Travel for two: let yourself be tickled by these Florida hotels | Way of life
Oh, pink. It comes in a wide range of shades, from the palest blush to the most vibrant magenta to the sweetest strawberry ice cream. Pink is almost always associated with love, especially love and playfulness, sweetness and romance. Pink flowers in bouquets of roses, calla lilies or stargazers are perfect for birthdays, special celebrations and weddings. Pink diamonds, pearls and sapphires make the most exquisite jewelry.
Pink also evokes blissful emotions of warmth and tranquility, which is why myriad inns, resorts, and boutique hotels choose this particular shade as their signature color. As the weather begins to cool and romantic getaways in sunny Florida multiply, you and your sweetie might want to consider one of the iconic pink hotels for a getaway in the Sunshine State this fall and winter. .
The Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach
Rising like a scepter from the sparkling white sands of St. Pete Beach, the legendary and luxurious Don CeSar opened its doors in 1928 during Florida’s Gatsby era. Often referred to as the “Pink Palace” of Florida, the moniker matches its bright, brilliant colors reflecting off the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. First built by real estate baron Thomas Rowe as a tribute to a lost love, it became the beach destination for celebrities and even high-profile figures of the 1920s and 30s. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this grand Opulent hotel offers guest rooms, suites, and beachfront suites that are sure to suit your notions of romance. Try a couples massage at Spa Oceana before trying coastal specialties — think plump Gulf shrimp and grouper — at one of six restaurants and bars, including the sophisticated Maritana or the more laid-back Society Table. End the evening with a stroll on soft confectioner’s sand and watch the sun melt into a sky streaked with complementary ribbons of pink, gold, red, dark purple and amethyst.
The Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Call 844-338-1501 or visit www.doncesar.com.
The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida.
Crossing Florida to Palm Beach, you’ll find the soft pink-painted Colony Hotel, which has recently been restored to its former glory when it opened in post-war 1947. Among the gems of the boutique hotel with touches of British colonial architecture is a Florida-fab Gournay mural that’s titled “The Living Room,” despite being in the lobby. The mural is a gorgeous pink and green paradise filled with whimsical characters, including Florida panthers and flamingos wearing beaded necklaces, jeweled necklaces and bow ties. The hotel is a mix of luxurious rooms, suites, villas and penthouses decorated in Florida style and colors that stand out from each other. Dine at Swifty’s, indoors or out, and try the pistachio-crusted sea scallops or bacon-wrapped meatloaf. For more casual dining, try the Pink Paradise Cafe or the Living Room. Upscale shopping or the vast Atlantic Ocean are just steps away. There is often live music for opportunities to dance and twirl with your dance partner.
The Colony Hotel, 155 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach. Call 561-655-5430, reservations 800-521-5525 or visit www.thecolonypalmbeach.com.
Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, Fort Myers, Florida.
Conveniently perched on Fort Myers Beach between Sanibel and Naples, the pink-toned Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina sits just off Florida’s southwest coast and overlooks the peaceful Gulf of Mexico. The resort is family-friendly, but with one- and two-bedroom condominium-style suites, you can have plenty of time to yourself even if you’re bringing the little ones. The on-site full-service Aquagene Spa draws on the healing properties of water — the entire resort is surrounded by lush gardens, gulf, and bays — and offers a unique menu of services centered around its surroundings, including including a Sea of Life and Coconut Facial and Mango Massage. I also like the dolphin and manatee watching tours. Opt for one of the resort’s three restaurants or for a more intimate experience, dine on the beach with a glass of wine in your hand and your toes in the sand.
Shell Pink Resort and Marina, 275 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers. Call 888-222-7465 or visit www.pinkshell.com.
The Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, Florida.
At nearly 100 years old, the Boca Raton Resort, a Waldorf Astoria resort, has aged exceptionally well for such a spinster. In all its pink stucco glory, the resort looks like it was plucked straight from a Mediterranean olive grove. The 1926 luxury hotel sits on the quiet side of Boca, wedged between the beach and the intra-coastal harbor. Recently updated and modernized, it’s a conclave of a dozen restaurants and bars and Spa Palmera, a 50,000 square foot spa with 44 treatment rooms leading to afternoons of relaxation and serenity. If you really want to be pampered, try a diamond facial that will leave your skin looking radiant and glowing. Choose accommodation from the adults-only Yacht Club or family tower suites, a beach club, bungalows and more. A long weekend at this dream resort is all about history, extravagance and lavishness rolled into one neat romantic package.
The Boca Raton Resort, a Waldorf-Astoria Resort, 501 Camino Real East, Boca Raton. Call 561-447-3100 or visit www.thebocaratonclub.com.
Jensen Beach Inn Hotel, Jensen Beach, Florida.
If big beach resorts aren’t your cup of tea and you’re stepping back to the days of old Florida before Disney and the freeways, consider the coral-pink Jensen Beach Inn Hotel, housed in a century-old building in the city of Jensen Beach. , a waterfront village within walking distance 1.6 km from the beach. On Southeast Florida’s Treasure Coast, the Jensen Beach Inn Hotel has just seven rooms and suites, each individually decorated and named after wildlife, birds and sea life, including the Crane Room , the Panther Room and the Stingray Room. The hostel, on the second floor of the historic Old Brick Block building, has a lot of personality. There’s a rooftop patio, and it’s within walking distance of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Normally, I avoid clichés, but that’s what I call it: picturesque. But in a very good way.
Jensen Beach Inn Hotel, 1899 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach. Call 772-334-1466 or visit www.jensenbeachinn.com.