Luxury Florida holidays offer an expansive spectrum of experiences to a hugely diverse audience. Stretching for 200 miles, the Florida Keys encompass islands, reefs, bays and sandy beaches. Key West, the southernmost city in the US, is steeped in seafaring tradition, with palm-lined streets and gingerbread mansions. On the mainland, spanning some 1.5 million acres of south Florida, the Everglades National Park provides a sanctuary for many endangered species. With eight miles of white sandy beach lapped by the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is renowned for its shopping, superb golf and has a reputation for sophisticated dining out.
With 12 miles of seductive Atlantic shoreline, more golf courses per capita than any country in the USA, and an average temperature of 78°C, wealthy Palm Beach is a city of lavish mansions, superb shopping and beachfront parks.
Miami is a melting pot of divergent nationalities, customs, cuisines and architectural styles and the party atmosphere and the miles of uncrowded beaches of Art Deco South Beach provide an immense draw.
Few places in Florida can match Orlando's vast playground for its ability to make dreams come true, but the fun doesn't stop as you exit the gates of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World or any number of other famous attractions.
Orlando has to be the place for families with so many attractions to keep the children occupied. The Ritz-Carltons of Naples, South Beach, Palm Beach and Orlando all have fully supervised Ritz-Kids clubs; Four Seasons Miami offers a Kids for all Seasons club; The Breakers, The Fairmont Turnberry Isle, Boca Raton Resort have Coconut Crew, K.A.T (Kids at Turnberry) and Camp Boca respectively.
An amazing choice of top quality courses throughout Florida. Palm Beach and Naples offer particularly challenging championship courses or alternatively, Orlando has some 47 courses.
Florida is one of the US's homes of tennis with a huge number of courts and a variety of surfaces. Boca Raton has 30 courts, The Breakers has 17, Turnberry Isle has 19 and the Disney hotels have 20 courts. Salt and freshwater fishing is hugely popular, water sports are abundant and horse riding is available in most areas.
Palm Beach: golden sand beaches, diving, snorkelling and general water sports.
Fabulous beaches, sport fishing and general water sports.
Florida Keys: diving, sport fishing and general water sports.
South Beach Miami: wonderful, wide beaches and general water sports.
Florida offers a plethora of twin-centre options within the one state, but those seeking travel further afield will not be disappointed as the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos are within easy flying distance.
Under ten hours from Britain and you can be on the warm shores of Florida (GMT -5 hours). It’s a great year-round destination and makes for a balmy escape if you’re in need of some sunshine during the winter months. The climate is generally very hot and humid in the summer, with thunderstorms relatively frequent, but they usually pass on quickly. Easter is a great blend of warm temperatures and sunny days.
Miami is a melting pot of divergent nationalities, customs, cuisines and architectural styles and the party atmosphere and the miles of uncrowded beaches of Art Deco South Beach provide an immense draw. The state itself offers a plethora of twin-centre options, with the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean within easy flying distance.
Few places is Florida can match Orlando’s vast playground for its ability to make dreams come true, but the fun doesn’t stop as you exit the gates of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World or any number of other famous attractions. Shopping at the wealth of malls makes for a great day away from the parks, as does simply enjoying the relaxation of your resort with a cocktail by the pool. Downtown Orlando is another spot to enjoy shopping and take a break from Disney, or if wildlife is more your family’s thing, head to BuschGardens in TampaBay - a great day out.
Situated on Miami Beach and Collins Avenue, The Setai, Miami Beach has Oceanfront Suites with up to three bedrooms; the ultimate in luxury, offering fabulous ocean views. Amidst tropical gardens are an exquisite restaurant, a cocktail bar, fitness centre and spa. Fronting the ocean, The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is one of Miami’s hippest hotels. Its restoration combines regional creative art deco and expansive rooms are designed in early Miami-style, all offering SouthBeach, ocean or pool views and decorated with a spectacular art collection. A wonderfully contemporary oceanfront hotel, the W South Beach also features modern accommodation with ocean views. Beach ambassadors ensure you have everything you need and when you’re not soaking up the sun, head for the Living Room and enjoy a cocktail whilst listening to the latest live DJ mixes. Soaring over the Atlantic Ocean on south Florida’s fabled coastline, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach has panoramic vistas of the shimmering ocean and the glittering skyline of Miami. Set on four and a half acres of stunning white sand Acqualina is in a prime position to enjoy the leisure activities and nightlife of Miami, SouthBeach and Fort Lauderdale.
A trip to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will have your entire family captivated by the magic of Disney, offering all the imagination of the famous brand, but with the added luxury of one of its flagship hotels. Amenities on tap include indulgent ways in which to relax after a long day spent enjoying the parks, including a full-service spa. The iconic Magic Kingdom is just across the lake from the resort, just one stop on the complimentary Monorail, and the shuttle service will take you to any of the Walt Disney World Resort’s other parks. When it comes to dining there is
plenty to tempt, from character-themed meals for little ones to the elegant surrounds of Victoria & Albert’s. Outside and children will love playing in the pools and on the waterslide in the warm Florida sunshine with the Pirate Adventure Cruise a must for those aged 4-12.