When it comes to luxury, South Florida does it right. From exquisite décor to the breathtaking views, it is almost impossible to narrow down the best of the best lavish hotels along the sunny southern coastline. Nonetheless, a rich history or unparalleled modern convenience set these selections apart from the crowd. Whether you’re traveling from afar or just need a staycation from the everyday, these hotel destinations in South Florida will deliver an experience glistening with luxury.

The Breakers

1 S. County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 655-6611

If you are seeking a luxurious experience that’s rich with history, The Breakers in Palm Beach is your choice destination. Nestled on 140 acres of lavish greenery and sandy shoreline complete with crashing waves and a dazzling view of the moon, you are in paradise. The Breakers Hotel was built in 1896 by Henry Flagler as The Palm Beach Inn. Today, descendants of Flagler still own and operate the hotel. Play 18 holes on the first 18-hole golf course in Florida, relax in the turquoise waters of the Atlantic or bask at the beach club pool. Finish the evening at The Breakers’ newest establishment, HMF, an exquisite vintage dining and drinking experience.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33411
(305) 538-2000

If modern luxury is what you seek, then experience the best of the best in Miami. The Fontainebleau is an ideal combination of all that Miami has to offer. Relax the day away in the tranquility of North Beach or watch for celebrities by the sprawling blue pool. Test out the 40,000-square-foot spa that includes mineral-rich water therapies. In the evening, put on your party clothes and drink, dine and dance the night away at one of the many restaurants, bars and clubs inside the hotel or explore the South Beach scene just minutes away. This extravagant hotel offers all of the energy and excitement of South Beach, while maintaining enough distance from the party scene for an idyllic retreat.

The Boca Raton Resort & Club

Waldorf-Astoria Resort
501 E. Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
(561) 447-3000

Florida is an historical playground in the sun. The Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf-Astoria Resort, was designed by the legendary architect Addison Mizner – a pillar in Boca Raton’s rich history. The resort is located in the heart of Boca Raton, where you can stroll the brick-paved sidewalks to try delightful boutique restaurants or shop at specialty stores in the city’s esplanade. The hotel is specially designed to accommodate yacht owners and boat enthusiasts, as it is home to one of the most luxurious marinas on the South Florida coastline. Aside from watching a parade of boats, you can surf the breaks at the new Surf School by Billabong or, if indulging in a luxurious stay over the holiday season, you may also try your hand at ice skating on real pink ice. The Boca Raton resort is an optimal choice for families or anyone seeking a quiet break in South Florida.

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Mandarin Oriental, Brickell Key

500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 913-8288

The Mandarin Oriental at Brickell Key is settled on quiet Brickell Key, a premier location for indulging in some of the most opulent views that Miami has to offer. Experience the cosmopolitan flavor of downtown Miami and avoid the crazy scene at the Manadrin Oriental in Brickell. In addition to downtown ambiance, where you can drink in sumptuous comfort, the Mandarin offers a multi-level spa experience with magnificent treatments from experts in relaxation.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

455 Grand Bay Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
(305) 365-4500

The Ritz Carlton is located on a seven-mile-long barrier island – deemed one of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches in Miami. This luxury resort is just minutes from the hopping Miami scene, but you will feel miles away from the urban landscape as you take in the views and explore the soft sandy beaches and grand sunrises and sunsets. The hotel’s 1,200-foot golden beach is the only South Florida location to be named among Dr. Stephen Leatherman’s “America’s Best Beaches.” There is a little something for everyone in the peaceful escape of the Ritz-Carlton at Key Biscayne.

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Danielle Tworek is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.