No Place Like Home for the Holidays- Unless of Course You’re Heading to South Florida

South Florida hotels & resorts offer great Holiday Options: Variety, Value, and Safety

As with everything else in 2020, holiday travel will look different than in years past, as people struggle to find affordable and safe options for escape from hybrid schooling and Zoom meetings.  For those reluctant to fly, located less than a day’s drive from East Coast and Southern states, South Florida offers an ideal destination.  Thanks to year-round great weather, families can spend more time outdoors – proven safer with proper precautions; on the golf course or at the beach – as hotels and resorts offer irresistible incentives to celebrate the holidays with them.  And of course, all have taken steps to ensure guests’ safety with rigorous adherence to COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols as recommended by the CDC.

South Florida hotels & resorts offer great Holiday Options: Variety, Value and Safety
Photo Credit: InterContinental Miami Hotel

InterContinental Miami Hotel

Stay Connected at this iconic downtown luxury hotel; conveniently located near cultural institutions and museums as well as great shopping at Brickell City Centre for those last-minute gifts.  Perfect for families wanting a little more space with an attractive rate, the Stay Connected package starts at $229 per night for stays from November 13, 2020, through March 31, 2021, for a standard room – which includes a no-cost add on with a complimentary connecting room to let you spread out. Onsite, enjoy special holiday activities including movie nights on the property’s 30,000 square-foot rooftop SkyLawn. Other packages available during this period include Beach Bliss which offers guests seeking a combination of luxury accommodation and proximity to downtown Miami’s restaurants, shopping, and museums as well as exclusive access to an IHG property on Miami Beach’s hotel beach club – including beach chairs with umbrella, fitness classes and food and beverage discounts. Rates for the Beach Bliss package start at $229 per night. InterContinental Miami is located at 100 Chopin Plaza in the heart of Downtown Miami. For more information on packages or to book a stay, guests may go to

South Florida hotels & resorts offer great Holiday Options: Variety, Value and Safety
Photo Credit: JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

Conde Nast Travelers’ #1 Florida Resort for the second year in a row, Turnberry has holiday packages designed to make everyone happy. Perfect for a family getaway, golf weekend, wellness retreat, or all of the above, the versatile and gorgeous resort was upgraded in 2019, updating both championship golf courses, adding a new tower doubling capacity, and launching  Tidal Cove – a state of the art waterpark which won a USA Today Readers’ Choice award in 2020 and features a 60-foot tower with seven water slides,  a 4,000-square-foot kids pool with an aquatic play structure, the first-ever FlowRider® Triple surf simulation pool in the nation and a VIP pool area. Starting at $199/night from November 1, guests can “Splash into Tidal Cove” with a rate that provides entrance to the waterpark for up to four occupants depending on room size, and free golf for kids 15 and under after 2:30 PM.  The Unlimited Golf package starting at $279/night offers exactly that – including greens and cart fees daily for all occupants,  a steal compared to a typical rate of $100/play for one person, as well as a nightly $50 resort credit and entrance to Tidal Cove. In addition to golf and the waterpark, Turnberry is home to ame, a world-class spa offering a full slate of wellness treatments and a modern fitness center.  Dining options include healthy comfort food at CORSAIR and award-winning steakhouse BOURBON Steak by Michael Mina.  No need to ever leave the resort.  JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is located at 19999 Country Club Drive in Aventura. For more information on packages or to book a stay, guests may go to

South Florida hotels & resorts offer great Holiday Options: Variety, Value and Safety
Photo Credit: Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach is another option where guests can opt to enjoy a stress-free holiday stay without ever having to leave the property.  A spectacular blend of Miami’s glamorous golden era (think Frank Sinatra, Rat Pack) and stylish modern design, the 22-acre oceanfront resort features 13 food and beverage outlets including signature restaurants by award-winning chefs including HAKKASAN, Scarpetta and StripSteak; the two-story Lapis Spa, fitness center and classes, a virtually endless poolscape and miles of pristine beach.  Extend Paradise with savings up to 25% off, including during the holidays – two nights gets you 15% off and three nights or more is 25%.   One bedroom and junior suites are also discounted; rates start at $249/night and are valid through January 7, 2021, with code PARADISE.


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