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bzymom May 14th, 2007 09:17 AM

Need help choosing a 20th anniversary spot
We are going to Florida at the end of June - it's our 20th anniversary. We're traveling with our two (well behaved and traveled girls) teenagers. I am looking for a luxury hotel/resort that has a nice beach (with kayak/waverunner rental),pool, shopping, and not too busy/noisy. We have gone to Sanibel annually for years, but would rather go elsewhere this time. I'm looking for a property that can host a "special occasion" dinner well - maybe one of the Ritz Carltons? I don't know if there's anything within driving distance of Busch Gardens (one of my kids would like to visit again), but that's not a deal breaker.

Thanks for your help!

girlonthego May 14th, 2007 12:00 PM

I have been to the Ritz in Naples (oceanfront).It was a very nice hotel. Shopping is nearby as well. I don't remember rentals for watersports. There may have been. Naples is a beautiful upscale area. The restaurants are good and it is just a nice atmosphere.
On the east coast, the Breakers in Palm Beach has a good reputation.(We were supposed to go there once on business, but we opted out-it was a week after 9/11). Hope that helps a little.

GoTravel May 14th, 2007 12:03 PM

Not too busy/noisy and wave runner rentals don't exist. Most places would rather not have the wave runners.

My picks would be:

Ritz-Carlton Biscayne Bay
Mandarin Oriental Miami (not on beach)
RC South Beach
The Breakers
Boca Raton Resort
St. Regis Ft. Lauderdale

kiwi2121 May 14th, 2007 01:56 PM

Clearwater Beach has some nice hotels on the beach, as well as waverunner/kayak rentals, but it's busy with tourists, shopping, etc. It's about an hour's drive from Busch Gardens.

granniem May 18th, 2007 11:14 AM

The St. Regis just opened about 10 days ago so it must be nice, it is supposed to be a little "Nicer" than The Atlantic" a few doors down.

If you go please let me know how it is.

laurenzo May 18th, 2007 02:06 PM

I have reservations for the St Regis the third week in June so if they don't go there, I will still let you know how it is. I expect it to be nice :)

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