With COVID-19 creating havoc with travel plans, many are viewing road trips as a safer alternative to getting away from it all. As you know, Pam and I love a ROAD TRIP, and a trip around the Sunshine State may be just the ticket. If you are, too, here are some Florida hotel deals you should check out.
The Brazilian Court Hotel – Palm Beach, FL
Resort Open for Business; Starting Rate: $189/night
Tucked away on Palm Beach Island, The Brazilian Court Hotel features just 80 rooms and provides guests with a private enclave that’s ideally structured for social distancing. With no central lobby or elevators, multiple entrances and discreet exits, and an intimate boutique setting, plus contactless housekeeping and express checkout services, the property accounts for limited to no interaction with others. Order-in room service from chef Daniel Boulud's coveted Café Boulud, or dine outside on the terrace (at tables spaced out 6 ft of course). For more information, please visit www.thebraziliancourt.com.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort — Fort Lauderdale, FL
Resort Reopened: May 28, 2020; Starting Rates: $399-$899/night
As one of the only true beachfront, boutique resorts on Fort Lauderdale beach, Pelican Grand Beach Resort is a quaint, laid-back luxe retreat set amongst the soothing sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean — ideal for those looking to social distance in style. From private balconies offering an escape and toes-in-the-sand dining surrounded by fresh air to picturesque views at OCEAN2000 Restaurant & Lounge and secluded exercise and exploration with on-site paddle boarding, the opportunities for adventure are unlimited. For more information, please visit www.pelicanbeach.com.
YVE Hotel Miami — Miami, FL
Resort Open for Business; Starting Rate: $89/night
Streamsong Resort — Bowling Green, FL
Resort Open for Business; Starting Rates: $169-$189/night
Nestled amid 16,000 acres of breathtaking naturescapes and seclusion, Streamsong Resort presents an unexpected luxury escape in an inspired setting. A unique topography of sand, lakes, and dunes has yielded 54 holes of highly-acclaimed, links-style golf — equipped with increased sanitation and hygiene practices, including a Curbside Clubhouse. The resort invites golfers to enjoy space and fresh air on the two-acre Gauntlet putting course and free-flowing 7-hole Roundabout practice area. Welcoming guests back on May 15, the ultra-modern Lodge also features a lakeside infinity pool and floating green, and will be serving socially-distanced meals at two of the resort’s five restaurants. For more information, visit www.streamsongresort.com.
Westgate Cocoa Beach — Cocoa Beach, FL
Resort Open for Business; Starting Rate: $225/night
Minutes away from the Kennedy Space Center, Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort offers an intimate, oceanfront retreat to bask in the sun. Guests can enjoy beachside concierge service and one-on-one surf lessons on its private beach, and take comfort in the boutique-style hotel’s spacious layout, no elevators on-property and full kitchens in each and every room. The world-famous Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is just a few steps away, stretching 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, providing a gorgeous view and taking socially-distant dining on the water to a whole new level. For more information, please visit www.westgatecocoabeach.com and www.westgatecares.com.
Westgate River Ranch — Lake Wales, FL
Resort Open for Business; Starting Rate: $132/night
There is no better place to socially distance than River Ranch - a luxury Glamping resort along the Kissimmee River where the stars shine fiercely every night. The 1,700 acre, elevator-less resort offers glamping tents and luxe teepees, including a personal concierge to cater to your every whim. River Ranch offers a myriad of fun, open-air activities, including: horseback riding through scenic trails, airboat rides and pontoon boat rentals, fishing along the beautiful Kissimmee River, archery, and zip-lining amongst other adventurous activities. For more information, please visit www.westgateriverranch.com and www.westgatecares.com.
Bungalows Key Largo — Key Largo, FL
Resort Reopening: June 17, 2020; Starting Rate: $785/night
Ocean Key Resort & Spa -- Key West, FL
Resort Reopened: June 1, 2020; Starting Rates: $399-$899/night
Nestled along the water's edge with warm breezes and breathtaking views, Ocean Key Resort & Spa is a luxurious, intimate property with just 100 rooms, capturing the essence and energy of Key West, while delivering a charming escape - at a distance. Beyond the sun and sand, Ocean Key offers a taste of island living complete with spacious outdoor dining at the vibrant Sunset Pier and 'conch-fusion' flavor with fresh local seafood at Hot Tin Roof. For more information, please visit www.oceankey.com.
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