The 2018 World's Best Resort Hotels in Florida
1. The Pearl Hotel, Rosemary Beach
The Pearl’s 55 rooms and suites offer a laid-back glamour that makes it feel like staying in a particularly posh friend’s beach house. Each comes with a stocked complimentary minibar and luxe Kerstin Florian spa products. Some rooms overlook the bone-white beach and the gulf beyond; others, the pool with its chic, graphic black-and-white cabanas and splashy yellow umbrellas; still others, the quaint town of Rosemary Beach. The one thing that’s certain is there’s not a bad view in the house. That goes even for the outdoor lounge area, since the hotel itself has the look of an old-world chalet, updated with clean lines and black-and-white striped awnings that lend it a modern, youthful feel.
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2. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key
Taking second place is a return favorite, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, in the Florida Keys. This adults-only, 5½-acre private island offers a true escape — its 30 suites are free of distractions (there are no phones or televisions, so you can truly disconnect) and put the focus on nature, with eco-chic design and features like outdoor showers. As of right now, the hotel remains closed because of last fall’s Hurricane Irma, but it plans to reopen within the year. “Love the exclusivity, and the professionalism of the staff,” said one fan. “Hope Little Palm comes back real soon.”
3. The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, Destin
4. Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach
5. Sunset Key Cottages, Key West
Sunset Key Cottages is set on its own private island in the Keys. The 27-acre property, which features immaculate gardens, pastel cottages, and a quiet stretch of beach, is just a short water-taxi ride away from Key West. The resort rebounded quickly from the storms, to the delight of its guests. “Hands down my favorite place to go in the world,” said one.
6. Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
7. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
8. Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande
9. Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach
10. Resort at Longboat Key Club, Longboat Key