South Florida Retreats


There has always been a major crossover between the Hamptons and Florida, with residents retreating south when the season starts after Thanksgiving. Not only are you bound to run into neighbors, but the town of Palm Beach has a manicured beachy feel that is quite familiar. For those who don’t happen to have a home down south, there are some wonderful retreats. Here are our recommendations of where to stay from Miami to Palm Beach.


Swimmers have a choice of four oceanfront pools and there is a jewel box of a spa at this high-end retreat in Sunny Isles. Diners can opt for sushi at AQ, an Italian feast at the onsite outpost of Il Mulino, or a picnic on the picturesque lawn set up by a butler. Its 98 rooms are some of the most luxe in Florida, and if you stay at the three-bedroom oceanfront suite, a Rolls-Royce is thrown in for good measure.


Fitness aficionados will revel in the myriad classes and medically oriented treatments at this wellness oasis. Accommodations are sprawling apartments with full kitchens and magnificent views, while a Mediterranean restaurant, The Strand, offers healthy fare. Among the spa’s attractions is a thermal hydrotherapy circuit.

Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne

So peaceful, yet so close to the action, this resort on a barrier island in Miami feels private and isolated, but it’s just a 20-minute ride to South Beach. For those who prefer to stay put, there are six restaurants including the signature Lightkeepers, which focuses on the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. Seasonal is also the focus of the spa, so go soon and try a warm stone pumpkin cinnamon massage, scrub, and scalp treatment.

Boca Raton Resort

Once you arrive at this sprawling resort, you might never want to leave. There are 13 restaurants, and a spa modeled after the Alhambra Palace, which has a pool with piped-in music. There is almost every activity under the sun, and if that’s not good enough, the hotel has a full range of indoor fitness classes. Surf lovers can choose the beach side, the spa set may opt for the main resort, and for those who want to really indulge, the new Yacht Club has a concierge floor and extra services.

The Breakers

The grande dame of Palm Beach hotels, this palatial property has just undergone a renovation of the storied lobby. Every detail of the rooms is designed for ultimate comfort, and those in the Flagler Club have their own concierge. Work out in the gym, which faces the sea, and then indulge at the spa, or just take a therapeutic stroll on the lush grounds. Dining options range from the trendy HMF bar, to the recently updated seafood bar to a stunning steakhouse situated on the golf course.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

A magical spa with a scrub bar and picturesque outdoor garden is one of the main attractions at this top resort that has upped its ante with a concierge floor offering over-the-top personalized services. If you can get a lanai room, walking directly from your patio onto the beach makes you feel a bit like you actually own a seaside mansion.


Some of the cushiest romantic suites can be found at this very European style property, which serves a famous tea in the afternoons and houses the legendary Leopard Lounge. It has one of the most desirable locations, in the heart of town, and is walking distance to the beach.

Brazilian Court

Brazilian Court

A perfect boutique hotel, this chic spot is just a stroll from Palm Beach’s most popular spots. It houses one of the island’s most prized restaurants — Cafe Boulud — as well as its social bar area. There is also a Frederic Fekkai salon on property along with magnificently landscaped grounds and pool area.

Hutchinson Shores Resort And Spa

Hutchinson Shores Resort And Spa

If a beautifully appointed quiet spot on a pristine stretch of beach is your idea of a vacation, check out this two-year-old property north of Palm Beach. If you are motivated, fitness and yoga classes are held on the sand, there is a state-of-the-art fitness center, and one of the two pools is ideal for laps. The resort can also arrange fishing and sailing outings. End your day with a massage at the spa and dinner at Drift Kitchen & Bar, which serves up everything from pizza to day boat scallops.

The Colony

The Colony

Abdicated British king Edward VIII used a penthouse suite at this hotel just across from Worth Avenue as his winter residence, and new owners who took over last year have been updating the property. They started with the lobby, opening CPB, an upbeat contemporary American restaurant. Chefs grow produce right on property and there is live jazz Thursdays and Saturdays. The Colony is reviving the famous Upper East Side gathering spot Swifty’s, which closed in 2016. It will be a pop up at the hotel this season, and then who knows . . .

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