Known as the “Sunshine State,” Florida’s perpetually sunny weather draws in droves of tourists each year. Along with California, Arizona, and the Caribbean, Florida attracts record-breaking numbers of travelers, particularly in the Western Hemisphere.
Sure, winter nights here might still get chilly, but most of the time, the weather remains all warm and toasty. Hence, it’s no surprise those escaping winter flock to the state to experience pleasant weather and amazing coastlines.
If you’re looking to experience Florida on a budget, here are some of the best resorts in Florida you can book with points. Whether you have Chase points or Amex points, there’s bound to be an option for you.
- 1. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
- 2. The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
- 3. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
- 4. W South Beach
- 5. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
- 6. JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
- 7. The Miami Beach EDITION
- 8. Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota Siesta Key Beach
- 9. The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
- 10. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
- 11. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
- 12. Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa
- 13. The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
- 14. Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach
- 15. JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
- 16. The Pillars Hotel
- Wrapping Up
1. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Florida could be the best place for you to stay if you’re looking for a legendary spot to revel in luxury!
Bal Harbour is a luxury oceanfront area off the coast of Miami Beach. The resort is surrounded by flagship luxury stores like Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and more. While it is more private and secluded, allowing you to avoid the hustle and bustle of South Beach, it’s still within 20-minutes of key attractions just in case you want to play tourist.
Containing 227 rooms and suites, this resort knows what makes every vacationer happy when in Florida – the ocean views! Each room includes a gorgeous ocean view thanks to the hotel’s angled design. It also has large balconies, marble flooring, a stylish headboard crafted from glass, plants, and high-tech items like iPads and iPod docks. The bathrooms are equally impressive with a soaking tub, a mirrored dressing area, and walk-in showers.
For amenities, the resort has everything you could ask for. It has a semi-private and full-service beach, together with two large pools. By the pool is a 10,000-square-foot sundeck filled with sun loungers and umbrellas so guests can soak up the rays while sipping their favorite drink.
Aside from that, there’s also a spa, gym area, kid-friendly spots, hair salon, an art gallery, and a Bentley house car service that can drop you off within a 6-mile radius. There’s also live music and plenty of meal options.
As the premier Marriott Bonvoy resort in Miami, this property is, unsurprisingly, one of Marriott’s top-tier hotels, meaning you’ll pay between 96,000 to 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
Rooms at the St. Regis Bal Harbour start at $1,059 to $2,968 per night with an average of $1,250.
2. The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour Miami in Florida. Image Credit: The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour Miami in Florida. At the north tip of Bal Harbour sits The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour Miami. This stunning resort overlooks Haulover Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean.
The resort is private and it’s home to independent malls and shops on top of designer brands like Gucci and Chanel. It’s also just a 20-minute drive from the busyness of South Beach, in case you want to immerse yourself in touristy things.
Like most Ritz-Carlton hotels, this one is designed to be huge. All the public spaces in the hotel are large with double-height ceilings and magnificent windows.
Like the public areas, all 95 rooms and suites are also designed to be spacious and elegant. The most basic rooms include a 42-inch flat-screen TV, surround sound system courtesy of Bose, elegant bed frames, dark wood furniture, plush beds, large bathrooms with freestanding tubs, a stunning view, and more.
The Ritz is also known for its amenities. This location comes with a 10,000 square foot spa, 2 restaurants, heated outdoor pool, 24-hour gym with fitness classes, free transportation within 6 miles, loaner bikes, and pet-friendly facilities.
Arguably the St. Regis’s sister resort, The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami shares its top tier classification in Marriott Bonvoy, charging 98,000 points to 120,000 points per night for a standard room.
However, if you’re opting for cash, the room rate starts at $848 to $2,824 per night. Average of $1,500.
Staying at The Ritz-Carlton could be free if you know how to use points! We show all of our students how to book stays at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Conrad, and Waldorf Astoria for free with points in our 16-week travel hacking course, The Points University.
3. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is where you want to be if you want to bask in luxury while staying in the thick of things!
It sits right by Lincoln Road, a popular tourist area that includes the first Lincoln Road Mall – a popular mall that has everything you need. From restaurants, and high-end luxury shopping to drugstores, it’s a one-stop-shop for a lot of tourists here. Another plus for the hotel is that it’s situated just 13 miles from the nearest airport, Miami International (MIA).
The hotel first opened in 1953 as the DiLido Hotel. In 2017, it underwent renovation due to hurricane damage and it now contains 376 guest rooms to accommodate guests.
