world famous Bal Harbour Shops and a short drive to the vibrant daytime activities and nightlife of Miami Beach, South Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale.  

Insider Tip: Don’t forget to get your complimentary Bellini or mimosa upon arrival. First class!


LaPlaya Resort

Located directly along the sandy white beach of the famed west coast of Florida, Naples, La Playa is a classic beauty best defined with elegant ease. Better yet, its impeccable service, staff, and grounds make it nothing short of luxurious. Described as the “crown-jewel” of southwest Florida, LaPlaya encompasses 6.5 acres, situated on private, sweeping white sands and gently lapping turquoise waters, nestled next to the picturesque Vanderbilt Bay.

The laid-back luxe escape features private cabanas alongside cascading rock-waterfall pools, beach fire-pits, nightly sunset celebrations, and a private 18-hole Bob Cupp golf course. Not to be missed is its delectable, waterfront, toes-in-the-sand fine dining at signature restaurant BALEEN.

Part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection, LaPlaya offers posh and panache down to the smallest detail.

Insider Tip: Be sure to indulge in the personal beach butler. You’ll almost feel as if you have been transported to a private tropical island – only without the hassle of a passport (or Customs). 


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