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4th Annual Staycation Guide

Hawks Cay

Reopened as a re-imagined, complete getaway last fall following a $50 million renovation, Hawks Cay offers fishing charters, tennis, water sports, water cruises, duck dives and even an environmental excursion camp for kids. Their selection of rooms, suites and villas will satisfy the needs of every getaway from a couples retreat to family and friends trip. The latest upgrade? Local artist B.J. Royster’s oversized paintings, which adorn the walls throughout the newly bright and welcoming lobby.

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Cheeca Lodge

This Keys mainstay will make sure there are no dull moments in your day. Rent a bicycle out to explore the island, play a round on their nine-hole par three course or watch the sunset out on the water. But, if you’re looking to relax, their poolside food and beverage service will definitely do the trick.

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BEST FOR FAMILIES

Hyatt Coconut Point

With gorgeous water views from every room, you’ll almost forge the full-scale water park at the main pool, complete with lazy river, dueling speed waterslides, an inner tube waterslide (48” height requirements), the Corkscrew waterslide (42” height requirement) and the Ciquala waterslide for little ones. Their impressive 18-hole golf course, semi-private beach, long boardwalk and spa are all perfect for a weekend away, not to mention plenty of dining and shopping options within a five-minute drive.

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Naples Grande

The perfect escape for families, the Naples Grande offers a variety of room types and configurations to fulfill your family’s needs. Adults can stroll the shaded boardwalk and enjoy daily health and wellness classes, while kids can get their fix of fun on the 100-foot twisting waterslide at the Mangrove pool.

naplesgrande.com


The Breakers

Expect luxury at its finest. The Breakers is a boutique, Italian-Renaissance oceanfront resort and a perfect place for a couples getaway to enjoy the brand new spa, nature activities, ocean views, lush gardens, bars, and on-site boutiques.

thebreakers.com


South Seas Resort

Located on Captiva Island, this resort offers rooms, villas, condos and even private homes. Surrounded by water, expect every water activity you could ask for. If the ocean isn’t for you, there are a whopping 20 swimming pools as well as opportunities for shopping, golfing, and relaxing at the spa.

southseas.com


Ocean Key Resort and Spa

Between the Harbor and Mallory Square, this Key West getaway houses one of the hottest bars and rooftop restaurants. They have endless water activities and are within walking distance for all that Key West has to offer including Mallory Square, Ernest Hemingway Home and the Seven Mile Bridge.

oceankey.com


Sanibel Island

Tropical dreams, fulfilled! Sanibel Island is always sunny, with white sand and blue water. If you’re lucky, you’ll even have a dolphin sighting! This small island has a lot to do, including amazing restaurants, golf, tennis, boating, shopping and biking. Don’t miss out on the world-class shelling, which draws seashell aficionados from around the world.

sanibelisland.com


ECO-LUXE SUMMER PICK

1 Hotel & Spa

Inspired by nature, 1 Hotel pride itself on everything being fresh, local and natural. Sleek, earthy rooms and stark white pools allow for a calming getaway to immerse in the nature of the beach or enjoy views of the city. Enjoy 600 feet of private white sand beach; multiple pools with 180-degree ocean views; WATR at the 1 Rooftop, a floating oasis 18 stories above the beach, and Plnthouse, a plant-based restaurant.

1hotels.com/south-beach


FLORIDA RESIDENT DEAL

Mr. C Coconut Grove

Created by the fourth generation Cipriani Brothers, Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani, Mr. C represents a modern version of old-world simplicity and stylish European glamour. Take in breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and the Coconut Grove skyline from the private outdoor terraces in the 100 room and suites and enjoy contemporary amenities with discreet personalized service. Florida Residents that book during the Miami summer time starting just in time for Memorial Day receive 20 percent off best available rate, with a discounted resort fee of $15, and save 10 percent off lunch at in-house restaurant, Bellini.

mrccoconutgrove.com


BEST POOL PERKS

The Confidante Miami Beach

Head to this playful oceanfront oasis to enjoy two heated outdoor pools, direct access to famous Miami Beach, colorful poolside cabanas and a variety of new activations. This summer guests can enjoy The Confidante Cart – a new retro, tropical cart offering a selection of magazines, sunscreen, and Confidante-branded towels. The cart also hand delivers cold hand towels, drink samples and frozen fruit, plus local treats daily. Guests can also take part in the new “Floatie-on-Demand “menu, with more ten floats available for rent or purchase. Take it all in while enjoying the new Cielito Artisan Pops and cocktail pairings… including three new flavors.

theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com


SLS Hotels

Locals on the hunt for a luxurious yet sophisticated staycation this summer should look no further than sbe’s SLS hotels. Featuring the “Pick Your Perk” package at SLS Brickell, SLS LUX Brickell, and SLS South Beach, residents can indulge in one of three perks including complimentary daily continental breakfast, a bottle of champagne or a $50 food and beverage credit that can be utilized at one of SLS’s many restaurant outlets including Katsuya, The Bazaar, Bar Centro, Fi’lia, and many more.

sbe.com/Miami

Andrea Carneiro
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