South Florida, the land of the golden sun-shine and Malibu-dipped Mojitos, offers luxurious sleeps right on the beach. When planning a Florida vacation, you have many property choices. Narrow down your research by focusing in on four 2010 AAA 5-Diamond properties that promise luxury and attentive service.
The Breakers, Palm Beach
The Breakers occupies about 140 acres in Palm Beach, Florida and is located only seven miles from Palm Beach International Airport. This Italian- renaissance hotel features 540 rooms and 68 suites. And that’s not all. You can stay busy exploring the hotel’s lavish 20,000 square foot spa, five swimming pools, Mediterranean-style beach club overlooking the ocean, and more than a mile of private beach. You’ll also be spoiled for choice in dining. The Breakers is home to 10 restaurants that collectively serve up Asian, European and American cuisine. Branded shopping won’t be missed either. The hotel hosts big names such as Burberry, Guerlain and Ralph Lauren. Two golf courses, a family center, and conference facilities top off the amenities at The Breakers, Palm Beach.
The Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach
The Four Seasons Resort is about 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport. Expect a dignified, understated hotel with proximity to the ocean and a heated, freshwater pool on site. You can get your heart racing with a golf game or tennis match—or you can head to the 24-hour fitness center. Dining on local seafood or arrange for a romantic dinner in a cabanas. Rest assured, every guest’s food and beverage needs are well taken care of. Windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, scuba-diving, and snorkeling are all available nearby. Other amenities include services for business travelers and activities for children.
Four Seasons Hotel Miami
In the bustling city of Miami, find a semblance of peace at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami. Picture dazzling views of the city and the glittering Biscayne Bay. This sleek, 70-story hotel has 221 spacious guest rooms and 39 suites. Services include a spa, health club, and a pool which reflects the Miami skyline. Dining-wise, have your pick of choices ranging from contemporary cuisine, to mojitos and appetizers.
The Ritz-Carlton – Fort Lauderdale
Enjoy the scintillating view of Fort Lauderdale’s gold coast from the comfort of the Ritz-Carlton, a property that heralds the era of 1940s. Relax on a private balcony with an intercoastal or ocean view. Stare out onto the horizon from the heated infinity pool. Get pampered in an 8,500 square foot spa. Work out in the expansive fitness center. You might also get some business done, using the hotel’s 24,000 square feet of meeting space. Dine on Sicilian cuisine, more casual fare from the poolside café, or sip a cocktail from the bar that enigmatic views of the ocean.
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