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Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach
- Best Spa: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
- Best Grand Dame: The Breakers Palm Beach
- Best Private Island: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
- Best for Adventure Lovers: Paradise by Sirene at JW Marriott Marco Island
- Best for Foodies: Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
- Best Beach: Henderson Park Inn
- Best Barefoot Luxury: Sunset Key Cottages
From Miami to the Keys to Amelia Island, Florida is a beautiful beach-filled playground for honeymooners. But how do you decide what hotel to choose? From romantic cottages and luxurious spa resorts to historic glamorous hotels, there are a wide range of romantic resorts across the Sunshine State. But whether you’re looking for pure relaxation, endless activity, or just a gorgeous beach to lie on, you’ll want to consider the type of resort, cost, and amenities that are important to you.
We’ve listed the hotels that top specific categories to make it easier for you to select the best accommodation for your honeymoon in Florida. Keep reading to discover our expert list of the best honeymoon resorts in and the Sunshine State.
Best Overall: Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach
Why We Chose It: A five-star beachfront resort with all the bells and whistles ensures a romantic honeymoon like no other.
- Attentive and welcoming staff
- Beachfront location with epic views
- Large and luxurious rooms and bathrooms
- Restaurants are expensive
- Outdoor areas can close for windy or bad weather
This Leading Hotels of the World and Forbes Five Star Resort is the ultimate in luxury. Located right on the beach in Miami’s Sunny Isles, just down the road from South Beach, Acqualina is known for its bright red umbrellas and loungers by the pool that can’t help but make a statement. Guests rave about the attentive and friendly staff who take care of your every need, pampering honeymooners with extras throughout their stay.
Plush oversized rooms and suites feature private balconies, stylish furnishings, marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs, and sweeping water views. Lovebirds can spend time in the adults-only pool (one of three) where attendants provide everything from sunscreen to drinks, on the pristine beach in cushy loungers, or in the 20,000 square-foot ESPA spa complete with spa pool, heated jet pool, and Roman waterfall on the outdoor terrace—book the Royal Spa Suite for the ultimate couples experience.
Dining options include beloved New York Italian spot Il Mulino, the new Japanese fusion restaurant Ke-uH, and the oceanfront Costa Grill, but couples should consider booking the private beachfront dinner for a truly memorable honeymoon experience. And if you want to capture your honeymoon forever, reserve the resident photographer for the vacation photo shoot of your dreams.
- Three pools including one that’s adults only
- Massive spa
- All rooms feature Jacuzzi soaking tubs and balconies
- Multiple dining options
Best Spa: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
Why We Chose It: After all that wedding planning, you need a spa-focused getaway with all the luxury touches.
- Home to a 42,000-square foot spa wonderland
- Stylish Jonathan Adler-designed rooms
- Small showers
- Beach is rocky and narrow
If sipping Champagne by a secret spa garden accompanied by the sounds of rushing waterfalls while dipping your feet in a warm pool sounds ideal, look no further than Eau Palm Beach. The spa here has everything from an enchanting wishing well to private garden villas with al fresco soaking tubs to saunas, steam rooms, and Jacuzzis. Pamper yourself and your honey with one of six couples packages, like the Champagne & Caviar couple journey, which includes those two delicacies along with massages, facials, mani/pedis, and soaking in the Garden Villa or the Turkish Rhassoul Mud Ritual.
Rooms celebrate Palm Beach’s colorful aesthetic and are designed by Jonathan Adler in blue and yellow tones. Best of all, all rooms have a balcony with a hanging chair to relax on. Splurge on a Club Room for access to a personal concierge, all-day food and beverages, yoga on the beach, and VIP check in and out.
If you somehow tire of the spa, there are multiple pools, tennis courts, a long menu of fitness classes, complimentary non-motorized water sports and bikes, and a long swath of beach to enjoy (although it can be rocky in some parts).
- Adults-only and regular pool
- Complimentary non-motorized water sports and bicycles for use
- Large fitness center with lots of classes (classes are not included)
- Tennis courts
- Massive spa
Best Grand Dame: The Breakers Palm Beach
Why We Chose It: This legacy resort will treat you like royalty.
