Florida Hotels Unleash Unique Pet, Spa and Cultural Amenities

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If the only thing hotels in Florida offered were decent guestrooms, a restaurant and access to a white-sand beach or sparkling pool that would be enough to please most travelers, but these hotels are taking it a step further by offering unique amenities for the pet lover, spa enthusiast and culture buff.

Guests can dine with their pet at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village's Nauti Mermaid dockside bar and grill.
Guests can dine with their pet at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village’s Nauti Mermaid dockside bar and grill.

Every Dog Has Its Day

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral is offering a new pet menu.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral is offering a new pet menu.

At The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, located just 13 miles from Fort Myers, guests’ four-legged companions are being treated to a new pet menu featuring drool-worthy appetizers like bacon-flavored boneless wings, indulgent entrees such as grilled filet mignon and veggies, and decadent desserts like berries and bacon. Guests can also pamper their pups with room service and Westin’s signature Heavenly Pet Treatment or choose to dine with their furry friends at the resort’s dockside bar and grill, The Nauti Mermaid, while listening to live music and watching the sun set.

The pet-friendly Southwest Florida waterfront resort also offers luxuriously appointed traditional, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suites that range from 445 to 3,471 sq. ft., and feature private screened-in balconies. All suites feature a fully appointed kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, plus an open floor plan including a living and dining room area. Rates start at $129 per night. For more information, call (239) 541-5000 or visit westincapecoral.com.

Guests can receive a pre-bedtime spa service at the Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach.
Guests can receive a pre-bedtime spa service at the Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach.

Spa Time Meets Bedtime
The Emilio & Gloria Estefan-owned Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa in Vero Beach has rolled out expanded spa offerings, including a new nighttime spa and wellness turndown menu. Beginning this month, guests can choose from a selection of nighttime amenity kits that promote better sleep, fight jet lag, turn up the heat for a couple’s night-in, and simplify in-room skincare. The highlight of the new spa program is a pre-bedtime spa service that guests can schedule to have in their room. The menu includes therapies to help relax the mind and body for a restful night of sleep.

Nestled on Florida’s Treasure Coast along 1,000 ft. of Atlantic shoreline, the 94-guestroom and -suite Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa features a beachfront infinity-edge swimming pool, beach activities, indoor and outdoor dining and drink options, an intimate spa, a fitness center, and wellness classes that include zumba, yoga, and barre. Rates start at $229 per night. For more information, call (772) 562-9919 or visit costadeste.com.

The Biltmore Hotel is offering four distinct experiential tours highlighting Miami’s culture and history.
The Biltmore Hotel is offering four distinct experiential tours highlighting Miami’s culture and history.

Exploring Miami’s Cultural Side
The Biltmore Hotel, in partnership with local Miami curators Dragonfly Expeditions, has announced the launch of the hotel’s new Experiential Travel Program consisting of four distinct experiential offerings highlighting Miami’s culture and history, available exclusively to Biltmore guests. The Experiential Travel Program includes luxury accommodations, a curated menu of activities and exclusive dining experiences, plus the flexibility for guests to select their room, and the tours. Activities and tours are categorized into four different offerings—Exploring the Everglades, The Cultural History and Heritage of Miami, Miami’s Specialty Architectural Experience, and the Biltmore Curators Program—with each program being guided by Dragonfly Expeditions. Menu offerings include a Miccosukee Indian Heritage Airboat Tour with a visit to the Clyde Butcher Gallery, starting at $316 pp; a Cuban Heritage Tour and Haiti in Exile Tour, starting at $218 pp and $141, respectively; and a Tropical Deco in a Fabled Playground Deco Tour, starting at $116 pp.

Meanwhile, the Biltmore Curators Program is available exclusively during Art Basel 2017 and features customized packages for guests who want to experience Art Basel Miami Beach with tours led by renowned art experts. The package, which is offered on a first-come first-serve basis, also includes luxury accommodations in one of the Biltmore’s suites as well as private chauffeured transportation to and from the fairs and events. Rates start at $15,000 pp.

The Biltmore features 275 guestrooms, of which there are 130 suites; golf; kid’s activities; a spa; and fine dining. Regular room rates start at $300 per night. For more information, call (855) 311-6903 or visit biltmorehotel.com.

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