Florida Resorts: Journey Advisors’ Favourite Escapes – NewsEverything Journey

We requested high luxurious journey advisors to call their favourite go-to Florida resorts and their responses took us all throughout the state.

South Seashore

“South Seashore is a contemporary mecca of top-rated resorts and gastronomy, a vibrant cultural and worldwide artwork scene, sports activities, leisure and performing arts,” says Limor Decter of Embark Collective. “The scenic skyline of the attractive seashores and Biscayne Bay mixed with the Artwork Deco structure beckons guests all yr spherical. South Seashore is melting pot of tradition and delicacies, celebrating the range of this cosmopolitan metropolis set towards a tropical background.”

Decter stories that her favourite resorts embrace the Faena, The Setai, The Ritz-Carlton South Seashore, the 1 Resort and W South Seashore, Version, Como and the SLS

“Every beachfront resort has its distinct character and attraction but are united by their luxurious stage of hospitality,” says Decter. As for what to do once you’ve bought time to discover? “South Seashore sights embrace a go to to Perez or Vizcaya artwork museums, Wynwood Partitions, a stroll or bike experience down Collins Avenue or Ocean Drive or strolling by the Miami Design District. South Seashore, referred to as ‘America’s Riviera,’ is an elegant, cultural vacation spot. Lounging on the seashore or on the nightclub makes South Seashore an ideal trip [spot] in Florida,” she concludes.

Household Choices

Jacqueline Cittone Magid of Inviato Journey, LLC, additionally loves South Seashore. For households, she recommends The Miami Seashore Version and the 1 Resort South Seashore. “They’re at all times perennial favorites with buzzy pool scenes and a up to date vibe,” she tells Luxurious Journey Advisor. “I do love the extra intimate and refurbished Betsy Resort additional south on Collins Avenue — it has an exquisite rooftop pool and is throughout from the boardwalk and has a historical past and really feel that connects you to outdated Miami.”

Magid additionally has her favorites north of South Seashore. “For these on the lookout for calmer and complicated settings (and what I personally like for myself) is the Faena Resort and 4 Seasons Surfside,” she says. “Each resorts are historic landmarks that date again to the outdated glamorous days of Miami. Each have introduced again the spirit in numerous methods. Faena has a South American glamorous spirit but nonetheless feels intimate, whereas 4 Seasons has this excellent mixture of preserving the outdated and new. I’m wanting ahead to the brand new opening of The Celino!”

As for Miami eating places, Magid has many. “Yardbird is superb for fried everything — from inexperienced tomatoes to hen to oreos. I like Toni’s for sushi regardless that it’s a dive. Prime Italian is at all times wonderful for Italian. KYU, Asian BBQ, in Wynwood was one of the vital superb dinners with my household (go for Taiyaki ice cream close by after). MARE at 4 Seasons Surfside is a should for an outside Italian seafood lunch. Swan was one of many hottest eating places in South Seashore earlier than COVID hit. Owned by Pharrell Williams, [it is] very trendy and stylish. Pubbelly Sushi in Sundown Harbor is superior additionally. Don’t skip the Butter Crab roll or spicy Bigeye Tuna roll atop crispy arroz pegao drizzled in truffle oil and sea salt.”


The Betsy has an elegant rooftop bar overlooking the ocean. The resort offers an “Previous Florida” vibe. // Photograph: Learn McKendre

Stephanie Fisher, the Lake Forest Affiliate of Huffman Journey Ltd., stayed on the 4 Seasons Surf Membership for Thanksgiving.

“It’s a slam dunk for shoppers,” she says. “It’s excellent for {couples}, households with younger youngsters and household with faculty youngsters, too.”

Fisher stories that COVID protocols are very a lot in place on the resort. “There are numerous additional touches, reminiscent of spraying down your seashore chair, there’s sanitizer all over the place, and also you get a temperature test by way of an infrared iPad upon arrival. Menus are by way of QR codes and there’s a QR code to get related with the concierge if you’d like a distanced connection vs. in particular person on the desk. They make luxurious throughout a pandemic a chilled and restful expertise with such high-touch moments.”

