In 2018, Hurricane Irma left a destructive path that devastated islands from the Caribbean to the Florida Keys. Now, nearly two-and-a-half years later, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa will reopen to guests on March 1, 2020. The luxury property stretches out over four acres on a tiny island off Little Torch Key. Accessible only by seaplane or boat, the remote adults-only paradise features 30 British Colonial-style thatched roof bungalow suites that are simply gorgeous, even more so after the extensive renovations. It's the closest thing to waking up on Gilligan's Island--except here everyone gets Thurston and Lovey Howell-level treatment.
Each bungalow features loads of amenities, including spectacular ocean views, air-conditioning, a boudoir tub, indoor/outdoor shower, and a private deck, as well as other perks like nightly turndown service and complimentary non-alcoholic minibar beverages. WiFi is included, but the room itself is free of TVs and phones, so it's encouraged to unplug completely. Password? We don't need no stinkin' password!
The resort fee includes several niceties, including a welcome cocktail upon arrival by private motor yacht transfer, access to the sparkling beachside pool and bar, plus a well-appointed fitness center to keep that swimsuit body in tip-top shape. Even staff gratuities are included. A dining room and full-service spa round out the greatest hits (of many).
Suites start at $1500 per night, making this romantic escape among the most luxurious in the entire United States.
Book now at littlepalmisland.com
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Even if you're not a gambler, consider 11 your lucky number next time you visit Palm Springs. That's the number of rooms at Dive Palm Springs, a petite boutique hotel with a purposeful 1960s French beach resort vibe. This glorious property was lovingly restored to its mid-century-modern glory and opened for business in November 2019.
Guest rooms feature bright airy design with original murals, premium linens, luxurious mattresses, rainfall showers in the well-appointed bathrooms, and most feature their own outdoor patio.
Even though the hotel is small, that doesn't mean guests will feel piled atop one another (unless that's something everyone consents to behind closed doors!). The restored, original Libott-designed pool makes for an ideal place to cool off year-round, or sneak away to the garden to read a book, meditate a bit by the tranquil koi pond, or jump in the two-person swing and rock the day away in the orchard under an old citrus tree.
DIve Palm Springs might be the closest thing to the French Riviera this side of, well, the French Riviera.
Rooms from $166 per night at divepalmsprings.com
Cue the fireworks and sound the party horns! Another adults-only property has opened on the mainland and it's a trend that will continue in 2020. The Greystone Hotel Miami Beach began hosting guests on January 30 and now's a great time to venture to this swanky art-deco boutique hotel with several special offers that will reward early adopters for checking in (and checking things out). From 25% off suites with hot tubs to packages that include a $75 food and beverage credit, you'll find a bargain that'll make it worth the extra click.
All guests of the 91-room property will enjoy a bounty of luxurious amenities, including access to the sleek rooftop pool, sophisticated beach-retreat interior design, interactive Mirror fitness technology for high-intensity workouts, smartphone access to unlock your door, get room service and more, plus access to four on-site restaurants and bars (two coming soon), including a "secret" speakeasy in the basement called Golden Gator. Another innovation that might otherwise go unnoticed is the limit of three guests per room, even the ones with two double beds. This is bad news for those looking to cram a bunch of people into a room to cut down on cost, but great news for those who don't want to be shacked up next door to 7 bachelorettes sharing a single bathroom.
Rooms and suites start at just $249 per night, so check your calendar and get yourself to Florida!
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