Photo courtesy of the Deer Creek Golf ClubNo membership is needed to play a round at Deer Creek Golf Club, so come and see what makes it one of the best golf courses in South Florida. The exceptional course conditions, challenging obstacles and top-notch amenities will make you feel like you earned an invite to an exclusive, private club. After completing a round, retire to the clubhouse for a refreshing drink and a wonderful dining experience. What's SUP Paddleboarding. Quiet Waters Park, which makes it an ideal location to spend a Saturday. Mountain bikers have access to 7.1 miles of trail, all of which has been fully renovated and offers challenges for beginners and experts alike. You can also enjoy fishing, swimming, lounging and even camping. Make sure to rent a site in advance, and arrive early enough to watch the sun set over your campfire.
Photo courtesy of Oceans 234The city's namesake is an oceanside paradise and one of South Florida's most treasured gems. Deerfield Beach earned the Blue Wave designation from the Clean Beach Council based on its excellent water quality, beach cleanliness, safety services and habitat conservation policies. We wish it could be beach day every day!
Photo Courtesy of Deerfield Beach CafeThis cozy, modern cafe is conveniently located right near the pier on Deerfield Beach, and is the perfect place to grab a quick bite before hitting the sand. Grab a fresh pastry to go, or sit on the oceanfront terrace to enjoy a leisurely meal. The menu features classic breakfast and lunch specials, including omelettes, waffles, salads and sandwiches.
Photos courtesy of the Spa AtlanticThe Spa Atlantic is consistently ranked among the top spas in Southeast Florida for its natural products, beautiful views and serene atmosphere. The sea-and-citrus-inspired spa typically incorporates elements from the surrounding beach environment into its treatments, which is especially apparent in the ocean immersion treatment, an all-encompassing marine-infused experience. First, the body is scrubbed with freeze-dried seawater crystals and algae-derived alpha hydroxy acid to prep and invigorate the skin, and then the massage is performed with a combination of mineral-rich seawater and seaside plant oils. The result is complete balance and reinvigoration.
Photo courtesy of the St. Somewhere Spa at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach ResortLocated in the Margaritaville Resort, the St. Somewhere Spa is an inspiring oceanfront getaway. Resort guests and visitors alike will enjoy a variety of exquisite massage treatments, wraps, facials and more, all in a little slice of paradise inspired by the colorful and serene South Florida landscape. Quench your thirst and satisfy your skin at the same time with the Last Shaker of Salt Scrub. Sip a complimentary margarita while experiencing a full-body scrub, which removes dry skin and improves circulation, leaving you feeling smooth and energized.
Photo courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boca ResortThe Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boca Resort was named the number one resort spa in the world by Condé Nast Traveler in 2014, which is no surprise. The 50,000-square foot spa is an ethereal getaway modeled after the historic Alhambra in Granada, Spain — and the treatments are no less impressive. The rose quartz Ayurvedic facial, for instance, incorporates rose quartz to reduce muscle tension and stimulate the lymphatic system, while rose water hydrates and rejuvenates the skin. Before your treatment, be sure to take advantage of the spa's signature ritual bath, a 50-minute mineral soak complete with a waterfall shower, sauna, whirlpool and steam room.
Photo courtesy of the Maui SpaThis exquisite, tri-level sanctuary is a favorite among South Florida residents, most likely because it makes them feel like they have stepped onto the Hawaiian islands. Indeed, the spa is the brainchild of Gayle Wentworth, who lived in Maui for 10 years before opening her business in 2007, bringing that aloha spirit to Florida! From massages to wraps, all of the spa's services are wholesome and invigorating, and all based in Polynesian tradition. Take for instance the Huna Treatment, which begins with a gentle warm oil treatment on the "third eye" to quiet the mind and restore inner calm. Then enjoy a scalp and deep-tissue massage (Lomi Lomi) designed to heal the body and reduce stress. It is one of the most popular treatments for a reason!
Photo courtesy of The Breakers Resort Palm BeachThis Mediterranean-inspired spa sits in one of Southeast Florida's most recognized landmarks. The Breakers was built in 1896 by Florida railway tycoon Henry Flagler, and offers a luxe getaway for travelers and locals alike. Slip into your robe and soak in the atmosphere of the spa, an oceanfront, indoor/outdoor paradise with fountains and lush surroundings. Sip infused water or tea while you wait for your therapist to escort you to your chosen treatment — our choice is the quartz massage, which incorporates a bed of warm alpha-quartz sand into the experience. The technique envelops the body, releases tension in the muscles and provides hypnotic relaxation.