For Fisher, the group on the resort goes the additional mile to handle shoppers. “They’re all very a lot targeted on shopper happiness and luxury with optimistic vitality throughout. I spoke with a number of of the group members they usually indicated that they, as a group, are all grateful for the meals deliveries that Surf Membership initiated for all of their employees throughout shut down, [and also] the well being care advantages that continued by their shut down. It is a loyal group. They fortunately labored over Thanksgiving, giving because of shoppers for staying at their property and no ask was ever denied. They handled each visitor with such form, gracious respect.”

Fisher additionally loves the Thomas Keller restaurant on the resort and general, provides her keep a really excessive score. “I guide this with excessive and excessive confidence,” she says.

The Florida Keys

Samantha Collum of River Oaks Journey is a fan of the Florida Keys. “Stunning sunsets, crystal clear waters, and an island to match each temper; it’s straightforward to see why our vacationers love the Florida Keys,” she says. “You may spend your days exploring boutiques and attempting new eating places, or on the water searching for the right catch or wave. Whereas the Keys have at all times been a terrific trip vacation spot, they’re much more fascinating now for those who’re seeking to keep away from main cities and large crowds. Ferry over to Sundown Key Cottages’ 27-acre island or take a sea airplane to the much more unique Little Palm Island — whichever you choose, these boutique choices are the right approach to social distance with a tropical aptitude.”

Little Palm Up Shut

Lauren Johnson of GypseaBlonde Journey, a part of The Journey Group stayed at Little Palm Island final summer season. Right here’s her report.

“I had the pleasure of staying on the property in June of 2020 and was very impressed with what I discovered,” she tells Luxurious Journey Advisor.

“If serenity is what you’re after, you’ll discover it at Little Palm Island. As soon as a spot the place presidents recharged and performed, it’s nonetheless an unique retreat the place barefoot luxurious resides, simply because it was in its very early days. After an entire renovation and reopening in 2020, it was fantastic to see how the soul of Little Palm nonetheless stays.

“With a most of 60 visitors, unfold out between 30 villas in 15 Palafitos, with no kids, no TVs within the rooms, no automotive noise, you’ll discover your self rapidly slipping into the rhythm of the pure environment,” she says. 

“No element is ignored, from arrival to departure. You might be greeted with their signature tropical libation, the ‘Gumby Slumber,’ which helps ease you into island time. Subsequent you board their ‘Truman’ motor yacht, which is a throwback to earlier instances with its glossy traces and mahogany planks. You cruise over the water for the brief experience to your unique piece of paradise.”

Johnson has a terrific insider tip: “You may actually really feel like you’re being swept away to your personal non-public island in fashion by additionally having the choice to reach by way of seaplane,” she says. “Tropic Airways presents unforgettable flights from Miami to Little Palm the place you can begin your getaway by spying dolphins and different sea life as you make your method down the breathtaking Florida Keys.”

She says that after you’re on island, you’ll discover attentive employees that’s not overbearing. “It’s an ideal stability,” she notes.

“The scrumptious eating choices embrace a romantic non-public dinner in your villa, soaking within the sundown on the seashore along with your toes within the sand with delicate piano music enjoying or having fun with eating al fresco on their breezy out of doors patio.

“The star of the present is absolutely the island itself. Its lush foliage, the flowers, the towering Gumbo Limbo bushes and, after all, the palm bushes and ocean encompass you in a cocoon of tranquility. You should definitely take pleasure in a while on the Zen Backyard, as nicely!”

For many who wish to discover the encircling space, visitors have entry to a Boston Whaler to go snorkeling or fishing throughout their keep. “You could possibly even ask to have a picnic lunch ready to take pleasure in out at one of many close by sandbars … simply you and the ocean and no place to be,” say Johnson. “If staying on land is a part of your plan, you’ll be able to float within the tranquil pool, learn a guide outdoors your Palafito in your non-public lounge chairs, or schedule a go to to their enjoyable spa.”

“That’s proper, the villas at Little Palm are literally in palafitos, that are a mix of a Fijian buré and a luxurious hideaway, and are absolute perfection,” says Johnson. “The 4 poster beds draped in mosquito netting with buttery delicate sheets invite you to sleep just a little longer, or perhaps take a noon siesta. And when it’s time to get cleaned up, you’ve gotten a selection of both an exquisite steam bathe indoors, or you’ll be able to take pleasure in ‘being one with nature’ within the privateness of your out of doors bathe.”

