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

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The beach at Sunset Key Cottages with the pier and cottages in the background.Β (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.

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Aerial view of Sunset Key Cottages with Key West in the background. (Sunset Key Cottages)

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

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Opulence marks The Breakers from the very first glimpse up the brick drive. (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.Β  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!

Aerial view of The Breakers with pools in the foreground and the hotel towers in back. (The Breakers)

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

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The South Seas is surrounded by 330 acres of nature preserve and features many lodging options plus a marina. (South Seas Island 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.

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Waterfront pool complex at South Seas Island Resort. (South Seas Island Resort)

The South Seas Island Resort has been recognized as:

  • Weddingwire Couples Choice
  • Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award

WaterColor Inn

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The Gulf-front WaterColor Inn blends old-fashioned beach house with intimate resort for an unparalleled experience. (WaterColor Inn)

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.

Dune View Guest Rooms with private balconies. (WaterColor Inn)

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

Acqualina Resort

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Beachfront terrace in the evening. (Acqualina Resort & Spa)

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.

Bird’s eye view of the Acqualina Resort’s private beach. (Acqualina Resort)

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

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The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island sits on the pristine beaches of northeast Florida. (Ritz-Carlton)

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.

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Coastal view fire pit room offers stunning views. (Ritz Carlton)

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

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Luxury at the Hotel Marquesa begins with the grounds and extends throughout the resort. (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.

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The interior gardens and swimming pools set the mood for the private setting of the Hotel Marquesa.

Awards include

  • Conde Nast Traveler Gold List of World’s Best
  • Travel + Leisure 500 World’s Best Hotels

Brazilian Court Hotel

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Some guest rooms open to the interior courtyard and pool view. (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.

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One of the poolside rooms showing the exquisite dark wood details and historic feel. (Brazilian Court Hotel)

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

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Port d’Hiver of Melbourne Beach is the smallest resort on this list, a true boutique hotel. (Port d’Hiver)

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.


32 thoughts on “9 Most Romantic Resorts in Florida

  1. I visit Florida often so I will look into staying at one of these next time! The Brazilian court
    hotel looks amazing! You have incredible photos

    1. Thanks, Cassie. I wish I could take credit for the photos, but I can’t. They are actually from each of the hotels. What part of Florida do you visit when you come?

  2. I need a holiday right about now, all these photos and choices are so great I want to go to all of them, with this cold weather I think somewhere warm
    would be just right.

  3. Wow these resorts are definitely stunning and sooooo perfect for a romantic getaway! To be honest though, as much as I’d enjoy sharing this
    experience with that special someone, I also really love escaping to perfect getaways like these all by myself πŸ™‚

  4. Any places listed will be a great place. I would love to stay there with my family if I were to go to Florida. I especially favour the Port d’Hiver Bed &
    Breakfast for some reasons. Maybe it looks homey to me. πŸ™‚

  5. We live fairly close to the Breakers. I knew it was pretty pricey, but yeah…that’s a lot for a room! It does look beautiful.

  6. Wow! Those are some pretty gorgeous resorts. I definitely had fun imagining what life would be like if I stayed there. $1000/ night? Those are quickly
    becoming vacation goals. LOL

  7. These all look like really great places to stay, the perfect romantic resort. This are indeed a must-see places for me in Florida.

  8. Dang, these places look amazing! They look just like all of the places I save on my Pinterest and dream of visiting! Haha! Especially the ones with the
    gorgeous pools! Nice and informative post, love it!

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