The 12 Best Beachfront Luxury Resorts in Florida


With over 100 million visitors per year, the State of Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in all of the world.  With its white sandy beaches, amazing weather and a extensive number of things to see and do, luxury travelers flock to the sunshine state. 

When visiting Florida one of best places to stay is directly on the beach.  With 825 miles of sandy beaches, Florida beaches are known for the beauty, sparkling sand and warm water.  Whether on the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Straits of Florida, looking out at the tranquil waters from a beachfront resort is a perfect way to relax and enjoy your vacation.

In this article we are going to review our 12 best beachfront luxury resorts in the State of Florida.  These resorts range from the southern most part of the state in the Florida Keys to the northern Atlantic coast near the Georgia boarder.

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The 12 Best Beachfront Luxury Resorts in Florida

  • The Breakers, Palm Beach
  • Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Key West
  • Acqualina Resort & Spa, Sunny Isles Beach (Miami)
  • The Ritz-Carlton Naples
  • JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
  • The Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater
  • Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key
  • Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Key Largo
  • The Boca Raton / Boca Beach Club
  • The Setai, Miami Beach
  • The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
  • W Fort Lauderdale

The Breakers

The Breakers Palm Beach is a AAA five-diamond resort is one of the most renowned luxury resorts in all of the world.  Located in the Town of Palm Beach in southeastern Florida, this 140-acre beachfront resort was originally constructed in 1896 and rebuilt in 1925 after a major fire consumed most of building.

Amenities at The Breakers are extensive are include a private beach with extensive water sports opportunities, two championship golf courses, four resort style pools with poolside bungalows, a world-class spa, 10 Har-Tru tennis courts and a 6,000 square foot oceanfront fitness center.  Dining options are extensive with 10 on-site food and beverage venues including the Flagler Steakhouse.

Hotel rates at the 538-room resort typically range from around $600 per night to more than $2,000 per night based on the room type and time of year.  For guests seeking an ultra-luxury experience, the top floor of the resort features the 25-room Flagler Club which has a dedicated staff to serve all the guests needs. There are no resort fees at the Breakers and self-parking is complimentary.  Valet service is available for a charge of $35 per night.

If you love The Breakers Palm Beach than look no further than the two luxury condominiums at 1 and 2 North Breakers Row.  These 86 ultra-luxury units are eligible for immediate membership to The Breakers Ocean Club featuring all the amenities of the resort hotel and start from $10 million.  Click here to contact our South Florida real estate partner for more information on this unique opportunity.

Click here to learn more and make reservations at The Breakers Palm Beach

Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

The Casa Marina Key West is Waldorf Astoria Resort that features more than 1,100 feet of private beach reserved exclusively for hotel guests.  Originally opened in 1920, this 311-room resort has an extensive history have been used as an officer’s quarters during World War II to a luxury hotspot in the 1950’s.

Amenities at The Casa Marina Resort include a private beach (which is very rare for Key West hotels), two outdoor resort pools, an array of resort activities, the Spa al Mare, on-site equipment rentals and access to the fitness center of the resorts sister property (The Reach Key West Resort).  Dining options range from grab-and-go to resort casual dining.

Hotel rates at The Casa Marina Resort typically range from around $650 per night to more than $1,700 per night based on the room type and time of year.  There is a $45 daily resort fee which includes high speed internet access, beach & pool lounge chairs with umbrellas, poolside refreshments, fitness center access, business center access and charging privilege’s for recreation activities at the sister hotel.

Since the Casa Marina Resort is part of the Hilton family of hotels, guests can be assured they are getting the best rate with Hilton’s “Price Match Guarantee”.  Additionally, guests that are part of the Hilton Honors rewards program can earn or use points for their stay.  

Click here for rates & reservations at the Casa Marina Resort

Acqualina Resort & Spa

The Acqualina Resort & Spa is an award winning 4.5 acre beachfront resort located in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach community.  Acqualina was named the #1 Luxury Beachfront Resort in the US for seven consecutive years by the Travelers’ Choice Awards by Trip Advisor (2016 – 2021) and the #1 Best Waterfront Hotel in the US for five construction years by USA Today.

Amenities at Acqualina are extensive and include 400 fee of private beach with umbrellas and lounge chairs, three oceanfront pools (adults only pool, recreational pool and Beach Club Pool), a wide array of family activities, the Acqualina Spa by ESPA, access to golf and tennis at nearby private clubs, sightseeing tours, a state-of-the-art fitness center with wellness classes and extensive children’s programming.