All advised, Johnson charges Little Palm Island very extremely. “That is undoubtedly one of many high 5 locations that I’ve ever stayed at, and the accessibility to mainland Florida, and in addition to the enjoyable of Key West, makes this a vacation spot that may test all of the bins of an ideal island getaway,” she concludes.


Previous Seven Mile Bridge, which is at the moment present process a full restoration with anticipated completion in December 2021, is a well-liked biking, operating and strolling spot. The trendy Seven Mile Bridge, on the left, is the longest of 42 bridges over water that assist to comprise the Florida Keys Abroad Freeway. // Photograph: Laurence Norah/Florida Keys News Bureau

June Sloane of Protravel Worldwide sends shoppers to Isla Bella, “a stunning property in Marathon, Florida which is midway between Miami and Key West.”

She stories that shoppers liked the meals service. Rooms are very non-public and she or he recommends utilizing the deluxe beachside with veranda (class) as you’ll be able to stroll out out of your room.

Protravel Choose facilities are included and shoppers have been joyful to have early check-in and a late checkout. Numerous watersports are included.

One caveat? “This isn’t for a high-end shopper as there aren’t any super-deluxe properties within the Keys but it surely’s excellent for a pair’s getaway.” One other tip? “Weekend charges are excessive however weekdays are a terrific worth,” says Sloane.

Magid of Inviato Journey says that Isla Bella can also be widespread along with her shoppers. “There have been some hiccups at opening three years in the past however new administration has fastened this,” she stories. 

She additionally recommends Little Palm Island, and within the Higher Keys, “I believe the family-friendly Most well-liked Inns’ Hawks Cay and Cheeca Lodge are among the many greatest decisions, particularly the newer, non-public Casitas at Cheeca,” says Magid.

Lastly, she says her shoppers liked their latest keep in a personal cottage at Sundown Key Cottages, which was lately taken over by the Opal Assortment. “It’s on a 27-acre island, only a brief boat experience from Key West,” says Magid. “The cottages are very fairly with many facilities and the employees is attentive.”

As for eating within the Keys, Magid has her favorites, as nicely. “In Key West, I like to recommend Seven Fish and for those who love oysters, The Thirsty Mermaid can’t be beat,” she says. “Mid Keys, I just like the family-friendly Barracuda Grill (I strongly encourage reservations). In Islamorada, I like Ciao Hound on the Postcard Inn for calamari and flatbread pizzas as you’ll be able to solely eat a lot seafood!”

Key Biscayne

Again in Miami, Barbara Khan of Journeys by the Ebook is a giant fan of The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. “You should definitely discover out when Geno is working on the bar at Dune. He’s an absolute fixture on the Key,” says Khan. “He initially labored on the Sonesta, which sadly was torn down fairly a number of years in the past. He’s a pleasant, personable man. He makes superior drinks.” 

Khan says she has lived on Key Biscayne for 20 years and is aware of all corners of the island. 

“A must-see place there may be Invoice Baggs Cape Florida State Park,” she notes. “You may hire a motorbike from Key Biking on the Galleria Purchasing Middle and experience it into the park. There’s a minimal cost to enter on foot or bike. You should definitely time your go to so you’ll be able to go up within the lighthouse, which is from 1825. They provide excursions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. however not on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You may spend the day on the seashore as they hire chairs and umbrellas.”

With regards to eating within the park, the informal Lighthouse Cafe is open seven days, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Boater’s Grill has recent seafood; it’s situated on No Title Harbor and is open 11 a.m. – eight p.m. Sunday to Wednesday and till 10 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. 

“Key Biscayne is usually flat and nice for strolling and biking,” says Khan. “It’s solely about two miles in measurement, so very manageable.” She additionally recommends strolling or biking to Mashta Island, related to the primary key by a small bridge. 

“Just a few of my favourite eating places there are Origin for Pan-Asian and Ayesha for Indian. La Boulangerie is a café with nice baked items and sandwiches. Folks additionally love their breakfasts. In case you are craving European pastries then go to Piononos. I like the superb number of empanadas at The Empanada’s. Novecento is great for burgers and steak. It’s Argentinean. Subsequent door to Novecento is Sushi Siam, which is an upscale sushi bar plus Asian delicacies. And in the identical purchasing heart is Artisan Kitchen and Bar. Two favourite kitschy locations which are nicely liked are Donut Gallery, a tiny diner (they don’t have donuts, lol) and Sir Pizza. You should definitely order a facet of ranch dressing to dip your pizza in. Sir Pizza has beer and wine. It’s tremendous informal and household pleasant,” concludes Khan. 

