It’s nearly Christmas day, which means it’s nearly New Year’s Eve. For those who haven’t already planned to ring in 2014, here are some great Florida destinations.
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples
The only boutique on Florida’s Gulf Coast, LaPlaya is one of only a few Naples-area resorts with direct beach access. LaPlaya features beach butlers, David Leadbetter Golf Academy with a private 18-hole Bob Cupp-designed golf course, SpaTerre (salon and spa) and oceanside dining at Baleen.
Best starting rate: $289/night
Frost Bite Relief: $50 per day resort credit; complimentary nightly resort fee
Florida Resident Rate: 10-20% off nightly rate
Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando
Located only minutes from Orlando’s theme parks, the 2,009-room Orlando World Center Marriott is one of the more popular resorts in Central Florida. The 200-acre-plus property recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation that features everything on-premises, from the Falls Pool Oasis, Hawk’s Landing golf course, Bill Madonna Golf Academy, spa and fitness center, and 10 restaurants and lounges.
Best offer: Stay 4, Get 25% off rates from $131
Holiday Getaway Event: starting at $174/night, for stays through Jan. 31, 2014; offering a $50 resort credit per night when using promotional code: P91 online.
The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg
From sipping Florida Mojitos on the rocking chair Front Porch overlooking the bay, to wondering the Tea Garden that once hosted Marilyn Monroe, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club is a classic old Florida experience.
Originally opened on New Year's Eve in 1925, the hotel blends modern elegance with its Mediterranean Revival architecture as seen in the recently renovated lounge-like lobby featuring custom-made artwork from Dale Chihuly and Renee Dinauer. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the seven-story hotel is the only historic luxury resort on Florida’s west coast that has a private 72-slip marina, private golf course, 12-court tennis complex, and restaurant inspired by The Great Gatsby era.
Savings: Book by Dec. 28, 2013 and stay before Jan. 13, 2014 and receive 15% off leisure rates and a daily $25 resort credit valid at all five on-property restaurants, Vinoy Salon & Day Spa and recreational activities such as tennis and golf on the championship course.
Rates: Start at $161/night and promotional code W21 must be used at the time of booking.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale
Located on 500 feet of private beachfront, Pelican Grand Beach Resort couples Old Florida charm with seaside charm. The resort features private balconies, the terrific OCEAN2000 Restaurant & Lounge, and Fort Lauderdale’s only lazy river.
Best rate: starting at $199/night
Florida Resident rate: 15% discount off best available rate
Other offers: Stay three nights, get the fourth night free