Photo courtesy of the Eau SpaThe Eau Spa is the self-proclaimed magical spa playground of Palm Beach, featuring upbeat music, wishing wells, champagne, cupcakes and a water garden for blissful relaxation. Choose from a menu of quirky yet luxe treatments, which range from the water-based mermaid treatment to the the luxe royal recovery. Our pick is the champagne shimmer body luster, a decadent body scrub that polishes the skin with glittering warm champagne oil. Drink in the relaxing vibes! After your treatment, be sure to create your own exfoliating potion at the Scrub & Polish Bar, which is filled with herbal, sea salt, oil and floral elements to incorporate into your perfect, personalized elixir.
Photo courtesy of CobaltThe name "Cobalt" is not just a coincidence — rather, the restaurant is named for the picturesque views of the deep blue water that can be enjoyed from every table. Just steps from the sand, Cobalt serves up inventive meals created with fresh, local ingredients alongside craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. Enjoy your meal al fresco by the light of a flickering fire pit for a truly romantic evening. 3103 Cardinal Drive The Tides has graced the Vero Beach coastline since 2000, and still manages to thrill diners with its fresh seafood and multicultural influences. The menu is filled with elegant choices, including a catch of the day prepped to perfection, veal scallopini, cedar planked salmon and more. Accompany the entrée of your choice with a selection from the wine list, which has received the Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator for 17 consecutive years. 1603 South Ocean Drive
Photo courtesy of Maison Martinique RestaurantThe elegant dining room at Maison Martinique Restaurant is enough to make us swoon with its hanging lights, colorful walls and romantic ambience. Settle down at a table by the window (or opt to dine on the patio), and enjoy a three-course meal created with fresh seafood and local ingredients. Afterward, head upstairs to the Havana Nights piano bar for an after-dinner cocktail and live music. 1050 Sexton Plaza The Ocean Grill is best known for its coveted spot on the beach and the accompanying 360-degree views. The view alone makes Ocean Grill a favorite for locals and tourists alike, but the food takes the experience to a whole new level. Expect to find your favorite seafood entrées and appetizers fried, grilled or steamed to perfection. 2045 13th Avenue This culinary gem opened in October 2011 under ownership of Chef Bireley, a Vero Beach native and an expert in the kitchen. The menu represents a variety of flavors from around the world — all influenced by Bireley's travels — but the food is created with ingredients sourced locally to support nearby farms and fishermen. If the quality of the cuisine is not enough to draw you in, perhaps the ambience, complete with lush outdoor gardens and an airy dining room, will do the trick. 4885 Highway A1A Wine enthusiasts will find solace at Vinz Wining & Dining, where the carefully curated wine list is the main event. Enjoy your selection by the glass or the bottle as you take in the romantic atmosphere with your sweetheart. Be sure to order a few small plates from the food menu to share. Bonus: Stop in on Monday, Wednesday or Friday for live music in the courtyard! 1050 Easter Lily Lane
Photo courtesy of the Citrus GrillhouseThe ambience at the Citrus Grillhouse is friendly and casual, and the food is some of the best in the area. Expect inventive dishes such as spicy grilled lamb with feta, scallops on polenta cake with chili-roasted corn, and five varieties of risotto, all crafted with the freshest local ingredients available. 3244 Ocean Drive Every detail in the Wave Kitchen & Bar was designed to make its guests feel as if they were attending an intimate dinner party — an ultra chic and elegant party, that is! Located in the Costa d'Este Beach Resort and Spa, the modern kitchen serves up Cuban classics with an elevated twist alongside New American favorites. 1306 20th Street
Photo courtesy of Kata Japanese & ThaiOf course this list would not be complete without a top-notch sushi spot, and Kata Japanese & Thai is our pick in this category. Kata features the very best of Japanese and Thai cuisine, including soul-warming pho, fresh sashimi, tempura, teriyaki, crispy duck and more. Make sure to save room for the tempura ice cream and Thai donuts for dessert! 1517 Ocean Drive If you are having trouble deciding between French or Italian for your romantic night out, Di Mare is the place to be. The restaurant features two separate menus to satisfy either craving — although you are more than welcome to order from both. Start your meal with a burrata platter or escargot before moving onto the main event, and make sure to accompany your choice with a bottle from the wine list.
this residence, which boasts its own private pool, private-access elevators, a stunning lakeside terrace and elegant details throughout. With a coveted address at the Mizner Grand, it truly stands apart as the crown jewel of Boca Raton.
