Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Address: 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami
The allure: If views of downtown Miami from Brickell Key aren’t enough to lure customers to the Mandarin, the resort has plenty more to keep travelers entertained. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is destination relaxation at its finest, featuring six spa suites with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Biscayne Bay; outdoor yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and belly dancing classes; and more than 50 different treatments, including holistic skin care, scrubs, body wraps, massages, half-day experiences, and more. Award-winning chef Gaston Acurio puts a modern spin on Peruvian cuisine at La Mar. MO Bar & Lounge features cocktails, sushi, and live entertainment on the weekend. Sun worshippers congregate at the infinity-edge pool area, and fitness buffs make use of the 1.3-mile jogging trail.
Isn’t that special: The resort’s One More Night special provides a complementary third evening for customers who book three consecutive nights. There also are Florida resident and Staycation by M.O. packages being offered.
Contact: 305.913.8288; mandarinoriental.com/Miami/Brickell-key/luxury-hotel
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Address: 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
The allure: The all-suite, residential-style property overlooking Fort Lauderdale Beach features spacious oceanfront rooms, including two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and wraparound balconies; a 3,005-square-foot penthouse suite with two master bedrooms; and a two-story, three-bedroom presidential suite that spans 3,629 square feet. The resort features a full-service spa, a see-and-be-seen sixth-floor pool area with views of the Atlantic Ocean, and stellar restaurants—led by the innovative New American cuisine presented by Jorlian Rivera and her kitchen creatives at S3 (Sun, Surf & Sand).
Isn’t that special: Looking to experience the resort life without having to spend the night at the property? Hilton is giving locals such an opportunity through a summer membership to its exclusive Q Club. Individuals and families will have access to resort amenities—the popular oceanfront pool and cabanas, use of the fitness center, free fitness classes, and use of the La La Land kids club). Members also receive 20 percent off accommodations, Spa Q treatments, and dining at S3 and Casablanca Café.
Contact: 954.414.2222; hilton.com/en/hotels/fllfshh-hilton-fort-lauderdale-beach-resort