All rooms are large and spacious. It’s now equipped with modern furnishings and brighter pops of color in the details. There’s a large-sized bed, a small seating area, a desk, flatscreen TV, a bedside lamp, bathrooms with double vanity, a shower, a tub, and an honor bar. Some rooms even have oceanfront patios.
Because it’s located in an urban space, there aren’t a lot of amenities at the hotel. The property has 2 restaurants, a lobby lounge, a cocktail bar, a swimming pool with sun loungers, a small jacuzzi tub, a spa, and a renovated gym.
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach offers top-notch service and lets you book 79,000 to 103,000 Marriott points per night for an entry-level room.
Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach are $563 to $2.894 per night. Average of $1,200 per night.
The Ritz-Carlton doesn’t offer complimentary breakfast as a benefit, even for top-tier elites. If you’re an AuPACS consulting client, you can get access to VIP benefits on paid bookings including free daily breakfast, suite upgrades, complimentary property credits, and extravagant VIP service for your party.
4. W South Beach
W South Beach has always been a big hit with Miami travelers since the day it opened. Not only is it a stunning resort, but its location in South Beach is also right where all the action is!
The resort is only a 10-minute stroll from restaurants, shops, clubs, and more, along Lincoln Road. Walk 15-minutes and you’ll reach the Miami Beach Convention Center as well as the Fillmore Theater.
If you want to visit popular nightspots in the city like Wynwood, it’s only a 20-minute drive by car. The same goes for when you head to the Miami International Airport (MIA), making the hotel convenient if you’re flying in.
W South Beach has 480 rooms, most of which are larger compared to the usual standard rooms in most luxury hotels in the area. Each room echoes an ambiance of calm luxury and is filled with white and gray interiors decorated with mirrored furniture.
The most basic rooms come with stylish bathrooms fitted with double vanity and a shower. Toiletries are on the drawers including a comfy robe, slippers, and towels. There’s a minibar, large beds, a small seating area, a desk, flatscreen TV, and a balcony.
Amenities in this resort are abundant. There’s a large swimming pool with cabanas that can be booked for a fee. A smaller swimming pool designated as adults-only is ideal if you want a less hectic vibe. There are 5 bars and restaurants on the property as well. Other things to enjoy include a fitness area, tennis court, basketball court, and a spa. As if that’s not enough, there’s also a beach nearby.
As one of the iconic South Beach hotels (after all, the W hotel brand was built on a South Beach vibe), you can redeem a free night here starting with 96,000 to 120,000 points for an entry-level room.
Cash rates start at $562 to $3,647 per night with an average of $1,126.
W South Beach offers perhaps the most typical Miami Beach party vibe — if you’re also considering a chillier vacation, check out our guide to the best ski resorts in the U.S. you can book using points.
5. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
The Ritz-Carlton Naples sits in a quiet area right by the Gulf of Mexico. Close to the hotel is Vanderbilt Beach as well as the South Bay Marina.
The resort is 9 miles north of Naples yet still within driving reach of key spots like the Naples Zoo, the luxurious Fifth Avenue, and the Artis-Naples. The Naples Botanical Garden is within a 21-minute drive while the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is around 40-minutes away.
While the hotel was built in 1985 and features classic decor, the inside is furnished with modern amenities along with touches of the classic elegance Ritz-Carlton hotels are known for.
There are 447 guest rooms and 35 of which are designated suites. Meanwhile, 70 of these rooms are dedicated to Ritz-Carlton Club Level members.
The most basic rooms come with balconies looking out towards the Gulf (except for Limited View Rooms). For beddings, they only use 400-count Egyptian cotton sheets, featherbeds, goose-down pillows, and comforters. There’s a 42-inch television, docking station for iPods or gadgets, in-room safe, minibar, coffee, tea, robes, slippers, a gorgeous bathroom with marble vanities, shower, tub, along with 24-hour room dining.
For amenities, the Ritz-Carlton Naples goes above and beyond. It comes with 3 miles worth of pure white sand, poolside cabanas, concierge services, beach amenities like beach chairs, umbrellas, cabanas, a kid’s center, a fitness area, tennis courts, a business center, including an airline check-in station, and gift shop, among others.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples lets you book a free night in exchange for 88,000 to 120,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
Rooms at the Ritz are of course, pricey, but you can get a good deal here depending on the season. Cash rates start at $940 up to $2,306, average of $1,400 per night.
6. JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is one of several luxury resorts dotting the stunning South Collier Boulevard.
Walk a few minutes and you’ll find yourself surrounded by other hotels, each with its high-class restaurant and top chefs. This area is also known for its amazing sunset views, so if you’re a big fan of that, this is the hotel to consider. It’s located 48 miles south of Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and 102 miles west of Miami International Airport (MIA).
While the guest rooms are large and spacious, it’s kept simple. Each room comes with a private balcony and a view of the outside. There is wooden furniture, a large king-sized bed, framed mirror, beautiful artwork, patterned rugs, lamps, and bathrooms with marble showers and sinks. They also have a bathtub inside. Other things in the room include a mini-fridge, a seating area, and a pull-out sofa bed.
For hotel amenities, you’ll find there’s plenty to enjoy including golf courses, a swimming pool with cabanas, beach chairs and umbrellas, a tennis court, spa, restaurants, a kid’s area, and water activities that the resort can host or arrange for you.
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort offers a full-service experience. You can experience this by exchanging 74,500 to 106,000 points per night for an entry-level room.
For cash rates, standard room prices start at $640 to $1,012 per night (an average of $811).
7. The Miami Beach EDITION
North of South Beach, The Miami Beach EDITION stands out as a unique hotel resort surrounded by swanky restaurants and upscale bars.
While the hotel’s location isn’t as prime, it’s still a five-minute drive to the famous Lincoln Road at the center of South Beach. It’s also highly accessible to the airport just 20-minutes away.
There are 294 rooms and suites on the property. Each one is decorated in a neutral palette to keep it cozy and calm. It also comes with a large king bed, a lounge chair, desk, gorgeous carpet, flatscreen TV, BEATS Bluetooth speakers, walk-in showers, Le Labo toiletries, marble soaking tubs, rain showerheads, and some rooms have gorgeous balconies with a view too. Every night, there’s a turndown service.
For hotel amenities, the EDITION has a gorgeous private beach, 2 swimming pools, a spa, fitness center, bowling alley, skating rink, and an underground club. There’s also a business center with outdoor meeting areas and several restaurants on the property.
A sleek and stylish property stays here booked with points will cost 70,000 to 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
Cash rates at The EDITION can get pricey starting at $625 to $2,335 per night. Average of $1,200.
8. Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota Siesta Key Beach
If you’re looking for a rather secluded spot on the beach, the Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota Siesta Key Beach is the resort to book!
The hotel is situated directly on the beach so if you ever want to take a dip, just walk a few steps and it’s in your front yard.
If you ever want to explore the area, there’s Lido Key, the Ringling Bros., and Barnum & Bailey Circus winter home since 1927. This place is like a little town with shops, a museum, and a restaurant. It’s about 25-minutes away from the resort.
Staying at the Hyatt Residence means you get condo-style rooms equipped with full kitchens and appliances. It also comes with stunning views of the water, modern furniture, and cabinetry to go with the muted earth shades. There’s a flatscreen TV, fridge, coffeemaker, 6-burner stove, large bathrooms with granite counters, heated toilets, standing showers, tubs, and patio furniture on the balcony.
Since it’s built like a condominium, there’s no on-site restaurant at the resort. However, if you don’t feel like cooking, there are restaurants within a 5-minute walk. There’s also a supermarket nearby if you want to do groceries.
Other amenities to enjoy in the resort though include a fitness center, swimming pool with private cabanas, fire pits and hammocks, and a business center.
This is our only condo-style property in the entire guide, and it’s a World of Hyatt Category 7 property, charging 25,000 points per night on off-peak dates and up to 35,000 points per night.
Rooms at the Hyatt Residence Club Sarasota start at $660 to $1,320 per night – an average of $900 for a standard room.
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9. The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale is located right across the A1A Highway and by Fort Lauderdale Beach, a famous tourist strip.
During peak season, the area can get a bit busy so beware. The great thing though is that everything you need is within reach. Plus, it’s only a 12-minute drive to Fort Lauderdale downtown, and 14 minutes to the nearest airport (FLL).
Suites and rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale total 192. Each one comes with a light to a neutral palette and plenty of metal and glass detail. Most standard rooms come with a balcony and either a full or partial oceanfront view. Rooms on the lower floors can get noisy due to the street level noise so be prepared to ask for a room on the higher floors if this will bother you.