There are a number of dining experiences at Acqualina which include Il Mulino New York (Italian), the Costa Grill (Mediterranean), Ke-uH (Japanese fusion) and a unique “Beachfront Dinner” experience just steps from the ocean.

Hotel rates at the Acqualina range from around $750 per night to more than $1,500 per night based on the room type and time of year.  There are no resort fees and valet parking is available for $40 per night.

If you are interested in living at Acqualina, there are a number of resort condominium options which range in size from less than 1,000 to more than 4,500 square feet.  Prices start from around $1 million and exceed $5 million for the largest units.  Click here to contact our South Florida real estate partner for more information on purchasing in Acqualina.

 Click here for rates & reservations at the Acqualina Resort & Spa

The Ritz-Carlton Naples

The Ritz Carlton Naples is a southwest Florida icon and consistently voted as one of the best resort hotels in United States.  This beachfront resort is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico and features 447 luxury guest rooms including 35 suites and 70 Ritz-Carlton Club Level rooms.  

The hotel is undergoing a comprehensive renovation which will including enhancements to the common areas / meeting spaces, the pools and all existing guests rooms.  In addition, 92 new suites along with a sprawling Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge will be added to the resort.

Amenities at The Ritz-Carlton Naples include a private beach club with water sports activities, heated outdoor pools, a world-class spa with more than 30 treatment rooms & fitness center, a high-tech entertainment lounge, and an interactive environmental children’s program known as Nature’s Wonders.  Guests also have access to the Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort which features two 18-hole championship Greg Norman designed courses.

Hotel rates at The Ritz-Carlton Naples typically range from around $500 per night to more than $1,500 per night based on the room type and time of year.  There is a $45 daily resort fee which includes high speed internet, access to water park at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, two beach chairs / one beach umbrella, bicycle rents, driving range access at the golf club and daily fitness/yoga classes.

Since Ritz-Carlton is part of the Marriott family of hotels, guests can be assured they are getting the best rate with Marriott’s “Best Rate Guarantee”.  Additionally, guests can earn or use points for their stay.  The Ritz-Carlton Naples is a Category 8 hotel which requires 70,000 reward points during off peak nights, 85,000 points for standard nights and 100,000 during peak nights.

Click here for rates & reservations at the Ritz-Carlton Naples

The JW Marriott Marco Island

The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is one of the most luxurious resort hotels in southwest Florida.  Following an $320 million renovation in 2017, this 747-room hotel was converted to a JW Marriott luxury property and has become one of the most popular destinations in Florida.

The renovation included the complete refurbishment of all guests rooms and dining venues, an expanded pool deck, refurbished lobby and grand front entrance.  In addition, a new 94-room “adults-exclusive” tower was constructed that features a rooftop pool, 12,000 square foot entertainment center and an new restaurant.

Amenities at the 10 acre JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort include a private beach club with chickee huts & extensive water sports activities, four resort pools, the Spa by JW, family & children’s activities, a state-of-the-art fitness center and access to two private championship golf courses (less than 10 miles away). Dining options are extensive and range from resort casual to fine dining restaurants.

Hotel rates at JW Marriott Marco Island typically range from around $500 per night to more than $1,200 per night based on the room type and time of year.  There is a $35 daily resort fee which includes enhanced high speed internet access, daily beach umbrella rental, access to tennis at the Hammock Bay Country Club, daily fitness/yoga classes and access to the golf practice facility.  On-site parking is $25 per night and valet parking is $30 per night.

The JW is part of the Marriott family of hotels and guests can be assured they are getting the best rate with Marriott’s “Best Rate Guarantee”.  Additionally, guests can earn or use points for their stay with the Marriott Bonvoy program. The JW Marriott Marco Island is a Category 7 hotel which requires 50,000 reward points during off peak nights, 60,000 points for standard nights and 70,000 during peak nights.

Click here for rates & reservations at the JW Marriott Marco Island

The Sandpearl Resort

The Sandpearl Resort is located on beautiful Clearwater Beach which is always among the top rated beaches in Florida.  This 4- star resort has 700 feet of direct beach frontage, is within walking distance of Pier 60 and was voted in the top 30 Florida resorts by Conde Nast Traveler 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards.

While smaller than most beachfront resorts at 253 guest rooms and suites, the Sandpearl does not lack on elegance.  It’s rooms feature amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico, Mandalay Bay and the City of Clearwater with suites that feature full kitchens and dining areas.

