Sarasota is known for its rare intersection of beachfront leisure and artistic immersion, making one of the many reasons why Sarasota is a preferred destination for tourists seeking a respite on the Gulf Coast. If you're looking for breathtaking landscapes and seascapes interspersed with exhibits showcasing iconic modern art, then Sarasota is the place for you. While you're making the trip to this iconic coastal city, don't just stay anywhere. Get the full experience and experience the area in all its glory by visiting one of Sarasota's luxury hotels and resorts.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

If you have ever stayed at a Ritz-Carlton, you know the brand is synonymous with luxury, and that's exactly what you get when you step into the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. From its warm ambiance to to top-notch customer service, the Ritz consistently receives rave reviews, and its amenities rank among the best in Central Florida. The 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio may be the Ritz-Carlton crown jewel, but if golf isn't your bag, you can also take up a spirited game of tennis. 

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This posh resort is snuggled on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. It resides just off the coast of Sarasota and provides the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the city's natural eye candy. The option of unwinding on their white sand beaches or teeing off on their two-championship golf courses is yours. And once you've worked up an appetite, the resort also boasts four restaurants. 

There are resorts, and then there is the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota. This landing spot is the only AAA Four Diamond hotel in Sarasota. For those who aren't in the know, this billing stakes a hotel or resorts among the best in the world. So what earned the Hyatt Regency such high esteem? This beachfront locale recently underwent a whopping $22 million dollar renovation. Now this already-stunning haunt that's already been a preferred landing spot for business travelers and tourists alike is even more eye-popping!

You can't talk about the best luxury hotels and resorts in Sarasota without mentioning the Westin with amenities including a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour health club. If you're looking for a good drink, you can visit one of its three on-site bars, and if you're looking to get some work done, there's a business center and a slew of meeting rooms to suit your needs. 

The Hotel Indigo is definitely one of Sarasota's most business-friendly hotels. It boasts free wireless access throughout the property in addition to its business center and spacious business rooms, but it's not all-work-and-no-play here. There's also a full-service spa, restaurant, and cafe on-site, and if you need to keep up with your fitness goals, you can visit the on-site fitness center. 

Located a short drive away from the shops, galleries, and cafes St. Armands Circle is known for lies the Lido Beach Resort. This resort is ideally placed because it offers both the beach and the city in close proximity, perfect for whatever leisurely activities you have planned. But there's plenty to do on the property as well. The pool deck is the preferred lounging area for guests, and the Lido Beach Grille serves up some of the best seafood and American fare you'll find in the area. 

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Hibiscus Suites

Located just four blocks away from the bustling Siesta Key Beach and a couple mile away from the Siesta Key Village, Hibiscus Suites offer the getaway you've been looking for. This premier hotel in Sarasota boasts an outdoor swimming pool, barbecue grills, and more. 

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Island House Beach Resort

Siesta Key is one of Sarasota's favorite hang out spots for locals and tourists alike, and the Island Beach House Resort offers an introduction to Central Florida's brand of paradise and luxury. Located right on the beach, you can start your day with relaxing walks or taking in some rays. Additionally, there's an on-site computer lab, complimentary WiFi throughout the property, and even an arcade. 

Art Ovation Hotel 

Right near St. Armands Circle, Sarsota's premier shopping destination, and the Ringling College of Art and Design is this artful hotel that welcomes creative people of all kinds to enjoy their vibrant stay in Sarasota. You will find a gorgeous view from their rooftop bar and  a year-round outdoor pool that helps to create artful interactions between their guests. Upon entrance of your room, you will see sketchbooks, coloring pencils and a ukulele sitting on or next to your bed. This helps bring local artists to the Art Ovation Hotel to demonstrate their craft in our Artist’s Studio while guests look on. 

If you're like most people, there are only so many opportunities in your life to bask in the lap of paradise and luxury, but few people realize just how lush and verdant Sarasota is. If you're planning a getaway soon, we recommend staying at one of these luxury hotels and resorts in Sarasota. Find more in Sarasota travel by registering on 941area, your free guide to the Sarasota and Bradenton area. 


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