- The Setai (South Beach; tel. 305/520-6000): There is no hotel like this anywhere else in Florida. Rough economy or not, this hotel breaks the bank and takes luxury to a new level, with its imported, not imitated, Asian decor and staff, outstanding Pan-Asian cuisine, and celebrity clientele. Who else can afford these prices?
- The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne (Key Biscayne; tel. 800/241-3333 or 305/365-4500): In addition to superior services and amenities, this British colonial-style version of the Ritz rises above its casual Key Biscayne surroundings, with a stellar view of the Atlantic Ocean, not to mention an equally impressive 20,000-square-foot spa.
- Mandarin Oriental, Miami (Brickell Key, Miami; tel. 305/913-8383): The swank and stunning Mandarin Oriental features a waterfront location, residential-style rooms, superb service, a spa frequented by J-Lo, and several upscale dining and bar facilities.
- W South Beach (South Beach; tel. 305/938-3000): The W South Beach is considered the brand's signature showpiece and for good reason. All 312 rooms in this visually arresting, Bali meets Miami Beach resort boast ocean views and all the trappings of modern hipster society. The hotel's bar and restaurant scene are among the city's hottest, thanks to celebrity clientele who flock to Mr Chow and Wall nightclub.
- The Atlantic Hotel (Fort Lauderdale; tel. 800/325-3589 or 954/567-8020): Set on a golden-sand beach, the Mediterranean-style Atlantic brings a fresh sense of modern luxury to Fort Lauderdale, not to mention a fabulous chef hailing from NYC's Tribeca Grill.
- The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale; tel. 800/542-8680 or 954/465-2300): Unparalleled luxury hits Fort Lauderdale beach in the form of this swanky Ritz-Carlton. Formerly and briefly the St. Regis, the Ritz offers everything from beach to butlers.
- The Breakers Palm Beach (Palm Beach; tel. 800/833-3141 or 561/655-6611): This stately, historic hotel epitomizes la dolce vita, Palm Beach-style, with an elegant lobby, impeccable service, expansive manicured lawns, and a scenic golf course, the state's oldest.
- Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach (Palm Beach; tel. 800/432-2335 or 561/582-2800): Exquisite is often used to describe this posher-than-posh hotel. Luxurious, but hardly stuffy, the Four Seasons was the stay of choice for the quintessential aging rockers of Aerosmith, who took great advantage of post-concert pampering.
- The Ritz-Carlton, Naples (Naples; tel. 888/856-4372 or 239/598-3300): This opulent Mediterranean-style hotel at Vanderbilt Beach is a favorite of affluent types who like standard Ritz amenities such as marble floors, antique art, Oriental rugs, Waterford chandeliers, and British-style high tea. Guests relax in rockers on the verandas or unwind by the heated pool set in a landscaped terrace.
- Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Lake Buena Vista; tel. 407/934-7639): This Victorian-style inn has a grand five-story lobby topped by a Tiffany-style glass dome. The glass-enclosed brass cage elevator and Chinese Chippendale aviary are examples of the refined style that runs throughout the entire resort. An orchestra plays big-band music every evening near Victoria & Albert's, the resort's five-star restaurant, and afternoon tea is a daily event.
- Omni Amelia Island Plantation (Amelia Island; tel. 800/834-4900 or 904/261-6161): Set amid magnolias, oak trees, and the Atlantic Ocean, this gracious resort is straight out of the Deep South. It's more rustic than the nearby Ritz, but it has excellent hiking and biking paths, tennis, swimming, horseback riding, and boating. Golfers can enjoy exclusive use of two of Florida's top courses.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.