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Pool, Spa and Restaurant Picks

written by | Posted on January 28th, 2014


LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

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

Nickelodeon Suites Resort

Nickelodeon Suites Resort

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.

Little Palm Island

Little Palm Island

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.

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