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The Life of Luxury: Sarasota accommodations

From manicures to boats, gowns to hors d’ourves, Sarasota’s upscale accommodations, shops, and locations help anyone live the life of luxury

If there ever is a time to indulge and truly embrace the luxury lifestyle, it’s on vacation and during a holiday. Put them together and there’s no excuse not to go all out. Perhaps it’s for a special day, a special gift, a special someone, or just because, Sarasota’s got you covered. Go ahead, you’re on vacation and you deserve it.

Where to Rest

Spa at Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Photography by Dale Sanders
Spa at Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Photography by Dale Sanders

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, with its stunning views of both Downtown Sarasota and Sarasota Bay, offers every amenity imaginable. Spend a day at their golf course or beach resort for a tropical taste of luxury. Between the indulgent bedding, the spa, and Jack Dusty restaurant, I cannot imagine any reason to leave.

The Resort at Longboat Key Club is an all inclusive experience on a beautiful Gulf Coast barrier island. Spa features include massages, skin care, body treatments, salon and day packages. Enjoy golf as well on resort's course.

Featuring a spa, rooftop pool and bar, delicious dining and much more, the Westin Sarasota is a retreat in the heart of the city. Enjoy sculpting body rituals, skin care treatments, restorative massages and indulgent nail services.

For a bit (more) of pampering

Mandala Med-Spa & Yoga Shala will ease any stress and tension and melt you to a state of total relaxation. The med-spa is an Indonesian-infused holistic and medical day spa, blending ancient healing with cutting-edge modern medical science. Services include Massages, skin-care treatments, indonesian Body Treatments, organic body wraps and yoga sessions.

Grab some champagne and caviar to enjoy on a picnic or yacht, Morton’s Gourmet Market in the Hillview neighborhood is the ultimate picnic basket packing locale. Within the giant orange market, shoppers will discover local fruit, fresh bread, artisan cheese, wine, flowers, and baked goods for a feast of any caliber.

Where to Shop

St. Armands Circle
St. Armand's Circle

Take a stroll around St. Armand’s Circle and hit up any – or all – of the shops along its perimeter. From gowns to jeans, fashion stores in this district are the some of the go-to favorites for Sarasota socialites. When in Rome, right? And below the restaurant of the same name is my personal favorite shop, Shore. Full of merchandise for men, women, and kids, Shore offers the perfect mix of casual yet quality goods. Also on St. Armand’s, shoppers find twelve jewelers, many of them local, and art galleries for that space at home missing a little something special.

For a shopping spree, Sarasota’s University Town Center puts the credit card in danger by putting many high-end retailers under one glass roof. If all that spending created an appetite, the coffee and sweet shops within the mall can fix anything.

Slightly off the beaten path, in the uber-cool Burns Court neighborhood. If a vacation photo shoot is on the agenda, this is the place to buy the ultimate picture-perfect attire. The street surrounding abounds with local shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Coast around the bay

Enjoy the pinnacle of seatravel with a private tour on board the Marina Jack II. The 96’ long vessel, docked at the marina in Downtown Sarasota, provides an aquatic ride smooth as silk with a first-class crew to assist on the voyage.

Things to Do

Once the hair is styled, the gown selected, and the knots kneaded there really is no other choice than to head to the opera. Sarasota Opera, located in downtown Sarasota, is a rather intimate venue, seating 1,200 guests, each with a fantastic view. Plenty of dining options for before and/or after the show are within walking distance.

Few things embody grace and style as much as the Sarasota Ballet. Swoon at their pirouettes, gasp at the leaps, and applaud at the ease with which they appear to do it all.

Sarasota Polo Club
Sarasota Polo Club 

The Game of Kings, as Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch calls its sport, deems most popular amongst aristocrats and Prince William. And now you. Fulfill a childhood dream and learn to play with masterful players. Or grab a big hat and spectate as the stunning creatures and their riders play chukker after chukker.

Sarasota boasts dozens of public golf courses, so there is no shortage of ranges to try for that perfect round. Of them, University Park Country Club in Lakewood Ranch is considered the elite. Detail by detail, the 27-hole course maintains perfection.

Just Because

Flowers from Tiger Lily Flowers extend beyond anything found in a typical flower shop. The staff are truly floral artists and each arrangement is chosen with care, placed with love, and given with each personality in mind. 

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