The Ritz-Carlton Naples
Staying at the Ritz-Carlton Naples is like checking into two Ritz-Carltons at once. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, a separate hotel with two championship golf courses, is three miles away, and a shuttle operates between the two hotels. The shuttle runs from early morning to late evening and guests of the Ritz-Carlton Naples are welcome to enjoy the amenities of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, and vice-versa. Of the two, the Ritz-Carlton Naples may offer the most romantic setting because of its three miles of beachfront along the Gulf of Mexico. It has six restaurants, including a steakhouse offering aged prime meats, an extensive wine list and nightly piano entertainment. There are 450 rooms, including 35 suites. The 51,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa has 30 treatment rooms and a fitness center with extensive cardio equipment, strength-training equipment, free weights and three plasma TVs. The hotel extends the beach theme with a Nature's Wonders center featuring 11 aquariums, including two touch tanks where guests can hold live turtles and starfish. Also on display are lobsters, jellyfish, baby alligators, sharks and an octopus. There are also nature walks and boat rides through the mangroves.
The Ritz-Carlton Naples 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd Naples, FL 34108 239-598-3300 ritzcarlton.com
Fisher Island Club
The Fisher Island Hotel and Resort is one of the most secluded hotels in South Florida. It is within the private residential community of Fisher Island and the entire community is accessible only by auto-ferry, boat or helicopter. The entire island occupies just 216 acres, and visitors taking the ferry have to be on an official guest list. The hotel--and the entire island--clearly caters to the well-heeled with an ultra-private ocean-side beach club and cozy restaurants, deep water marinas, one mile of uncluttered beach, an oceanfront golf course, a tennis center with clay, grass and hard courts, and a spa. The island is 15 minutes east of Miami International Airport. Ferries operate 24 hours a day, offering plenty of opportunities to party in South Beach, just five minutes away by ferry. The feeling of seclusion is enhanced by breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Miami skyline. Guest rooms, predictably, are expensive. In 2010 room rates began at $400 a night, and rooms offering a view of the ocean started at $1,400. There are just 60 rooms, further adding to its intimate feel.
Fisher Island Club One Fisher Island Drive Fisher Island, FL 33109 305-535-6000 fisherislandclub.com
The Setai, on South Beach, was originally built in 1936 as the Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel. It is marketed as a serene oceanfront hotel, but it is also considered hip and trendy because of its location in an era influenced by Art Deco culture. The Setai is located at the north end of Miami's historic Art Deco District. According to the hotel's web site, The Setai is in the immediate area of about 800 preserved period-buildings that offer a view of Miami's interpretation of the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s. Lincoln Road, which has a wealth of shops, cafes and restaurants, is within easy walking distance, as are a variety of restaurants. Many South Beach nightlife and entertainment venues are within a 15-minute ride, and the hotel's concierge can make reservations and arrange transportation. Rooms have Irish linens, flat-screen televisions and bathrooms with luxury shower heads and Laura Tonatto bath products. Bathrobes and slippers are provided in each room.
The Setai 2001 Collins Avenue Miami, FL 33139 305-520-6000 setai.com