- Gorgeous Italian Renaissance building from 1986
- Luxurious and large rooms
- Food is overpriced with extra charges
- High price tag
This iconic and historic Palm Beach resort is as good as it gets for old-school Floridian glamor. Couples can loll on the 5-acre beachfront or at the four pools and five whirlpools, golf on the world-famous championship courses, find serenity at the indoor/outdoor spa, indulge at the 10 different bars and restaurants, and shop at the more than a dozen onsite boutiques, including Lily Pulitzer and Polo Ralph Lauren stores. Guests can also choose to splurge on a private poolside bungalow, complete with a private bathroom, television, stocked refrigerator, and personal concierge.
The service and attention to detail are unparalleled here—you name it, this concierge can do it. Rooms are classic but with pops of color and luxurious touches and there’s a wide variety of suites. Opt for the “Flagler Club Level” for added perks like free breakfast and cocktail hour, use of a chauffeured house Tesla car, and access to a dedicated team of concierges to oversee every detail of your stay.
- Two championship golf courses
- Four pools and five whirlpools
- Deluxe spa
- 10 Har-Tru tennis courts
- 10 bars and restaurants
Best Private Island: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
Why We Chose It: A private island in the Keys is filled with luxury touches, and romance abounds at every turn.
- Surrounded by white sand beaches and clear blue water
- One of the few luxury private island resorts in the country
- Lavish bungalows
- Only one restaurant
- Nights end early, with the bar closing by 11 p.m.
If you’re dreaming of jetting off to a private island after your wedding, look no further than this Florida Keys private 4-acre island resort, accessible only by boat or seaplane. Rooms are beachy bungalows but with all the necessary conveniences and luxuries, staff attend to your every desire, and pristine beaches beckon in every direction. Activities include kayaking, fishing excursions, sailing, scuba diving, and more. After, unwind at the spa with a four-handed massage or CBD-infused treatment.
For ultimate romance, choose one of the property’s romantic turndown packages, which include touches like rose petals, flickering candles, chilled Champagne, and decadent chocolate truffles. Couples will also appreciate that guests must be 16 years or older and just 30 bungalows are on property, limiting the number of guests for even more privacy.
- Soaking tubs and indoor/outdoor showers
- Spacious private decks, some with copper tubs
- Deluxe spa
- Complimentary double kayaks
Best for Adventure Lovers: Paradise by Sirene at JW Marriott Marco Island
Why We Chose It: This action-filled oasis is ideal for the active couple looking for endless adventures.
- On one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida
- Adults-only tower with special parks
- The rest of the resort can be crowded and loud
- Only one adults-only dining option
If you’re the kind of couple that can’t sit still, this resort has a long list of water activities including a sailing and shelling excursion to one of the uninhabited 10,000 islands, waverunner rentals, parasailing, banana boating, a dolphin sightseeing cruise, paddle boarding, kayaking, and sailing, plus lessons if needed. On land, there are two championship 18-hole golf courses, various fitnesses classes like yoga and spin, bike rentals, and a guided tour of the Everglades. And of course, there are plenty of pools and beach to relax on, as well as a spa, whenever you’re ready.
Paradise by Sirene is an adults only resort-within-a-resort that gives couples more privacy and perks, plus a way to escape the crowded pools and beach that are part of the main resort. Guests have exclusive use of an adults-only rooftop pool, a private beach with attendants, adults-only restaurant Tesoro, and an adults-only fitness center. Other perks include a glass of Champagne at check-in, complimentary daily breakfast, a personal vacation planner, and an exclusive concierge. And, all of the rooms in the adults-only Lanai Tower face the Gulf and have clear glass balconies for unobstructed water views.
- Long list of water sports
- Adults-only rooftop pool
- Private adults-only beach
- Two golf courses
- Complimentary daily breakfast
Best for Foodies: Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Why We Chose It: This barrier island resort is known for its extraordinary culinary experiences against a beautiful waterfront backdrop.
