As the polar vortex grinds on without end, you have had enough. The chronological start of spring may be less than a month away, but it may as well be a year, given the frigid conditions that you have been enduring for too long.
You have planned your escape to Florida, and your only concern is remembering to pack enough sunblock to see you through the lengthy sessions you are anticipating spending in a sun lounger by the subtropical Atlantic.
At your age, the loud and brash party scene of South Beach and central Miami hold little appeal for you, so you are looking for a relaxing hotel in South Florida away from the harried pace of the big city.
Fortunately, there are many excellent choices lining the picture-perfect coast just north of Miami, of which we have narrowed to five outstanding places to spend on your snowbird escape from ravages of the frozen north. Let’s review each in detail…
1) Seagate Hotel and Spa, Delray Beach
The most famous feature of this flashy resort is its renowned spa, which boasts a hot yoga studio, well-trained massage therapists, and anti-aging treatments that use the finest products on the market. Those in your party looking to partake in something more active will love the tennis courts and the golf course on site, while an impressive aquarium filled with stingrays and sharks will wow you as you eat the latest cutting-edge cuisine at the Atlantic Grille at dinner time.
2) The Brazilian Court Hotel and Beach Club, Palm Beach
A favoured hotel of the rich and famous, those looking to spot celebrities on their vacation would do well to book a room at the Brazilian Court in Palm Beach. A long list of travel publications have adulated this hotel with awards over the years, an ongoing honour that is borne out by the impeccable beauty of its guest suites, the attentiveness of its concierges and other frontline staff, as well as their well-regarded restaurant Café Boulud, which produces some of the best French food in South Florida.
3) Boca Raton Resort and Club, Boca Raton
Being a resort sitting underneath the Waldorf Astoria umbrella, you know that you will be in for a treat during your stay at the Boca Raton Resort. Between nights enjoying the sheer luxury of your exquisite hotel room, go out and rent a boat at the resort’s private marina and cruise the Intracoastal Waterway with an experienced skipper, or lounge and splash around in one of seven different swimming pools, five of which that have beverage service, and one of which is a swim-up bar.
4) Jupiter Beach Resort And Spa, Jupiter
Situated on a secluded part of Jupiter Beach, the Jupiter Beach Resort does an excellent job of telegraphing the aesthetic of a beachside getaway, with firepits, hammocks, and a pool that faces the most deserted section of beach in Palm Beach County. If your escape is a multi-generational one, your grandkids will love the basketball court of the premises, while you and your partner can fulfill one of the biggest clichés of seniordom by partaking in a game of shuffleboard.
5) Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale
For those that seek out brand name familiarity, the Hilton resort at Fort Lauderdale beach is a solid choice. With quick access from the airport, you’ll be dumping your luggage in your room and making for the pool in record time! While there are fine dining options on the hotel premises, those that prefer cooking for themselves have the option of suites with kitchen with all the latest stainless steel appliances, and a grocery service that will take care of all the pesky details of corralling ingredients for that secret family recipe that everybody craves, even on vacation.
Fly Away Snowbird
Unlike the others in your flock, you decided to give winter a try this year. Now that it has turned out to be one of the most brutal in recent memory, cut your losses and head south for a while, before it breaks your spirit completely!