A visit to the Sunshine State should be on every traveler’s bucket list! While spending all day at a famous theme park or a pristine beach is fabulous, there’s so much more to enjoy in Florida. For those who like the finer things in life, living in the lap of luxury in Florida is easy to do thanks to a countless number of resorts, restaurants, spas, and more. Still not convinced? Here are 4 reasons why Florida is a luxury travel destination:

#1 WORLD-CLASS RESORTS

You’ll absolutely be spoiled for choice when it comes to luxurious hotels across the state of Florida. If you desire the best of the best, look no further than the properties which were awarded both the Five Diamond rating by AAA and The Five Star rating by Forbes Travel Guide! Among those are two resorts located in beautiful Palm Beach: The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa and Four Season Resort Palm Beach. Both are right on the waterfront and offer fine dining, spas, and an array of outdoor activities so you can get the most out of your time in the sunshine.

If you’re more of a city goer, I’d highly recommend the Mandarin Oriental in Miami. You’ll find this exquisite property just steps away from the downtown area, on an exclusive island called Bricknell Key. You get the best of both worlds here with picturesque water and city views. Another fantastic option is the Ritz-Carlton in Naples. This luxurious resort is a showstopper with 450 guest rooms, a world-class spa, two heated outdoor pools, seven dining options, and access to a Greg Norman-designed golf club. Can you say paradise?!

#2 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Florida offers a wide variety of spas and wellness centers. There are few experiences more indulgent than a relaxing and rejuvenating visit to a spa. Just in South Florida alone, there are an abundance of resorts that offers the promise of relaxation at their in-house spas. All of them feature calming atmospheres, expert masseuses, and lavish surroundings. I’d highly recommend The Heavenly Spa by Westin in Fort Lauderdale, or The Spa at Fontainebleau in South Beach.

Every hotel I mentioned above also has a world-class spa for guests, locals, and travelers to enjoy. No matter what Florida coast you’re on, a luxury spa treatment is just a stone’s throw away!

#3 HIGH-END SHOPPING

It’s easy to have an amazing Florida shopping experience once you discover their great shopping districts, malls, outlets, and boutiques.

Bal Harbour Shops in Miami is a luxury shopper’s dream. This indoor-outdoor mall is one of the ritziest shopping spots in Florida, and you might see a a celebrity or two walking around the glamorous stores. This place is packed with major designers such as Chanel, Michael Kors, Fendi and more. If you prefer boutiques, then I’d recommend heading to Key West. Duval Street is where you can shop like a local and visit charming stores such as The Green Pineapple or Commotion.

#4 FINE DINING

From dining events and food tours to craft beer and burgers, Florida serves up the best in food and dining. It would be a shame to visit Florida and not sample all of the fantastic fresh seafood! A favorite of mine is the new Point Royal Restaurant in Hollywood. Everything from the decor to the food is top-notch. Their seafood tower selections offer everything from East and West coast oysters, poached prawns, and cold-poached lobster, to Alaskan king crab legs, and stone crab claws. Impressive, fresh, and delicious.

If you’re a foodie, Tampa is definitely where you want to go. This city has a reputation for great food and there are two historically important restaurants you can’t miss! Bern’s Steakhouse has one of the largest wine collections in the world and an international famous dessert room. There’s also Columbia Restaurant which has been owned and operated by 5 generations over 110 years, making it Florida’s oldest restaurant. It originally opened as a small Cuban cafe in 1905 and now offers award-winning Spanish cuisine and Flamenco shows.

If a luxurious travel destination is what you desire, Florida is the place for you. Happy travels!

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