Florida Hotels That Go Beyond the Basics

Traveling is all about trying new things. After weeks of saving, flight planning and dreaming of the perfect trip, it can be frustrating trying to find the resort that has everything. Five Florida hotels offer Northeastern escapees and locals an array of amenities and entertainment that go way beyond the basics. Go on, live a little.

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Sporting Clays at Streamsong Resort, Streamsong

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The pigeons are clay but the thrills are real in this multi-station target game designed to simulate upland game-bird hunting. Certified instructors lead novices and experts alike through a lush natural landscape that’s an easy drive from Orlando or Tampa, but a world away. Guests can get refreshed on the lakeside deck near the course or head back down the dirt road to the Lodge and enjoy the great indoors of this beautifully designed resort. Go

3-Day Cooking Intensive at The Biltmore, Coral Gables

Those who bounce between the grill and the kitchen may feel inclined to update their catalog of cuisine. Sharpen knife skills and get ready to steam, stew and sauté your way to cooking like a real chef at this hands-on, no-fooling Culinary Boot Camp limited to eight students. Two levels of study are available, and both include light breakfast and lunch to prevent hunger pains. Go

Rooftop Yoga and Tea Tasting at Hotel Colonnade, Coral Gables

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Do sun salutations under the stars at the monthly Moonlight Yoga and Meditation class at this Miracle Mile hotel. Guests can center themselves during the hourlong class of complementary yoga practices, enjoy a poolside tea tasting led by local teahouse JoJo Tea and then rejuvenate with a brief guided meditation before hitting the clubs. A favorite method for detox/retox, say om. Go

Chartered Yacht Rental at The Pillars, Fort Lauderdale

Have yacht, will travel? If not, this hotel along the Intracoastal has you (and up to nine friends) covered with full-or half-day rentals of their own 51-foot luxury yacht. Presence of the captain is compulsory; cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are optional. Go

Al Fresco Jazz and Pig Roast at The Alfond Inn, Winter Park

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Grab a blanket and hit the Courtyard Lawn of this art-filled hotel just outside Orlando for Get Your Jazz On. Each month, a changing roster of local jazz musicians serenades guests at this “only in Florida” concert that also includes samples of whole-smoked pig and various wines. The perfect prelude to dinner at the Inn’s own Hamilton’s Kitchen or a stroll along nearby Park Avenue. Go