A musician frequently plays island tunes in the shade of a palm-thatch cabana at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort. That music helps set the tone for this laid-back place, which sits on a sandy 500-foot stretch of Florida's Sunny Isles Beach. It's located just a few minutes north of Miami Beach, which has a more active, bustling beach scene.
In the morning, enjoy a buffet-style breakfast in the poolside café; the spread includes eggs and bacon, french toast, and baked goods. By day, it's worth the trip to the onsite Aveda Seven Seas Spa and Salon, where you can sip champagne from crystal stemware while waiting for a massage, skin treatment, or haircut. Meanwhile, at Kitchen 305 restaurant, chefs prepare creative gourmet American dishes. At about 11 p.m., the restaurant transforms into a vibrant nightclub.
Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort has a 12-story building, and you can survey the landscape from the private balcony of a one-bedroom oceanfront suite. Inside, a sliding wooden wall with frosted glass panels separates each suite’s living and sleeping areas. Bathrooms feature jetted tubs and marble tile.
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida: Tropical Oasis on Miami's Northern Coast
Sunny Isles Beach experienced a renaissance in the late 1990s, when the main thoroughfare, Collins Avenue, transformed from a rambling row of motels into a luxury strip of oceanfront high-rises and resorts. The city lies halfway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, with 2.5 miles of uninterrupted shoreline running along its length. Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort occupies a coveted spot next to the half-mile-long Newport Fishing Pier, the only remaining public pier in Miami-Dade County.
Starting daily at 9:15 a.m., lifeguards take to their stands along the city's beaches. Samson Oceanfront Park is a family-friendly escape within walking distance of the resort. Even closer, Jet Ski King rents jet skis, banana boats, and waverunners for adventures on the Atlantic Ocean.