Forbes names best hotels, spas and restaurants in Florida

    Forbes Travel Guide has come out with its annual best-of-the-best list for 2016, and several Florida hotels, restaurants and spas have found themselves with four- or five-star ratings.

    Forbes Travel Guide: Best hotels in Florida! The Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences, Lido Key, Sarasota received a four-star rating in the 2016 Forbes Travel Guide. Its spa, The Members Spa Club, also received a four-star rating.
    Forbes Travel Guide: Best hotels in Florida!
    The Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences, Lido Key, Sarasota received a four-star rating in the 2016 Forbes Travel Guide. Its spa, The Members Spa Club, also received a four-star rating.

    Overall, the state had 41 hotels, 19 spas and 20 restaurants receiving one of the three levels of accolade. All but one of the 20 restaurants to receive ratings are located within a hotel or resort, with Miami’s NAOE being the lone exception.

    “Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. These ratings serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Our primary mission is to contribute to excellence in hospitality, serving the global tourism industry as well as the guest.”

    The ratings come on the heels of both TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards and the AAA five-diamond ratings, and many of the properties that garnered those accolades are represented on this list as well.

    But first up, the golds.

    Miami had the most top-level winners with four hotels, two restaurants and three spas garnering the five-star designation. Many of the restaurants and spas go hand-in-hand with the hotel for the award. For instance, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami landed five-star ratings for both its hotel and spa as well as the on-site restaurant Azul. Acqualina Resort & Spa and The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort received top honors for both its hotel and spa as well. The other five-star hotel in Miami is The Setai in Miami Beach.

    Naples’ five-star hotel is The Ritz-Carltonwhile Palm Beach had five-star designations for the Fourt Seasons Resort Palm Beach and Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.

    The five-star designation for Eau Palm is a return to the top since its transition away from the Ritz-Carlton brand in 2013. Both its hotel and spa earned five-star ratings for the first time together this year, making it one of only six new hotels to garner the honor across the U.S. this year. The spa had already achieved five-star status in 2015.

    “When we set out to create this independent brand, our goal was to meld the absolute best in service with the essence of the Palm Beach lifestyle,” said Eva Hill, president of Britannia Pacific Properties, Inc., the holding company that owns the resort property. “This accolade is a testament to how the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa brand has resonated with guests both globally and locally in the Palm Beach community.”

    Another newcomer to the Forbes list this year is the new Four Seasons resort atWalt Disney World, which landed four-star ratings for its hotel and spa as well as netting a recommended rating for on-site restaurant Capa.

    “We are honored by the recognition we’ve received. The guests who stay with us are well-traveled Four Seasons guests, and combined with our special relationship with Disney, our guests have a high expectation which we strive to exceed,” said Thomas Steinhauer, regional vice president and general manager for the resort. “It’s extremely rewarding when we are recognized in any way, whether it’s through these official awards or the guest comments we receive in e-mails or from sites such as TripAdvisor. Ultimately, this feedback is a testament to our hardworking team, which truly cares about delivering an exceptional experience for our guests.”

    Orlando had two other hotels on the four-star list: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando at Grande Lakes and the Villas of Grand Cypress. Its four-star restaurants were Nine18, which is at the Villas of Grand Cypress and Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.  The Ritz-Carlton Orlando spa as well as Relâche Spa & Salon at Gaylord Palms Resort also landed four-star ratings.

    There was one other hotel in Florida that earned its way into four-star territory this year: Trump National Doral Miami, which just finished up a $250 million renovation.

    The rest of the Florida accolades went to hotels that held par from previous years’ ratings including several Four Seasons and Ritz-Cartons across the state.

    The complete list of honored hotels, restaurants and spas is listed below by city.

    AMELIA ISLAND
    Four-Star Hotels
    The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

    Four-Star Spas
    The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island

    GULF COAST
    Four-Star Hotels
    The Pearl Hotel, Rosemary Beach
    WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach

    Four-Star Restaurants
    Fish Out of Water, Santa Rosa Beach

    Recommended Hotels
    The Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande
    Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Destin

    Recommended Restaurants
    Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Destin

    FLORIDA KEYS
    Recommended Hotels
    Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Key West
    Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key
    The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Key West
    Southernmost Beach Resort, Key West

    FORT LAUDERDALE
    Four-Star Hotels
    The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

    Four-Star Spas
    Spa Palazzo

    JACKSONVILLE
    Four-Star Hotels
    One Ocean Resort & Spa
    Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

    Four-Star Spas
    Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
    Spa One Ocean

    Recommended Restaurants
    Azurea

    MIAMI
    Five-Star Hotels
    Acqualina Resort & Spa
    Mandarin Oriental, Miami
    The Setai, Miami Beach
    The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

    Five-Star Restaurants
    Azul
    NAOE

    Five-Star Spas
    Acqualina Spa by ESPA
    Remède Spa Bal Harbour
    The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

    Four-Star Hotels
    The Betsy – South Beach
    The Biltmore
    Four Seasons Hotel Miami
    Loews Miami Beach Hotel
    The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
    The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
    The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
    The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
    Trump International Beach Resort
    Trump National Doral Miami

    Four-Star Restaurants
    Hakkasan Miami
    J&G Grill Miami
    Palme d’Or
    The Restaurant (Note: The Restaurant has closed and been reopened as Jaya)
    Scarpetta Miami Beach

    Four-Star Spas
    Aquanox Spa
    Lapis The Spa at Fontainbleau
    The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne
    The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach
    The Spa at The Setai

    Recommended Hotels
    Fontainbleau Miami Beach
    Turnberry Isle Miami

    Recommended Restaurants
    Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina
    Cioppino
    Il Mulino New York
    The Setai Grill

    NAPLES
    Five-Star Hotels
    The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

    Four-Star Hotels
    Inn on Fifth and Club Level Suites
    The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

    Four-Star Restaurants
    The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

    Four-Star Spas
    The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Naples

    ORLANDO
    Four-Star Hotels
    Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
    The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
    Villas of Grand Cypress

    Four-Star Restaurants
    Nine18
    Victoria and Albert’s

    Four-Star Spas
    Relâche Spa & Salon
    The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes
    The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

    Recommended Hotels
    Hyatt Regency Orlando
    Reunion Resort, A Salamander Resort

    Recommended Restaurants
    Capa

    PALM BEACH
    Five-Star Hotels
    Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
    Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

    Five-Star Spas
    Eau Spa

    Four-Star Hotels
    The Breakers Palm Beach

    Four-Star Restaurants
    Café Boulud Palm Beach
    Jové Kitchen & Bar

    Four-Star Spas
    Palm Beach Spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

    SARASOTA
    Four-Star Hotels
    The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

    Four-Star Spas
    The Members Spa Club, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

    TAMPA
    Recommended Hotels
    Innisbrook, A Salamander Resort

    Ritz Carlton Beach Residence Sunset Views 4th Floor
    Ritz Carlton Beach Residence Sunset Views 4th Floor
    Beach Residences Pool, Lido Key
    Beach Residences Pool, Lido Key
    The Beach Residences, Lido Key
    The Beach Residences, Lido Key

     

    Source: Forbes names best hotels, spas and restaurants in Florida - Orlando Sentinel

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