Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you haven’t started planning your best romantic night (or weekend), you still have time but not much. Get started now before it’s too late by booking one of these resorts, the 9 most romantic resorts in Florida.
Blue skies, palm trees, white sand beaches, ocean breezes. Cliche, I know. Historic properties, #viewsformiles, private island getaways, luxury fit for the rich and famous. Better? These 9 most romantic resorts in Florida check all the boxes and then some. Which one is perfect for you and your honey?
Sunset Key Cottages
Best feature: 27 acre island minutes from Key West
Rates: $700+ per night
Imagine strolling along the sandy beach or under palm trees that drop star-shaped shadows on paved walkways. Wake to the sound of waves lapping at the edge of the beach, a trellis of bougainvillea framing aqua waters. Sunset Key Cottages bring your most luxurious dreams to life with exclusive activities, waterfront dining, and cottages set in the most intimate of settings. One, two, or three bedroom clapboard cottages with Victorian-style tin roofs offer guests panoramic views while the bougainvillea, orchids, palms, and other foliage give the island a distinctive tropical air. Activities perfect for a romantic weekend include spa treatments, a walk through the manicured gardens, or a “rise and dine” breakfast. With Key West just a seven minute boat ride away, you can also enjoy everything the Conch Republic offers, including the nightly Sunset Celebration or one of the many award-winning restaurants.
Sunset Key Cottages has been recognized for excellence:
- Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards #6 best resort in Florida in 2015
- Travel + Leisure #1 Best Hotel in the US in 2015
- Florida Travel + Life Top 15 Secret Islands in Florida
- And many, many more
The Breakers Palm Beach
Best Feature: World-renown luxury in an historic setting
Rates: from $1,000 per night
The Breakers Palm Beach brought opulence and European flair to Palm Beach in 1896, back when Palm Beach was still an island accessible by boat. Founded by industrialist Henry Flagler, The Breakers hosted America’s most iconic families as well as foreign dignitaries and US Presidents. The hotel has undergone numerous reconstructions (two after fires) and renovations, each one building on the prestige that The Breakers became known for. Guests today enjoy a private beach and four oceanfront pools. Private bungalows heighten the romance factor, as do luxury linens and custom furnishings in the guest rooms. The Breakers, though not all-inclusive, gives one the feeling of living away from the rest of the world. With nine on-site restaurants, eight boutiques, tennis courts, and two championship golf courses, there’s no reason to leave the resort. With such luxurious guest rooms, there may be no reason to leave your room during that romantic weekend!
The Breakers has been recognized as a beacon of luxury resorts since its inception. Awards include:
- Conde Nast Gold List
- Forbes 5-Star Award
- AAA 5 Diamond Award
- Travel + Leisure World’s Best
- Wine Spectator Award
South Seas Islands Resort
Best feature: 330 acres of wildlife preserve plus 2.5 miles of beach
Rates: Start around $300 per night
South Seas Islands Resort in Sanibel/Captiva gives guests one of the biggest arrays of lodging, dining, and activity options. Bring your boat with you and leave it in the resort marina while you spend a few nights at the Harborside Hotel or in one of the condos or villas. Spend a romantic weekend in the spa, playing a round of golf, and wildlife viewing. Originally a key lime plantation, the resort blends its history with Old Florida flair and South Seas charm.
The South Seas Island Resort has been recognized as:
- Weddingwire Couples Choice
- Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award
Best feature: small property with few rooms
Rates: from $325 per night
Compared to other resorts on this list, the WaterColor Inn offers a small, intimate resort with only 60 rooms and suites. Don’t let the size fool you though. The hotel sits fronting a private beach with pebble paths that wind through gardens and sand dunes. Pristine white buildings echo the color of the beach while blue furnishings mirror the Gulf of Mexico just yards away. The WaterColor Inn marries the best of small beach towns and Florida’s iconic views. The signature hotel property of the community of St. Joe, guests enjoy all of the amenities available in 500-acre community, including kayaking, a nature preserve, boating, fitness, and other amenities commonly found at Florida resorts.
