Marco Beach Ocean Resort, Marco Island, Florida $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Can't afford the Ritz-Carlton? Consider this elegant all-suite boutique hotel on a white crescent of sand 30 minutes from Naples. Often called "the baby Ritz," it's done with marble floors, hand-painted murals, and antiques. The 83 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom accommodations have kitchens, great views, and either a balcony or terrace. Many overlook the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to poolside dining and a beachfront grill, the hotel's Sale e Pepe serves upscale Italian cuisine. Plus, Marco Beach has terrific activity programs such as guided tours of the Everglades and Corkscrew Swamp, tee times at the Golf Club at Fiddler's Creekexclusive to resort guests and club membersand charter fishing trips.