The 8 Best Florida Honeymoon Resorts of 2023

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Best Overall: Sunset Key Cottages, Sunset Key

Sunset Key Cottages

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Sunset Key Cottages is an oasis of tranquility located on a 27-acre private island just off Key West. Each of its 40 cottages is inspired by traditional Florida Keys architecture, while One-Bedroom Cottages are ideally sized for honeymooning couples. Imagine a tropical garden setting, chic beach-themed interiors and a wrap-around veranda complete with Adirondack chairs. Your morning starts with a hand-delivered breakfast basket filled with fresh fruit and baked goods, though a grocery shopping service comes in handy if you want to make use of the kitchen.

If relaxation is your top priority, the white sand beach and zero-entry saltwater pool provide ample opportunities for taking it easy. Indulge in lobster rolls and Key Lime Coladas at Flipper’s Pool Bar, then retire to the spa for a couples massage. If you prefer to be a little more active, the resort has two tennis courts and a concierge who can arrange everything from deep sea fishing charters to parasailing and jet ski excursions. Award-winning restaurant Latitudes offers fine island cuisine, spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and complimentary rum tasting every afternoon.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Pier House Resort & Spa, Key West

Pier House Resort & Spa

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For a Key West property that’s a little more lively, consider Pier House Resort & Spa. Situated at the meeting point of iconic Duval Street and the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the resort occupies its own private beach. This means that you can spend one day exploring Key West’s most vibrant bars and restaurants and the next relaxing in total seclusion upon the white sand shore. The outdoor pool is another idyllic place to spend your time in paradise. At the spa, a full menu of massages, facials and treatments awaits.

Activities range from dolphin watching and snorkeling to sunset cruises on a traditional 19th-century tall ship. The resort has three restaurants and bars, including Beach Bar (home of calamari, conch fritters and tropical cocktails) and romantic One Duval, which charms with stunning ocean views and farm-to-table cuisine. Live music is part of the experience, and party-loving couples can stay up late at Chart Room Bar. For the most romantic stay, choose a Luxury Ocean View Suite complete with a private balcony, wet bar and decadent soaking tub.

Best Budget: Naples Bay Resort & Marina, Naples

Naples Bay Resort & Marina, Naples

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Naples Bay Resort & Marina proves that Florida honeymoons don’t have to break the bank. Admittedly, the resort is located on scenic Naples Bay rather than on the beachfront, but with rates that start in the $200s per night, commuting to the sand seems like a small price to pay. Rooms and suites provide a honeymoon-worthy level of luxury, with private furnished balconies, pillow-top mattresses and marble bathrooms complete with a separate shower and soaking tub. Depending on which room you choose, you’ll also have tranquil views of the waterway or marina.

The spa is a haven of relaxation with steam rooms, a sauna, aqua lounges and an adults-only outdoor pool. Sign up for a couples massage or treat yourselves to the complete Tying The Knot package (imagine a dreamy bath ritual followed by side-by-side massages, facials and complimentary Champagne). At the Naples Bay Marina, you can rent kayaks, paddleboards and luxury boats to explore the area’s wildlife-filled mangrove forests. After your adventures, head to Indulge Restaurant and Lounge for craft cocktails and American cuisine or to Bonefish Grill for the finest local seafood. 

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Best Luxury: The Breakers, Palm Beach

The Breakers, Palm Beach

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A Palm Beach icon since 1896, The Breakers is famous for its old-world service and 5-star luxury. For the most exclusive experience, book one of the 25 rooms and suites that make up the private Flagler Club. Located on two restricted floors at the top of the resort, each one boasts a marble bathroom and adjustable PranaSleep bed dressed in fine Frette linens. You’ll have access to a private lounge and rooftop terrace and be treated to complimentary breakfasts, luncheons, hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hours.

At the heart of the resort is the Beach Club — discover half a mile of private beach, four pools (including an adults-only infinity pool) and watersports that range from scuba diving to sailing. Alternatively, challenge your new spouse to a game of tennis or a round on the championship golf courses. Afterwards, the indoor-outdoor spa tempts with pampering treatments by OSEA or Guerlain. When it comes to meal times, there are ten unique venues to choose from. Enjoy an elegant breakfast beneath Renaissance-style frescoes in The Circle conservatory or opt for sake and sushi in Echo’s lantern-lit Asian garden.

