Planning a vacation or weekend getaway in one of Florida's resorts is all about anticipation.
And often, that anticipation is about a worry-free trip where everything is handled for us. That means no dishes, no laundry and no cooking. No sweat. Florida resorts to the rescue.
Adults want a night out and the wee kids need tending while the teens demand a place to dance to the hottest music? Check. The honeymooners want a relaxing couple’s massage? No problem.
He requests an early-morning tee time and she prefers late-afternoon tennis? Yes and yes.
And what about dinner reservations, a fishing guide or yoga classes? The concierge’s got it covered.
From north to south, east to west, Florida has some of the world’s best and most exclusive resorts. In fact, they are so comprehensive, with spas, golf and tennis courses, restaurants and shopping complexes, that some travelers never leave the grounds. Florida resorts can offer the perfect getaway for a variety of desires. That includes providing local guides for sightseeing excursions.
Sunset Beach Cottages, just seven minutes by launch from Key West, is one example of Florida’s unique accommodations. The azure waters lap luxuriously at the shore there, making home and work a distant memory. This is Florida at its laid-back best and the only finger you’ll have to lift is for ordering another umbrella drink. Looking for a place that requires cowboy boots? Check out the Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo in interior Polk County. Roughing makes way for “glamping” here.
If big and bold is more your style, you’ll find a multitude of Orlando resorts to consider. The Disney World and Universal Orlando complexes offer animal lodges, rock-n-roll shrines, Italian villas, Polynesian villages and Victorian splendor, all with Florida style. Away from the theme parks, visitors will find resorts in Florida in all price ranges from the upscale and familiar Ritz-Carlton and Waldorf Astoria names to mid-priced family resorts that offer a multitude of amenities, too.
The Panhandle beach resorts are also a study in versatility. The high-rises that dot the coastline have familiar names in places like Pensacola, Panama City Beach and Destin. Communities such as WaterColor, Rosemary Beach and Seaside are fine examples of new Florida destinations. There you will find accommodations like the WaterColor Resort, comprised of traditional hotel rooms and cottages. Can’t decide on the beach or the pool? No need, they’ve got both, with wooden walkways connecting them.
Farther south, along Florida’s west coast, resort-seekers will find historic hotels in St. Petersburg and luxury in Sarasota and Naples. At the 1920s-era Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg, visitors can sit on the wide veranda and marvel at the city’s glittering waterfront downtown that continues to grow and attract a hip crowd. At St. Pete Beach, visitors to the historic Loews Don CeSar Hotel enjoy fine dining and amazing sunsets from their perch at the “Pink Lady.”
Florida’s many resorts are easily all things to all people, even when they are traveling with their beloved pets because so many welcome furry-friends, too.