A sprinkling of new restaurants around Florida
(your clients won’t want to miss)
● Kojin Noodle Bar in Key West—Asian
● Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh Hotel—Modern American
● Michael Mina 74 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach—American Bistro
● Lure Fishbar at Loews Miami Beach—Creative seafood dishes
● Bread + Butter in Coral Gables—Latin with a twist
● Khong River House in Miami—Thai/Burmese
● The District Miami—Contemporary Pan-American
● Osteria Tulia in Naples—Italian
● Black Sheep in Jacksonville—Modern American
● Siro in Orlando—Italian
● The COOP in Winter Park—Classic Southern dishes
● Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort—Steakhouse
● HMF at the Breakers in Palm Beach—Modern American
● Louie’s Modern in Sarasota—Modern American
● Meze in St. Petersburg—Vegetarian
● Alchemy Spirits & Concoctions in Tallahassee—Speakeasy
● Anise in Tampa—Gastrolounge
Resort pools we can’t live without
● Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys—It offers five pools, including the iconic saltwater lagoon.
● The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables—This is where Johnny Weissmuller, of “Tarzan” fame, was once a swimming instructor and where he broke world records in the sport.
● The James Royal Palm in South Beach—They have a “sun concierge” who is there to take care of guests’ every wish.
● The Setai in South Beach—The hotel’s iconic trio of temperature-controlled infinity pools have been newly beautified.
● Orlando World Center Marriott—There’s a slide tower with two 200-ft. waterslides and one 90-ft. speed slide, and a dedicated kids’ splash park.
● Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando—Guests can access a 4-story water tower with a 400-gallon water dump tank that flows through seven slides and flumes.
● Reunion Resort in Orlando—The resort’s waterpark offers up a recently renovated kiddie feature area, as well as a lazy river that is pure bliss and a zero-entry pool…oh, and there are 10 additional community pools sprinkled throughout the rest of this sprawling resort.
● Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando—The centerpiece here is the 12,000-sq.-ft. pool with its own sand beach, hot tubs, sand volleyball court, interactive fountains and children’s play area, as well as a 260-ft. slide.
● The Cove in Ormond Beach—It offers a zero-entry pool, a twisting water slide and mini lazy river with tubes, as well as an indoor pool.
● CoCo Key Hotel and Water Park—Here, guests will find a 54,000-sq.-ft., canopy-covered and outdoor water park that features three water slides, three pools, and an outdoor children’s interactive play island with giant tipping bucket.
Resort spas that make us swoon
● Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys—Here, guests can indulge in a Margarita Lime Key Pedicure; a Balinese Massage, or treatments that use herbs and minerals that are indigenous to South Florida.
● Mandarin Oriental Miami—When they enter the spa, guests step into an Asian-inspired world where ancient healing traditions from Chinese, Balinese and Thai cultures inspire the treatments.
● Canyon Ranch, Miami Beach—Spa lovers will feel like a kid in a candy store at the resort’s 70,000-sq.-ft. Wellness Spa.
● The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne—Recently renovated, this 21-treatment spa is the spa to go to for travelers who want to pick and choose from 60 ocean-inspired therapies, which can be taken at the oceanfront gazebo.
● LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples—The resort offers an intimate spa experience—it’s only 4,500 sq. ft.—but if your clients want to dip their bodies into a Japanese relaxation tub, this is the place to do it.
● The Waldorf Astoria Naples—Here, there are 12 spacious treatment rooms, including a Spa Villa with a soaking tub, whirlpool bath, sundeck and patio, and a floating hair and nail spa.
● The Breakers, Palm Beach—Well, it’s Palm Beach so you know it’s pampering all the way, but one of the best amenities here is The Spa Petite, featuring a selection of spa experiences designed specifically for ages 6 to 12.
● Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort in Tampa—At this new, 18,000-sq.-ft. spa, relaxation has no boundaries—there’s a relaxation courtyard and treatment terraces draped in lush greenery, as well as a meditation labyrinth.
● The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island—Hammock and oceanside massages as well as relaxation lounges set the blissful tone at this northwest Florida spa haven.
● Ponte Vedra Inn & Club—This is the area’s largest spa facility at 30,000 sq. ft. and with more than 100 treatments to choose from.