The Best Florida Beach Resorts

An expert guide to the top Florida beach resorts, including the best for family-friendly services, beach access and rooms with views, in locations such as Vero Beach, Miami Beach, the Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach.


Vero Beach is a delightful stretch of low-rise, small-town development mid-way down Florida’s Atlantic Coast, boasting a compelling mix of natural charms and man-made delights. The beaches themselves are some of the most unspoiled in the state but also boast a smattering of upmarket resorts as well as cute inns. Good shopping isn’t far away, but one of the main attractions is the extensive Indian River Lagoon, with its great opportunities for fishing, kayaking and dolphin watching.

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Vero Beach, Florida, United States
Disney Vero Beach, Florida

A beautiful and stylish beach resort on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, with overtones of Disney’s theme park design but none of the crowds, and some seriously sophisticated touches despite its overtly family-friendly nature.


Created out of a swamp around the turn of the last century, Miami is a young, exciting city with a deeply-rooted pan-Latin American culture. As a holiday destination, it is best known for South Beach, a trendy playground of dazzlingly restored Art Deco hotels, stylish restaurants and over-the-top nightclubs flanking miles of pristine beach. This legendary stretch of beach runs from the southern tip of the island to 23rd Street. For something different try Haulover Beach, just north of Bal Harbour. Though it’s the only nudist beach in Miami, the tranquil white-sand strand is also popular with surfers.

The Miami Beach EDITION

Miami Beach, Florida, United States

The Miami Beach EDITION   The Miami Beach EDITION

 A collaboration between American hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott International, The Miami Beach EDITION occupies a restored mid-century grand dame on the Atlantic Ocean with food and drink by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and nightlife offerings that include an ice skating rink and bowling alley.  Read expert review

Service & facilities

Service is excellent and refreshingly anticipatory. The hotel’s sprawling poolscape is one of the nicest on the beach with two swimming pools, a cabana bar with rooftop lounges and a grassy knoll. The spa is transporting with white gauzy curtains and lounges in the relaxation room. A fitness centre also offers beach boot camp and yoga classes.


The rooms, with their clean lines, white porcelain floors, natural oak wood furnishing and gold accents, feel deceptively spare, at first – more unfinished, than minimal. That is, until you realize how intuitively they’ve been designed for total comfort and relaxation. The linens – everything from sheets to pillows to towels and fluffy hooded robes – are gossamer soft to the touch and the peek of luxury.

Bathrooms maintain their sharp white lines and provide plenty of counter space and storage. Bluetooth speakers and data-port connections come standard in every room with specially programmed iPods and iPads available upon request. Most rooms also enjoy private oceanfront balconies.

Food & drink

When Jean-Georges Vongerichten presides over the food and drink, it’s a pretty good indication that you’re going to eat well. Matador Room, with a gorgeous sunken dining room and outdoor terrace, is the marquee fine dining restaurant, serving an eclectic menu of Spanish tapas-inspired dishes with a Caribbean twist. Highlights include crispy black grouper tacos, sweet pea guacamole and a signature rice dish with “crackling” chicken skin and lemon zest.

For a pre-dinner drink, pull up a chair at the adjacent moody Matador Bar with its solid walnut floating bar and colorful wall-to-wall photography of matadors and bulls. Ask for the cocktail served in the gilded pineapple goblet.

Market is a more subdued, casual option inspired by Italian markets with a raw bar, pizza, pasta and salads. Tropicale, by the pool, is great for lunchtime, especially with their lobster grilled cheese. Breakfast is served at Market (from $8.50/£7) with everything from egg sandwiches to yoghurt parfaits.

For late night entertainment Basement nightclub is one of Miami’s trendiest destinations with Discobox dance club, four-lane bowling alley and ice skating rink


Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach

Miami, Florida, United States
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Miami, Florida, USA

A seaside retreat in Sunny Isles Beach—just 12 miles north of South Beach—the five-star Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach is all luxury. It’s home to one of the city’s finest spas. With an additional 188 residential units, it’s a lavish playground serving as a second home to a cross section of wealthy residents.

  • A sprawling five-star luxury resort in posh Bal Harbour, the 227-room St Regis Bal Harbour offers unparalleled service and amenities. Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is at the helm of the acclaimed J & G Grill. The award-winning Remède Spa is a retreat for the most discerning traveller.

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