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4 Reasons Why Florida is a Luxury Travel Destination

4 Reasons Why Florida is a Luxury Travel Destination

FLORIDA, FOOD + WINE, HOTELS, LUXURY TRAVEL, TRAVEL, UNITED STATES

A visit to the Sunshine State should be on every traveler’s bucket list! While spending all day at a famous theme park or a pristine beach is fabulous, there’s so much more to enjoy in Florida. For those who like the finer things in life, living in the lap of luxury in Florida is easy to do thanks to a countless number of resorts, restaurants, spas, and more. Still not convinced? Here are 4 reasons why Florida is a luxury travel destination:

#1 WORLD-CLASS RESORTS

You’ll absolutely be spoiled for choice when it comes to luxurious hotels across the state of Florida. If you desire the best of the best, look no further than the properties which were awarded both the Five Diamond rating by AAA and The Five Star rating by Forbes Travel Guide! Among those are two resorts located in beautiful Palm Beach: The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa and Four Season Resort Palm Beach. Both are right on the waterfront and offer fine dining, spas, and an array of outdoor activities so you can get the most out of your time in the sunshine.

If you’re more of a city goer, I’d highly recommend the Mandarin Oriental in Miami. You’ll find this exquisite property just steps away from the downtown area, on an exclusive island called Bricknell Key. You get the best of both worlds here with picturesque water and city views. Another fantastic option is the Ritz-Carlton in Naples. This luxurious resort is a showstopper with 450 guest rooms, a world-class spa, two heated outdoor pools, seven dining options, and access to a Greg Norman-designed golf club. Can you say paradise?!

#2 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Florida offers a wide variety of spas and wellness centers. There are few experiences more indulgent than a relaxing and rejuvenating visit to a spa. Just in South Florida alone, there are an abundance of resorts that offers the promise of relaxation at their in-house spas. All of them feature calming atmospheres, expert masseuses, and lavish surroundings. I’d highly recommend The Heavenly Spa by Westin in Fort Lauderdale, or The Spa at Fontainebleau in South Beach.

Every hotel I mentioned above also has a world-class spa for guests, locals, and travelers to enjoy. No matter what Florida coast you’re on, a luxury spa treatment is just a stone’s throw away!

#3 HIGH-END SHOPPING

It’s easy to have an amazing Florida shopping experience once you discover their great shopping districts, malls, outlets, and boutiques.

Bal Harbour Shops in Miami is a luxury shopper’s dream. This indoor-outdoor mall is one of the ritziest shopping spots in Florida, and you might see a a celebrity or two walking around the glamorous stores. This place is packed with major designers such as Chanel, Michael Kors, Fendi and more. If you prefer boutiques, then I’d recommend heading to Key West. Duval Street is where you can shop like a local and visit charming stores such as The Green Pineapple or Commotion.

#4 FINE DINING

From dining events and food tours to craft beer and burgers, Florida serves up the best in food and dining. It would be a shame to visit Florida and not sample all of the fantastic fresh seafood! A favorite of mine is the new Point Royal Restaurant in Hollywood. Everything from the decor to the food is top-notch. Their seafood tower selections offer everything from East and West coast oysters, poached prawns, and cold-poached lobster, to Alaskan king crab legs, and stone crab claws. Impressive, fresh, and delicious.

If you’re a foodie, Tampa is definitely where you want to go. This city has a reputation for great food and there are two historically important restaurants you can’t miss! Bern’s Steakhouse has one of the largest wine collections in the world and an international famous dessert room. There’s also Columbia Restaurant which has been owned and operated by 5 generations over 110 years, making it Florida’s oldest restaurant. It originally opened as a small Cuban cafe in 1905 and now offers award-winning Spanish cuisine and Flamenco shows.

If a luxurious travel destination is what you desire, Florida is the place for you.  Happy travels!

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

24 Comments

  1. Michael
    May 19, 2017 at 10:37 am
    Reply

    Florida is also a great place to embark on a luxury cruise around the Caribbean, major ports being Cape Canaveral, Port Everglades and Port of Miami.

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 23, 2017 at 5:41 am

      You know Florida well! I totally agree.

  2. Bethanny Sudibyo
    May 20, 2017 at 6:22 pm
    Reply

    I’ve never been to Florida, but I will go and visit Orlando this summer. I haven’t made my way to Miami though, but I hope I can. Luxury travel is definitely Florida, and you’ve pointed that out very well. I love your list! Looks like a really great place to pamper yourself!

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 23, 2017 at 5:42 am

      Absolutely! Have a great time in Orlando 🙂

  3. Brianna
    May 21, 2017 at 9:38 am
    Reply

    I didn’t know Tampa was a foodie destination. I think my in-laws have a place around there, so perhaps I’ll check it out.

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 23, 2017 at 5:42 am

      You must, Brianna!

  4. Angelique
    May 21, 2017 at 10:20 pm
    Reply

    Yay for Florida, my home state! Florida has so much to offer as wonderfully highlighted in this post. Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 23, 2017 at 5:43 am

      How cool! I feel lucky every day to live here 🙂

  5. Samantha
    May 22, 2017 at 12:19 am
    Reply

    That last photo of the beach has me wanting to visit Florida!! I hope I can take advantage of the spa amenities when I’m there!

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 23, 2017 at 5:43 am

      Definitely head straight to the spa, Samantha!

  6. Arimo | Arimo travels
    May 22, 2017 at 7:03 am
    Reply

    Looks wonderful! 🙂 Definitely a great luxury travel destination with the beaches and restaurants.

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 23, 2017 at 5:44 am

      Absolutely!

  7. Castaway with Crystal
    May 22, 2017 at 7:58 am
    Reply

    OMG everything looks so awesome! Thank you for the tips and I’m bookmarking for my next Florida trip 🙂 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 23, 2017 at 5:44 am

      Glad to hear it! Thanks, Crystal 🙂

  8. Vicki Louise
    May 22, 2017 at 8:53 am
    Reply

    You’ve convinced me! I’ve always had Florida in the ‘Disney and fast food’ category but its nice to see some awesome luxury options around the state too!

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 23, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Great! Yes, there’s just SO much more to Florida than Disney and fast food 🙂

  9. Josh Skipworth
    May 22, 2017 at 10:07 am
    Reply

    We’re still skeptical about Florida, but you’ve gone a long way in convincing us to check it out 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 23, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Glad to hear it, Josh! I promise Florida doesn’t bite. Just stay away from the gators 😉

  10. Corinne
    May 22, 2017 at 11:40 am
    Reply

    I’ll take the fine dining, but I don’t really need the rest…just kidding! I haven’t been to Florida in years, but I’m planning a big trip there in a couple years when I retire…mid-winter..I’m not a fan of heat. Great article.

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 23, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Ha, I understand! Florida is a great place to be in the winter too.

  11. Elisa
    May 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm
    Reply

    After reading this post there is no doubt Florida is perfect for those who want to treat themselves well! I would visit Florida for a little bit of sunshine, when it is winter in Paris

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 23, 2017 at 5:46 am

      I think you would just love Florida in the winter, Elisa!

  12. Sagar Kole
    May 23, 2017 at 7:23 am
    Reply

    Florida looks fantastic for family vacation. Crab dish looks yummmyyy 😉 Florida is on top of my bucket list now. I hope this year end would be possible to visit. Next month moving to Singapore with family. Thanks for sharing.

    • Carmen Edelson
      May 30, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Florida is a fantastic family vacation destination, hopefully you get to come and visit soon.

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