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Florida Hotels

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1 Hotel
2341 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
1 Hotels have quietly been popping up in our favorite neighborhoods over the past few years—including New York, and Brooklyn, but its first location in South Beach, with its laid-back pool scene right along the waterfront, might be our favorite so far. The décor is minimalist, from the whitewashed pool lounges and umbrellas to reclaimed wood walls and cozy white linens in the bedrooms. The light aesthetic feels at home in South Beach yet more Zen and relaxing than some of the other hotels in the area—the rooms feel like an escape from the city. Another major pull here is the food: Chef Jose Mendin serves up Latin American and Asian fusion cuisine at Habitat, while Plnthouse keeps it light with dozens of delicious vegan plates and vegetable-packed juices. Plus, there's the serene British Bamford Haybarn Spa, a SoulCycle, and a legit 14,000-square-foot gym space (that's Spartan certified, if that's your thing).
Faena
3201 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
A spin-off of Alan Faena's famed Buenos Aires hotel, Faena Hotel Miami Beach is a reimagining of the 1947 Saxony building, which was an early lavish Miami hotel (Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and the like performed there). It blends old-school glam with a vibrant South American vibe, richly decorated in ruby red and cool teal and turquoise blues, with Art Deco touches and serious animal-print accents throughout. Alan Faena collaborated with film director and producer Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Academy Award–winning costume designer Catherine Martin, on the design. The expansive hall lobby ("the cathedral") is lined with gold-leaf columns and floor-to-ceiling murals by Argentinian artist Juan Gatti. (Faena’s collaborator list reads like a who’s who of the arts and entertainment world, and the result is not unlike a Baz Luhrmann movie set.) The rooms, which begin around $700 per night, are generously sized, with the suites bordering on enormous. Rooms with an ocean view—another splurge—do not disappoint. The long, wide balconies are ideal for taking in the sea and the grand stretch of sand leading. (You can also look down at Faena’s modestly sized geometric pool and hot…
The Breakers
One S. County Rd., Palm Beach
Originally built in 1896 by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, the Breakers is OG West Palm. Made up of one hundred and forty acres of prime beachfront, the impeccably manicured property has a real sense of history: the façade mimics an Italian villa, the lobby with its hand-painted fresco ceilings is based on the Great Hall of the Palazzo Carrega-Cataldi in Genoa, and the entryway fountain was inspired by one in a Florentine garden. Tony? Yes, but that’s the point. There are more than five hundred guest rooms on the property, and most recently they’ve opened The Flagler Club, a sort of hotel-within-the-hotel, which features just twenty-five guest rooms, is meant to feel more intimate than the rest of the property, like you’ve just checked into a friend’s guest house for the weekend. (Adam Tihany, who was responsible for The Beverly Hills Hotel, worked on the design.) The grounds are truly labyrinthine, too—with swimming pools, nine restaurants, two golf courses, and a spa. Take a break from the sun and duck into the newly revamped Ocean House, for a lobster sushi roll and the tuna poke bowl.
Casa Marina
1500 Reynolds St., Key West
This is a big, beautiful, Deco-style resort that somehow manages to strike a balance between the glitz of a Waldorf Astoria property and local clout: the structure has been here since the ’20s and is listed in the National Register for Historic Places. The massive, 300+ room compound sits on a private beach, so you can retreat to a lounge chair, or your beautifully appointed guestroom, or the world-class spa whenever the craziness of Duval Street, which is walking distance from the hotel, gets to be too much.
Pritikin Longevity Center
8755 NW 36th St., Doral
Situated on a lavish estate outside downtown Miami, the Pritikin health center is particularly well suited for those looking to slim down, control their diabetes, and manage other weight-related issues. The accommodations have all the creature comforts of a luxury hotel, which is good considering you’ll likely find yourself beat after a day packed with exercise classes, lectures, nutrition demonstrations, and spa visits. The one- and two-week programs are popular choices for those looking for an intense overhaul. Meanwhile, the Family Health Camp gets the whole family involved, and the center also offers nutrition-centric programs that focus on teaching healthy cooking skills.
Elizabeth Pointe Lodge
98 S. Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island
This place oozes Nantucket-style, shingle-lodge B&B charm—only you’re on the beach in Florida. Small antique-y rooms feature oversized tubs and flannel blankets while rocking chairs are set up in front of a brick–lined fireplace in the reception room where you can take your evening drink and hors d’oeuvres during social hour. The ‘innkeepers’ make you feel like you’re a guest in their house, and we hear the homestyle breakfast is a real highlight.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
28500 Overseas Hwy., Little Torch Key
Lush tropical plants tower over the thatched-roof bungalows on the private white sand beach of this luxury resort on Little Palm Island. No phones, TVs, or kids under sixteen make it a romantic, secluded retreat with not much else to do besides lounge or learn how to deep sea fish or sky dive. The resort’s SpaTerre offers delicious sounding treatments inspired by the area, like coconut sugar scrubs and margarita-infused pedicures. They also offer massages on the beach for optimal relaxation.
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