A wedding is a precious and rare occasion that brings together friends and family members you otherwise likely wouldn’t see gathered together in the same place. And there are few better ways to take advantage of the happy circumstance—and enjoy your company in complete privacy—than with a hotel or resort buyout, giving yourselves and your guests the freedom to celebrate properly.
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In addition to the privacy that comes with a buyout, you’ll also have the hotel’s or resort’s staff at your disposal, which means completely customized food, drinks, decor, and activities that you know your guests will enjoy. Keep reading to learn about five luxe hotels and resorts around Florida that you can take over entirely for the perfect private wedding celebration.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Florida Keys
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When you take over this intimate resort tucked away in the Florida Keys, not only will you and your guests be the only occupants of the property, but you’ll be the only occupants of the entire private island, which is accessible only by boat. You’ll have its 30 thatch-roof, air-conditioned bungalows, SpaTerre, and waterfront dining room at your disposal, as did Fredrik Eklund, star of “Million Dollar Listing New York,” when he took over the island for his wedding to Derek Kaplan.
The Betsy, South Beach
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This stately mansion on South Beach has 61 rooms and a fresh, clean aesthetic that’s equal parts luxe and laid-back. If you opt to take it over for your wedding, you’ll have 200 staffers at the ready to tend to your every wish and whim. Even better? Book The Betsy for an entire weekend celebration and its staff can organize a fun-filled Miami itinerary for your guests that can include concerts, deep sea fishing trips, and just about anything else you can think of.
W Fort Lauderdale
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If you’re a couple who keeps your social circle on the larger side—or you simply don’t want to run the risk of bumping into hotel guests you don’t know—the W Fort Lauderdale and all 517 of its guest rooms and suites, plus all 19,000 square feet of its event space, can be yours with a total wedding buyout. Also yours for the taking? The hotel’s translucent walled WET pool, FIT center, Living Room lounge, Steak 954 restaurant, Bliss spa, and free daily beach bootcamp and sunrise yoga. At the end of the night, you can crash in an Extreme WOW Suite, which is outfitted with a glass-walled shower that opens up onto a wrap-around terrace; and a full-service kitchen. And if a midnight craving or other spur-of-the-moment urge comes on, the hotel’s Whenever/Whatever service will satisfy it.
Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach
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Opal Sands Resort, which opened in spring 2016 with a AAA Four Diamond rating, overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and offers 17,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for takeover wedding celebrations. The resort’s wedding specialists can assist in arranging entertainment, photography, rehearsal dinners, group activities, visits to area attractions, spa treatments, and custom menu options from the chefs at Sea-Guini, the in-house restaurant serving fresh seafood and Italian fare. All of the resort’s guest rooms and suites are outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and large balconies, giving guests prime views of the sparkling Gulf and Clearwater Beach’s buzzing promenade. Here’s a tip: If you love the Clearwater Beach area and want to consider another property, Opal Sands’s sister property, the AAA Four Diamond-rated Sandpearl Resort, also offers wedding buyouts.
The Pearl, Rosemary Beach
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With its Old World European architecture and cheerful, black-and-white striped awnings, The Pearl serves as a charming backdrop for a Florida wedding. If you take over the entire hotel, its 55 rooms and suites are yours for the choosing, including their Kerstin Florian spa products, rainfall showerheads, Keurig coffeemakers, and refrigerators stocked with complimentary sodas, juices, and double-filtered Nordaq FRESH water. Also on site? A private beach with beach chairs and umbrellas, an adults-only pool, the Havana Beach Bar & Grill and the Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge, a full-service spa, and plenty of outdoor activities and water sports.