Top Last-Minute New Year's Getaways in Florida

The New Year is approaching quickly, but there's still time for clients looking to escape the holiday stress to snag a last-minute getaway. Here are four last-minute getaways to suggest to your clients this winter:

la playa beach resort & golf clubLaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort: Naples, Florida

A boutique resort on the Gulf Coast, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is a 6.5 acre resort situated on sweeping white sands and gently lapping turquoise waters, nestled next to the picturesque Vanderbilt Bay.

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort - part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection - is just steps from private sandy beaches. The resort has crisp blue cabanas alongside a cascading falls pool, beach butlers on the private white-sand beach, David Leadbetter Golf Academy with a private 18-hole Cupp golf course, exotic SpaTerre (salon and spa) and oceanside fine dining at Baleen. 

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For more information, call (800) 237-6883 or visit www.laplayaresort.com.

Best available starting rate: $289/night
Frost Bite Relief: $50 per day resort credit; complimentary nightly resort fee
Florida Resident Rate: 10-20 percent off nightly rate

orlando world center marriottOrlando World Center Marriott

Towering above more than 200 central Florida acres, the Orlando World Center Marriott offers dining options and other specialty on-property festivities such as a complimentary candy bar, roaming magician, face painting and photo booth, as well as a poolside neon dance party on the Falls Pool event lawn and live entertainment with the high-energy,  five piece “All Night Groove Band.”

Having recently completed an extensive multi-million dollar transformation, the resort now has a Falls Pool Oasis, a championship golf course, Bill Madonna Golf Academy at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club, a full service spa and fitness center, as well as 10 restaurants and lounges, including a food court for guests on-the-go. The 2009-room resort is located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World and just minutes from SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove, Aquatica and Universal Studios Orlando

For more information visit www.worldcentermarriott.com.  

Best offer: Stay 4, Get 25 percent off rates from $131
Holiday Getaway Event: starting at $174/night, for stays through Jan. 31, 2014; offering a $50 resort credit per night when using promotional code: P91 online.

the vinoyThe Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg, Fla

From sipping Florida Mojitos on the rocking chair Front Porch overlooking the bay, to wandering the enchanting Tea Garden that once hosted Marilyn Monroe, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club offers a variety of options to toast to 2014.

Originally opened on New Year's Eve in 1925, the hotel blends modern elegance with its Mediterranean Revival architecture as seen in the recently renovated lounge-like lobby with custom-made artwork from Dale Chihuly and Renee Dinauer. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the seven-story historic luxury resort on Florida’s west coast offers a private 72-slip marina, 18-hole private golf course, 12-court tennis complex, and a restaurant inspired by The Great Gatsby era. All 361 guestrooms have been updated, and the property also offers over 61,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor event space, five restaurants, a salon and day spa and amenities that cater to leisure and business travelers.

For more information, visit www.vinoyrenaissanceresort.com

Celebrate the Savings: Book by Dec. 28, 2013 and stay before Jan. 13, 2014 and receive 15 percent off leisure rates and a daily $25 resort credit valid at all five on-property restaurants, Vinoy Salon & Day Spa and recreational activities such as tennis and golf on the championship course. Rates start at $161/night and promotional code W21 must be used at the time of booking.

pelican brand beach resortPelican Grand Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Adorning 500 feet of private Fort Lauderdale beachfront, Pelican Grand Beach Resort offers private balconies, culinary creations at OCEAN2000 Restaurant & Lounge and floating down Fort Lauderdale’s only lazy river.

This property, part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts brand, has also been newly renovated. The hotel offers the chance to explore Las Olas Boulevard's boutique shopping and cafes, fine art museums and breathtaking gardens, and Fort Lauderdale's provides high fashion, historic homes, exhilarating nightlife and miles of white-sand beaches.

For more information, visit www.pelicanbeach.com.

Best rate: starting at $199/night
Florida Resident rate: 15% discount off best available rate
Other offers: Stay three nights, get the fourth night free

For more New Year's Eve travel tips for iconic destinations, check out our travel guides for New York and Las Vegas

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