Best Activities: Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Islamorada

Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Islamorada

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A lush garden property edged by a palm-fringed private beach, Cheeca Lodge & Spa is the ideal destination for adventure-loving couples. Suiting its location in Islamorada, the sportfishing capital of the world, it offers charter trips for serious anglers and guest rods for those who want to try their luck from the end of the 525-foot pier. The hotel offers a full list of water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sea kayaking, parasailing and more; and if you’d rather keep your feet dry, you can make the most of six floodlit sports courts and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course instead.

Relaxation is also on the menu — there are three heated pools, including one exclusively for adults that's equipped with private cabanas and butler service. You can unwind with a Couples Indulgence Package at the spa or with mojitos at the Oceanfront Tiki Bar. Later, satisfy your hunger with island-style seafood at Atlantic’s Edge, artisanal pizzas at Mia Cucina or Japanese nigiri and sashimi at Nikai Sushi. All rooms and suites have atmospheric West Indies-inspired decor and private balconies. Some even spoil with open-air spa tubs. 

Best Urban: Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Sunny Isles Beach

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Sunny Isles Beach

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Add a touch of urban glamor to your honeymoon with a stay at Acqualina Resort & Spa in exclusive Sunny Isles Beach, where glittering skyscrapers meet golden shores. You’re a few minutes’ drive from luxury brands at Bal Harbour Shops; in fact, the resort offers chauffeured shopping itineraries as well as private food and art tours. Other activities take advantage of its idyllic beachfront location and include scuba lessons, kayaking trips and yacht cruises. Spend lazy afternoons relaxing by one of three oceanfront pools, or by being pampered alongside your spouse in the Royal Spa Suite.

Each of the 98 rooms and suites channel Mediterranean chic, with his-and-hers marble bathrooms, private terraces and state-of-the-art technology. Take the experience to the next level with a stay in a Deluxe One-Bedroom Oceanfront Suite, which has its own gourmet kitchen and private bar. On-site restaurants include Costa Grill (for beachside calamari and cocktails beneath picturesque red umbrellas) and Ke-uh (for Japanese fusion). The most romantic option, however, is Il Mulino New York with its award-winning pairings of Italian food and wine. 

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Best Boutique: Island Bay Resort, Tavernier

Island Bay Resort, Tavernier

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Island Bay Resort offers a very different experience for couples who like to explore on their own terms in a place small enough to feel like a home away from home. Located in Tavernier on Key Largo, this is not a 5-star mega resort. Instead, it offers all the ingredients of an intimate tropical island paradise: flowering plants, palm trees, spectacular sunsets and a private white sand beach complete with hammocks. There are just 10 cottages, each of them uniquely decorated in classic Florida Keys style.

Each cottage has its own kitchenette, private deck and barbecue grill, so you can eat al fresco under the stars. If you don’t feel like cooking during your honeymoon, there are plenty of authentic local restaurants nearby – just ask your friendly husband-and-wife hosts for recommendations. During the day, you can be as active or as relaxed as you like. Opt for open-air couples massages in the beachfront tiki hut or cool off with a snorkel in the sea. The resort has kayaks and paddleboards for you to use, and can help to arrange scuba diving, fishing and charter excursions. 

Best for Families: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando

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Families and couples who already have kids may be looking for a resort that can cater to little ones as well – and where better than Four Seasons Resort Orlando? It enjoys a secluded setting within Walt Disney World Resort and offers complimentary transportation to the Disney Parks. You can also access benefits like Disney FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours. Back at base, make family memories at Explorer Island water park, or leave your children at the complimentary kids’ camp while you enjoy some romantic time alone.

Top hang-out spots for couples include The Oasis (an adults-only pool complete with luxury private cabanas) and The Spa. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the resort’s 18-hole, Tom Fazio-designed course, while no fewer than six restaurants means that there’s something for every taste – no matter how fussy. For kids, Ravello charms with Italian pizzas and Disney character breakfasts. Meanwhile, 17th-floor steakhouse Capa provides an unforgettable setting for romantic dinners a deux. Expect Spanish tapas, exquisite wines and stunning views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the outdoor terraces. Family-friendly Park View Suites also offer the same firework panoramas. 

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best family-friendly Florida beach hotels.

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