Plan Your Upscale Beach Vacation at the Space Coast's Best Luxury Hotels

Everyone needs a little "me" time, and there's no better place to relax and treat yourself than on the perfect, powdery shores of sunny Central Florida. 

Enjoy your next vacation to the beach by spoiling yourself at some of the most posh luxury hotels Space Coast has to offer, like the Beach Place Guesthouses. Why stay in a hotel when you can rent your own private cottage right on the beach, with everything you could ever dream of? The Beach Place offers direct beach access – as do many of the top luxury hotels in the region. 

Every room has an ocean view at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront – or enjoy a private beach when you stay at the Doubletree by Hilton in the heart of Cocoa Beach. Ever our favorite, the Port d'Hiver B&B is an adult-only site with plenty of peace and quiet, walking paths through the garden and complementary drinks in the evening. 

If luxurious amenities are what your weary traveling bones are craving, enjoy Sleep Number beds at the Radisson Resort near the port, or stay in a cottage with your own fireplace, full kitchen, Jacuzzi, sun deck and private beach at Oceanfront Cottages.

If you travel extravagantly, Space Coast luxury hotels are the only way to fly.


Holiday Inn Club Vacations Cape Canaveral Beach Resort
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The Holiday Inn at the port is a resort for active travelers who want easy access to the beach, directly from the hotel. Splash down the water slide in the pool, drift the day away in the sun in the lazy river and watch the cruise ships slowly drift by. This resort is near the fishing pier and Jetty Park, where you can catch some of the port's most interesting views. The Holiday Inn is not far from all of the Space Coast's best sites, from the Kennedy Space Center to the markets at The Cove. Back at the hotel, guests can stay active in the fitness club, play basketball, play mini golf and hit tennis balls. Then relax at the on-site movie theater – a unique and fun way to cool down for visitors of all ages. The on-site Surf Grill will keep you energized for the resort's water sports.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The on-site amenities make the difference here: a tennis court, mini golf, even a movie theater.

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Wakulla Suites a Westgate Resort
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The Wakulla Suites are great for families. Here, you can find barbecue grills, a game room, a children's pool, lush gardens, beach volleyball and, of course, the stunning beach. Parents with young kids will appreciate the on-side laundry room. All suites have two bedrooms and full kitchens, living areas, breakfast nooks, cable TV and private bathrooms. The spacious sun decks are wonderful for parents who want to stay up later than the kids and relax with a drink and a view. During the day, stroll around the tropical courtyard. The suites are close to the Alan Shepard Park, Kennedy Space Center, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Gatorland, Port Canaveral and the Brevard Zoo.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Enjoy spacious sun decks, full kitchens, a courtyard, gardens, a game room, beach volleyball and more.

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International Palms Oceanfront Resort Cocoa Beach
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The International Palms Resort & Conference Center Cocoa Beach is situated along 13 acres of property along the ocean. Nearby scenic family-friendly destinations include the Brevard Zoo, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory. At the resort, your kids will love the pirate ship water park with slides. Stay in the special Family Fun Room, with two bunk beds and two different TVs (so you don't have to watch "Sponge Bob" every morning). Best of all: Kids 10 and younger eat breakfast for free, with the purchase of one adult breakfast. The International Palms Resort & Conference Center Cocoa Beach features plenty of other exciting recreational facilities, including another outdoor swimming pool, tennis and shuffleboard courts and two different restaurants on site.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: With tennis courts, a water park with slides and special family rooms, this is a higher-end bet for families.

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Radisson Resort at the Port
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The Radisson Resort at the Port in Cape Canaveral is a top pick for its location: just across the street from Port Canaveral. In fact, the Radisson is one of the closest hotels to the cruise ship terminals, so it's a favorite among travelers. It's also reasonably priced – and features a heated, outdoor, waterfall pool and poolside tiki bar. Guests can play in the game room or hit balls in the lighted tennis court. It's also convenient, with a full-service restaurant and lounge. No need to drive around looking for somewhere to eat. Rooms are pretty standard, with free Internet access. Some rooms feature Sleep Number beds, refrigerators and microwaves, too. Traveling with animals? The Radisson offers pet-friendly rooms. The Radisson is about 40 miles from the Orlando International Airport.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Sleep Number beds, a waterfall pool, tennis courts and quick access to the port makes this resort stand out.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
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This six-story hotel is a luxury-lover's dream because of it's ideal Cocoa Beach location and its stunning private beach. Guests enjoy the outdoor heated swimming pool, a fitness gym, a gift shop, laundry facilities and a multilingual staff. Unwind and dine at the on-site 3 Wishes Restaurant and Lounge. The Doubletree by Hilton, Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel is within a few minutes away from numerous scenic sites, including the Brevard Zoo, Cocoa Beach Pier and more. All guest rooms and suites here come with contemporary amenities, such as free wireless Internet, cable TV, kitchen appliances, work desks, ironing equipment, clock radios and dataport phones with voicemail features. Select units have balconies, wet bars and sofa beds. Also find a business center and a 10,000-square-foot conference center.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: With a private beach, central Cocoa Beach location and contemporary guest rooms, the Doubletree has a reputation for quality.

