8 Luxurious Ways to Enjoy National Relaxation Day in Florida

The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Lesley Mirza
Written by Lesley Mirza

Did you know that this Friday is National Relaxation Day? I didn’t, but I do now! And I think I’ll take the day off to just chill.

Every year, I head out east for some much needed R&R in Florida. I adore it there: The beautiful beaches, lush palm trees, the friendly peeps, and of course, the glorious weather.  If I could, I would be jet-setting off to FLA this Friday to celebrate National Relaxation Day.

Here are 8 luxurious ways that you can enjoy August 15, 2014, in the fabulous state of Florida…

1. Salute the Sun

Lounging against sugar sand coastline, the ultra-chic and luxurious W Fort Lauderdale Hotel offers namaste-inspiring yoga classes with a view of rolling waves and sweeping South Florida skies. Certified trainers lead beachfront classes designed to enhance all layers of wellness from mind to body and beyond on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.

2. Play Golf

Tee off in style at Marco Island Marriott’s Hammock Bay championship golf course, designed to provide an enjoyable challenge to golfers of all skill levels. The resort’s three-mile stretch of white sand beach, two pools and mouth-watering restaurants round out a relaxing day on the fairways!

3. Have a Picnic

…on the beach! The Hotel Zamora’s “Beach Butler” can pack a picnic for two to enjoy pool- or beachside, filled with treats from its Spanish-influenced restaurant, Castile. Try the Butler Sunset Basket, which includes Mediterranean cheeses and charcuterie, assorted crackers, chocolate-dipped local strawberries, and wine or champagne. Silverware, plates and beach blanket included.

4. Have a Spa Day

The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Combine Relaxation Day with National Rum Month and what do you get? The Island Mojito Body Scrub at The Resort at Longboat Key Club. You’ll be lathered in an intoxicating blend of fresh mint, freshly squeezed lime juice, sugar and salt with a hint of rum, followed by a generous application of coconut oil. The treatment ends with a Mojito served in the newly renovated Relaxation Room.

5. Take a Coffee Break

At 3:05 p.m., head to Marriott Stanton South Beach for a complimentary Cafecito. Since Miami city dwellers rely on their daily caffeine fix at 3:05 (not-so-coincidentally, the Miami area code), the hotel invites guests to join in on the tradition for an extra jolt and a “taste” of the local lifestyle.

6. Lounge in a Hammock

…at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa with a Cucumber Breeze cocktail in hand. You’ll have oceanfront seats to 1,000 feet of secluded Atlantic shoreline, so grab a friend and settle into two hammocks swaying side-by-side to get a feel for why this is one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.”

7. Catch the Sunset

Sandpearl Resort’s gigantic wood burning fire pit … around the Sandpearl Resort’s gigantic wood burning fire pit, situated on the powder-white sands of Clearwater Beach on any given evening. Looking for something more intimate? Grab a private fire pit rental and a do-it-yourself s’mores kit. Either way, just as the sun touches the Gulf, you’ll hear the ringing of the historic “Sunset Bell” that signifies the day’s passing and the evening’s future.

8. Dinner with a View

…at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa’s Sea Level restaurant. Here you’ll find a relaxed setting where you can indulge in a creative menu while taking in panoramic views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Try the popular Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich and sip on Sea Level’s refreshing White Sangria all while enjoying the gentle sounds of the waves and warm ocean breeze.


Images: The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sandpearl Resort

About the author

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza is the editor-in-chief for and travels the world tasting, sipping, and spa-ing.

In addition to heading up, Lesley has penned pieces for several publications, including Vancouver Magazine, Western Living,, (Tourism Vancouver's blog), and

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