Amenities include a zero-entry beachfront pool, beach seating and activities including hammocks & volleyball, a fully equipped fitness center with yoga sessions, The Spa at Sandpearl featuring seven treatment rooms, an active kids club and private overnight dockage for your yacht.  There are a number of dining options which range from grab-and-go to resort casual dining including Clearwater Beach’s only 4-diamond restaurant (Caretta on the Gulf).

Hotel rates at the Sandpearl typically range from around $400 per night to more than $1,000 per night based on the room type and time of year.  Resort fees are $29 per day which beach chairs for use on the Sandpearl’s private beach, bike rental, wireless internet and fitness center access.

If you are interested in living in Clearwater Beach, the adjacent 16-story Residences at Sandpearl would be the perfect option.  Prices start from around $1 million and owners can include their units in the hotel rental program when not in use.  Click here to contact our South Florida real estate partner for more information on purchasing in Acqualina.

Click here for rates & reservations at the The Sandpearl Resort

Little Palm Island Resort

The Little Palm Island Resort and Spa is a four-acre, adults-only island resort that is located on Munson Island / Little Torch Key in the Florida Keys.   This highly secluded resort is only accessible by the hotel’s ferry or by seaplane.  There are no televisions or telephones located in the guests rooms but WiFi is available.

The resort features 30 thatch-roof bungalows (suites) surrounded by palm trees, mangroves and beautiful beaches.  Amenities include a winding pool with poolside bar, on-site fitness center and a luxury spa.  The resort offers a main Dining Room (rated the #3 restaurant in the US by Zagat), private dining experienced and in-room dining.

Rates at the Little Palm Island Resort typically range from around $1,200 per night to more than $1,500 per night based on the room type and time of year.  On top of the nightly rates, there is a 12.5% resort fee plus 12.5% in taxes so be sure you factor that into your expectations.

Click here for rates & reservations at the Little Palm Island Resort

Playa Largo Resort & Spa

The Playa Largo Resort & Spa is one of the most popular resort hotels in the Florida Keys. Nestled on 14.5 bayfront acres of secluded shoreline, the resort is located at mile marker 97 in Key Largo just minutes from Dolphins Plus Oceanside and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.  This spectacular 177-room resort features a variety of traditional guest rooms, suites, bungalows and beach house.

Amenities at the resort include a private beach overlooking Florida Bay with water sports activities and a beach fire pit, heated resort style pool with private cabanas, a fully equipped fitness center, business center and the on-site Ocean Spa. There is also a private marina and boat launch ramp directly on-site at the resort.  Dining options are range from resort casual to fine dining restaurants.

Hotel rates at Playa Largo Resort & Spa typically range from around $700 per night to more than $3,000 per night (for the beach house) based on the room type and time of year.  There is a $45 daily resort fee which includes enhanced high speed internet access, daily beach chair rentals and bicycle rentals.  Self parking costs $20 per day and value is $30 per day.

The Playa Largo Resort & Spa is part of the Marriott family of hotels and guests can be assured they are getting the best rate with Marriott’s “Best Rate Guarantee”. Additionally, guests can earn or use points for their stay with the Marriott Bonvoy program. The JW Marriott Marco Island is a Category 7 hotel which requires 50,000 reward points during off peak nights, 60,000 points for standard nights and 70,000 during peak nights.

Click here for rates & reservations at the Playa Largo Resort

The Boca Raton / Boca Beach Club

Originally constructed in in 1926 along the shores of Lake Boca, The Boca Raton is truly a mega-resort comprising 337 acres featuring five individual hotels with more than 1,000 rooms & Suites, a championship golf course, a 50,000 square foot spa, a four-acre water complex, full-service marina and a half-mile of private beach.

As of late 2021, the resort is undergoing the first phase of a massive renovation project.  The $175 million first phase will include guests rooms, amenities and programming.  Also planned for the renovation is the Harborside Pool Club which is a four-acre water playground that includes a four pools, 450-foot lazy river, two three-story water slides and a double surf machine (like a Flowrider).

The Boca Raton Beach Club is located directly on the Atlantic Ocean just across the Intracoastal Waterway from The Boca Raton (shuttle service is available between the two hotels).  This boutique hotel includes 212 guestrooms and suites that feature floor-to-ceiling windows, three resort pools with private cabanas, a beachside fitness center and a private beach offering food & beverage service.

