Going to Florida? 5 Fantastic Beach Resorts to Visit

Summer will be over before you know it-luckily, these incredibly beach resorts and hotels are open all year long to enjoy. Chosen by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, Florida puts everyone else to shame when it comes to spoiling their guests with lavish accommodations.

Located in Islamorada, Florida, this resort used to be a former coconut plantation. Midway between Miami and Key West, this 18-acre property has 1,100 feet of white sand on a private beach. Private cottages run one to three bedrooms with full size kitchens, hard wood floors, and washer and dryers in select units. The spa offers massages, skin treatments, facials, yoga, and reflexology.

2. LODGE & CLUB, PONTE VEDRA resort on ocean
Ponte Vedra is a small property known for its “phenomenal service.” Guests who have stayed there say it has “the prettiest beach in Florida, with gorgeous views from every suite.” Built to resemble a Mediterranean villa, its adorned with Spanish mission accents. Guests can languish all day in their four-poster beds when not out on the beach or enjoying lunch at the casual Oasis outside.

3. LAPLAYA BEACH & GOLF RESORT sunset dinner
This Naples beachfront resort is “classic Florida beauty filled with easy elegance.” Dinner can be served inside or outside by the ocean by the attentive staff who are always at the ready to assist you. The “impeccably” kept grounds include coconut palms, tiki torches, and a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs. As for the golf course and sunsets, it’s hard to choose which is the most memorable!

With a great location right on the beach, Amelida Island is said to take you back to the Gatsby era. The “incredible, awesome lodgings” include rooms with period antiques, over-sized tubs, and mini suites that feature wood floors and brass lighting. With breakfasts that put Mom’s cooking to shame, and wine & hors d’oeuvres served in the evening during social hour, vacation never tasted so good!

A private and isolated resort located in Little Torch Key, you come here to get away from all the stresses of every day life. Calling this location remote wouldn’t be an exageration-its only accessibly by boat or seaplane. Once you disembark you’ll be given a rum punch drink and led through the seashell paths to your room. There will be no checking in at work on this vacation: rooms lack phones, TV’s, clocks, and Internet access. Welcome to seclusion!
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