The WaterColor Inn has received numerous awards annually since 2008, including:
- Travel + Leisure Readers Choice #25 Top 500 World’s Best Hotels
- Conde Nast #25 Top Resorts in Florida
- Southern Living Readers Choice #7 Top 10 Hotels
- Perfect in South Walton Awards “Best Resort”
- Family Vacation Critic Readers Choice Favorite Hotel
Best feature: 5-star luxury
Rates: average $950 per night for a city view room
The Acqualina Resort defines South Florida beachfront luxury. Styled after a Mediterranean villa, the resort features 98 hotel rooms, 188 residences, and 400′ of Atlantic Ocean beachfront. Rooms and residences have views of the Miami skyline, Intracoastal Waterway, or Atlantic while the pool and dining terrace open to stunning beach and ocean views. Like many other romantic resorts in Florida, the Acqualina offers a world-class spa with 20,000 square feet of treatment space, numerous onsite and nearby activities, and a concierge service to plan your entire romantic weekend for you. Whether you choose to stroll under the palm trees or shop at Miami’s famous boutiques, the Acqualina Resort will spoil you while you stay there.
The Acqualina has received a number of awards and accolades including:
- TripAdvisor’s #1 Beachfront Hotel in the continental US
- Forbes 5-star rating
- AAA 5-Diamond rating
- Travel + Leisure Top 100 World’s Best Resort
- Andrew Harper’s Readers Choice #1 Family Resort in the World
Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
Best feature: Pristine, natural setting
Rates: from $569 per night
Through the last few centuries, pirates and colonists used Amelia Island as a place of sanctuary. Conquistadors and Native Americans foraged in the protected waters beyond the barrier island, built shelter, and embarked on adventurous journeys. The Ritz-Carlton continues its heritage of luxury and marries that with the wild, natural beauty of Amelia Island. The resort encourages guests to explore its many treasures, whether that exploration takes you to the spa or trailblazing through the dunes and onto the pristine beach. Guests can spend a few hours walking or swimming along the 13 mile long beach, explore the history of Amelia Island in the many museums or historic sites, and enjoy fresh seafood in one of the many local fine dining restaurants.
The Ritz-Carlton family of hotels is well-known for quality and luxury. The Amelia Island resort adds a number of awards:
- Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Best Hotel in Florida (Atlantic & The Keys) in 2015
- AAA 5 Diamond rating
- Forbes 4-star rating
- US & World News Report 2015 Best Hotels in the USA
- Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2014
Key West Hotel Marquesa
Best feature: Tropical plantation setting
Rates: from $300 per night for a standard room
A collection of 19th century “conch” houses turned resort, the Key West Hotel Marquesa lands on the list as one of the most romantic resorts in Florida due to it’s exclusivity, privacy, and excellent service. Located in historic downtown Key West, the resort’s white clapboard buildings, brick walkways, and mature tropical landscaping harken back to a time when Victorian homes hidden behind lush shrubbery lined brick roadways. The buildings at the original Marquesa surround luxuriant gardens and the swimming pools. A 14-room addition a block away adds the Hotel Marquesa’s lodging options. Guests of the 4-1-4 addition have full use of the amenities as well as the award-winning Cafe Marquesa. Choose this resort for your romantic weekend and lounge in the tropical setting before an exquisite meal at the Cafe Marquesa.
- Conde Nast Traveler Gold List of World’s Best
- Travel + Leisure 500 World’s Best Hotels
Brazilian Court Hotel
Best feature: Historic property with Spanish colonial details
Rates: starting around $700/night
Built in 1926 as a luxury apartment-home building, the Brazilian Court has retained it’s unique Spanish colonial architecture and layout which focuses on a central courtyard. With only 80 rooms, this resort exudes privacy, and the Roaring ’20s details give guests the intimacy of that era. The Brazilian Court offers guests pampering in the exclusive Frederic Fettai Salon and an unparalleled dining experience at the internationally-acclaimed Cafe Boulud. The hotel rooms showcase the resort’s unique style with beamed ceilings and dark wood details and furnishings reminiscent of Spanish villas.
The Brazilian Court Hotel has received awards since its conversion in 2003, including:
- Travel + Leisure 500 World’s Best Hotels 2012-2016
- Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2013-2016
- Fodor’s Top 100 Hotels in the World
- Travel + Leisure #1 Hotel in South Florida, #7 Small Hotel in the US, and #12 Resort in the US
- Conde Nast Traveler #33 Resort in the US
Port d’Hiver Bed & Breakfast
Best feature: 10 rooms
Rates: romance packages from $699 per night
Though not exactly a resort, the Port d’Hiver deserves a place on this list for the amenities and luxury offered to guests. With only 10 rooms, this resort does not have an all-day restaurant but rather the breakfast portion of bed and breakfast. Dining options extend to in-room service, the garden courtyard, or the elegant dining room. Guests also enjoy a waterfall pool in the courtyard and the history of staying the historic Pink House of Melbourne Beach a half block from the Atlantic Ocean.