Heading north to Palm Seashore, Magid of Inviato Journey says that The Breakers is her favourite resort, and her shoppers’.

“Everything you may need is at this five-star resort,” she says. “There’s a motive why it has a excessive repeat clientele. I’ve shoppers there from festive going again this spring.”

On the town, Magid says, “The seven villas on the iconic, fashionable boutique resort Colony Palm Seashore are excellent for month-long stays, significantly those simply renovated.”

She additionally loves the 4 Seasons Palm Seashore, “however a high-profile funding banker took it over since spring and you’ll’t guide it! I’m excited concerning the new White Elephant Palm Seashore, which opened in November, as I’m a giant fan of the Nantucket model. I’m actually wanting ahead to the 155-room luxurious seashore and wellness resort, Amrit, opening quickly on Singer Island — I believe it is going to be fairly widespread for these seeking to drop these quarantine kilos and [it] fills a void available in the market.”

As for eating across the Palm Seashore space, Magid says her favourite eating places are Buccan and Sant Ambroeus. “Each are at all times vigorous with nice folks watching and ship persistently scrumptious meals and terrific service in a ravishing ambiance.” She additionally likes the brand new Lola 41 (significantly the gorgeous out of doors courtyard) outpost from Nantucket within the new White Elephant Resort, and Bice. “I nonetheless love Bice in spite of everything these years, too,” she says.

And there there’s Orlando, the place Samantha Collum of River Oaks Journey does it up in fashion. “The following time you’re planning to go to the world of magic that’s Disney World, contemplate skipping the themed in-park resorts for one thing just a little extra luxurious — the 4 Seasons Resort Orlando,” she advises. “This property presents everything you’d count on of a 4 Seasons, luxurious lodging, white glove service, and facilities galore all from inside the gates of Disney World itself. So as to add to the magic, they provide visitors entry to Additional Magic Hours, common shuttles to and from all areas of the park, they usually actually have a character breakfast with Goofy and his buddies on Saturday mornings!

“After a day of Disney magic, head again to the 4 Seasons Resort for a spherical of golf on their award-winning course, to take pleasure in some ‘me time’ on the spa, or to splash and play with the youngsters at Explorer Island — the resort’s splash park. Lastly, head to Capa for dinner and a present and finish one other magic-filled day with a scrumptious meal and fireworks over the park.”

Northern Florida presents some true hidden gems and that attraction shouldn’t be misplaced on Becky Lukovic of Bella Journey Planning, LLC.

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The Henderson in Destin has 170 guestrooms and eight suites. The resort presents panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and the adjoining Henderson Seashore Protect.

“One among my favourite resorts in Florida is the Henderson Seashore Resort in Destin,” she says. “The sand is white and powder delicate, the rooms are nicely appointed, and the service is excellent. They provide fireplace pits, two fabulous swimming pools (one with a small lazy river) and a great culinary program. Primrose restaurant with Chef Gary Palm was a delight. The resort additionally presents lofts for these wanting a extra residential feeling. The property has a very talked-about rooftop bar to observe a severely spectacular sundown.”

Lukovic says the resort’s décor is “a pleasant mixture of southern and seaside and the grounds are undoubtedly Instagram-worthy.” Better part? The property is canine pleasant. 

“Some colleagues and I did a web site inspection this fall and we have been fairly impressed,” says Lukovic. “The resort undoubtedly modified our perspective on Destin as a Florida vacation spot. Because it’s drivable from Atlanta, it’s a terrific luxurious possibility for a fast getaway.”

Extra ideas? “The resort is throughout the road and a brief boardwalk from the seashore. Their sister property, the Henderson Park Inn sits immediately on the seashore. We had cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at this property one evening and the sundown is spectacular. The Henderson Park Inn is a small, boutique, adults-only property providing the inclusions of breakfast, boxed picnic lunch, seashore chairs, bicycles, and joyful hour with grownup drinks each day.”

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