All the rooms have living spaces, beds with stylish cherry headboards and wardrobes, marble bathrooms, showers, bathtubs, television, high-end toiletries, a minibar with refreshments, iPod docking stations, robes, and an honor bar.
Meanwhile, facilities at the resort include an infinity pool on the 7th floor, a spa, a fitness center, room service, a bar area, a restaurant, valet parking, and beach access.
To enjoy stays at this Marriott Bonvoy property, you’ll redeem 70,000 points up to 106,000 points per night.
Stay at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale with starting rates of $494 to $1,513 per night. Average of $858.
10. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Considered among the best Ritz-Carlton hotel in the state, The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota is known for impressing even its pickiest customers.
This hotel is located around Sarasota Bay and around 10 minutes away from the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (SRQ). The weather on this side of the Atlantic is far more laid back, which means there are warm bathing waters even during the winter months.
There are 266 guest rooms here,31 of which are suites. Each one includes beautiful feather-stuffed beds, duvets, and goose-down pillows. They use only Egyptian cotton linen, like most Ritz-Carlton hotels. The majority of the rooms have balconies, lighted makeup mirrors, marble bathroom vanities, scales, hairdryers, slippers, robes, an in-room safe, Wi-Fi, ironing board, iron, as well as Asprey London toiletries. Fridges are available upon request and for an additional fee.
The cheapest rooms are the Limited View Guestrooms that are fitted with either king or two double beds.
You’ll also find several amenities on the property including 24-hour room service, an 18-hole golf course, meeting rooms, a spa, outdoor pool, indoor pool, fitness gym, bar, tennis courts, and restaurants. The hotel is also a pet-friendly hotel so you can bring your pet.
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota lets you book starting with 70,000 to 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
Cash bookings start at $654 per night to $1,617 per night with an average of $945.
11. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
Located south of downtown Miami, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is a private island resort perfect if you want to be in Miami but away from the crowds.
Key Biscayne is a short drive on the Rickenbacker Causeway. Sitting there in the middle of two nature preserves is the stunning resort.
Much of the island is residential so staying here is ideal for those who want to get away from the main city. It takes 20-minutes to an hour to head to South Beach and the Crandon Golf Course is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. There are also malls and cafés you can explore and visit in this area.
While it may not have stunning beach villas like in the Maldives, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne does boast 20,000 square feet of space.
Rooms here are crisp and modern with elegant interiors. There’s a large king or double beds, premium linens, Boca Terry robes, ceiling fans, flatscreen TVs, beautiful bathrooms, and most rooms have balconies.
Guests can also utilize the hotel amenities including a tennis court, 2 swimming pools, 4 restaurants, a huge spa, a golf course, a secluded beach, and a kid’s club.
This secluded resort lets you book a free night’s stay at their entry-level space starting at 60,000 to 74,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
If you want to book in cash, the rates start at $608 up to $1,863 per night with an average of $858.
12. Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa
The Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa is right in the middle of Mallory Square and Duval Street, just a short walking distance to countless attractions.
Duval Street is filled with restaurants, shops, and bars, perfect if you want to have a night in town. The resort is 10-minutes away from Key West International Airport (EYW) and a 12-minute drive to the Key West Tropical Forest & Garden. It’s also just 6-minutes away from the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.
The rooms at the hotel have been refreshed and made more spacious. Most standard rooms come with a balcony, giving guests a partial view of the ocean. There’s a large headboard with a wooden counter, a credenza, and a wall-mounted flatscreen TV. There’s a coffeemaker, phone, various cubbyholes for storage, and display. Bathrooms are also beautifully designed with glass showers, porcelain sinks, and lots of counter space.
While the resort isn’t as lavish as those listed here, there are nice amenities including parking, a restaurant, laundry and room service, a swimming pool, a sauna, a fitness area, a spa, a steam room, and a bar.
The Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa falls under World of Hyatt’s Category 7 bucket, charging 25,000 to 35,000 points per night for a standard room.
Staying at the Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa means paying a cash price of $618 to $1,461 per night with an average of $789.
13. The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove Miami is right in the middle of the city’s oldest neighborhood. It’s a bit more relaxed compared to the fast-paced action you would find in South Beach. So, if you want a more relaxed vibe, this is the resort for you.
The area surrounding Coconut Grove is filled with beautiful cafés and parks, as well as marinas filled with sailboats. This is where you’ll find Dinner Key Marina, the largest in Miami. Close to the resort, you’ll also find countless dining areas, bars, as well as shopping centers.
