Kick off summer with a staycation at one of these recently reopened hotspots

Kathy Buccio
·5 min read

As of this Saturday, summer will on the scene, but it comes with a whole new set of rules. Now that some restrictions begin to ease up, many jet setters are weighing their options when booking their next vacation and staying close to home seems to be the dominant travel trend for 2020. As hotels promote fresh-and-new safety precautions, guests are adapting to the new normal of traveling. Not looking to go too far but still need a beach or pool fix? Check out these recently reopened hotspots for your next staycation destination.

Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Barefoot elegance and tropical island breezes await you at this Florida Keys getaway. The resort has implemented new protocols to keep guests safe, like pool seating configured to six feet apart between parties, limiting the gym to six guests at a time, and offering seating areas on the beach with food and beverage services. The resort has also unveiled a new oceanfront pool and a second Tiki Bar, 25 South, offering seafood classics like Lobster Grilled Cheese and Fish Tacos. Pair it with a Coconut Cosmopolitan for the ultimate Islamorada flavor. While Camp Cheeca is temporarily closed, guests with kids can still enjoy the family pools, watersports, and tennis and sports courts. A private gold course is also available for the avid golfer. Florida residents can take advantage of a 20% off nightly rate special as well as 10% off all resort purchases which include the spa and restaurants. Stroll down the resort’s iconic pier for some truly magical photo moments. Can you hear the sea calling you now? cheeca.com

Mr. C Coconut Grove

Mr. C Coconut Grove
Mr. C Coconut Grove

Nestled in the lush backyard of Coconut Grove, Mr. C Hotel delivers in the first-class elegance and style the Cipriani name is synonymous with. Thermal cameras and hand sanitizing stations will greet visitors and guests, as well as touchless technology. There’s a modern nautical aesthetic throughout the hotel — from the lobby to the ocean blue-hued details in the guest rooms. Relax in one of the luxe cabanas at the rooftop pool while you sip on cocktails and gnosh on pizza from the restaurant’s pizza oven. When you’re done with poolside activities, get ready for the pasta and win of your life at Bellini, Mr. C’s restaurant which offers a delectable mix of multi-regional Italian fare. For the ultimate experience, dine at sunset at one of the outdoor tables where you’ll have breathtaking views of the bay. Once you’ve enjoyed a fun and casual dinner, cap off the evening at the hotel’s giardino (aka garden). The European-inspired al fresco space is a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city living. mrchotels.com/mrccoconutgrove/

Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa

The Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa
The Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa

Just a short two hour ride from South Florida, is a quintessential island retreat where white sand beaches and ocean front views call to mind the travel treasures of the Caribbean. The Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa is the ideal location for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or simply a place to recharge your batteries after being on lockdown. The resort guarantees the most high-quality sanitary safety protocols which include additional disinfecting, floor markers, plexiglass at the check in desk, hand sanitizing stations throughout the property, single use dishes, cutlery and condiments for in room dining, and properly social distanced chairs and tables at the pool, beach, and restaurants. Families traveling with kids can enjoy the resort’s recently introduced, spacious Lanai rooms and suites, all boasting ground floor poolside terraces (the resort is also pet-friendly). Make a reservation at Cobalt, the hotel’s restaurant which infuses all its freshly sourced dishes with the Treasure Coast’s local flavor. The crab crusted haddock is a must. End the evening with an aperitif at one of the resort’s bonfire pit areas. verobeachhotelandspa.com/

Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach

Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach
Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach

See and be seen at one of Sunset Harbour’s newest boutique hotels. If you’re looking for a stylish getaway, Hotel Palomar promises Instagrammable amenities, like their two-tier rooftop pool designed with cabanas and day beds, sprawling views of Biscayne Bay and their signature Sunset Harbour Balcony Corner King. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea service from Panther Coffee, evening wine hour, and complimentary shuttles to South Beach to soak up some sun. Despite new safety and health measures, guests can rest assured that their vacation experience will remain special, and unique. Florida guests can take advantage of the Park + Play in Florida special and valet overnight for free. Insider information: opening soon on the hotel grounds is Italian hotspot, Morini Osteria. hotelpalomar-southbeach.com/

Naples Grande Beach Resort

Naples Grande Beach Resort
Naples Grande Beach Resort

Take a trip to the beautiful West Coast of Florida and book a stay at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, where serene Gulf waters and three pools await the eager beach traveler. The resort has implemented new protocols like six feet of distancing at both the pool and beach, plexiglass installations in their shuttle golf carts, as well as offering to-go options like shrimp tacos and burgers at their Gulf Coast Oasis Pool Bar and Rhode’s End Beach Bar and Grill where the falafel wrap and piña colada go hand in hand with the weather. If guests want to experience the ultimate zen seclusion, they can book the resort’s Sweet Suite Deal, which includes a stay in their remote Garden Villa one bedroom suites featuring over 700 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and patios or balconies that overlook gardens and ponds. It’s social distancing with a view. naplesgrande.com