July 29, 2014

Favorite Luxury Resorts

The Best from the Best

When the managers of Florida's finest resorts hit the road, where do they stay?

Diane Sears | 2/1/2006
STEVE CONTOS
General Manager,
J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes

Orlando
grandelakes.com

Resort Features: 100,800 square feet of meeting space, a lazy river outdoor heated pool, the Primo restaurant run by chef Melissa Kelly and access to the adjacent Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes golf and spa facilities.

When he's on the road...
Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club
Aventura
fairmont.com

Resort Features: Two Robert Trent Jones Sr. championship golf courses, 19 tennis courts, four restaurants and a three-mile scenic jogging path. It is recognized by the Audubon Society as home to 41 species of birds. It is Contos' favorite option "if I'm not going to go with the family, if I'm going to go for golf."

TOM DEMPSEY
Owner/Founder,
Saddlebrook Resort

Wesley Chapel
saddlebrook.com

Resort Features: A half-million-gallon "superpool," two golf courses and world-class tennis courts, where some of the world's top pros train, including Pete Sampras and Jennifer Capriati. Also home to the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy World Headquarters.


When he's on the road...
Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
Key Biscayne
ritzcarlton.com

Resort Features: Oceanfront, AAA five-diamond resort, 20,000-sq.-ft. spa, largest tennis garden of any Ritz-Carlton.

Tags: Dining & Travel, Around Florida

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