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Miami and Florida Keys

Mike & Donna's verdict:

There’s a lot more to Florida than Mickey Mouse. It’s a wonderfully romantic destination for couples, from the hedonistic cool of Miami’s South Beach to the discreet low-key charm of the Keys. Stay in luxurious, intimate hotels, stroll on the beaches, take a sunset cruise and dine by candlelight.

Recommended tour operator: Scott Dunn

Florida beach styleThe Setai South BeachLittle Palm IslandArt Deco in Miami South Beach

Scott Dunn says

You don’t need to be on honeymoon to enjoy a romantic holiday – and if you like your dreamy beach mixed up with some Latin spice and vibrant nightlife, our eight-night Miami and Florida Keys itinerary is perfect.

Fly into Miami and join the jet-set at The Setai South Beach. We rate this as quite simply the best beachfront hotel in Miami. It’s the ideal combination of South Beach’s Art Deco architectural style along with oriental touches and faultless service.

The spacious suites, many of which overlook the beach and blue ocean beyond, are minimalist yet comfortable, and the black granite bathrooms are incredibly sexy. Don’t forget to drag yourselves off the beach for a fabulous treatment in The Spa.

As night falls, join the chic crowd for cocktails at the beach bar or in the courtyard, dine in on new Executive Chef, Mathias Gervais’s amazing cuisine or head out to explore all that Miami has to offer.

After three hedonistic days and nights, head south to Little Torch Key where you will step aboard a private launch to another world. Switch off completely for five nights at one of Florida’s most exclusive yet low-key hotels, Little Palm Island.

A favourite amongst the more publicity-shy rich and famous, this private island escape has just 30 thatched waterfront cabanas. The plantation-style design is delightful and we especially love the sense of privacy and the cuisine here – a fabulous mix of Floridian, French and Cuban flavours and styles.

There’s colourful snorkelling and diving on hand plus the chance to go fishing (bone fishing and big game fish), enjoy a sunset cruise on the hotel’s catamaran or simply hang out on the beach, by the pool or in the spa.

It’s a taste of heaven on earth.

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