Few things foster seclusion and exclusivity more than a private island. This is what makes Portofino Island Resort & Spa a sublime escape. Just a few miles from the historic downtown of Pensacola on the western tip of the Florida panhandle, this coastal barrier island offers refined comforts in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Spacious two- and three-bedrooms suites boast balconies that gaze across the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bay, while the Terracotta Dining Room takes full advantage of the setting, serving fresh local seafood with Santa Rosa Bay views.Whether you like active nightlife or unspoiled solitude, you will find your hearts' desire. You might head for Pensacola's shops, restaurants and bars, meander along 8 miles of scenic bike trails or bask in the glory of stunning Navarre Beach. The surrounding Gulf Islands National Seashore is a captivating preserve, and you can immerse yourselves in it by kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing or embarking on an inshore fishing charter. As for traditional resort pursuits, they abound, from the European-inspired Spa at Portofino to the Tiger Point Golf & Country Club.