By:Beth Landman

 

Florida is never more beautiful than in the spring, and hotel rates start to come down, so now is the perfect time to head south. Below, a few spots to check out:

pool at Marriott Singer Island

St. Regis, Miami
Situated directly across from the upscale Bal Harbour shopping center, this chic hotel has some of the most magnificent suites around, complete with oceanfront balconies, state of the art kitchens and TV screens that are personalized with guests names.  A separate adult pool provides tranquility for swimmers, while cabanas offer the ultimate in privacy. Apart from the superlative JG Grill, there is a sushi lounge and new burger bar. stregisbalharbour.com

 

Acqualina
An outpost of the legendary Il Mulino restaurant and luxuriously appointed suites, many of which have offices and balconies, are big lures at this high-end resort.  The oceanfront has a more casual dining area as well as 5 separate pools, and the spa has installed new Himalayan salt walls, said to benefit the respiratory system. acqualinaresort.com

 

Ritz Carlton, Ft. Lauderdale
A newly modernized spa and a beachfront restaurant, Burlock Coast, complete with its own marketplace, have made this destination worth returning to.  All accommodations have water views, and lanai rooms open right on to the pool deck. Ritzcarlton.com/fortlauderdale

 

New room at Edgewater

 

Marriott, Delray
How many hotels are within a walk of countless shops and restaurants, while still being steps from the ocean? Upscale villas with their own private pool have been recently added, and the hotel’s concierge, Patricia Ozburn, is a wealth of knowledge about Delray. Delraybeachmarriott.com

 

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa
You will want to move into the suites here, which have sweeping views of the ocean and Intracoastal as well as kitchens and washer/dryers. Head to the well-appointed spa for a hydra facial, which cleans every pore with high-powered vitamin-infused water. palmbeachmarriottresort.com

 

Burlock Coast - Bar

 

Opal Sands, Clearwater
Local art decorates this spectacular new spot, where every room has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water, and the zero entry pool looks like it’s spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. Among the hotel’s four restaurants is Sea-Guini, which has a brick oven. opalsands.com

 

Edgewater, Naples
You might not want to leave this newly renovated all-suite retreat, which has a perfect pool, beautiful beach and one of the best hotel restaurants around (Coast), but the nearby town of Naples is worth venturing to. Edgewater will even provide bikes to get you there. edgewaternaples.com

 

pizza oven at Cafe La Buca

 

Waterstone, Boca Raton
This spot always had a wonderful location on the Intracoastal, but the hotel was a bit tired until Waterstone came along and updated the entire property. Now rooms are deco-inspired and the restaurant has seating right on the marina. waterstoneboca.com

 

Cheese at City Cellar in West Palm Beach

 

Café La Buca
When you stumble on this small unassuming spot in a Pompano strip mall, you may have no idea of the level of authentic Neapolitan cuisine being prepared by a mother and son, including some of the best homemade pasta and veal dishes around. 954.786.0673

 

 

Domus 39
The newest entry onto Boca’s scene of chic Italian eateries has an outdoor café in Royal Palm Plaza that’s great for people watching. You can’t go wrong with fish, chops or the best charred Brussels sprouts around. Domus39.com

 

Deli on Rye photo

 

Deli on Rye
After all the fish and stone crabs, you might just be craving comfort food, and there is no better place for slow cooked brisket, fresh roasted turkey, stuffed cabbage or chicken soup than this NY style deli which has been around for decades. For those who want a lighter option, there are healthy choices like grilled veggies with salmon and balsamic vinegar. delionrye.net

 

City Fishmarket
A selection of super fresh fish on ice greets diners at the entrance of this popular spot that sits on a lake. Have them prepare it simply charred, broiled or blackened; or choose one of the house specialties like swordfish au poivre style, or “Hong Kong Combo” Chilean Sea Bass and Scottish Salmon. buckheadrestaurants.com/city-fish-market

 

Services:

Alicia Hunter
One of Florida’s foremost beauty and lash experts, Hunter has an array of celebrity and model clients. aliciahunter.com

 

David Lett’s combination of stretching, Thai massage and deep tissue work will leave you stress free and floating on air. 561.809.3986

 

Lifetime Athletic Club, Boca Raton One of the most luxurious fitness clubs in South Florida has the amenities of a resort, including beautiful indoor and outdoor heated pools, classes, and tennis courts. When you are done working out, there is a spa, along with a healthy cafe and bar. lifetimefitness.com

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