10 Beautiful hotels in Florida

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    The Setai - South Beach

    With muted, Indonesian-inspired flare, The Setai brings celebrity-worthy luxury to South Beach, and it's beautiful from pretty much every angle. The stunning courtyard with its serene reflecting pool sets the perfect mood for seeing and being seen, and the three palm-shaded pools, each heated to a different temperature, are out of this world gorgeous.

    Photo courtesy of Leading Hotels of the World

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    Little Palm Island Resort & Spa - Little Torch Key

    Exclusive Little Palm Island Resort in the Florida Keys is accessible only by boat or seaplane, and once you're there, you'll find yourself in one of the state's most idyllic and romantic retreats. The resort occupies a private 6-acre island with white sand beaches, myriad water sports and colorful coral reefs all right at hand.

    Photo courtesy of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

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    Waldorf Astoria Orlando

    Located on 482 acres of marshes and woodlands near Downtown Disney, Waldorf Astoria Orlando features 498 modern guestrooms, but the real draw are the exquisite grounds. Guests enjoy access to two pools, a 21-treatment-room spa, an 18-hole golf course and complimentary transportation to all the Disney theme parks.

    Photo courtesy of (c) 2014 Waldorf Astoria

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    Acqualina Resort & Spa - Sunny Isles

    Located on the Atlantic Coast of Sunny Isles, Acqualina Resort & Spa has one of the Miami area's sexiest pools and a world-class 20,000-square-foot spa. With this hotel's 400 feet of private beach, three beachfront restaurants and three beachfront swimming pools, there are plenty of places to tuck in and enjoy the ocean views.

    Photo courtesy of Leading Hotels of the World

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    Mandarin Oriental Miami

    The always-posh Mandarin Oriental set up shop right on the downtown Miami waterfront, providing beautiful bay views from the pool, lobby, spa, restaurants and many of the 327 guestrooms as well. The clientele are just as beautiful as the property, as celebs like J-Lo, Jennifer Aniston and Will Smith have stayed there.

    Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Miami

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    The Breakers - Palm Beach

    The Breakers, a historic hotel on the Palm Beach oceanfront, has a stately beauty inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Highlights of the stunning hotel include two 18-hole courses, a half-mile of private beach and four oceanfront swimming pools, all right in the heart of Palm Beach.

    Photo courtesy of Courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach

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    Grand Floridian Resort & Spa - Lake Buena Vista

    Disney's no stranger to operating beautiful hotels, but the Victorian-style Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on Lake Buena Vista takes luxury to new levels, with features like a five-story glass-domed lobby, turn-of-the-century gas lamps, daily afternoon tea, an orchestra to set the mood at the property's five-star restaurant and a sandy beach pool.

    Photo courtesy of Disney

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    Sandpearl Resort - Clearwater

    Occupying 5.5 acres on the powdery white sands of Florida's Gulf Coast in Clearwater, the Sandpearl Resort has a casual beauty that inspires relaxation. When guests aren't enjoying the beautiful St. Petersburg-area beaches, the Sandpearl features a zero-entry lagoon pool that's seasonally heated or cooled to the perfect temperature.

    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotel Group

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    W South Beach

    Miami has no shortage of beautiful hotels, but few enjoy ocean views from every single room as is the case for the 312 guestrooms at the trendy W South Beach. If that's not reason enough to book, Mr. Chow and the on-site bars are notorious celeb hangouts.

    Photo courtesy of W South Beach

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    Omni Amelia Island Plantation - Amelia Island

    The Omni Amelia Island Plantation takes its stylistic cues from the Deep South, offering a rustic, natural beauty retreat on the unbelievably charming Amelia Island near the Georgia border. The hotel recently wrapped up a $85 million renovation, making an already visually pleasing property even more so.

    Photo courtesy of Omni Amelia Island Plantation

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    BONUS: Sunset Key Guest Cottages - Key West

    Set on secluded Sunset Key, a private island just off Key West, Sunset Key Guest Cottages are the perfect place to get away from it all. The charming hotel features traditional Key West architecture, lovely manicured gardens, a garden pool and a white sand beach.

    Photo courtesy of Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort

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