Hotel rates at The Boca Raton typically range from around $500 per night to more than $1,000 per night based on the room type and time of year.   Resort fees are $45.20 per night and on-site self parking is $38 per night. 

While this resort will be spectacular when fully completed, we would recommend waiting until mid-summer 2022 before visiting so that a number of the planned amenities and dining options are complete.

Click here for rates & reservations at The Boca Raton

The Setai

Located in the art deco neighborhood of Miami’s sizzling South Beach, The Setai was voted #1 on Travel + Leisure’s 2021 Greater Miami Beach Resorts Hotels and #8 in the Top 15 Resort Hotels in the Continental US.  Themed with an Asian influence with 87 art deco rooms and 50 ocean suites, The Setai was also awarded the Forbes Five-Start for the seventh consecutive year in 2021.

Amenities at the Setai are extensive and include a private beach area with daybeds, watersports and food/cocktail service from The Setai Beach Kitchen (a solar powered kitchen), three heated infinity pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center with Peloton Cycle Bikes and the on-site Valmont Spa.  Dining options are extensive and range from grab-and-go to resort casual and fine dining experiences.

Hotel rates at The Setai typically range from around $800 per night to more than $1,500 per night based on the room type and time of year.  Valet parking is available for $49 per night.

If you are interested in living in The Setai, the residences at the 38-story property would be the perfect place to call home.  Prices start from more than $1 million and owners can include their units in the hotel rental program when not in use.  Click here to contact our South Florida real estate partner for more information on purchasing in Acqualina.

Click here for rates & reservations at The Setai

Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is located in northeast Florida on a secluded barrier island along 1.5 miles of dune-lined beach.  The resort is a AAA Five Diamond Aware winner from 2012 to 2021 and one of US News and World Report’s 50 Best Hotels in the USA (2021).

For it’s 30th anniversary, the resort underwent a comprehensive $65 million renovation which included upgrades to the 446 guestrooms and suites, refreshed meeting and event space, three new restaurants and renewed resort experiences include club level enhancements to The Ritz-Carlton Club.

Amenities at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island include a private beach club with water sports activities, heated indoor and outdoor pools, The Ritz-Carlton Spalass spa with fitness center, the Ritz Kids club, “Our Space” lounge with table games and a private movie theater, tennis courts and an on-site 18-hole championship golf course at The Golf Club of Amelia Island.  There are numerous dining options ranging from grab-and-go to resort casual and fine dining.

Hotel rates at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island typically range from around $500 per night to more than $1,500 per night based on the room type and time of year.  There is a $40 daily resort fee which includes high speed internet, one beach umbrella, bicycle rentals, driving range access at the golf club, daily fitness/yoga classes and tennis privileges.  Only valet parking is offered at a cost of $35 per night.

Since Ritz-Carlton is part of the Marriott family of hotels, guests can be assured they are getting the best rate with Marriott’s “Best Rate Guarantee”.  Additionally, guests can earn or use points for their stay.  The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is a Category 7 hotel which requires 50,000 reward points during off peak nights, 60,000 points for standard nights and 70,000 during peak nights.

Click here for rates & reservations at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

W Fort Lauderdale 

Located on the northern area of the world famous Fort Lauderdale Beach, the 24-story W Fort Lauderdale Beach features 288 rooms including 171 one- and two-bedroom suites.  The resort is situated directly on Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard (A1A) just across from the ocean.

Amenities are plentiful and include two resort pools which feature bars and private cabanas, a state-of-the-art fitness center with sunrise beach yoga, free bicycle rentals and the AWAY Spa.  Food and beverage options are extensive and range from resort casual dining to fine dining.

Hotel rates at the W Fort Lauderdale typically range from around $500 per night to more than $1,500 per night based on the room type and time of year.   Resort fees are $40 per day and valet parking is $47 per night.  Since the W Fort Lauderdale is part of the Marriott family of hotels, guests can ear and use points during their stay. This resort is a Category 6 hotel which requires 40,000 reward points for a free stay during off peak nights, 50,000 points for standard nights and 60,000 during peak nights.

If you are interested in living at the W, the residences would be the perfect place to call home.  Prices start from more than $500,000 to over $1 million and the owners can include their units in the hotel rental program when not in use.  Click here to contact our South Florida real estate partner for more information on purchasing in Acqualina.

Click here for rates & reservations at the W Fort Lauderdale

 

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