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Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront
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This eco-friendly, green hotel offers 200-plus guest rooms and suites which all include complimentary WiFi, 37-inch HDTVs, kitchen appliances, ironing equipment, dataport phones, Hilton Alarm Clock Radios, luxurious bedding, upgraded bathrooms and balconies with stunning views. Every room has an ocean view. Some rooms come with separate living rooms and dining areas. For business travelers, the Hilton Melbourne features a fully equipped, 24-hour business center and large meeting space. In addition, guests can spend time in the outdoor heated swimming pool, spa tub and 24-hour fitness gym. On-site dining options include the Atlantic Blue Beach Bar (with a view of the ocean), the Atrium Lounge and the Ocean Grille, with a delicious seafood menu.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Sit on the balcony with a view of the ocean and sleep well in the Hilton's luxurious bedding.

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Oceanfront Cottages
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Choose from a private cottage or suite at the Oceanfront Cottages. Each of the five cottages here is unique, decorated with luxury, five-star furnishings. Oceanfront Cottages takes pride in its cleanliness, as well as special touches: marble showers, ocean-view Jacuzzis, leather furniture, tile floors. Rooms are outfitted with LCD televisions, DVD players, wireless Internet connections, ceiling fans, air-conditioning units, wet bars, refrigerators and coffee makers. Select units come with fireplaces and full kitchens. The Oceanfront Cottages are situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon (Intracoastal Waterway) – and not far from downtown Melbourne, the Henegar Center, Sebastian Inlet and the Kennedy Space Center.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Stay in a cottage near the water, complete with a fireplace, full kitchen, Jacuzzi, sun deck and private beach.

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Port d'Hiver
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The historic Port d'Hiver Bed and Breakfast Inn in Melbourne Beach is a luxurious retreat perched just steps from the beach. Stroll through the winding brick paths along the peaceful, lush grounds. Soak in a large spa tub in your cabana room. Enjoy breakfast served on fine China on your large, private balcony with a stunning ocean view, or dine in the lovely dining room and garden courtyard. Feel right at home, with complimentary drinks, evening appetizers and fresh cookies all day. Rooms here include internet, flatscreen TVs, an evening turn-down service (with a homemade treat), top-notch amenities, covered parking, full concierge services and more. This award-winning getaway is friendly, warm and thoughtful.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: This historic, adult-only B&B features everything from garden walking paths to complementary drinks in the evening.

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The Inn at Cocoa Beach
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The Inn at Cocoa Beach is a European-influenced hotel that stands out for the details – from fresh-baked muffins in the morning to a wine and cheese gathering every evening. Relax in unique, individually-decorated rooms or exercise in the top-notch fitness facility. The Inn at Cocoa Beach also goes above and beyond to offer luxury-traveler favorites, such as a steam bath, a massage room and extra clean facilities. Although each room is beautiful in its own way, the ocean really steals the show. Every room has an oversized oceanfront balcony with breathtaking views. Relax in privacy to the lull of the ocean. Kick it up a notch with a Jacuzzi room.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Every room has an ocean view and is individually decorated. Stay in a Jacuzzi room.

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Beach Place Guesthouses
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Why stay in a hotel when you can stay in your own private cottage on the beach? All guesthouses at the Beach Place Guesthouse are just steps away from the beach. These are provided with fully appointed kitchens, dining sets, living areas, cable televisions and full bathrooms. Some units have washers, dryers and dishwashers. The Beach Place Guesthouse is near the Merritt Island Airport. The property is also close to the Cocoa Beach Pier, Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, Brevard Zoo, Space Coast Stadium and the Cocoa Village. The Beach Place Guesthouse features a meeting/event space that can hold up to 150 guests. This property also provides direct beach access, three ocean-view decks, wood-burning fireplaces, hammocks, barbecue grills, umbrellas and beach chairs and towels.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Enjoy boutique-style comfort of your own cottage, right on the beach.

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