By Beth Landman
Pompano Beach Resort and Spa
Close enough to the action of Ft. Lauderdale, but far enough to be a bit more isolated and tranquil, the affordable resort that opened this year has patios overlooking the sea, and a spa where conch shells are used for deep massage. The upbeat seafood restaurant, McCoy’s, sits on a private beach.
1200 North Ocean Blvd.
Stylish and spacious new duplex villas opened this year, complete with private pool, concierge and breakfast delivered to your room in the morning. The villas adjoin the spa and gym, and the hotel has two wonderful dining spots–high-end seafood focused 150 Ocean with a bird’s eye view of the water, and a wonderful pub influenced lobby restaurant. Outside on Atlantic Avenue, there is a world of action. 10 N Ocean Blvd.
Jupiter Beach Resort
Just north of Palm Beach, Jupiter has some of the most spectacular oceanfront in Florida, and the resort has 1,000 square feet of private beach. Beautifully appointed rooms offer sweeping views, and family activities include basketball and tennis. For slower paced leisure, stroll or bike to the Jupiter lighthouse just two miles away, or hit the spa for a signature massage or facial.
5N Highway A1A
Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne
You feel like a bit like you are on a private island at this retreat just over 20 minutes from South Beach. Try a sunrise swim class or if you are lucky enough to visit around the full moon, a special evening spin class when the beach is naturally illuminated. Relax in the evening at one of the hotel’s four restaurants, which include an upbeat Mexican spot and a seafood focused Italian, both with al fresco seating.
455 Grand Bay Drive