Photo courtesy of The WaterColor InnThe WaterColor Inn overlooks the pristine, white sands of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and allows easy access to popular destinations including Seaside and Rosemary Beach. Although, we would argue that the WaterColor Inn is a destination in and of itself! Enjoy spreading out on more than 500 acres of lush grounds and expertly designed accommodations, and engaging in any number of activities, from tennis and shopping to boating and meandering through the gardens. After a full day of Florida adventuring, retire to the resort and indulge in a seafood meal plucked fresh from the ocean! 28500 Overseas Highway, Little Torch Key, FL An excursion to this exclusive luxury resort will make you feel like you have journeyed to Tahiti or Bali, even though it lies just 120 miles from Miami. Tucked offshore of Little Torch Key and accessible only by boat or plane, the resort is about as hidden away as it gets. Here, you will find no phones, no TVS, and no shortage of fun things to do. Stay in a private, romantic suite or thatched roof bungalow, each surrounded by exotic blossoms and Jamaican palms, and covered in romantic touches like private outdoor showers and jetted tubs, cloud-like king sized beds, and verandahs opening up to the sparkling ocean. If you ever decide to venture out of your own room, you will have access to a meditative zen garden, oversized hammocks gently swaying in the trees, and an endless flow of champagne. 45 NE 21st Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL
Photo courtesy of the Royal Blues HotelConveniently located halfway between Miami Beach and Palm Peach, the Royal Blues Hotel boasts just 12 oceanfront suites. The exclusive and limited accommodations mean that you will receive unparalleled service — for example, each guest is welcomed to the hotel with champagne from the lobby's wine lounge. Indulge in an oceanfront escape unlike any other, and surround yourself with like-minded luxury seekers, fine dining, modern art, and unbeatable vistas. 245 Front Street, Key West, FL
Photo courtesy of the Sunset Key CottagesThe Sunset Key Cottages actually sit on their own private, 27-acre island just minutes from Key West. Choose between a private Victorian-style home for just you and your loved one, or up to a four-bedroom cottage for a full family getaway. Either way, you will be treated to the tranquility and charm that comes with access to your own island. Each cottage offers views of the sparkling turquoise waters from your balcony, but you will also have access to diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, a full-service spa, waterfront dining, and swimming in the spacious, Sunset Key pool. 123 Beach Road, Islamorada, FL
Photo courtesy of the Moorings VillageThe Moorings Village is the winner of multiple Conde Nast reader's choice awards, including best Florida Keys resort. Just a few days here, and we have no doubt that this resort will be a winner in your mind, too! The 18-acre getaway is situated by the water on what once was a coconut plantation. Guests can stay in one of the 18 cottages and homes, all of which lie just a few steps from the pristine white beaches of the Florida Keys. All of the space means that you will feel like you are on your own private island! During the day, enjoy snorkeling and diving in one of the best reefs in the keys, kayaking along the coastline, or casting a line in the "sport fishing capital of the world." Afterward, you can retire to your private abode and enjoy unparalleled luxury. 1 South County Road, Palm Beach, FL
Photo courtesy of the BreakersFounded on the sands of Palm Beach in 1896, The Breakers resort has set the standard for beachside resorts for more than a century. The hotel actually suffered from two fires, but re-emerged each time more opulent than ever before. The current construction was completed by the same famed, New York-based designers that created Manhattan's most desirable hotels, including the infamous Waldorf Astoria. Their expertise shines through in every rich detail of the hotel. Though the resort itself is magnificent, it is tough to beat the accessibility to top-notch activities and amenities that the Breakers offers. Come stay awhile, and enjoy unbeatable culinary experiences, private bungalows, a full-service spa, four different pools, five whirlpool spas, and a half mile of private beach. 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isle Beach, FL
Photo courtesy of Acqualina ResortAcqualina Resort has consistently ranked among the best resorts in the country, even earning the #1 spot on Tripadvisor. When you take a step onto the spacious grounds, with unparalleled amenities and views of the sparkling turquoise waters, it is not difficult to see why. If the beachfront dining, luxurious pool and full service spa do not immediately draw you in, you will be taken with the grand Mediterranean-style architecture, 400 feet of private shoreline and breathtaking scenery! Florida residents receive 15% off of their room rate and complimentary add-ons. 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, FL
Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia IslandThis luxe, barrier-island resort is situated on 13 miles of pristine beaches in North Florida, so even though you have not left the state, you will feel like you are worlds away. Here, Southern charm and Florida elegance collide, resulting in an enchanting experience that will call you back year after year. You will have access to four award-winning restaurants, a full-service spa, on-site tennis facilities, an 18-hole championship golf course, and breathtaking scenery. There is no better place to relax and adventure.