Rooms at the Ritz are pretty standard. Their deluxe rooms feature a large king bed with mahogany furniture, patterned carpets, gilded lamps, flatscreen TV, iPod docks, and all-marble bathrooms. Toiletries are from Bvlgari and most of the time, the rooms come with balconies.
The hotel also has amenities for guests. They have a restaurant, bar, laundry service, room service, sauna and spa, steam room, swimming pool, a kid’s club, fitness center, parking, and access to the beach.
This premier resort in downtown Miami is a hidden gem, costing just 40,000 to 60,000 Marriott points per night for a standard space.
Cash rates start at $586 and go up to $1,129 per night with an average of $808.
14. Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach
The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is an upscale Hilton property that’s often a favorite retreat for couples and families.
It’s a relatively new hotel (opened last 2017) and features high-end decor and stunning furniture that exude chic luxury. The Conrad is located near A1A Highway, just across from North Beach. This location is perfect if you want to be within walking distance of most tourist spots. From the hotel, you can walk 15-minutes towards Las Olas Boulevard while the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is only a 20-minute drive.
The hotel has 290 rooms and suites, each equipped with modern facilities. Expect to see a fresh and neutral palette with lots of wood and beach-inspired touches. The rooms come with large beds, Nespresso machines, luxury brand bath products, Egyptian cotton linen, custom Serta beds, pillow menus, marble bathrooms with showers, bathrobes, hairdryers, and other marble details. Some bedrooms come with multiple balconies and a kitchenette as well.
While the hotel is surrounded by various attractions within a short drive, it also has a pool, a fitness center, a spa, a cabana by the pool, a full-service bar, a hot tub, a spa, event space, ballroom. You can also join morning yoga classes if you choose.
As our first Hilton Honors property, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is bookable at the standard room reward level for 85,000 Hilton points per night.
Cash prices for the cheapest room are around $400 up to $1,095 per night, an average of $697.
15. JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
The JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is considered a coveted wedding destination for a lot of couples.
Located in suburban Aventura, the resort sits across a gorgeous luxury shopping mall, making it convenient for when the shopping bug hits you. The area is 50-minutes away from the glitzy tourist spot of South Beach and around 1 hour and 20-minutes from places like the Everglades National Park. But of course, the main attraction here is the resort and its stunning grounds.
The rooms are created to be warm and cozy, helping welcome you into a relaxing vacation. Each room comes with Keurig coffeemakers, spacious balconies with a view, king or double beds, warm wood furniture, patterned rugs, contemporary artwork, 300-count linen sheets, benches, air-conditioning, flatscreen TVs, marble bathrooms with spacious vanities, showers, and tub.
When it comes to amenities, the hotel has you covered. It features two large golf courses, 3 restaurants, a fitness center, a spa, a tennis court, 2 swimming pools with a waterslide, and a lazy river. There’s also a business center, a kid’s club, and various event spaces.
The JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is accessible and relatively affordable, which means stays booked with points will cost 47,000 to 60,000 points per night.
Stay here and pay in cash starting with $316 per night and up to $1,384 per night. Average of $741.
16. The Pillars Hotel
The Pillars Hotel promises stunning views of the beach as it sits near the Intracoastal Highway. It’s within minutes of key attractions too, like Las Olas Boulevard, a busy strip filled with bars, clubs, and restaurants.
Other close attractions include a 7-minute drive to Fort Lauderdale and a 3-minute walk to the beach. Airports are also accessible. It’s just a 16-minute drive to Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) and 40-minutes to Miami International.
As for the rooms, the Pillars Hotel has several kinds. Each one comes with a slightly different set of décor and floor plans. Most rooms include hardwood floors and carpeting. They also include a coffeemaker, microwave, plush beds, white leather headboard, desk, wet bar, stylish bathroom with limestone tiles, dedicated shower, and tub with Molton Brown bath products.
For amenities, there’s parking, a restaurant, bar, laundry and room service, a swimming pool, as well as Wi-Fi.
The Pillars Hotel is a value hotel in Hyatt’s portfolio — just a Category 5 World of Hyatt property, you can spend 17,000 points per night for a standard space.
Rooms here cost about $400 up to $520 per night with an average of $450.
Florida is the perfect city if you want to take a break from the harshness of winter or just need a sunny state to relax in.
There’s plenty of sunshine, beautiful weather, lovely beaches, and of course, luxurious resort hotels to book with points!
Choose from any of these hotels and have a grand getaway.