- Recently renovated rooms
- Award-winning restaurants
- Attentive and friendly staff
- Pool and fitness center are on the small side
If food is an important part of your vacation, the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island delivers memorable culinary experiences. Make a reservation at the on-site AAA Five Diamond fine dining Salt, known for its use of 40 salts from across the globe and its salt sommelier.
To get an inside look behind the kitchen scene, book the Dine with the Chef experience. Other restaurants include seafood focused Coast (at breakfast be sure to nab one of their famous cinnamon buns), the brand new oceanfront Spanish-inspired Coquina, the Lobby Bar with excellent sushi and custom infused bourbon blends, the recently-opened First Drop espresso and coffee bar, and the upcoming Tidewater Grill featuring locally brewed beer. But for a truly memorable experience, book the Hook, Line and Supper experience to go fishing with the chef, whom you can then join in the kitchen to cook your catch. The four-course dinner with wine pairings that includes your catch comes with a bonus $250 spa credit.
Other great activities include golfing, an inland waterway kayak tour, cocktail making classes, bike tours, yoga and meditation, and spa treatments like Heaven in a Hammock and an Ocean healing bath at the spacious spa with its own pool. One of the best perks is a fleet of luxe Mercedes Benz that guests can take into town free of charge.
- Golf course
- Fitness classes
- Mercedes Benz for guest use
- Excellent spa with its own pool
Best Beach: Henderson Park Inn
Why We Chose It: Situated between a pristine stretch of Florida’s Emerald Coast and the gorgeous Henderson Beach State Park, this adults-only resort is a true oasis.
- Beachfront location overlooking a mile of undeveloped beach
- Excellent food
- Coastal-inspired rooms with ocean views
- No elevators
- Small bathrooms that are a bit dated
Even by Florida standards, the beach here is extraordinary. If you picture your honeymoon punctuated with swimming in clear blue water by a secluded stretch of powdery white sand, the Henderson Park Inn is for you. This cozy adults-only inn includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and a daily happy hour, and it is home to the Beach Walk Café, a beloved beachfront restaurant serving dinner (not included).
While many rooms have ocean views and balconies, for the most romantic experience, book the roomy Honeymoon Suite, which has a king bed, whirlpool tub, fireplace, and kitchenette. All guests are welcomed with a bottle of wine and grapes waiting in their room. Guests have access to sister resort The Henderson, for pool, fitness center, and spa use.
- Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and happy hour included
- Complimentary bikes
- Beach set-up service
Best Barefoot Luxury: Sunset Key Cottages
Why We Chose It: Cozy cottages are the ultimate in romantic barefoot luxury at this secluded island resort.
- Located on a 27-acre island
- Cottages with wraparound porches
- Some cottages are a bit musty
An oasis of tranquility situated on a 27-acre island just off Key West, Sunset Key Cottages consists of 40 cottages dotted among a tropical garden. Cozy cottages have beach-themed interiors and wraparound verandas with Adirondack chairs. Guests can have their kitchens stocked with groceries upon request, treats are delivered every afternoon, and a charming ice cream cart makes the rounds every day.
Mornings start with a hand-delivered breakfast basket and days are filled with relaxing on the white sand beach, by the zero-entry saltwater pool with a pina colada in hand, on hammocks around the property, or at the spa. For more active couples, tennis, deep sea fishing excursions, scuba diving, and parasailing is available. End your days at the tiki-torch lit award-winning Latitudes.
- Breakfast basket delivered daily
- Pool and two whirlpools
- Two tennis courts
We evaluated about two dozen different resorts in Florida before settling on the best for the chosen categories. We considered such elements like how long the resort has been in business, the resort’s reputation, its proximity to the beach and other attractions, its romance factor, and notable amenities (e.g., free/functional WiFi, pools, spas, etc.). We also took into account the property’s dining options and the types of experiences (meals, on-site activities, etc.) included in each property’s rate, along with numerous customer reviews.